Your support is desperately needed now  

By Ted Belman

Its been quite a tumultuous year and its not over. Many battles have been fought and many more remain to be fought.

The biggest battle, at least for Israpundit, was the fight to put the Jordan Option on the map insofar as alternate solutions are concerned. The first stage of this fight culminated in the October 17th conference we held in Jerusalem which covered all the issues and was a big success.

Mudar Zahran, the head of the Jordan Opposition Coalition, was the star of the conference and is the person we are working to get  installed as President of Jordan. As you may know, a campaign was started to defame him and the conference and to a lesser extent, myself. We fought back and defended Mudar and the conference.

As a result of such defense, I am being sued for defamation. I desperately need your financial support so that I can retain a lawyer to defend myself.

Also, we are working diligently to keep the momentum up for the Jordan Option, particularly in the US. We are hopeful that the Jordan Option will appeal to President Trump.
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November 18, 2017 | Comments » | 1,173 views

AG to High Court: Settlement Regulation Law unconstitutional  

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit says that provisions of the law could create “severe discrimination” that favors the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria • He warns it could be abused by settlers who knowingly build on private Palestinian land.

By Yair Altman, Gideon Allon and Efrat Forsher

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit reiterated his opposition on Wednesday to the Judea and Samaria Settlement Regulation Law, which allows the government to retroactively approve homes on private property.

“There is no way around the fact that this law is unconstitutional and must be struck down,” Mendelblit told the High Court of Justice. “It does not pass constitutional muster,” he added.

Mendelblit said that the law was designed to protect those that may have built their homes without the proper permits or ownership rights so long as they did so in good faith, but he stressed that in practice it could be used to help those who knowingly seek to violate the law in cases where the homes were built on contested plots that may be privately owned by Palestinians.
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November 23, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 87 views

They’ll try anything: Indoctrinating US children against Israel  

Bashi’s anti-Israel venom in a children’s book caused the shut down of the upper East Side Mommas FB group she belonged to.

By Prof. Phyllis Chesler, INN

Golbarg Bashi is in the news for her children’s book “P is for Palestine,” which has been described as an anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish screed addressed to children.

Believe it or not, Bashi and I go way back.

In August of 2013, a publicist was arranging interviews for me to discuss the issues raised in my just released book, “An American Bride in Kabul.”  CSPAN had tendered a special offer just for me.

“They want to give you a full hour, one on one, with an interviewer. You should grab this.”
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November 23, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 287 views

Iranian official: Disarming Hezbollah nonnegotiable  

“Hezbollah must be armed to fight against Lebanon’s enemy, which is Israel. Naturally, they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security,” Revolutionary Guards chief Mohammad Ali Jafari says • Ballistic missile program also “nonnegotiable.”

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in establishing a lasting “cease-fire” in war-torn Syria, its commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah was nonnegotiable, state TV reported on Thursday.

“Hezbollah must be armed to fight against Lebanon’s enemy, which is Israel. Naturally, they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is nonnegotiable,” he said.

Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, whose rivalry has wrought upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.
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November 23, 2017 | Comments » | 126 views

U.S. moves toward open-ended presence in Syria after Islamic State is routed  

By Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly, WaPo

Members of the pro-Syrian government forces ride a tank in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, on Monday. Syria’s army and loyalist militiamen on Sunday ousted the Islamic State from its last urban stronghold in the country. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump administration is expanding its goals in Syria beyond routing the Islamic State to include a political settlement of the country’s civil war, a daunting and potentially open-ended commitment that could draw the United States into conflict with both Syria and Iran.
With forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now bearing down on the last militant-controlled towns, the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria could be imminent — along with an end to the U.S. justification for being there.
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November 23, 2017 | Comments » | 146 views

You can thank Obama for the looming Mideast war against Iran  

As ISIL filled the vacuum left by the abdication of American power by the Obama administration, so now Iran will occupy the space left by ISIL

By Vivian Bercovici, NATIONAL POST

It has been a particularly busy few weeks here in the Middle East, even by the chaotic standards of the region.

As the world welcomed the demise of ISIL’s reign of terror in the Mideast, it largely missed a more spectacular development: the entrenchment of Iranian power and control, from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea, controlling large swaths of Syria and all of Lebanon, and strategic outposts in Yemen and Libya. As ISIL filled the vacuum left by the abdication of American power by the Obama administration, so now Iran will occupy the space left by ISIL.
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November 23, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 369 views

60% of Israeli Arabs say they are ‘proud’ to be Israeli, poll shows  

Israel Hayom poll: 73% of Israeli Arabs feel a sense of belonging, 82% have no desire to live under Palestinian rule • 73% say Israeli-Palestinian conflict was about land, 19% cite religion • Separate poll shows more alienation among east Jerusalem Arabs.

By Baruch Ron, ISRAEL HAYOM

Some 73% of Israeli Arabs feel a sense of belonging and 60% are proud to be Israelis, according to a new poll commissioned by Israel Hayom and conducted by the New Wave Research Institute that was released Tuesday. The poll questioned 426 Arab Israelis aged 18 and up, and did not include the Druze community.

Nearly two-thirds of the respondents (65%) defined themselves as not religious, while 35% said they were religious. Some 46% identified as Israeli Arabs and 42% identified as Palestinian Arabs, while only 3% identified as Israelis. Read more…

November 22, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 417 views

Limbaugh: McMaster Is a ‘Swamp’ Elitist Who Wanted to Get Rid of ‘Pure Trumpist’ Like Bannon  

By Pam Key, BREITBART

Tuesday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who reportedly criticized the intellectual depth of President Donald Trump, was a part of the so-called “swamp.”

He claimed McMaster wanted to get rid of pure “Trumpists,” like former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

LIMBAUGH: The left is on this big thing — have you seen the story, Mr. Snerdley? H. R. McMaster supposedly at a dinner party this past summer — it’s BuzzFeed and some other places. Four or five different sources that McMaster was openly telling people what an idiot Trump is, that he has a kindergarten type IQ, that he’s childlike and doesn’t have the intellectual depth to keep up or to understand things.

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November 22, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 467 views

Selling holy land: Inside the Greek Patriarchate’s Jerusalem property deals  

As embattled patriarch seeks overseas support for multi-million-dollar deals that are sparking Israeli and Palestinian controversy, here are the sales and the buyers

By SUE SURKES, TOI

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, on Christmas Eve according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, on January 6, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, on Christmas Eve according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, on January 6, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Grappling with tens of millions of dollars of debt, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem has managed to balance its books by selling and leasing plots to a number of overseas companies all headed by Jewish investors, senior figures in the Greek Orthodox Church have told The Times of Israel.
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November 22, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 404 views

The Ten Commandments for Israeli negotiations with Saudi Arabia  

A guide to the immutable principles upon which Israel must base its negotiating strategy vis-à-vis the Saudis and any other Arab nations who wish to live in peace with the Jewish State.

By Dr. Mordechai Kedar, INN

The media are rife with speculations during the past few days about the possibility of normalizing relations between Israel and the nations of the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar).  This makes it crucial for Israel’s government to know how to approach such negotiations, if they do take place, in a way that prevents a repetition of the mistakes made in the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan.

The most basic rule in dealing with the Saudis and their friends is that Israel must not feel that it has to pay anything for peace, anything at all. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada. If the Saudis want to live in peace with us, we will stretch out our hands to offer them peace in return. But that is all they will get. There is no other kind of peace agreement and if they do not want peace on those terms, then shalom ulehitraot (so long, it’s been good to know you, Israeli-style).
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November 22, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 452 views

Merkel’s Troubles May Spell Trouble for All of Europe  

NYT  Nov. 21, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany speaking with Social Democratic members during a session of the Bundestag in Berlin on Tuesday.Odd Andersen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BRUSSELS — The European Union has long had to deal with the challenge of being led by a dominant Germany. But suddenly it finds itself facing a different realization — the only thing worse than a strong Germany may be a weak one.

Germany is hardly collapsing, but the failure of Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government presents a profound crisis of leadership for Europe and a protracted period of uncertainty, at a time when it can least afford it.
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November 22, 2017 | Comments » | 426 views

Assad and Putin Meet, as Russia Pushes Endgame for Syrian War  

By Anne Barnard, NYT Nov. 21, 2017


President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, left, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.Pool photo by Mikhail Klimentyev

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thanking Russia for the military intervention he credited for “saving Syria,” President Bashar al-Assad met with President Vladimir V. Putin in Russia amid preparations for new talks aimed at ending the civil war.

Mr. Assad’s visit on Monday to the Russian resort town of Sochi was made public on Tuesday, a day before a summit meeting there for the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Russia, who have taken an increasingly prominent role in diplomacy with Syria while the United States has put Mr. Assad’s fate on the back burner.
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November 22, 2017 | Comments » | 245 views

Trump’s Lack of Decorum, Dignity, and Statesmanship  

Actions are more important than words

By Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?
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November 22, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 732 views

Punishing proportionally, not purging  

By Gil Troy

These latest sexual harassment scandals once again spotlight society’s distorted gender power dynamics which breed sexual assault.

‘How can we continuing singing his tunes when we know Shlomo Carlebach sexually harassed women,” my twelfth-grader wondered during Rosh Hashana (before the latest sexual harassment scandals broke). His question triggered intense holiday-table debates that elicited wise words from one feminist friend. “I consider Reb Shlomo a tsinor, a conduit,” she said, “of things greater than himself. Listening to his melodies,” she explained, “you hear echoes of thousands of years of Jewish liturgy.
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November 22, 2017 | Comments » | 260 views

Jerusalem: A Question of Love and Loyalty  

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

It was on April 30, 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War, that Dr. Stephen H. Tyng, pastor of one of the most influential churches in the city of New York, delivered a sermon entitled “Christian Loyalty.” He based this sermon on a passage from Psalms, which he said is “expressive of the loyalty and love of the Hebrew people for their institutions and nationality.” And so he began his sermon with these words of Psalm 137:

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. ‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.’

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November 22, 2017 | Comments » | 268 views

The deconstruction of humanithy  

By Melanie Phillips

If you want a break from the spectacle of Britain tearing itself apart over leaving the European Union, you can upset yourself instead watching the spectacle of the western world tearing apart the very notion of what it is to be a human being.

The knee-jerk bullying, victim-group sectarianism and repudiation of reason itself over transgenderism defy belief. The Times (£) reports that a lesbian Labour party women’s officer was allegedly subjected to months of harassment as a “Terf” — a derogatory term for “trans exclusionary radical feminist” – because she took issue with aspects of transgenderism.

Intimidation by transgender activists, in the laughable cause of promoting greater tolerance and inclusivity, has suddenly become the new norm. Examples – such as the Christian maths teacher who was suspended for addressing as a girl a female pupil who identifies as a boy – are coming thick and fast.
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November 22, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 337 views

Left wing MK encounters hostile audience at Israel-Palestine debate in US  

“Allah has given this land to the Jewish people. Allah has given us the State of Israel,” said Rabbi Fleischer of Hebron.

BY KELLY HARTOG, JPOST

AKLAND – MK Zionist Union member Yossi Yonah was booed and interrupted by Limmud FSU attendees during a hotly contested debate with Rabbi Yishai Fleisher, a spokesman for the Hebron community, on the possibility of a two-state solution.

In a room of 200-plus people from the former Soviet Union, many of whom suffered under the Soviet regime, Yonah quickly discovered they had little room to even entertain the concept of a state for the Palestinians.

The debate in Oakland on Saturday began quietly enough, with both Yonah and Fleisher being given five minutes to state their case.
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November 22, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 347 views

Keeping our cool with Saudi Arabia  

By Mordechai Kedar, ISRAEL HAYOM

Revelry and rivers of enthusiasm washed over Israeli media over the past week: “Saudi newspaper interviews Israeli chief of staff!” “Peace with Saudi Arabia has begun!” “The days of the messiah are upon us!” That was the general spirit of the responses to the interview Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot gave to the Arabic news website Elaph last Thursday.

This site is, in fact, not at all a Saudi newspaper, as claimed in the various reports, and is run from London by two people, one born in Saudi Arabia and the other in Iraq.
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November 21, 2017 | 6 Comments » | 520 views


Palestinians: If You Do Not Give Us Everything, We Cannot Trust You  

by Bassam Tawil, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

  • The Palestinians have made up their mind: The Trump peace plan is bad for us and we will not accept it. The plan is bad because it does not force Israel to give the Palestinians everything.
  • If and when the Trump administration makes public its peace plan, the Palestinians will be the first to reject it, simply because it does not meet all their demands.
  • Trump will soon learn that for Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians, 99% is just not enough.
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November 21, 2017 | Comments » | 500 views

OUR WORLD: Holding the PLO accountable  

The PLO’s campaign to get recognized as a state breached both of its agreements with Israel and the terms under which the US recognized it and permitted it to operate missions on US soil.

BY CAROLINE B. GLICK, JPOST

Palestinian

Is the PLO’s long vacation from accountability coming to an end? How about the State Department’s? In 1987 the US State Department placed the PLO on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The PLO was removed from the list in 1994, following the initiation of its peace process with Israel in 1993.

As part of the Clinton administration’s efforts to conclude a long-term peace deal between the PLO and Israel, in 1994 then president Bill Clinton signed an executive order waiving enforcement of laws that barred the PLO and its front groups from operating in the US. His move enabled the PLO to open a mission in Washington.
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November 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 550 views

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