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 desparately 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 » | 351 views

Robert Fulford: I watched anti-Semitism wither. Now I’m seeing it come back to life  

A few decades ago, anti-Semitism usually emerged from those on the right. But now, anti-Semitic opinions are often spread by leftish forces

By Robert Fulford, NATIONAL POST

One day in the 1940s a man knocked on the door of my family’s house in the east end of Toronto, seeking signatures for a petition. After he said the petition was an attempt to keep Jews off our street, my parents declined to sign and he went away. Later I asked my mother why he and others were against Jews. She answered with probably the least offensive accusation she had heard about them: “People say they give loud parties.” She was not interested in the petitioner’s more virulent arguments.
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November 18, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 75 views


PLO Members Reject Jared Kushner’s Mideast Peace Proposal  

[Compare this storey with Glick’s Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment ]

By Ali Waked, BREITBART

TEL AVIV — PLO members and their organizations won’t accept the peace deal reportedly being drafted by Trump administration officials, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, several PLO members told Breitbart Jerusalem in a series of interviews.

Waleed Awad, a member of the Palestinian People’s Party (the former communist party) said, “The Palestinians warn against and reject the American deal beneficial to Israel, giving it much larger weight and position while allowing the Arab states to normalize their relations with Israel and enter the circle of friendly nations despite its identity as the first-most enemy of the Arabs and Palestinians.”
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November 18, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 323 views

Liberman: We will not allow Syria to become an Iranian outpost  

Liberman was responding to comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who said that Iranian presence in Syria was “legitimate.”

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM, MICHAEL WILNER, JPOST   NOV 15, 2017 15:33

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Israel's northern border, November 2017

efense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded to comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday that Iran’s presence in Syria was legitimate.

Liberman warned that Israel maintains freedom of action in Syria and will not allow Iranian entrenchment to infiltrate the war-torn country.

“We maintain absolute freedom of action, and the only considerations that guide us are the security considerations of Israel,” he said at the end of a two-day tour in northern Israel accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and the commanders of the Bashan and Galilee Division.
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November 18, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 206 views

The Arab Sunni world: Complete and utter chaos  

The only conclusion Israel must reach from the sad state of affairs in the Arab Sunni world is as clear as the sunshine in an arid desert.

By Mordechai Kedar, INN

Behavioral science recognizes two types of responses to tense or threatening situations facing loosely-connected groups. The first is characterized by the group uniting under a charismatic leader who radiates power, wisdom, organizational acumen and the ability to protect his followers, after which the group forms a united front and prepares for a struggle against the looming threat. The opposite occurs when there is no leader to be found. In the resulting mayhem, members betray one another,  and attempt to escape and go over to the other side in order to save themselves.  In that case, they could not care less if the rest of the group goes to hell.
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November 18, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 403 views

The Historical Jesus   

By Ted Belman

Scholars have long recognized that the historical Jesus and the Jesus of faith are not one and the same. Many such scholars both Christian and otherwise participate every few years in the Jesus Seminar which reviews recent discoveries and treatises which shed light on the historical Jesus. They cast ballots to state their opinions on whether each statement or act attributed to Jesus in the Gospels can’t be true, might be true or probably is true. Much has been written on the historical Jesus and continues to be written. Most scholars, except for the fundamentalists and literalists, are of the opinion that very little in the gospels is true. But does it matter.
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November 18, 2017 | 11 Comments » | 509 views

U.S. Jews and Israel’s Right to Be Heard  

By Evelyn Gordan

The growing divide between Israeli and American Jews was a major topic of conversation at this week’s annual meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America. It was also the topic of a lengthy feature in Haaretz, which largely blamed the Israeli government. Inter alia, it quoted former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro as saying, in reference to that majority of American Jews who identify as non-Orthodox and politically liberal, “There is an idea that has some currency in certain circles around the Israeli government that says, ‘You know what, we can write off that segment of American Jewry because in a couple of generations their children or grandchildren will assimilate.’”
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November 17, 2017 | Comments » | 366 views

Hezbollah Consolidates Its Stranglehold Over Lebanon  

By Michael Totten, MEFORUM

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (left) meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, on November 7 in the UAE.

Saad Hariri resigned his post as Lebanon’s prime minister, citing an assassination plot brewing against him, presumably from his former government coalition partner Hezbollah. “Wherever Iran settles,” he said in a televised speech, “it sows discord, devastation and destruction, proven by its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.” Iran’s hands in the Middle East, he then said, “will be cut off.” He delivered that speech and resignation not from Beirut but from Saudi Arabia.

In a sinister statement worthy of Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad himself, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a long-time tool of Damascus, says he won’t accept Hariri’s resignation unless he returns to Beirut and hands it over in person.
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November 17, 2017 | Comments » | 369 views

Urgent advice to my fellow Jews  

By Vic Rosenthal, ABU YEHUDAH

Right now, today, is a critical point in Jewish history. Maybe you don’t think so, because it’s easy to be distracted by the small stuff. But we need to step back and look at the forest instead of the trees.

Israel, a Jewish state reborn after almost two millennia, is facing a real threat to its survival – perhaps as great or greater than at any time since 1948. The threat is from Iran, which a) has taken control of Lebanon and built a massive rocket and missile installation aimed at our critical infrastructure, b) has achieved strategic dominance of critical territory in Iraq and Syria, will soon have its own troops and proxy militias on our Syrian border as well (with the acquiescence of the US and Russia), and c) either already has or could presently have nuclear weapons.
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November 17, 2017 | Comments » | 539 views

Why Jews reject Jesus as the messiah  

Rabbi Breitowitz received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in 1976; B.S. with honors from Johns Hopkins University; J.D (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1979; and a Doctorate in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel in 1992. He has lectured extensively throughout the US and Israel on medical, business, and family ethics. He has published numerous articles on bankruptcy, commercial law, medical ethics, family law, and halakha. In addition to being the Rabbi of the Woodside Synagogue in SIlver Spring MD, Rabbi Breitowitz is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland.”

November 17, 2017 | 15 Comments » | 888 views

Elkin to Post: Plan to cut Arab neighbourhoods from Jerusalem moving forward  

A plan to separate the east Jerusalem neighborhoods located beyond the security barrier has gained steam and moved from the legislative phase to the planning phase.

BY UDI SHAHAM, JPOST

Elkin to ‘Post’: Plan to cut Arab neighborhoods from Jerusalem moving forward
A view of Kafr Akab, one of the neighborhoods behind the security barrier that would be affected by Elkin’s plan. (Udi Shaham). (photo credit:UDI SHAHAM)

A plan to separate the east Jerusalem neighborhoods located beyond the security barrier has gained steam and moved from the legislative phase to the planning phase, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

After advancing the amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, which made it harder to transfer parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority on the one hand, and opened the door to changes of municipal borders on the other, Elkin said he started initiating the steps needed to implement the plan.
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November 17, 2017 | Comments » | 280 views

Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment  

Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the “insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.”

BY CAROLINE B. GLICK, JPOST

Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment

Speaking at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner, Steven Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and current CEO of the Breitbart news website, said the US political establishment has “lowered the bar on what [pro-Israel] is supposed to be.”

Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the “insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.”

Bannon argued that it is because of the Republican establishment that then president Barack Obama was able to implement the nuclear deal with Iran.
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November 17, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 470 views

Woolsey: “The hell with proportionality”  

Ex-Cia Director Woolsey Explains Why Iran Needs To Be Taken Down A Notch

BY Yonah Jeremy Bob, JPost

The US should destroy virtually all of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps infrastructure as well as Iran’s nuclear facilities to reduce its terrorist and nuclear threats, former CIA director James Woolsey told The Jerusalem Post in an interview.

“The next time the IRGC looks cross-eyed at us… we should turn loose six to 12 MOAB [GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast] bombs on their facilities,” said Woolsey, who was CIA director from 1993 to 1995 during the Clinton administration. He spoke to the Post in the famous Rotunda Room of the Pierre Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

MOAB bombs, with 18,000 pounds of TNT, are the second-largest conventional weapon in the US arsenal, and the largest ever used, after one was dropped on a suspected Islamic State target in Afghanistan in April.
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November 17, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 495 views

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman set to hand over the crown to his son  

dailymail.co.uk

  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia is planning to step down next week and name his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as his successor, a source told DailyMail.com
  • They added: ‘King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title “Custodian of the Holy Shrines”
  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, ordered the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe in early November
  • The Saudi royals were photographed sleeping on bare mattresses on the floor of the luxury Ritz Carlton hotel
  • Once crowned king, the prince will shift his focus to Iran, a long standing rival oil empire to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the source said

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November 17, 2017 | Comments » | 270 views

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s ruinous right  

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Perhaps the gravest threat facing the nation today is the twin perils of a dangerous, delusional “Left” and an impotent, incompetent “Right”, unable to decisively and definitively discredit it.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions – attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, circa. 1150

It is neither an easy nor an enviable undertaking today for anyone trying to alert the public as to the perilous vulnerability in which the nation currently finds itself.

Deceptive signs of success and strength
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November 16, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 803 views

In first-ever Saudi interview, IDF head says ready to share intel on Iran  

Eisenkot tell Arab press Jerusalem and Riyadh in complete agreement on Islamic Republic, which he calls ‘the biggest threat to the region’

By DOV LIEBER, TOI

In an unprecedented interview to a Saudi news outlet, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said Thursday that the Jewish state is prepared to share intelligence with the Gulf kingdom in their joint efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region.

Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations.

Speaking with the London-based, Saudi-owned news site Elaph, Eisenkot, in his first-ever interview with Arabic media, laid out what he thinks are Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East, and made clear that Israel isn’t interested in a war now with the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, despite Iranian attempts to bring about an escalation.
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November 16, 2017 | Comments » | 364 views

The Attorney General replaces the Left with the rule of law  

Freedom of religion, freedom of speech and no more slush funds.

By Daniel Greenfield, FPM

In his letter of advice to President Trump, Obama urged him to protect “institutions and traditions like rule of law” and to “leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.”

It was a final cynical note from a masterful hypocrite lecturing his successor on the importance of putting the rule of law ahead of politics after eight years of putting politics ahead of the rule of law.

Obama always had some great political crusade, from identity politics to international intervention, which trumped the rule of law. If Congress wouldn’t pass amnesty for illegal aliens, he would. If it wouldn’t cover ObamaCare subsidies, he would divert the money anyway. If it wouldn’t agree to bomb Libya, he would do it on his own while lying to Congress and to the American people.
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November 16, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 506 views

Trump’s Unsung Success in the Middle East  

BY DAVID P. GOLDMAN, PJ MEDIA

President Trump’s Middle East policy is simple: Back our friends and scare the hell out of our enemies, and negotiate where possible with our competitors like Russia and China. By and large it’s working, unlike the catastrophically failed polices of the previous two administrations. Trump did what he said he would do and succeeded. You wouldn’t know that from the #fakenews media.

Start with Israel: The Muslim strategy to destroy Israel hasn’t envisioned war–not at least since 1973–because Israel in all cases would win. Instead, the objective is to ring Israel with missiles and force Israel to retaliate against missile attacks in such a way that the “international community” would respond by imposing a “settlement” on Israel that would leave Israel vulnerable to further missiles attacks, and so forth. This is stated explicitly by Palestinian strategists cited by Haviv Rettig Gur in The Times of Israel.

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November 16, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 731 views

Attorney general okays seizure of private Palestinian land for outpost road  

Using precedent set in recent High Court decision, Avichai Mandelblit views residents of Horesha as protected population deserving of public benefits

By JACOB MAGID, TOI

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit approved the expropriation of private Palestinian land for the building of an access road to an illegal West Bank outpost, in an unprecedented legal opinion on Wednesday.

Established without government approval in 1995, the Haresha outpost, in the Binyamin region near the settlement of Talmon, had been ordered to cease construction in 2005 following a High Court of Justice petition by the Peace Now settlement watchdog.

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But following a legal decision last month made by now-retired Supreme Court justice Salim Joubran, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked asked that the state’s opinion on Haresha be updated.
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November 16, 2017 | Comments » | 266 views

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