Originally published in 2011
The Syrian president is more beholden than ever to the IRGC and Hezbollah, which have no interest in keeping things quiet along the border
The evacuation of several hundred Syrian rebels from the Beit Jinn area on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights over the weekend puts Israel in an old-new position on the border. Assad’s army is once again at the fences, just like they were from 1967 to 2011.
In the southern Golan, a few pockets of resistance remain from supporters of the Islamic State, or as they are known locally, the Khalid Ibn Walid Army, but beyond that, the Syrians have almost completely retaken control of the border with Israel.
King Abdullah of Jordan reportedly fired his brothers Prince Feisal and Prince Ali and his cousin Prince Talal on Friday, relieving them of important military posts.
Unconfirmed rumors are reportedly bubbling in Jordan, according to the Times of Israel, that the princes were colluding with Saudi leaders in a coup plot against the king, although the official story offers a far less sensational account of bureaucratic restructuring, and perhaps a royal power play.
According to Arab sources, the Jordanian King Abdullah has placed under arrest two of his brothers and a cousin, accusing them of secret ties with the Saudi and UAE crown princes.
Jordanian intelligence reportedly alerted him to communications Princes Faisal bin Hussein, Ali bin Hussein and their cousin, Prince Talal bin Muhammed were maintaining with Saudi Prince Muhammed bin Salman (MbS) and the Emirati’s Prince Muhammed bin Zayed (MbZ), with whom King Abdullah is at loggerheads. A statement released by the Jordanian military said that the three princes took early retirement as part of military changes underway in the Jordanian Army, but made no reference to their detention. At the same time. none of them have been seen since their reported house arrest.
Former Israeli ambassador to the US makes call for extrajudicial killing while tweeting about terrorist convicted of murdering 3 Israelis in a July attack at settlement of Halamish
Michael Oren tweeted that the Israel Defense Forces should “shoot to kill” suspected terrorists, rather than just “neutralize” them.
Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States who serves as a deputy minister in Israel’s Knesset, made the call for extrajudicial killing while tweeting Wednesday about Omar al-Abed, who was convicted on the same day of murdering three Israelis in a July attack on the West Bank settlement of Halamish.
Oren tweeted that al-Abed, whose name he spelled differently, attacked medics after being “neutralized” by Israeli forces. Israel uses the term “neutralized” to describe a suspected terrorist who no longer poses a physical threat. Oren said that al-Abed “sat healthy and smiling in court” at his military court date Wednesday, despite having committed the attack.
Maybe what Pollard and Rubashkin have in common should be pushed out into the open. ANTISEMETISM.
I am counting on Trump to lift all restrictions on Pollard. Its only right.
Our last-minute headline in the past week’s issue used the word “euphoria” to describe the emotion that swept through the Jewish and right-thinking communities as news emerged and was quickly disseminated that Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s 27-year-long sentence was being commuted by President Trump to time served.
And indeed that was the reaction—joy, elation, and ecstasy upon hearing the news that this 57-year-old man who was imprisoned in a medium-security facility in upstate New York and kept away from his wife and ten children for more than eight years was suddenly free. What an exciting and exhilarating turn of events! In a world shrouded with setbacks, there we were, on a moment’s notice, giddy with a quick sense of Jewish unity and a heretofore rare type of communal surging forward.
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Since anti-Semitism is sweeping cross England and Europe, I want to quote some passages from England’s greatest statesman, Winston Churchill.
I propose to quote passages from Churchill’s official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill & the Jews (2007). And here it should be born in mind that Churchill was first and foremost a British statesman, and that his political duties must be taken into account in any assessment of his attitude toward Jews and Palestine.
Despite the anti-Zionist attitude of many of his Conservative Party colleagues, Churchill was steadfast in his support of the Jews, as Gilbert thoroughly documents. Churchill was a life-long friend of Chaim Weismann, who, with David Ben-Gurion, regarded him as a champion of the Jewish cause. Of course, Churchill could not ignore Arab claims and pressure if only because millions of Muslims lived under British rule. Nevertheless, he opposed the 1939 White Paper, which curtailed Jewish immigration to Palestine when Jews were trying to escape Nazi Germany.
Anybody who was reading newspapers in the 1980s might remember the dire predictions of those times that Japan’s economy would continue to grow faster than the United States’ and overtake it in the very near future, now past. The superior Japanese growth rate was ascribed to a superior way of doing business and the guidance of the Japanese Ministry of Finance in picking winners.
Then the Japanese real estate bubble burst in 1990, and Japan has had a few lost decades since. The government tried everything to reignite growth, but all that happened was that government debt ran up. Japan’s GDP growth has averaged less than one percent per annum since 1993.
Thirty years on from those predictions about Japan, it is now China that is supposed to overtake the United States economically in 2032.
TEL AVIV — A significant portion of the projected costs for President Donald Trump’s proposed border barrier with Mexico could be covered with the money saved if the U.S. stopped funding the scandalous U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which ministers to so-called Palestinian refugees.
The U.S. is UNRWA’s single largest donor, providing about $300 million annually. Defunding UNRWA would save the U.S. upwards of $3 billion over the next ten years.
There are two components of the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel: terrorism and propaganda. The two are integrally linked.
Ths week, the Tamimi clan from Nabi Saleh beset Israel once again. Ahed Tamimi, the family’s teenaged golden girl, and her mother, Nariman, once again posted videos of themselves slapping and cursing hapless IDF soldiers.
The photogenic Ahed has been doing this number since she was a little girl.
There are two components of the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel: terrorism and propaganda. The two are integrally linked. The ties are nowhere more apparent than in the actions of the Tamimi family.
Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and dignitaries attend an allegiance pledging ceremony for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Mecca.. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Whether US President Donald Trump is too distracted to deal with Iran’s expansionism, or whether there are less charitable ways to interpret US inaction, Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should not wait for a bailout from an increasingly dangerous situation.
Glick saw it coming 10 years ago.
By Caroline Glick, JPOST May. 31, 2007
[The] decision by Britain’s University and College Union to call for a boycott of Israeli universities and colleges was not only hypocritical. It was suicidal.
It is not simply that the British prefer to boycott Israeli universities than say, Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian, Iranian, Saudi and Jordanian universities where students are indoctrinated to seek the annihilation of the Jewish people and the subjugation of Christianity through the destruction of Western civilization. It is not merely that they ignored the poor, brave Iranian students who just three weeks ago were brutally attacked by regime forces as they sought to hold elections for their pro-democracy campus organizations.
Joe Biden’s bizarre disconnect regarding his scandal-ridden former boss.
On December 13, former vice president, Joe Biden, appeared on CBS with the hosts of “This Morning” where he peddled his new book and showered his former boss with praise. During the course of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Obama and responded with the following; “I’ve served with eight presidents and I’ve gotten to know four of them very well. I’ve never met any president that has more character, more integrity, and more backbone than this guy does.” Then he went completely off the rails when he absurdly added; “And eight years, not a hint — not a hint — of a scandal.”
One month after we reported that Israel would take the unprecedented step of sharing intelligence with Saudi Arabia as the two countries ramped up efforts to curb what they perceive as “Iranian expansion” in the region, on Thursday Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Israel has also pivoted to the US and reached a similar plan to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East. As Axios adds, U.S. and Israeli officials said the joint understandings were reached in “a secret meeting” between senior Israeli and U.S. delegations at the White House on December 12th.
Speaking to Axios, a senior U.S. official said that after two days of talks the U.S. and Israel “reached at a joint document which included understandings on countering Iranian actions in the region.”
US special forces troops at al-Tanf crossing in southeast Syria. Image via al-Masdar News.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Thursday that US forces must leave all of Syria. Speaking to Interfax news agency, Lavrov stated that the UN Security Council has not approved the work of the United States and its coalition in Syria, nor has been invited by the legitimate Syrian government.
Concerning a prior statement by US Defense Secretary James Matisse voicing the intent for US troops to stay in Syria until achieving progress in a political settlement, Lavrov pointed out that such statement is “surprising” because it means that Washington reserves the right to determine such progress and wants to maintain control over parts of Syrian territory in order to achieve the result it wants.
While openly blaming Syria (and Russia) for giving ISIS free rein, US quietly rebukes Moscow for not reining in the pro-Iranian push towards Israeli border.
“The Syrian regime has failed to prevent the resurgence of ISIS on their own soil,” said British Maj. Gen. Gedney, deputy commander of Strategy and Support for the US-backed coalition to defeat the Islamic State terror group. And even in areas where Syrian forces have intensified their efforts against ISIS, progress has been, at best, fleeting, he said. “We’ve got no intention to operate in areas that are currently held by the [Assad] regime.”
By MARTIN SHERMAN
When India supports an anti-Israel resolution, while Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine do not—invoking ingrained anti-Semitism rings somewhat hollow, and alternative explanations are called for
The General Assembly …[a]ffirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded … and in this regard, calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem—Excerpt from UN General Assembly resolution ES-10/L.22, December 21, 2017 proposed by Yemen and Turkey, demanding that the US retract its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a stunning rebuke of a U.S. decision that allies and adversaries alike warned would undermine prospects for peace – Washington Post, December 21, 2017
One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.
In the uproar over President Trump’s announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, one constant refrain has been the insistence that, by longstanding international consensus, the city’s status has yet to be decided. In the portentous words of the recent UN General Assembly resolution protesting the American action, “Jerusalem is a final-status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions.”
The most “relevant” of those prior resolutions was the November 1947 resolution proposing partition of Palestine and envisaging, in addition to two independent states, one Arab and one Jewish, an entirely separate status for Jerusalem as a city belonging to no state but instead administered by a “special international regime.”