White House: Obama won’t pressure sides over framework deal

By Joshua Davidovich, TOI

The White House on Thursday pushed back against a report that US President Barack Obama would pressure Israeli and Palestinian leaders in upcoming weeks to make progress on peace talks, saying meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would be used only to “take stock” of the negotiations.

“The prime minister’s visit, as well as President Abbas’s visit on March 17, will be important opportunities for the president to take stock of where we are and to work through the details with them,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday.

Netanyahu is slated to meet Obama on Monday, and on Thursday the White House announced that Abbas would visit the White House on March 17.

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February 28, 2014 | 9 Comments » | 176 views

Poll: Three quarters of Israeli Jews would accept peace deal


More than 50% define themselves as right wing and don’t trust the Palestinians, yet would vote for a new Netanyahu-led centrist party

Raphael Ahren, TOI

Three quarters of Hebrew-speaking Israelis would support a peace agreement with the Palestinians based on the Arab Peace Initiative, and more than half would vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he were to leave the Likud and create a new party, according to a new poll published Thursday.

The survey, commissioned by the non-profit Israeli Peace Initiative, was conducted earlier this month among a representative sample of 500 Hebrew-speaking Israelis. The poll’s sponsors said it indicated that a large majority of the country’s Jews hold hawkish views regarding the peace process but would be willing to accept a deal if they understood what Israel stands to gain from an accord normalizing diplomatic and trade relations with the entire Arab world.

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February 28, 2014 | 32 Comments » | 110 views

Bostom’s New Book: “Iran’s Final Solution For Israel”

Advance Praise

Iran islam“A brilliant, compendious and exceptionally well-written piece of work, Iran’s Final Solution for Israel is Andrew Bostom’s most recent and probing analysis of Islamic Jew-hatred, as practiced by the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran. Bostom scrupulously examines the evidence for the pervasive duplicity underlying and facilitating Iran’s nuclear program, along with American and Western delusional naivety in complying with Iranian diplomacy. He is very clear on “the chronic plight of Iranian Jewry” and “Iran’s relentless effort to obtain nuclear weapons for the stated purpose of destroying Israel.” Bostom’s exegesis and warning should be heeded if we wish to avert a future few of us would like to contemplate.”

—David Solway, author of Hear, O Israel!

    “Working from history, Islamic sacred and juridical writings, and the statements and actions of the current Iranian regime, Andrew Bostom lays out a compelling case that the current Iranian “moderation” so widely touted in the mainstream media — and upon which Barack Obama is betting nothing less than the future of the free world — is a not-so-thinly-disguised exercise in divinely-sanctioned Islamic deception designed to co-opt and victimize a complacent and willfully ignorant West. If our Senators and Representatives absorbed and acted upon the lessons of this monograph, we would not be in the fix we’re in.”

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February 28, 2014 | 18 Comments » | 182 views

Into the Fray: Watershed event for Israel-advocacy in US?

Notwithstanding accumulated achievement over the past two decades, there are growing signs that a changing of the guard in America’s oldest Zionist organization is called for.
Israeli flags.

Israeli flags. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
    Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States…. ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel.

– ZOA website: Elections for the position of ZOA president will be held on March 9. It is difficult to overstate the potential impact the result may have.

Indeed, these elections could well prove to be a watershed event in pro-Israel advocacy in America, with far reaching implications for right-wing activism within the US – and for the interfacing with like-minded organizations within Israel. But whatever the result it seems highly probable that what was in the past, will not be in the future – at least not for long.

Why these elections are important

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February 28, 2014 | 5 Comments » | 110 views

Report: Obama to take more active role in peace talks

Obama to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept U.S. framework proposal.

Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies

obamafU.S. President Barack Obama plans to take a more active role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, quoting Obama administration officials.

Obama will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday at the White House and will push him to agree to the framework deal currently being drafted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the report said. Obama will also likely meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later in March. U.S. officials told the newspaper that the goal is to reach a framework deal by the end of April.

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February 27, 2014 | 4 Comments » | 98 views

When Failure Is Success in Obamaland

For Obama’s supporters, what matters is not what he does, but what he says and represents. 

Barack ObamaLosing a job is freedom from job lock. A budget deficit larger than in any previous administration is austerity. A mean right-wing video caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Al-Qaeda was long ago washed up. The Muslim Brotherhood is secular. Jihad is a personal journey. Shooting people while screaming Allahu akbar! is workplace violence. Unaffordable higher premiums and deductibles are the result of an Affordable Care Act. Losing your doctor and your health-insurance plan prove you will never lose your doctor and your health-insurance plan — period! Being a constitutional lawyer means you know how to turn the IRS and the FCC on your enemies. Failure is success; lies are truth.

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February 27, 2014 | 34 Comments » | 228 views

“The New War on Israel”

By Tom Wilson, INN

While Israel may have proven more than capable of meeting the military challenges it faces, the global campaign to extinguish the Jewish presence in the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people continues apace. Commentary Magazine’s newly released eBook “The New War on Israel” explores the contours of this determined effort to delegitimize Israel’s most basic right; that it should simply be allowed to exist. The anthology of essays and opinion pieces provides an up-to-date overview of the latest trends in the movement to wage war on Israel by other means, offering an in depth analysis of the forces at work behind this campaign. As such this new eBook offers both a way to understand this latest manifestation of the war on the Jews, but also some essential pointers for how this phenomenon can be ultimately combated.

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February 27, 2014 | 10 Comments » | 165 views

The Temple Mount is in play

[Fresno Zionism: Taking pains to provide freedom of worship for Muslims while denying it to Jews]

[Hotovely: What the Left Really Fears on Temple Mount]

The only flag the police make sure is never seen there is Israel’s flag

Nadav Shragai.., Israel Hayom..

    ..It has been 47 years since Moshe Dayan handed over the keys to the Temple Mount to the Jerusalem waqf (Islamic trust) and ever since then we have been forced to stomach straw and gravel, incitement and violence, exclusion and damage to antiquities.

mountFor years now, the Temple Mount has not been in our hands and Israeli sovereignty in the area has been de facto conditional. The past three generations have seen Jews allowed to visit the compound, but only as long as they do not look like Jews, pray like Jews and, at times, as long as they do not mention to anyone that they had been there.

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February 27, 2014 | 4 Comments » | 104 views

Mort Klein on the stump for Israel

Dear Ted,

It was a great pleasure and honor to speak with you today! Thank you so much for offering to print additional materials for us!

Kevin Ross, the young dynamic co-president of ZOA’s Philadelphia chapter, just wrote and sent to me the below interesting article about Mort Klein’s speech Monday night to Temple University students and faculty. While his opponent is continuing to sling mud at Mort, Mort amazingly still has the presence of mind to run around the country, eloquently and persuasively speaking up on behalf of Israel, against the Kerry/Obama PA-israeli negotiating framework, and against the dangerous Iran deal, etc.

Could I trouble you to print Kevin’s article on your site?

Best regards,

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February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments » | 159 views

MKs to discuss bill targeting ‘anti-Israel’ NGOs

In addition to heavy tax for pro-boycott NGOs, amendment to controversial bill prevents foreign-funded groups from registering in Israel

Moran Azulay, YNET NEWS

Months after authorizing the controversial NGO Bill – which taxes pro-boycott organizations – a new, more strident draft of the bill will be debated in the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs.

The NGO Bill, submitted by MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), sought to impose a heavy tax on NGOs which receive contributions from foreign entities whose goals are to boycottIsrael or its citizens, attempt to prosecute IDF soldiers or incite to racism.

The revamped draft now calls for further restrictions on groups who undermine Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state, blocking them from registering in Israel.

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February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments » | 134 views

Report: Kerry offered Beit Hanina as Palestinian capital

Accord to Al-Quds, Abbas threatened to blow up talks over offer Israel kept 10 settlement blocs, demand for recognition of Jewish state.

Elior Levy, YNET NEWS

abbas1Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas described US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework agreement draft as “madness,” Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported Wednesday.

According to the paper, meetings held between the two last week in Paris were very difficult and Abbas was on the verge of blowing up the peace negotiations.

According to Al-Quds, Kerry demanded Abbas to official recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and offered that Beit Hanina neighborhood will be declared as the Palestinian capital instead of the entire east Jerusalem area.

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February 27, 2014 | 7 Comments » | 123 views

UCLA Divestment from Israel Hearing, Resolution Defeated 7-5


SHAPIROOn Tuesday night, the UCLA undergraduate student government heard public testimonies for nearly 9 hours — from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. — on whether or not the university should go forward with a resolution to boycott and divest from businesses that allegedly “profit from the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.”

The meeting, attended by over 500 people, began at 7 p.m. Tuesday night and ended 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ben Shapiro, TruthRevolt.org Editor-in-Chief and UCLA alum, crashed the divestment hearing to blast both the student sponsors and those considering the anti-Semitic measure. Here’s the transcript:

    My name is Ben Shapiro. I’m an alumnus of this university. I’m also a local talk show host on 870 [AM] in the morning, and I got out of bed and left my one month old baby there when I saw what was going on here tonight. I’ve never been more ashamed to be a Bruin. I’ve never been more ashamed to be an alumnus of this university than to see this divestment petition being considered at this level.

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February 27, 2014 | 4 Comments » | 104 views

What Went Right for Israel?


In his book published in 2002, Bernard Lewis asked “what went wrong” in the Islamic world, which had itself become conscious, by comparison with the West, that all was not well in its own society. As a corollary, it is timely to ask, “What went right in the State of Israel?”

The pessimists who proclaim the deterioration of Israel’s international standing might remember the old Jewish saying: “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” Yes, it is true that prejudiced individuals and groups, bigots, and short-sighted dupes in various sectors of life — businesses such as the U.K. Co-Operative Group, international organizations such as Oxfam, academic bodies such as the Association for American Studies, mainstream churches such as the Presbyterians and the World Council of Churches, and trade unions such as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland — have succumbed to pressure from those advocating the Palestinian narrative of victimhood. Such prejudiced personnel do support some form of boycott of the State of Israel or its citizens.

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February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments » | 239 views

Goldberg responds to Klein’s PR release


Read your post endorsing Mort. Of course, you have every right to endorse whomever you want, and I still consider you a friend. But please be aware of the following facts:

1. The rationale given by Mort for taking such an enormous salary starting in 2008 and continuing thereafter, that he worked full-time for 5 1/2 years for free is not true. I found the real numbers and they are on my website. The truth is he was a volunteer for the first 4 years but it was only part-time. Then he took $40k in compensation even though the ZOA constitution at the time prohibited the officers from getting compensation.

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February 26, 2014 | 10 Comments » | 138 views

Ari Shavit is Confusing Self-Criticism with Self-Debasement

by Isi Leibler

leiblerI have just finished reading Ari Shavit’s tour de force “My Promised Land”. It left me deeply disappointed and angry.

Shavit is one of Israel’s most talented and erudite columnists. He is a passionate Zionist and proud Israeli whose patriotism cannot be challenged.

His superb portrayal of history and life in Israel has received extraordinary acclaim which even extended to the anti-Israeli orientated liberal media. His book was selected as one of the Notable Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review.

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February 26, 2014 | 2 Comments » | 140 views

Israeli submarine operations are on the rise in northern arena

Senior Navy commanders await two new submarines to further enhance Israeli secret operations at sea, claim Israel is on constant alert to secure assets against Syrian, Hezbollah threats.

Yoav Zitun, Israel News

Against the backdrop of Lebanese media reports claiming the Israeli Air force attacked a weapons convoy heading from Syria to Lebanon on Monday, a seemingly significant expression of IDF’s special operations is revealed Tuesday morning.

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Figures presented by a senior Navy officer indicate that 58% of submarine squadron “sea hours” last year were executed within operational activities, and the rest were used for training. In 2012, the figure in question stood at 36%, with similar figures for 2011 and 2010.

In 2013, 54 special operations were launched off the Haifa Navy base, indicating another increase in the Navy’s operational activities.

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February 26, 2014 | 1 Comments » | 141 views

Bennett defends Israel like a PM should

Joshua Levitt, ALGEMEINER

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday turned the tables in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk when he asked host Stephen Sackur, “Would you hand over half of Britain to someone who keeps on killing you?”

In the combative interview, Bennett countered Sackur at every turn.

Asked about his resistance to the internationally acclaimed “two-state solution,” Bennett said the history of Arab violence and two decades of diplomatic failures mean “fresh thinking” is required.

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February 26, 2014 | 10 Comments » | 223 views

The Knesset must be strengthened vis a vis the High Court.

By Bill Narvey, Jewish Israel News & Views
April 20th, 2012?

Some Thoughts on Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman’s Proposed Bill to Add a 15th Law to ?Israel’s Existing 14 Basic Laws

On April 19th, 2012, Ted Belman posted a brief article by Jonathon Lis entitled Israel’s Justice ?Minister defends bill allowing MKs to bypass High Court. Lis’ article briefly described ?Neeman’s proposed bill and made some reference to the controversy it has generated between ?Neeman and his supporters and Israel’s left wing. Belman prefaced this article with his own ?comment, all of which is posted under the title In a democracy, power rests with the people ?and not the Courts 

Belman sees some parallels between Canada’s efforts to repatriate its constitution from Britain ?which until that event occurred, had sole and final authority when it came to any constitutional ?amendment, Canada’s notion of Quebec being a distinct society and Neeman’s effort to ?incorporate a new 15th law into Israel’s 14 Basic Laws, which appears primarily concerned with ?enshrining a balance between government’s/ Knesset’s power and authority on the one hand ?and Israel’s Supreme Court on the other.?

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February 24, 2014 | 118 Comments » | 233 views

The ‘big tent’ to nowhere

by Asaf Romirowsky, JPOST

More and more, we hear from faculty and students about the need to have an “open tent” or a “big tent,” of ideas and opinions specifically, when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict. While the nature of public discourse demands expressing a multitudes of ideas and opinions, the kind of openness espoused by this big tent idea is in fact myopic and limiting in its own narrow scope. The notion is sold as a non-binding position, when in reality those that sell it are simply uncomfortable or unwilling to take a firm position.

The big tent thus gives the impression of openness, but actually only caters to left-of-center views.

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February 24, 2014 | 42 Comments » | 103 views