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Similarly, the U.S., despite coming up with ever more severe anti-Iran sanction plans, seems much more amenable to negotiations with Iran than does Israel, which views them only as facilitating Iran’s playing for time. Indeed, Israel could not have been encouraged by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remark the other day at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. She stressed that the U.S. and other cooperating states do not seek a military confrontation with Iran and went on to say:
Iran does have a choice to make. It can come back to the (negotiating) table, as we have consistently made clear to them, and address the nuclear program concerns that the international community rightly has, or face increasing pressure and isolation.
We strongly believe the people of Iran deserve a better future. They can have that future. The country can be reintegrated into the global community, able to share in the benefits, when their government definitively turns away from pursuing nuclear weapons.
Reintegrated into the global community? What about Iran’s persistent threats to destroy Israel? What about its financial support and arming of terrorist groups operating against Israel?
Secretary Clinton also took great pain to condemn and disassociate the U.S. from the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. But what about the innocent Israelis murdered and maimed by Iranian supported terrorists? What about the regular use by the U.S. of pilotless drones to extra-judicially take out leaders of Al Qaeda and the Taliban?
On a different yet related note, we would direct readers’ attention to two other recent developments. In a disturbing declaration two weeks ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed Israeli settlements as illegal and called for an end to the “occupation.” Of course this is in direct contradiction of the wording of the post-Six Day War UN resolutions.
Almost simultaneously, reports surfaced that the European Union was embarking on a Palestinian investment program that would undermine Israeli control in areas of the West Bank the Oslo Accords gave Israel total control over – the so-called Area C – pending an overall negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
As was the case with the genocidal language coming from Mr. Abbas’s mufti, the Obama administration has reacted to these latter two developments with the very loud sound of silence.Editorial Board
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What’s truly infuriating and disappointing about the UNESCO vote is the deafening silence of significant Christian figures. specifically the leader of the Catholic world.
The likeliest scenario remains, Clinton taking the White House and Republicans retaining a truncated majority in the House.
The Palestinians view the conflict over the land to be a zero-sum game in which any trace of Jewish ties must be erased in order to justify their continued struggle to eliminate modern Israel.
Remarkably hypocritical for liberal groups to fight foreign governments from publicizing emails that Dems actually wrote, while supporting their efforts to ACTIVELY operate inside Israel anonymously.
Too many Holocaust memorials have lost their original identity and transitioned to an institution which devotes itself to both Holocaust and genocide, or simply to global genocide
There is nothing B’Tselem would like more than a binding Security Council resolution that imposes unfavorable terms on Israel, satisfying B’Tselem’s political vision.
B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal
To even contemplate a factual demonstration proving otherwise would bespeak a profound level of Jewish national insecurity. But the issue must be addressed.
What is missing from this and most other analyses of the failure to negotiate a settlement is a full appreciation of Palestinian recalcitrance as the primary cause of that failure.
So we dance, and do hakafot with the Torah in appreciation and gratitude for the divine gift to the Jewish people.
Trump has flaws, no doubt, but the vicious campaign against him is so disgusting that I can’t stand it, and the mainstream Jewish community is as stupid as ever.
By rejecting Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, UNESCO, as a world body, opened the first shot in the world’s war against Jerusalem, as prophesized ago millennia ago
Trump may be losing America’s support, but some of his more ardent followers are already blaming the Jews.
Our condolences to his wife, Lu-Shawn, children Kenny and Kennedy, and the entire family.
Yet we have the president of the United States traveling to Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem to deliver a eulogy upon the death of a former president of Israel on behalf of the United States. Is that not a powerful statement in itself of recognition of Jerusalem as being part of Israel?
We certainly respect his and his family’s wishes for privacy at this difficult time.
Mr. Obama had already roiled the waters of any possible resolution by declaring it the U.S. position that a settlement must involve borders based on the 1967 armistice lines with minor land adjustments.
Obviously, we need to do everything we can to support our first responders, also pray for the victims.
(In retrospect, how could it have been otherwise? After all, it was immediately known that explosives were placed in a pressure cooker with shrapnel and that there had been an earlier bombing in New Jersey.)
Let us not forget that Mrs. Clinton responded 39 times to the FBI that she could not answer their questions due to her concussion.
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