Israeli innovators build new ‘Silicon Valley’

By Katia Dolmadjian

With a concentration of start-ups just behind that of Silicon Valley and an impressive pool of engineers, Israel is becoming the new standard for high-tech, with a unique business model.

Internet-related activities contributed 9 billion euros (12.6 billion dollars) to the Israeli economy in 2009, representing 6.5 percent of GDP, according to a report from management consultancy McKinsey.

The sector is worth more than the construction industry (5.4 percent of GDP) and almost as much as health (6.8 percent).

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June 30, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 196 views

PM: Iron Dome system crucial to peace with Palestinians

I hate it when Bibi puts all the focus on our security rather than on our right to the land. I want to keep the land for its sake. It will also make us more secure. What is crucial to peace is that the Arabs compromise on the land. Ted Belman


Netanyahu says anti-missile system must be deployed along border of future Palestinian state, is keen on obtaining US help for buying more.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is starting to prepare for US help in purchasing additional Iron Dome anti-missile batteries, bringing the issue up on Wednesday during a meeting with three key Democratic congressmen.

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June 30, 2011 | 8 Comments » | 130 views

U.S. to resume formal Muslim Brotherhood contacts

Barry Rubin commented. “First of all, the headline is basically a lie. The US has never had “formal” contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood but only informal ones. This represents a major policy shift.”


By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, in a step that reflects the Islamist group’s growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its U.S. backers.

“The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing,” said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency.”

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June 30, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 136 views

Pawlenty against pressuring Israel

By Ted Belman

Yesterday Tim Pawlenty, Republican presidential nominee hopeful, gave a very important speech to the Council on Foreign Relations.

He disagreed stongly with Obama’s approach to Israel and the peace process.

And in the middle of all this, is Israel.

Israel is unique in the region because of what it stands for and what it has accomplished. And it is unique in the threat it faces—the threat of annihilation. It has long been a bastion of democracy in a region of tyranny and violence. And it is by far our closest ally in that part of the world.

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June 29, 2011 | 10 Comments » | 131 views

Rally ‘Round Melanie Phillips


It’s when you’re down and out that you find out who your friends are.

Take a moment, then, to consider visiting the new website of conservative Daily Mail columnist, author and blogger Melanie Phillips. Ms. Phillips just exited the Spectator‘s blog under highly shrouded circumstances. Fleet Street is abuzz.

Was it journalistic error?  Or political persecution?  It’s simply impossible to get at the facts.

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June 29, 2011 | 8 Comments » | 278 views

Poisoning the well of animal welfare

By Spengler, ASIA TIMES

A version of the essay below appeared in the Dutch-language daily newspaper De Volkskrant on June 16. For months, the Dutch parliament has debated a bill that would ban kosher slaughter on supposed humanitarian grounds. On June 23, parliament offered a compromise according to which the Jewish community will have a chance to demonstrate that this 3,000-year-old practice does not cause animals to suffer. Given that kosher slaughter is mandated in order to prevent animal suffering, the entire proceeding is grotesque. This might seem like an esoteric issue affecting a small religious minority; on the contrary, I argue, it is on just such questions that the moral survival of the West depends – Spengler.

For the first time in Western history, the physical as well as emotional pain felt by animals became a human concern three
millennia ago in the Jewish Scriptures. Not only does the Hebrew Bible prohibit meat obtained by hunting – the least humane way of killing animals – but it forbids the owner of an ox from muzzling the beast while it threshes grain, or killing a calf in the presence of the mother cow.

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June 29, 2011 | 17 Comments » | 143 views

Kuwait newspaper against UN recognition

The dangers in premature recognition of a “Palestinian state”!

By Abdallah al-Hadlaq, Al Watan, Kuwait

(Translated from Arabic)

International agreements dealing with peace in the Middle East must be respected

The Palestinian side is flaunting UNSC Resolutions 242, 338 and 1850 and the Road Map to Peace, all of which call for agreed solutions for disputes to be reached by direct talks, rejecting unilateral acts that undermine internationally accepted parameters for reaching peace, and defining basic principles for bilateral peace-making.

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June 29, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 144 views

Annexation Law Gains Momentum

by Eitam Abadi, Indy News Israel April 27/11

Parliamentary initiatives to annex territories won from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War have been gaining traction in recent weeks as the Western-backed Palestinian Authority continues its threats to unilaterally declare a state in these territories this September at the United Nations General Assembly.

National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beiteinu) raised the idea of annexation at a party convention in Jerusalem two weeks ago and has since been granting interviews on the subject to the local and foreign press, including CNN, which approached Landau to discuss the matter on Tuesday.

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June 29, 2011 | 11 Comments » | 147 views

Obama’s Illiberal Foreign Policy

In Obama’s progressive calculus, disdain for the United States is a mark of authenticity.

By Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

The incoming hope-and-change Obama administration advanced the narrative that at home and abroad it cared far more for people than profits. Its “reset” diplomacy (all in the past “bad,” all in the future “good”) was supposed to be about multilateral consensus instead of Bush-era unilateral hubris. But after almost 30 months, it is now clear that in our dealings abroad values like human rights, constitutional government, free-market liberal economics, and transparency do not matter much to the Obama administration.

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June 28, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 526 views

Hezbollah and Syria: Who abandoned who?

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, alsharq alawsat

Hezbollah’s mission, since the group’s establishment in 1982, has been extremely easy in that it has been limited to confronting Israel. This mission allowed Hezbollah to obtain Arab respect, Iranian funding, and local influence. However today Hezbollah finds itself in an extremely difficult situation; its enemies have multiplied and increased to the extent that Israel is now the least of their worries. More then half of the Lebanese people are against Hezbollah, whilst most Arabs are against them as well, and Syria seems to have abandoned them or at least distanced themselves from the Lebanese group.

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June 28, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 128 views

Killing the enemy in wartime

According to Haaretz, “Lior was wanted for questioning after he endorsed the controversial book “Torat Hamelech,” which justifies the killing of non-Jews. ” There was no mention about the circumstances that would justify it. Does anyone have more info on what the book espouses? We must be able to distinguish the difference between this and expressions in the Koran or Christian Bible which many criticise. Rubin makes the case for the killing below and I entirely agree with him. This is a push back against the left who are trying to rewrite the rules of war. To advocate such killing is not incitement but common sense.
Two years ago this article, Rabbi Lior Says It’s OK to Kill Civilians …and other rabbis are silent, was published in an anti war blog. Lior alledgedly said,

    “The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them. This is the real moral behind Israel’s Torah and we must not feel guilty due to foreign morals.”

    “When our forces come across civilians during a war or in hot pursuit or in a raid, so long as there is no certaintly that those civilians are incapable of harming our forces according to Halkah they may and even should be killed.”

I have no ojection to these principals. In fact I have argued that it is criminal negligence to put your own soldiers at risk to save the lives of your enemies. Our duty is to our own and not to mankind.

The article ends with this surprising statement,

    ”I should also note that Lior’s resoning is very similar to the logic that Madeleine Albright used when asked to respond to the charge [in 1995] that a half million Iraqi children has been killed by U.S. sanctions. It was “worth it” because it was her responsibility to make sure US soldiers would not have to“refight the Gulf War”

Totally aside from the validity of the charge that 500,000 children died, to my mind we should not allow the left to tie our hands in seeking victory. That is not to say that we should drop the Bomb at the drop of a hat. It is to say that there are times when you drop the bomb. Ted Belman

Rabbi Lior’s Arrest
by David Rubin, INN

Rabbi Lior’s arrest was much more than a travesty of free speech. The reason for the arrest made no sense at all.

There has been much commotion over the arrest of Rabbi Dov Lior by the police, with many rightly referring to it as an infringement of free speech.

His crime? He endorsed a book entitled Torat Hamelech, authored by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, which says that it is permissible to kill civilian non-Jews in certain situations during wartime.

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June 28, 2011 | 31 Comments » | 194 views

Saint Shimon

By David Isaac, Shmuel Katz Blog

Shimon Peres has achieved sainthood. It’s not clear how it happened. Maybe it’s just that Israelis have a soft spot for the “pioneering” generation and Peres, a protégée of David Ben-Gurion, is the only one left standing.

It’s ironic as Israel’s current president was, until now, never popular with Israel’s voters. He may have been popular at one time with the Socialist International, of which he was voted vice president in 1978. He may have been popular with the Nobel Foundation, which gave him the prize for peace in 1994. And he may have been popular within his own Labor Party, of which he was chairman from 1977-1992.

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June 28, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 124 views

How Arab Media View a Declaration of Palestinian Statehood

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz, JCPA


The momentum for the emergence of Palestinian statehood began two years ago with a serious plan set forth by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. In addition, President Barack Obama in his speech to the UN General Assembly in 2010 stated that Palestine should become a full member of the United Nations by the fall of 2011.

Unlike the vibrant debate in Israel over the Palestinian plan to seek support for statehood in September in the UN General Assembly, the Arab media is occupied with the wave of changes sweeping Arab countries, leaving little room for discussion of the projected Palestinian plan.

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June 27, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 112 views

Is the ‘Peace Process’ the Road to War?

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN

Last week, President Shimon Peres warned that written peace agreement on Jerusalem will cause a “world war.” Now, leading Kadima Knesset Member and former IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz says conflict is the fate of a United Nations declaration recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a country.

In a speech at the Bedouin city of Hura in the northern Negev President Peres said that there is a de facto peace in Jerusalem, where “the entire prayers rise up together, and the government doesn’t intervene. People are living and working peacefully… but if they try to put it into writing, a world war will break out.”

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June 27, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 357 views

Will U.S. Suspend Aid to Egypt’s Military?

By Richard Pollack, PAJAMAS MEDIA

The anti-Western policies recently adopted by Egypt’s military government may be spawning a surprising anti-Egyptian backlash in Washington. A movement inside and outside of Congress is calling for re-examination of the $1.3 billion in military assistance the U.S. gives each year to the Egyptian generals.

A call for an end to military aid reverberated throughout Washington last February, when President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down during the height of the “Arab Spring.”

Now, some see Egypt falling into an Arab Winter. Two observers recently noted that all is not well in land of the Nile, writing: “Post-Mubarak Egypt has morphed into a dictatorless tyranny.” Others believe the continuing flow of money is “simply rewarding bad behavior,” as Egypt is now expressing warmth toward Iran, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood — while spurning Washington.

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June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 250 views

Stunning numbers want Congress to probe Obama’s eligibility

Analyst says ‘birthers’ can’t be marginalized, as 28% of Democrats agree

By Bob Unruh, WND

Half of Americans would like to see Congress investigate Barack Obama’s eligibility for the presidency and nearly that many believe the definition of the constitutional term “natural born citizen” means both parents must be U.S. citizens, according to a new scientific poll.

“There’s no marginalizing those who want this matter investigated by Congress,” said Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies, who conducted the WND/Wenzel Poll telephone survey June 16-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 points.

“Even among Democrats, more than one in four – 28 percent – said they now want an inquiry, as do 43 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans. Interestingly, men are much more skeptical than are women about the question of eligibility – only 42 percent of men said they think Obama proved his eligibility by releasing the electronic birth certificate, compared to 59 percent of women.”

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June 27, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 115 views

The US Sharia-Compliant Afghan War

Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO

Our policy in Afghanistan is part tragedy, part farce.

In a better time, when the burdens of war were shared by an engaged nation and not shouldered exclusively by military families making up less than 1 percent of the population, the high farce that is the Afghanistan mission would have been obvious before President Obama uttered one word on Wednesday night. All you’d need to know is the story that came to light the day before.

Turns out that the U.S. government has embraced a core tenet of sharia — that archaic corpus of Islamic law that Mitt Romney recently assured us would never gain traction in America. Patrick Poole reported at Pajamas Media on Tuesday that the secretary of the army has just granted “conscientious objector” status to Pfc. Nasser Abdo, a Muslim American soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan. Heeding the admonitions of CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood operatives, the Pentagon accepts the claim that sharia forbids Muslims from assisting infidels in a war against Muslim forces in an Islamic land.

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June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 156 views

An Interview with an Arab Dissident


Mudar Zahran is a Palestinian Jordanian who fled Jordan and currently resides in England. A former political insider, he is very critical of the Hashemite regime in Jordan, both vis-à-vis its treatment of its majority Palestinian population and in its belligerent attitude towards Israel. He is convinced that the Hashemites are an impediment to a resolution of the Palestinian issue and hence to regional security.

Zahran’s English articles have been published by the Hudson Institute and the Jerusalem Post.

The following interview reveals a picture of Jordan unknown to most outsiders. Equally important, the ideas and suggestions of Zahran provide some hope for the future of the troubled region.

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June 27, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 145 views

DEBKA: Obama puts Israel-Palestinian issue on hold for his second term

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

President Barack Obama has decided to shelve any serious effort to generate Israel-Palestinian negotiations for at least two years, debkafile’s exclusive sources report from Washington. “It’s a second term issue,” he is quoted as telling his advisers. Only in November 2012 will he know if he is returned for another term as president and then too is unlikely to get back to the Israeli-Palestinian issue for several more months – “depending largely how the Arab Revolt” goes, according to a senior administration official.

Conscious of this delay, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas convened the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah Sunday, June 26, with a request to endorse his application to the UN General Assembly in September for recognition of a Palestinian state. After the endorsement was in his pocket, he announced he would turn to the UN only if talks with Israel were not revived before September.

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June 27, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 147 views