Israel jets mark go-it-alone policy on Syria

DEBKA

Arab media show damage caused by air strikes to Syrian army compound in Damascus
Arab media carried conflicting reports which described Israeli warplanes striking in and around Damascus overnight Tuesday, Nov. 29, with “four long-range Popeye” missiles fired from Lebanese air space on the government-held town of Al-Saboorah, a western suburb of Damascus, near the highway to Beirut.

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November 30, 2016 | 4 Comments » | 2 views

Erdogan comes face to face with US, Russia in Syria

By Semih Idiz, AL MONITOR

Erdogan1Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been promising since September to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS) and move east to Manbij to rid it of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey claims that the YPG — the core of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting IS — and its parent organization, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), are terrorist groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but it has failed to generate international support for this position. Recent developments on the ground also point to increasing difficulties for Erdogan’s efforts to fulfill his promises.

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“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was a song written about Israel

As sung by Carly Rose Sonenclar, a 13 year old Jewish American girl.

By Mordechai ben Menachem

During the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the “Wizard of Oz” by having Pink sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

But what few people realized, while listening to that incredible performer singing that unforgettable song, is that the music is deeply embedded in the Jewish experience. It is no accident, for example, that the greatest Christmas songs of all time were written by Jews. For example, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was written by Johnny Marks and “White Christmas” was penned by a Jewish liturgical singer’s (cantor) son, Irving Berlin.

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Why I Support Steve Bannon and Breitbart

By Paul Miller, JEWISH PRESS

bannonI don’t know Steve Bannon. Even though my byline has appeared in Breitbart, I never met the man or even knew his name until he joined the Trump campaign. What I do know is that he is the target of a political ideology in desperation mode, which has been excusing antisemitism for over a decade and euphemistically referring to the murder of Jews in Israel as “resistance.”

Not knowing what’s in Bannon’s heart, I couldn’t say if he spends his evenings at Ku Klux Klan meetings or gearing up for a post-political career in hip hop. The fact is that he headed arguably the most pro-Israel media organization in the world, and oversaw an operation that went out of its way to expose and attack antisemitism at every turn.

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Why Romney? There’s method in Trump’s madness.

By Ted Belman

RomneyThomas Lifson, writing in American thinker explains Why Trump is courting Romney for the State Department. Essentially he argues that Trump has a different State Department in mind.

Trump is putting together a very strong National Security Service dedicated to fighting not only Islamists but also Islamist ideology. General Flynn has been appointed National Security Advisor and Kathleen “KT” McFarland has been appointed to serve as deputy national security adviser.

No one doubts their commitment to the task. In 2012, McFarland said to, “Either bomb Iran, or let Iran get the bomb.” She is on record of favouring profiling and ending political correctness.

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US Intifada: A fire-storm of lies is setting US campuses ablaze

Islamic Jew-hatred has made a treacherous alliance with Western academics and activists- and the US campuses are on fire.

By Phyllis Chesler, INN

Have you ever escaped a raging fire? I have–twice, and one never, ever forgets the heat, the smell, the bright red-and-orange flames, the horror, the near-brush with death, the loss of one’s possessions or of one’s home–and the overwhelming gratitude that one’s life has been spared.

Israel has been on fire–literally, and for days, in yet another series of fiendish, co-ordinated arson attacks, otherwise known as #ArsonJihad, #Pyro-terrorism, or #BushfireJihad. Daniel Pipes has kept a running record of just such arson Jihad attacks.

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November 29, 2016 | 3 Comments » | 3 views

Top Israeli justices face war crimes suit in Chile for authorizing West Bank wall

Lawsuit by Palestinians from Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, is based on precedent of Nuremberg trials and receives support from local lawmakers, sources tell Haaretz.

By Amira Hass, HAARETZ

A war crimes suit was filed in Chile against three Israeli Supreme Court justices for authorizing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier in the Bethlehem area, Palestinian sources involved in the lawsuit told Haaretz.

The lawsuit, which also alleges crimes against humanity, was filed in Santiago on Monday and was joined by a number of Chilean lawmakers from left, right and centrist parties.

The claimants are six landowners from the Beit Jala in the West Bank, whose lands will be separated from the village as a result of the barrier’s construction. Five of the plaintiffs are Chilean nationals residing in the country and the sixth is a Palestinian that lives in Beit Jala.

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Analysis: Will Amona lead to a war crimes showdown with the ICC?

By Jonah Jeremy Bob, JPOST

Amona is most likely going to be evacuated on December 25 as was scheduled about two years ago.

The political and legal forces pushing in that direction are likely stronger than those trying to save Amona.

But what if the currently-debated Legalizations Bill passes or what if Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s Monday night suggestion of slightly moving the Amona settlers to an abandoned area nearby for eight months goes forward? How would this impact Israeli leaders and settlement leaders before the International Criminal Court? The ICC has been preliminary examining alleged war crimes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since January 2015 when it recognized Palestine as a state over vehement Israeli objections.

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November 29, 2016 | 9 Comments » | 4 views

Obama deliberately flooded the US with Muslims

T. Belman. I want to point out that globalization and open borders go hand in hand. As the nation state is now clawing its way back in Britain, the US and elsewhere, immigration of Muslims are no longer welcome. Since they do not wish to assimilate or abandon Sharia, they are a threat to our culture and way of life and should be kept out. Universalism and multiculturalism are out. Nationalism and assimilation are in.

T. Belman.  The Muslim refugees are merely the tip of the Iceberg. As the second article records, Obama will have issued 1.1 million green cards. This does not include migrants on temporary, non-immigrant visas which allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. temporarily for work, study, tourism and the like. Nor does it include the people who overstay their visas.

And don’t forget the family reunification program which will more than double their numbers.

And don’t forget their higher birthrates.

U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016

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A total of 38,901 Muslim refugees entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2016, making up almost half (46%) of the nearly 85,000 refugees who entered the country in that period, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. That means the U.S. has admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002.

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John Bolton for Secretary of State

By Arnold Cusmariu, AMERICAN THINKER

BOLTONAs everyone knows, a new administration usually means senior-level personnel changes in federal agencies across the board. President Trump needs, and is entitled to have, his own team in charge of policy implementation.

What is less obvious is that the Department of State is likely to experience greater turnover than many other agencies with a change of administration because it has two basic components: one at home in the Harry S. Truman Building at 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC and a much larger one abroad in embassies and related offices in countries with which we have diplomatic relations. An incoming secretary of state will be involved in both types of personnel decisions, directly or indirectly. A key question is who is most qualified to hit the ground running day one and do a great job of personnel management inside Foggy Bottom apart from the issue of managing foreign policy on behalf of the president.

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Jewish Democrats cry hypocrisy over US general’s Israel remarks

Gen. James Mattis, contender for Trump’s defense secretary, said settlements could lead to ‘apartheid.’

By Michael Wilner, JPOST

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After defending US Pres Barack Obama’s credentials on Israel for eight long years, Jewish Democrats in Washington are calling their Republican colleagues hypocritical for giving a pass to retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, a top contender for defense secretary in the Trump administration who in 2013 said that Israel may soon become an apartheid state.

Mattis’s comments, to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, were made in his capacity as a private citizen.

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A-G approves ‘absentee property’ solution for Amona

Avichai Mandelblit states that absentee property can be used as a temporary solution for Amona, but the Regulation Law would invalidate it.

By Nitsan Keidar, INN

agAttorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Monday submitted a legal opinion offering a temporary solution for the residents of Amona, which is slated for demolition by December 25.

The legal opinion relates to the possibility of moving the residents of Amona to temporary structures on three plots located north of the community.

The solution is a temporary one, for a period of about eight months, and will move the residents to property defined as “absentee property”, meaning assets granted to the state of Israel which originally belonged to individuals who fled to the territory of a hostile nation during the 1948 War of Independence.

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America and Russia: Towards a New Partnership?

by Jiri Valenta with Leni Friedman Valenta
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 380

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A pragmatist like Reagan, President Trump will face three urgent foreign policy issues: renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal with a US-Israel military option and Russia’s acquiescence; resolving the human catastrophe in Syria in partnership with President Putin; and a Great Bargain with Putin on the Ukraine. At home, Trump’s challenge will be to bridge bitter political and racial divides. Establishing bipartisan commissions on the Middle East and Russia might help. So would the appointment of the non-partisan General David Petraeus as Secretary of State.

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Muslims Demand Right to Preach in Public Schools: Canada

T. Belman. I am totally against Muslims who embrace Jihad and Sharia. And I am against permitting Islam to grow in Canada or any other part of the west. No good will come of it. I say that we have a right to be free of it in our society.

Student Islamists are mounting a coordinated campaign to expand Muslim religious services in the high schools of Canada’s sixth largest city.

BY JOHN GODDARD, THE CLARION PROJECT

Friday prayers held during class hours at the Valley Park Middle School. Boys pray in front, girls pray behind them separated by a barrier and menstruating girls are obliged to sit at the very back to observe the service but not participate.

Student Islamists are mounting a coordinated campaign to expand Muslim religious services in the high schools of Canada’s sixth largest city.

So far, authorities are proving sympathetic, suspending a new policy meant to regulate student sermons.

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November 28, 2016 | 3 Comments » | 4 views

Germany to investigate Nazi influence on post-war government

Four-year, $5 million probe will assess how many members of Nazi regime stayed on after 1945 • Probe comes as report finds around 77% of senior legal experts in Germany’s Justice Ministry in 1957 were former Nazi party members.

ISRAEL HAYOM

Germany will investigate the Nazis’ influence on the country’s post-war government, German magazine Der Spiegel reported over the weekend.

At an estimated $5 million cost, the four-year probe will assess how many members of the Third Reich stayed on at the German Federal Chancellery — the agency that serves the executive office of the chancellor, equivalent to the White House — after the war.

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New Putin move to win a military base in Libya

DEBKAfile

Libyan Gen Khalifa Hafter arrived in Moscow Sunday, Nov. 26, with a request for Russian arms and military support for his army. He was welcomed in Moscow, which saw an opening for Russia to gain its first military base in North Africa. According to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, President Vladimir Putin began to envision a second Mediterranean base on the coast of Benghazi, twin to Hmeimim in Syria’s Latakia. This one would accommodate Russian naval as well as air units and be located 700km from Europe.

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‘It’s time for the court system to change’

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin talks to Arutz Sheva about Amona, the Regulation Law, and the court system as a whole.

By Hezki Baruch, INN

levinTourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said Monday morning in an interview with Arutz Sheva that despite the government’s efforts to find alternative solutions for Amona, the coalition still needs to pass the Regulation Law.

“The Regulation Law is a means, not an end,” Levin said. “Our purpose isn’t to prevent the unjust expulsion of all Amona’s residents. I think we need to advance the Regulation Law, so we won’t end up in a situation in which we failed to find a solution and also haven’t managed to pass the law. If, by the time the Regulation Law is passed, we don’t find a better solution for Amona, we’ll have to use the Regulation Law.”

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Trump Will Not Appoint Romney

By J Marsolo, AMERICAN THINKER

On November 27, 2016 Kellyanne Conway questioned Romney’s loyalty to Trump, and questioned Romney’s judgment because of his attacks on Trump. She said that Romney lost states in 2012 that Trump won, and questioned what has Romney done since 2012 to warrant an important position such as Secretary of State. Ms. Conway stuck the knife in, twisted it, all with a smile on her face.

CNN reported:

“…Kellyanne Conway says President-elect Donald Trump’s base of supporters are concerned about Mitt Romney being considered for secretary of state. She says she will ultimately respect Trump’s decision..”

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Trudeau’s turn from cool to laughing stock

Terry Glavin on how Justin Trudeau’s lament for the dictator Fidel Castro confirmed every lampoon of the prime minister’s foreign-policy vacuity

By Terry Glavin, Macleans

Justin Trudeau (C) poses for a selfie with students during the First Ministers' meeting in Ottawa, Canada November 23, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Justin Trudeau (C) poses for a selfie with students during the First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa, Canada November 23, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Ever since his election as Canada’s prime minister last October, Justin Trudeau has revelled in global tributes, raves and swoons. He’s the Disney prince with the trippy dance moves, the groovy Haida tattoo and the gender-balanced cabinet. He’s the last best hope for globalization, the star attraction at the Pride Parades, the hero of the Paris Climate Summit, the guy everyone wants a selfie with.

Trudeau made himself synonymous with Canada. He made Canada cool again. It was fun while it lasted.

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