THE CONFERENCE on THE JORDAN OPTION  

By Zvi November

On October 17, 2017 a full-day conference held at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem provided a platform for numerous well-informed activists to explain why the current Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an obstacle to peace.  All of the speakers agreed that the so-called “two-state” solution is now a dead letter.  Indeed, one could argue that from its official birth on September 13, 1993 the Oslo “peace process” was doomed to failure because it is an Arafat subterfuge and a recipe for Israel’s destruction that was shoved down the public’s throat by the post-Zionist, secular Left establishment that actually controls Israel.  What the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles really did was to start a process of de-legitimizing Israel’s right to exist while simultaneously legitimizing the terrorist PLO and its false narrative based on a non-existent “Palestinian” people.
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October 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 66 views

IRAN’S VERY GOOD WEEK  

The Islamic Republic doesn’t play around.

By Caroline B Glick, JPOST

You have to hand it to the Iranians. They don’t play around. Just hours after President Donald Trump gave his speech outlining the contours of a new US policy toward Iran, senior Iranian officials were on the ground in Iraq and Syria not only humiliating the US, but altering the strategic balance in Iran’s favor.

Last Friday Trump said that from now on, the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama concluded with the Iranian regime would be viewed in the overall context of Iran’s many forms of aggression. Iran’s support and direction of terrorism, its subversion of neighboring regimes, regional aggression, weapons proliferation, development of ballistic missiles and harassment of maritime traffic will no longer be dealt with in isolation from Iran’s nuclear program.
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October 21, 2017 | Comments » | 171 views

Turkey Is Behaving like an Enemy Now  

by Michael J. Totten
World Affairs Journal

Turkey, along with the American-Turkish relationship, is going so far off the rails so quickly right now that there’s no chance you’re aware of everything that’s going on unless you track it professionally or get Google Alerts in your inbox.

Where to even begin? We could start, I suppose, with the fact that a Turkish court sentenced a Wall Street Journal reporter to two years in prison in absentia for “promoting a terrorist organization.” Her real crime? Interviewing and quoting members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). In other words, doing her job.

The reporter, Ayla Albayrak, is in the United States now, so President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an can’t get his grubby mitts on her, but let this be a lesson to all journalists who write about Turkey. You can and will be sentenced to prison.
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October 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 167 views

Why We Remain Enthusiastic Trumpsters  

By Robert B. Sklaroff and Lynne K. Lechter

An Exponent letter-writer recently suggested that advocates for Donald Trump had grown silent, presumably embarrassed by his performance.

As the two essayists on these pages advocating for his election a year ago, we respond to this invitation by doubling-down on our endorsement, emphasizing that it is more enlightening to take his actions seriously than to become distracted by his tweets.

Lechter’s articles primarily extolled the candidate, whereas Sklaroff’s focused on contrasting him with his opponent.

If anything, our projections were understated, both for the Jewish community and for the nation.
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October 21, 2017 | Comments » | 193 views

Israel economy: Life sciences sector transforming  

Economist Intelligence Unit

Despite a decline in several key measures of activity in the Israeli life sciences sector, according to a recent report published by Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI; an umbrella organisation representing high-technology and life science firms), the wider
picture and the long-term trends are decidedly positive. Firms are melding Israel’s strong research reputation in the field with its leading information technology and software know-how, but more traditional firms are also important contributors to the economy and changing rapidly. Life-science-rooted firms are now a key component of Israel’s high-tech offering. Nevertheless, the sector is not without challenges.
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 251 views

Why Are So Many Claiming That Iran Is Complying with the Deal, When Evidence Shows They Aren’t?  

by Alan M. Dershowitz, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

The evidence is mounting that Iran is not only violating the spirit of the no-nukes deal, but that it is also violating its letter. The prologue to the deal explicitly states: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” This reaffirmation has no sunset provision: it is supposed to be forever.

Yet German officials have concluded that Iran has not given up on its goal to produce nuclear weapons that can be mounted on rockets. According to Der Tagesspiegel, a Berlin newspaper:

“Despite the nuclear agreement [reached with world powers in July 2015], Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany. The mullah regime also made efforts this year to obtain material from [German] firms for its nuclear program and the construction of missiles, said security sources.”

Frank Jansen, a prominent journalist, has reported that the “Revolutionary Guards want to continue the nuclear program at all costs.”
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 377 views

Mass Arab Emigration to Jordan Would Solve Israel’s Palestinian Problem, Suggests Conference  

By Eliana Rudee, BREAKING ISRAELI NEWS

“On that day Hashem made a covenant with Avram, saying, ‘To your offspring I assign this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.’” Genesis 15:18 (The Israel Bible™)

MK Yehudah Glick speaks at the Jordanian Option Conference in Jerusalem, October 17, 2017. (Eliana Rudee/Breaking Israel News)

“Everybody knows that Jordan is a Palestinian State,” said MK Yehudah Glick at the Jordanian Option Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Nearly every other speaker at the conference agreed that the Jordan ‘option’ is a satisfactory solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 347 views

Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran  

Maxim A. Suchkov  AL MONITOR October 18, 2017

MOSCOW — Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot. On Tuesday, he was hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hours before Shoigu landed in Tel Aviv, the Israeli air force destroyed a Syrian army anti-aircraft battery in an alleged retaliation to Damascus firing a missile at Israeli planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon. Israel said it informed Russia of the incident “in real-time mode” and “comprehensively briefed” Shoigu to alleviate a potentially negative response from Moscow.
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 314 views

Why Europe’s New Nationalists Love Israel  

by David P. Goldman , PJMEDIA

“If ponies rode men and grass ate cows,” goes the text of “The World Turned Upside Down,” the tune piped by the Continental Army band at Cornwallis’ surrender of Yorktown. Europeans might consider adopting it as their anthem to replace the present European Community hymn, the overused Ode to Joy. The resurgent nationalists who made the Alternative fuer Deutschland into Germany’s third-largest party and the Austrian Freedom Party into that country’s second-largest (and a likely member of a new governing coalition) have an extreme-right reputation, but they are now the most pro-Israel parties in Europe. The world has indeed turned upside-down, and we might as well sing about it.
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October 20, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 487 views

EUROPE’S IRANIAN MOMENT OF TRUTH  

It’s a mistake to hold trans-Atlantic ties hostage to a flawed deal
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The Editorial Board Wall Street Journal 10-18-17

President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal is kicking up a mini-panic in Europe. The Continent’s leaders warn that Mr. Trump’s move could undermine trans-Atlantic relations, and that no U.S. President can unilaterally walk away from the deal. But Europe was overdue for a moment of truth on Iran, and Mr. Trump is providing one.

Europeans embraced the deal even before the final agreement was signed in 2015. Business trips to Tehran started under the pre-2015 interim agreement, and France opened Europe’s first trade office in the Iranian capital barely two months after the final deal was struck. Airbus has agreed to sell billions of euros’ worth of commercial planes to Iran. Germany’s chemical and machine-tools industries have cashed in with deals. French and German auto makers have signed agreements to export cars to Iran or make them there. And oil and gas companies across Europe are piling in.
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 243 views

INTO THE FRAY: Decertifying Iran- A moral imperative. But now what?  

By MARTIN SHERMAN

As the experience of 2003 shows, Iran will only abandon its nuclear program if confronted by what it perceives to be a tangible military threat

In a large country with multiple facilities and ample experience in nuclear concealment, violations will be inherently difficult to detect. Devising theoretical models of inspection is one thing. Enforcing compliance, week after week, despite competing international crises and domestic distractions, is another. Any report of a violation is likely to prompt debate over its significance—or even calls for new talks with Tehran to explore the issue – Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2015.

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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 302 views

The Fall of Kirkuk: Made in Iran  

By Jonathan Spyer, MEFORUM

Iraqi forces took Kirkuk city from the Kurds this week with hardly a shot fired. Twenty-two Kurdish fighters were killed in the sporadic and disorganized resistance, while seven Iraqi soldiers also lost their lives. It is a remarkable setback for the Kurds, who just a few weeks ago held an independence referendum. The loss of Kirkuk especially, given the city’s vast oil resources, lessens the likelihood that an independent state will emerge from the Kurdish Regional Government area in northern Iraq.
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October 20, 2017 | Comments » | 264 views

Israel finishes advancing 2,600 West Bank homes as settlers push for more  

Second day of meetings sees 1,323 units across West Bank okayed, including for evacuees of Migron and Amona outposts; settlers protest outside PM’s residence

By JACOB MAGID, TOI

Defense Ministry dismantling Amona outpost in the central West Bank on February 6, 2017. 

AMICHAI, West Bank — The Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction advanced plans for some 1,300 West Bank homes Wednesday, capping off a week which saw the green-lighting of over 2,600 homes.

Included in the plans that gained final authorization for building by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee were projects for the evacuees of the illegal Migron (86 units) and Amona (102 units) outposts.

The two communities were demolished in September 2012 and February 2017, respectively, after the High Court of Justice ruled they had been built on private Palestinian land.
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October 19, 2017 | 7 Comments » | 290 views

China’s debt woes need more of the spotlight  

President Xi Jinping’s talk of giving market forces a “decisive role” is belied by his war on the internet and mainland gateways to information flows.

ASIA TIMES

Déjà vu was in the air in Washington last weekend as the keepers of the global economy convened for the annual International Monetary Fund confab.

Twenty years ago, at the same event, officials obsessed over Japan’s corporate debt bubble. It was seen as a clear and present danger to the banking system of what was then Asia’s biggest economy – and global stability. Officials urged Tokyo to get its house in order for everyone’s sake.

China now finds itself in a similarly uncomfortable spotlight.
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October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 284 views

The S-400 Deal: Russia Drives another Wedge between Turkey and its NATO Allies  

Gallia LindenstraussZvi Magen
INSS Insight No. 982, October 18, 2017

The recent statement by Turkish President Erdogan that Ankara had made an advance payment to Russia for the purchase of two S-400 air defense batteries, combined with Russia’s confirmation of this report, constitutes a significant development that adds to the question marks about Turkey’s future in NATO. This development also strengthens Russia’s standing in the Middle East, because it is another expression of the rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara. However, the Turkish-Russian rapprochement does not by itself reduce the leverage available to the West in its relations with Turkey, above all the defense relations in the context of NATO and the extensive trade between Turkey and the European Union. While many believe that Turkey will remain a NATO member for the foreseeable future, they note at the same time that Turkey is a problematic member of the alliance that is already suffering from quite a few internal tensions.

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October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 256 views

King Salman’s Visit to Moscow: Affirmation of Russian Influence in the Middle East  

Zvi MagenYoel Guzansky INSS Insight No. 983, October 18, 2017

The recent visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia was described by Saudi Arabia as historic; Moscow likewise attributed much significance to the visit, because it regards Saudi Arabia as a key Middle East state, and because it saw in it Riyadh’s recognition of Russia’s influence in the region. Despite their differences on Syria and other issues, Riyadh and Moscow have a string of common interests, headed by the goal of stabilizing oil prices. Furthermore, Moscow realizes that not only will it be difficult to enhance its influence in the Middle East without improving its relations with Riyadh, but that Riyadh still has considerable influence on the forces opposing Assad, and therefore on the chances of a settlement in Syria, as well as influence on Islamic forces in Russia itself. As for Israel, Russia is keeping close track of the discourse about an Israeli-Saudi rapprochement as part of the formation of an anti-Iran regional front.

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October 19, 2017 | Comments » | 211 views

US envoy: Hamas must disarm under Palestinian unity deal  

In first official remark on last week’s reconciliation agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt says that if Hamas wants to play a role in the Palestinian government, it must heed U.S., Israeli demands.

ISRAEL HAYOM

U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem | Photo: GPO

A week after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East said Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to peaceful negotiations with Israel.

Jason Greenblatt’s statement Thursday was the first American comment on the advancing Palestinian reconciliation efforts and echoed Israeli demands.
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October 19, 2017 | Comments » | 217 views

8 European countries demand Israel pay for West Bank structures it destroyed  

EU, Israeli diplomats at odds over mobile classrooms and solar panels, with Jerusalem insisting they amount to an effort to strengthen Palestinian claims

TOI

Eight European Union member states are demanding that Israel pay them back for the demolition and confiscation of buildings and other installations constructed for the benefit of Bedouin encampments in Area C of the West Bank by the EU’s mission in Israel.

A letter from the EU member states, led by Belgium, setting out the demand will be handed to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in the coming days, according to the Haaretz newspaper, citing an initial report in France’s Le Monde daily.

In August, Israel dismantled a structure in West Bank Bedouin Arab village of Jabal al-Baba adjacent to al-Azariya, that was slated to open as a kindergarten for 25 children and a structure being used to house a small primary school in the southern West Bank. In addition, it confiscated solar panels on another structure being used as a school in the southern West Bank.
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October 19, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 382 views

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