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INTO THE FRAY: The Taylor Force Act – Putting “Palestine” in perspective


The Palestinian population is not some hapless victim of the terror groups, but the very crucible from which they emerged

Congress is finally considering legislation to stop the Palestinian Authority from incentivizing violence…This has to stop, and the Taylor Force Act…attempts to do that. As it currently stands, the act would cut U.S. foreign assistance to the West Bank and Gaza in its entirety if the “payments for acts of terrorism against United States and Israeli citizens …do not stop…. There should definitely be no ‘pay to slay’, but…[b]eing smart counts for more than being right. And the smart approach is one that also recognizes that innocent Palestinians…should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of a government they cannot control. – David Makovsky et al“The Smart Way to End ‘Pay to Slay’”, Foreign Policy, August 2, 2017.

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August 31, 2017 | 57 Comments » | 2,077 views

Cernovich Sources: White House ‘Coup’ Underway, Trump ‘Under House Arrest’

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow spoke to journalist Mike Cernovich on Breitbart News Daily this morning discussing the Trump presidency, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s influence, and the possibility of President Trump being held under “house arrest.”

By Lucas Nolan, BREITBART

Mike Cernovich appeared on Breitbart News Daily today to speak to Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow about issues surrounding the Trump Presidency. Cernovich has a running series of posts called ” Dispatches from Trumpland” that were at the center of their discussion. “There’s some pretty explosive stuff in your report,” said Alex Marlow referencing Cernovich’s recent Trump Dispatches, “and so I just wanted to unpack some of it with you, the first place where it starts in your dispatch is that Trump is on house arrest and you cite John Bolton who people thought was under consideration for National Security Advisor, for Secretary of State who can’t even have access to the President right now and this is a pretty big departure from campaign trail Trump.”

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August 31, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 1,284 views

Gorka: ‘Liberal elements’ of US Jewry ‘basically anti-Israeli’


Ousted Trump adviser also complains of a smear campaign over his ties to a Hungarian nationalist group linked to the Nazis


The “liberal elements” of the American Jewish community have “basically become anti-Israeli,” former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka said in a radio interview.

Gorka, a senior security adviser to US President Donald Trump before leaving the White House last week, said he believes the left wing has attacked him in the media because of his support for Israel.

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August 31, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 760 views

Trump determination to dent Iran nuke deal leaves experts scratching heads

T. Belman. This article  starts with the premise that the hated Iran deal (which was never signed and is no agreement at all) is worth protecting and this crazy man Trump, for nefarious purposes, is out to undermine it.  Furthermore, when considering the trouble we are in with N Korea because of a similar deal, you would think that more is to be gained from overturning the deal now and taking further action to destabilize the regime in Iran. This would reverse their gains in Syria and Iraq. Also this regime has only a 15% approval rating.

Trump has signaled he will declare Tehran in violation of the pact despite intel saying otherwise, which some say could lead to the entire deal unraveling

By Eric Cortellessa,  TOI

WASHINGTON — Since US President Donald Trump certified that Iran was honoring the nuclear deal in July, he has sent strong signals that he does not plan to do the same again come October, leaving experts unsure of his endgame and warning that such a move could mushroom into the disintegration of the entire pact even if Tehran is holding up its end of the deal.

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August 31, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 544 views

Israel-India cooperation and Chinese espionage

Israel is a leader in hi-tech, an innovator in cyber warfare, defense technology and electronics. Indian professionalism is unmatched in the world.


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion airport before his departure after an historic three day visit to Israel. (photo credit:KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit, he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the importance of realizing the full potential of the India-Israel partnership and they asked their respective staffs to draw up concrete plans to implement their vision for cooperation in a range of areas by the first week of January.

Both countries have endorsed the vision to work cooperatively not only for their mutual benefit, but for the good of the other parts of the world, too. As Netanyahu said, “We are talking about also cooperation in Third World countries by joining forces in various areas.”

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August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 603 views

Victory for Israel in the Security Council

T. Belman. After reading this article carefully it is not clear if UNIFIL is tasked with reversing all violations to date or is just to stop new ones.

UN Security Council approves resolution requiring UNIFIL to take action against Hezbollah.

By Nitsan Keider, INN

Ambassadors Haley and Danon

Ambassadors Haley and Danon

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Wednesday welcomed the adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding the mandate of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

According to the decision made upon the annual renewal of this mandate, UNIFIL is now required to expand its reports to the Security Council and take deliberate action against Hezbollah’s violations.

UNIFIL’s presence on the ground will increase significantly, and troops will be required to tour the Hezbollah-controlled areas of southern Lebanon. UNIFIL must also report all instances of Hezbollah’s violations and attempts to deny access immediately.

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August 31, 2017 | 21 Comments » | 718 views

New chapter in Iran-Turkey ties could have major impact on Syria

By Hamidreza Azizi, AL MONITOR

For more than six years, the regional rivalry between Iran and Turkey and their support of different sides of the Syrian civil war have been major obstacles to finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict. However, the recent rapprochement between Tehran and Ankara has renewed hopes for the political process to proceed toward a unified solution — one that seemed highly unlikely even a month ago.

Iranian Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri’s official visit Aug. 15 to Turkey, during which he held various meetings with high-ranking Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was widely interpreted by observers as the beginning of a new era in Tehran-Ankara relations. Indeed, Bagheri’s position as a military and not a political official could be considered a sign that the meetings were about coordination at the operational level, rather than political discussions.

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August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 451 views

Russian Armor Rolls Into Kurdish Town As US and Turkish-Backed Forces Skirmish

The Kremlin’s arrangement with the Syrian Kurds only adds more complexity for U.S. troops trying keep the focus on ISIS.

BY Joseph Trevithick. WAR ZONE. AUGUST 29, 2017

U.S. forces in northern Syria have exchanged fire with Turkish-backed rebels for the first time ever as the situation in the country continues to become ever more complex. To the west, Russian troops have moved into another area along the Syrian-Turkish border, cutting a deal with Kurdish fighters and effectively blocking both Turkish and American forces from entering the area, while exposing possible rifts between the United States and the groups it supports in the region.

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August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 985 views

The true cost of occupation

By Yehezkel  Laing, INN

Read carefully and you may realize that the word ‘occupation’ is being misused in leftist circles.

Most people consider the Arab occupation of parts of Israel simply an issue of national pride and not terribly significant. While it would be nice to liberate the Jewish lands under foreign control, it’s not essential. Let foreigners control the Temple Mount, Gaza, Shechem, Beit Lehem and other Jewish areas.

Who cares if Jews are too afraid to walk around inside their own country in places like Um El Fachem, Rahat and dozens of other Arab settlements. Who cares if we can’t visit the Mount of Olives, the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, unless we have a police escort? We don’t need to go to those places. It’s enough if we stay within the confines of Tel Aviv, West Jerusalem, and other majority Jewish areas.

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August 30, 2017 | 6 Comments » | 902 views

An Ideological Coup against Trump?

By Shoula Romano Horing, AMERICAN THINKER

As an Israeli who supports Trump and attended Trump’s inauguration to celebrate his win, I read with a heavy heart the reports leaking out of the White House that Sebastian Gorka did not resign but was forced out of his position as a security advisor to the President by General H.R. McMaster and General John Kelly.

Mr. Gorka is the seventh Trump loyalist McMaster has forced out in recent months from the President’s National Security Team.  All have been attempting to carry out President Trump’s campaign promises to combat Iranian and radical Islamist terrorist threats, and to support Israel and the U.S.-Israel alliance.

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August 30, 2017 | 5 Comments » | 912 views

The SPLC smear machine is being funded by liberal billionaires — why?

By Fred Flietz, FOX NEWS

In a scathing August 24 New York Times op-ed, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born feminist, author, scholar and former Dutch parliament member, lamented that the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “has hit the jackpot” in huge donations in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville.  Hirsi Ali noted that Apple pledged $1 million to the SPLC; JP Morgan Chase & Co. half a million; George and Amal Clooney $1 million.

While Hirsi Ali condemned Nazism, white supremacy and racial bigotry as having no place in a civilized society, she made it clear that contributing to the SPLC is the wrong way to combat this poison.

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August 30, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 681 views

The Hajj and the Struggle for Islamic Hegemony

By Lt Col Mordechai Kedar

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 573,

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The ethnic Sunni-Shiite rift parallels the Saudi-Iranian political rift, the Wahhabi-Muslim Brotherhood ideological rift, and the historic rift between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Tensions over Islamic hegemony arising from these rifts are likely to come to a boil at the 2017 Hajj.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, is the first day of Zhu–l-Hijjat, the Muslim month in which two important events take place: the pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the most central of the five Islamic commandments; and the Holiday of the Offering, Id al-Adha, with which it comes to an end. This month is notable in the Muslim world as a result of its religious content, but also due to the political aspects that accompany that content.

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August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 481 views

The politics of protesting unelected official poiliticians

For the past nine months, every Saturday night protesters have gathered outside Mandelblit’s apartment building in Petah Tikva to demand that he indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

By Caroline B Glick, JPOST

The big story in Israel over the past several weeks has been the protests outside the home of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, which have grown in size and bitterness over the past month..

For the past nine months, every Saturday night protesters have gathered outside Mandelblit’s apartment building in Petah Tikva to demand that he indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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August 30, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 660 views

Palestinian ‘taught to hate Israel’ turns Zionist

Christian convert Sandra Solomon from Ramallah recalls jubilation in Arab society during the intifada ‘even when children were killed’; says prevalence of hateful education and vilification of Israel convinces her ‘Palestinians don’t want peace.’

By Elior Levy, YNET

A Palestinian woman, who is also the niece of one of the founders of the Fatah movement, recently stated her unequivocal disapproval of terror attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israelis, citing violent education as the root cause of the phenomenon’s continuation.Sandra Solomon, a Palestinian born in Ramallah who converted to Christianity more than ten years ago and became a supporter of Israel, condemned the recent Halamish attack in which a terrorist broke into a home and killed three members of the Salomon family.

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August 30, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 805 views

Shaked: Zionism trumps “a universalistic system of individual rights”

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked attacked Tuesday the High Court of Justice’s (HCJ) Monday decision—in which it ruled that illegal aliens refusing to be transferred to a third African country cannot be detained indefinitely—insisting that the principle of Zionsim will not be subordinated to ‘a universalistic system of individual rights.’  

By Gilad Morag and Tova Tzimuki, YNET

In a speech before the Israel Bar Association conference in Tel Aviv, Shaked addressed the hot-button issue of demographics and the Zionist goal of preserving a Jewish majority in Israel at the expense of human rights for asylum seekers, genuine or otherwise.

Ayelet Shaked confers with Chief Justice Miriam Naor (Photo: Yariv Katz) (Photo: Yariv Katz)

Ayelet Shaked confers with Chief Justice Miriam Naor (Photo: Yariv Katz)

Her speech was interrupted for several minutes by left-wing protestors who cried, “Thanks to Shaked it’s obvious Israel has apartheid.”

Despite the vitriolic protests of some in the crowds, Shaked promised that “Zionism will not continue bowing its head before a universalistic system of individual rights.”

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August 30, 2017 | 6 Comments » | 728 views

Settlements Law could authorize 10,000 illegal Palestinian homes

T. Belman. the Defense Minister is in charge of what is built or not built in Area C. He still supports Arab construction in Kalkilya “because Jews will never live there”. Better to support the removal of Kalkilya. He also said he has zero tolerance for illegal construction. Let’s hope. The EU is funding 400 law suits to protect illegal Arab construction. We should pass a law to prevent that. Finally there is no freeze. He informed the US that he is building and he is.

Liberman, who opposes the new law, said “it causes tremendous damage” to the settlement movement because the legislation can also be applied to illegal Palestinian homes.

By Tova Lazaroff, JPOST

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters on Tuesday that the settlements law, which retroactively authorizes almost 4,000 illegal settler homes built on private Palestinian property, ultimately also could authorize 10,000 illegal Palestinian homes.

The Yisrael Beytenu party head’s right-wing counterparts have presented the legislation as a necessary move to strengthen the settlement movement. Liberman, who opposes the new law, which offers compensation to the landowners, said “it causes tremendous damage” to the settlement movement because the legislation can also be applied to illegal Palestinian homes.

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August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 399 views

Trump Battling His Own Subordinates Over Trade, Loyalty

After Cohn and Tillerson undermine the president in public, White House clashes escalate

by Jim Stinson, LIFEZETTE

President Donald Trump is growing frustrated with the “globalists” in his administration, and at one point this month, he ordered his staff to start bringing him tariffs on subsidized imports.

Trump was apparently getting tired of excuses when it comes to trade policy, in an incident first reported by Axios on Sunday.

Trump told the roomful of White House officials, including John Kelly, his new chief of staff, and Gary Cohn, his director of the National Economic Council, that he was tired of excuses, according to the Axios account, which was confirmed to LifeZette by a White House official with direct knowledge of the conversation.

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August 29, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 773 views