Let the Palestinians call Bethlehem their capital. After all, they invest political capital in telling the world how much they care for Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus whom they call “a Palestinian messenger.”
Wars end definitively only when one side has no more hope of success (i.e. Germany and Japan after World War II). The Palestinians have not given up their fantasy of a Palestinian state "from the river to the sea"
Once again, Abbas is playing Americans and other Westerners for fools. His people remain unwilling to recognize Israel's very right to exist as a state for Jews. And so, Abbas will talk peace and coexistence while his people organize yet another "Day of Rage."
Will Trump and Tillerson embrace Middle East reality and reject political correctness thus sparing the US further erosion of its posture of deterrence in the Middle East and beyond? We shall soon see...
The speech that President Trump SHOULD deliver in Jerusalem next week: “America is going to take steps to nurture a culture of peace and push the parties towards realistic outcomes. We’re going to cleanse international discourse from hypocritical rot and illusory expectations. No more coddling of enemies and demeaning of friends.”
According to a poll by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, in March 2017, 79% of Israeli Jews said it’s important to retain a unified Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, while only 15% said it’s not important.
For fruits of Israeli victory to endure, any post-victory reality must preclude a self-governing Palestinian entity, which would always be subjected to external incitement to fight the Jewish “intruders”
A large portion of the gift is distributed as core funding to radical Palestinian non-governmental organizations that incite violence and terrorism and are active in global BDS campaigns against Israel
The large elephant stomping in the American Jewish community courtyard is the systematic neglect of American Jewish communal organizations which have neither recognized nor dealt with the sociological conditions accurately reported in the Pew study.
After Egypt closed the Tiran Straits passageway to Eilat, the situation was so dire in Jerusalem that the Rabbis permitted Yeshiva students to violate Shabbat in order to prepare for the inevitable war
If Israel wishes to clear the moral air, it must start acting like it actually owns the land. Real owners don’t whine to others or try to please violent squatters. Real owners assert their authority – unapologetically.
Arab leaders–unlike Trump–understand that Israeli-Palestinian peace is nowhere on the horizon. It’s clear from the proposal itself which asks Israel to leave the status quo essentially unchanged, not concessions on any final-status issue