Myth: Palestinians Want a Peaceful State Alongside Israel

By Mort Klien and Daniel Mandel, ZOA

Discussion of the Arab/Israeli situation is often unilluminating because so much of it is based on groundless assumptions and stubborn fictions. Perhaps the most pervasive one today afflicting the international political class is the notion that Palestinian Arabs primarily desire a state of their own, living peacefully alongside Israel.

Some examples in recent years:

  • December 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry: “polls of Israelis and Palestinians show there is still strong support for the two-state solution.”

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Israel blames Germany for EU support of UNESCO anti-Israel resolution

Is Germany leading European support for the resolution attacking Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem?

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPOST

Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel.

Israel is angry at Germany for the anticipated European support for the resolution attacking Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, which UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris is scheduled to approve this Tuesday, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post.

The behind-the-scenes conflict preceded the public argument between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his meeting with the left-wing group Breaking the Silence during his visit to Israel last week.

Netanyahu canceled his meeting with

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US Marines in Syria to defend Kurds against Turkey

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US Marines in northern Syria

The US has sent a group of US Marines armed with eight-wheeled Stryker armored carriers to northern Syria as a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces, after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia, injured 18 and destroyed the local Kurdish command headquarters. Clashes broke out between Turkish and Kurdish forces after the air strikes.

The convoy of US armored vehicles took up positions at the village of Darbasiyah in the northeastern Hasakah province, a few hundred meters from the Turkey border.

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A Peace Summit Sullied

By Tabitha Korol

Arab leaders met in Egypt for the Arab League Summit ostensibly to start a peace process with Israel, the same peace process that the Arabs have, without exception, always declined in the past.  This time, they hope that our new President Trump will support a two-state solution, one that would deliver a border common to Israel and her avowed, homicidal enemy. They also expect to negate Trump’s campaign promise to move America’s embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, in keeping with the construct of violence that the Mohammedans have scorched into the history of every vanquished territory.

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Trump Must Speak to Mudar Zahran

T. Belman. Since Trump’s spokesperson Toner said that Breaking of Silence and B’Tselem should be spoken to, surely Trump will follow his own advice and meet with Mudar Zahran.

Michael Ross explains why US President-Elect Donald Trump should develop a relationship with Mudar Zahran, the Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC) Secretary General. Among other things, Ross highlights that Zahran and the JOC have done more politically compared to any other government in exile in order to bring peace to the Middle East.

By Michael Ross

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For the last half a dozen years, Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC) Secretary General Mudar Zahran has been on a mission – a mission that many say is larger than life because it will not only save lives and bring peace to his people but more importantly, bring to an end an iron-fisted dictatorship that has mismanaged Jordan’s economy and threatened the lives and future of her people. As such, President-Elect Trump needs to talk with Mr. Zahran, embrace the information he is presenting and by doing so, will help stop terrorism, save lives and money and combined, help bring peace to the region.

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The Ultimate Alternate Israel-Palestine Solution

With a new U.S. president, new ideas are emerging on how to resolve the Israel-Palestine debacle. One of the most promising comes from the Jordanian Opposition Council who favor a new Palestinian state — in Jordan. 

By Ted Belman

The GOP unanimously approved a pro-Israel platform at their convention in July 2016 which stipulated:

“The U.S. seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the region,”

David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, representing Donald Trump, participated in the drafting and were in complete agreement with the final text.

Gone was any reference to the Palestinian people or to a two-state solution. In addition, the platform included the words “We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier.” If not an “occupier,” then presumably Israel is a sovereign.

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Are Tourists Free to Wade at a Memorial?

Visitors wade in the Rainbow Pool at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Some people feel wading there shows a lack of respect. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

Would you wade in Washington D.C.’s Rainbow Pool?

Let’s say it is a very hot day. There is hardly any shade nearby. But there is a cool pool, fed by a fountain.There are other people and kids wading in the pool.

On the other hand, that pool is part of the National World War II Memorial. There are signs saying not to wade in the pool. There are visitors who have come to honor those who served, and those who died, in World War II.

Is it OK to dip your feet in the pool?

No Big Deal

Opinions on the matter are mixed. Some visitors to the site find it rude and wrong for people to wade in the fountain. But plenty of tourists see nothing wrong with wading.

Eric Echevarria, 31, carried his young child into the pool on a hot summer day. He ignored the signs that read, “Honor Your Veterans. No wading. Coins damage fountain.”

He said the pool was a place to “relax, cool off.”

He was visiting from New Jersey. “People will say what they say,” he added.

Ashlee Montgomery, from Maryland, dipped her feet in the fountain. Her 6-year-old son splashed around in the pool.

“It’s a place to come and spend time with family,” she said. Her grandfather fought in World War II. She said she comes to the site to learn about the war. Her son asks questions about the site.

“It pulls people in,” she said.

Lack of Respect

But many visitors are shocked to see hundreds of people wading in the fountain. They feel it shows a lack of respect. People who work at the site agree.

“This is a memorial; this is not a pool,” said Jasmine Daniel, 20. She runs tours at the site.

Finding a balance between respect and recreation is a challenge every year, said Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles.She works for the National Park Service.

“We hope that members of the public will choose to respect these sacred places and the people they honor,” she said.

About 16 million people served in the U.S. forces during World War II. More than 400,000 died.

Veterans and their families have complained about the wading. Many people got upset two years ago, after a photo showed a man changing a child’s diaper on the edge of the pool.

Living in Freedom

Julian Bonder studies the role of memorials in public life.

“Memorials are related to life,” he said. If dipping one’s feet in the water makes a person feel alive, Bonder doesn’t see that as a lack of respect.

“How do we honor those who gave their lives for us to enjoy our lives in freedom?” he said.

Bonder said it’s important to remember that the freedom they fought for gives others the right to act how they choose.

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YOUNG AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Free speech is under assault at college throughout the United States, as demonstrated by recent cases of progressive students shouting down and disrupting invited speakers on campuses in California and Vermont. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found that 39.6 percent of the 449 schools it surveyed maintain “severely restrictive, ‘red light’ speech codes that clearly and substantially prohibit constitutionally protected speech.” The libertarian campus organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), takes freedom of expression seriously through its Fight for Free Speech project, through which local activist chapters educate other students about their constitutional rights, organize petitions, pass out pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution, and build “Free Speech Walls” that allow students to write whatever they want.

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Next Week In Chicago: How To Deal With All Of Your ‘Stuff’

Writers, artists, and scholars will spend three days this weekend enlightening Chicagoans on various aspects of what the late comic George Carlin immortalized as “Stuff”: collecting it, organizing it, and having too much of it. The symposium, sponsored by the the Chicago Humanities Spring Fest, does not directly involve Jews. But Jews are probably involved and, more than that, deeply implicated. Same goes for Independent Bookstore Day, which is also being held this weekend.

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BROOKLYN COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION AMONG “TOP TEN COLLEGE ADMINISTRATIONS MOST FRIENDLY TO TERRORISTS AND HOSTILE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT”

Editor’s note: The David Horowitz Freedom Center has prepared a report on the “Top Ten College Administrations Most Friendly to Terrorists and Hostile to the First Amendment.” These campuses provide financial and institutional support to terrorist-linked campus organizations such as the Hamas-funded hate-group Students for Justice in Palestine while actively suppressing speech critical of Israel’s terrorist adversaries and their allies in the United States. Frontpage will be highlighting one campus from this report each day. Brooklyn College is the first school to be named to this list. 

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PORTLAND AND BERKELEY: SANCTUARY CITIES FOR LEFTIST VIOLENCE

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Keep Portland Weird.

After Trump won, thousands of leftist thugs rampaged through Portland smashing windows and starting fires. They threw fireworks and bottles at police. And they caused a million dollars in damage.

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AUSTRIAN PRESIDENT: ALL WOMEN SHOULD WEAR HIJABS TO FIGHT ISLAMOPHOBIA

And if the Islamophobia gets really bad, they should convert to Islam. Or be beheaded for their Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is a propaganda term invented by Islamists. And the measures for fighting Islamophobia seem utterly indistinguishable from Islamism. Islamists want all women wearing a head covering. It’s the law in countries controlled by Islamic law. Islamists and their leftist fellow travelers have been pushing “Hijab tolerance” in colleges and other places to show “support” for Muslim women.

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Turkey bombed the Kurds

We’re America’s best friend in Syria. Turkey bombed us anyway.

By Ilham Ahmed, WaPo


Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) visit the site of Turkish airstrikes near the northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik on Tuesday. (Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Turkey bombed the headquarters of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, killing 20 of our soldiers. Immediately after the strike, the leaders of our forces — known as the People’s Protection Groups, or YPG — rushed from their operations center near Raqqa, where they’ve been working with the U.S. military to push the Islamic State out of its Syrian stronghold, to view the site of the attack. The American colonel and other officers who accompanied the YPG leaders were met by tens of thousands of protesters, including the mothers of soldiers who have died fighting the Islamic State. They asked the Americans a simple question: “How is it possible that our soldiers are fighting with you against ISIS while your ally Turkey is attacking us here?”

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All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

Letter to António Guterres, with unanimous Senate support, demands wide-ranging reforms of international body

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All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body.

The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate.

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“Top Ten College Administrations Most Friendly to Terrorists and Hostile to the First Amendment”: Vassar College

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Time to ditch Israel's fake friends

Israel doesn’t need to appease J Street and BDS supporters in the American Jewish community.

By Lee Bender

It’s getting terribly tiresome hearing and seeing some liberal American Jews complain and harp that Israel is not doing much of anything “to make peace with the Palestinians” and are not acting with “compassion and justice.”  The constantly repeated refrain, including from groups such as J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, and other BDS supporters, that the status quo is unacceptable; that Israel, which is the much stronger party, and not the “poor” “victim” Palestinian Arabs, must urgently do something now; make concessions; withdraw from “occupied territories” for the sake of a Palestinian Arab state on its doorstep –-  or else– is all too reflexive. And Israel will of course be isolated and vilified by the world and U.N. if it does not comply.  After all, “we all know what this is going to look like in the end.”

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