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The Jordanian Option is the only game in town.

By Ted Belman (originallty published in Oct 2018)

President Trump walked back his remark from he supports a two-state solution to he supports whatever the parties want. But that isn’t an improvement. For 30 years the parties have not been able to reach an agreement based on what they want.

President Obama tried to remedy that situation by imposing a solution on Israel to no avail.

Since taking office, Trump has taken a different approach. He is seeking an agreement that ignores the PA, which he is currently destroying, and instead speaks directly to the Palestinians, whom he believes are interested in a better life rather than in destroying Israel.

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July 31, 2019 | 53 Comments » | 2,857 views

PM’s West Bank plan: 6,000 settlement homes, 700 Palestinian homes

Netanyahu pushing rare building permits in Area C under US pressure ahead of peace plan unveiling; right criticizes plan, but URWP’s Smotrich accepts it

By MICHAEL BACHNER and JACOB MAGID, TOI

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, June 2, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, June 2, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A plan introduced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for building permits in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank involves the approval of 6,000 settlement homes alongside 700 housing units for Palestinians, a government official confirmed on Tuesday.

After two lengthy meetings of the high-level security cabinet on Sunday and Monday, the ministerial body has yet to reach an agreement on the politically sensitive matter, a spokesman for one of the minister’s present said, confirming a Kan public broadcaster report.

Palestinians are rarely granted building permits in Area C and recent years have seen the total number of approvals remain in the single digits, compared to the thousands green-lighted for Israeli settlers.

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July 31, 2019 | 2 Comments » | 300 views

How to Tell If a Trump Supporter Is Racist

By Dennis Prager, TOWNHALL

Every non-liberal leftist — that is, nearly every Democrat running for president, New York Times and Washington Post columnist, CNN and MSNBC host, and your left-wing brother-in-law — labels every Trump supporter and, of course, President Donald Trump, a “racist.”

And they don’t stop there. Leftists don’t only label the half of the country that supports the president “racist,” they label all whites and America itself “racist.” If your son or daughter attends or recently attended an American university, it is close to certain he or she was repeatedly told that America and all whites are racist. According to the left, whites are divided between those who admit they are racist and those who don’t admit it.

Every conservative and many liberals know this is a big lie. The great question is: Do leftists believe it? It is impossible to know. But this we do know: If you repeat something often enough, and if your Weltanschauung (worldview) and that which gives your life meaning are dependent upon believing something, you will eventually believe it.

So here is a way to show it is a lie.

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July 31, 2019 | 3 Comments » | 452 views

China’s methodical war on Islam


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Government workers from various offices told one manager of a Beijing noodle shop to cover up the “halal” in Arabic on his shop’s sign, and then watched him do it.

JPOST

Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to “Sinicize” its Muslim population.

Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word “halal” written in Arabic, from signs.

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July 31, 2019 | 4 Comments » | 378 views

‘Confronting The Deception: Inflamed by 9/11, fired up by eight bad years,’ by Tabitha Korol

By Joan Swirsky, RenewAmerica.com

Since 9/11, writes Tabitha Korol in her riveting book, “Confronting The Deception: Inflamed by 9/11, fired up by eight bad years,” the United States, Israel, and cultures that still value our freedoms have been fighting a battle of survival on several fronts.

The primary battle, Korol explains, is with the ideology born out of the Islamic attempt to claim Ground Zero as its Caliphate – and from there, literally to conquer the United States of America.

The religious-political-supremacist system of Islam was invented in the seventh century and has since led a relentless drive to take over the world, establish a caliphate ruled by Shariah Law – the law that mandates cutting off the clitorises of five-year-old girls, throwing homosexuals off roofs to their deaths, engaging in “honor killings” of teenage girls whose behavior they disapprove of, and killing all Jews. That sharia law.

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July 31, 2019 | 1 Comments » | 388 views

AP Fact Check: Yeah, A Bunch of Democrats’ Standard Attack Lines Just Aren’t True

By Guy Benson, TOWNHALL

Ahead of the next round of Democratic debates (tonight and tomorrow), the Associated Press has preemptively fact-checked a number of claims and assertions the party’s presidential field is likely to advance on stage.  On a series of issues, Democrats are employing misleading, unfair, or false arguments to make their political points.  Here is a handful of the ways in which the AP called them out, starting with the endlessly-repeated “kids in cages” line on the border crisis:

By Buttigieg’s standard, the Democratic Party has also lost its claim to invoke religion — because the “cages” were built and used by the Obama administration. Harris, a California senator, calls them a human rights abuse, but, like other Democrats, solely blames Trump. The facilities are sectioned-off, chain-link indoor pens where children who come to the border without adults or who are separated from adults in detention are temporarily housed. The children are divided by age and sex. A year ago, Associated Press photographs showing young people in such enclosures were misrepresented online as depicting child detentions by Trump and denounced by some Democrats and activists as illustrating Trump’s cruelty. In fact, the photos were taken in 2014 during the Obama administration.

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July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments » | 261 views

Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Palestinians ‘Have No Choice But to Riot’ Against Israel

T. Belman. They totally ignore history and accuse Israel of many things without substantiating any of them. That’s called defamation. Its all about Human Rights for Palestinians they say but they avoid saying what Human Rights the Palestinians have. No mention is made of Israel’s rights, human or otherwise.

‘I don’t think that by marginalizing Palestinians, you create safety’

-FREE BEACON

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) agreed with a radio host’s description of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “criminal” during an interview Tuesday and suggested Palestinians had no recourse but violence.

On his hip-hop program “Ebro in the Morning,” interviewer Ebro Darden said there was a collection of “corrupt” governments in Israel, the United States, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, “all working in concert,” and referred to White House policy adviser Stephen Miller as a white supremacist.

“How do you have white supremacist Jews?” he asked. “How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish? And it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing.”

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July 31, 2019 | 3 Comments » | 381 views

Trump to lead peace conference at Camp David before the Israeli elections

What he doesn’t say is that Mudar Zahran wiill be leader in Jordan before that.

ARUTZ SHEVA

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, will begin a visit to Israel and Arab states on Wednesday.

The Yediot Aharonot newspaper is reporting that Kushner will invite the Arab leaders he will meet to a conference that President Trump intends to convene at Camp David.

At the conference, which is scheduled to convene even before the Israeli elections in September, Trump will outline his peace plan, according to the report. The move was planned together with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer.

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July 31, 2019 | 11 Comments » | 372 views

Proud of yourselves, lefties? Leftists turn ‘deplorable’ beauty queen into Trump magnet

By Monica Showalter, AMERICAN THINKER

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Simply for liking President Trump, the Left was going to make an example of that deplorable 20-year-old.  Leftists were going to make her pay.

And for a while there, they got away with it.  Young Kathy Zhu, the newly crowned Miss Michigan, lost her title on account of her “offensive” tweets.  The press went through every last one of the crown-winner’s tweets over the years and found a couple it decided were “offensive,” “racist,” and “insensitive,” broadcasting those.  After that, the Miss World pageant organization dethroned her.

Justice.  The Left triumphs.  That’ll teach those Trump-supporting deplorables their lesson.

Except that now in place of a mere beauty queen, the Left has got a Frankenstein’s monster on its hands.

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July 30, 2019 | 15 Comments » | 833 views

This is not the right-wing merger Netanyahu wanted

PM fears that United Right, led by Ayelet Shaked, a popular ex-minister, could siphon votes away from Likud, and is concerned that other votes for fringe hardliners could be lost

By RAOUL WOOTLIFF, TOI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, speaks with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in the Knesset, December 21, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, speaks with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in the Knesset, December 21, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In Israel’s fraught political arena, something needs to change for the outcome of September’s redo election to be different from the stalemate created by April’s national vote.

In the previous election, both the ruling Likud and challenger Blue and White parties gained 35 seats in the 120-seat Knesset but, without the support of Yisrael Beytenu’s stubborn leader Avigdor Liberman, neither was able to form a majority coalition. The former foreign and defense minister has now said he will only join a government that includes both rivaling parties, a prospect that seems dead in the muddied waters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criminal investigations, as Blue and White has rejected the prospect outright.

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July 30, 2019 | 13 Comments » | 523 views

DEBATE: What Is the Future of the Israel-Greece-Cyprus Partnership?

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BESA Center Online Debate No. 18, July 29, 2019

Q:      In 2010, Israel decided to enrich its Eastern Mediterranean strategy by looking for new partners. In so doing, it turned to Greece and Cyprus. Slowly and steadily, the three countries expanded their cooperation and overcame previously held stereotypes about one another. Trilateral summits have provided the basis for important discussions on energy, security, trade, and culture issues. The sixth tripartite summit, which took place in Jerusalem last March, was attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. US support for the tripartite relationship could create new possibilities for the future of the Eastern Mediterranean.

BESA joins the debate by posing the question: What is the future of the Israel- Greece-Cyprus partnership?

Respondents: Michael Rubin, David L. Phillips, Gallia LindenstraussDr Endy D. ZemenidesKaterina SokouBenjamin WeinthalAngelos AthanasopoulosZenonas TziarrasSeth Frantzman

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July 30, 2019 | 0 Comments » | 320 views

RIGHT IN UPROAR OVER NETANYAHU’S PALESTINIAN BUILDING PLAN

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF, JPOST
 JULY 30, 2019

The Israeli right is in an uproar over a KANN report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security cabinet meeting to promote a Palestinian building plan for Area C in advance of a visit by US envoy Jared Kushner.

“If it’s true that this is an American demand, then we expect our government to say loud and clear – enough!” Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Neeman said.

The prime minister “must stop the delusional demands of our great friend [US President Donald Trump]” who, if he is a friend, would understand.

Neeman called for the government to annex Area C of the West Bank, rather than paving the way for Palestinian development there.

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July 30, 2019 | 13 Comments » | 371 views

RUSSIA AND TURKEY ARE BECOMING ALLIES, OVERSHADOWING ISRAEL – ANALYSIS

As Turkey and Russia grow closer they inevitably also grow closer in their work on ending the Syrian conflict and also on other regional and international issues.

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN, JPOST  JULY 29, 2019 05:29

An emerging Russia-Turkey alliance in defense and energy will have long-term effects on the Middle East and Israel. This comes in the wake of Turkey acquiring Russia’s S-400 air defense system and the development of the TurkStream pipeline, which stretches across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey.

As Turkey and Russia grow closer, they inevitably also grow closer in their efforts to end the Syrian conflict, as well as other regional and international issues. This has led Turkey away from its traditional alliance with the US, and focused on a new alliance structure with Russia and other allies, for instance a Turkey-Qatar and Russia-Iran alliance, in which they share certain interests. In the long term, a closer block of Russia-Syria-Iran-Turkey-Qatar may emerge, alongside other powerful states such as China, India, and central Asian actors, some of which seek to challenge the US.

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July 30, 2019 | 1 Comments » | 240 views

AIPAC paves the way for a Palestiniian State

AIPAC “applauds” Congress resolution endorsing two State solution – contradicting Trump’s policy.

On July 23, 2019 AIPAC issued a Press Release stating:

“AIPAC applauds the House of Representatives for adopting three bipartisan measures that strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship: a pro-Israel resolution that rejects the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, a bill that authorizes security assistance to the Jewish state and a bill that imposes sanctions on supporters of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

“The House adopted House Resolution 246, which takes a firm and historic stand against efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel by the global BDS campaign. The resolution sends a powerful message that the House of Representatives explicitly rejects discrimination directed against the Jewish state through economic, cultural and political boycotts. Underscoring the House’s solid pro-Israel position, the resolution was cosponsored by 350 representatives—strong majorities of both parties…”

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July 30, 2019 | 3 Comments » | 318 views

Egypt, Jordan leaders hold talks over Israeli-Palestinian peace

THE NEW ARAB

Egypt, Jordan leaders hold talks over Israeli-Palestinian peace
The two leaders met on Monday to discuss efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [AFP]

The meeting comes ahead of an expected visit to the region by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is pushing a controversial peace plan rejected by the Palestinians.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Monday to discuss efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reaffirming their support for a two-state solution, Sisi’s office said.

The meeting comes ahead of an expected visit to the region by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, who is pushing a controversial peace plan rejected by the Palestinians and criticised by Jordan.

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July 30, 2019 | 0 Comments » | 144 views

How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions: A Natural Experiment in Jordan

By Alex Nowrasteh, Andrew C Forrester, Cole Blondin

The World Bank Economic Review, lhy032, https://doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhy032

Published: 27 July 2019
Abstract
To what extent does immigration affect the economic institutions in destination countries? While there is much evidence that economic institutions in developed nations are either unaffected or improved after immigration, there is little evidence of how immigration affects the economic institutions of developing countries that typically have weaker institutions. Using the Synthetic Control Method, this study estimates a significant and long-lasting positive effect on Jordanian economic institutions from the surge of refugees from the First Gulf War. The surge of refugees to Jordan in 1990–1991 was massive, equal to 10 percent of Jordan’s population in 1990. Importantly, these refugees were able to have a large and direct impact on Jordanian economic institutions because they could work, live, and vote immediately upon entry due to a quirk in Jordanian law. The refugee surge was the main mechanism by which Jordan’s economic institutions improved in the decades that followed.

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July 30, 2019 | 0 Comments » | 214 views

Unlearning the Lessons of the Diaspora

By Victor Rosenthal

If you won’t eliminate the Diaspora – the Diaspora will eliminate you. – Ze’ev Jabotinsky, 1936

For Jewish individuals and communities, life in the Diaspora can be fraught. They must be vigilant for attacks from all sides. Even today, in a free and tolerant country like the US, there are Jew-haters under every rock: extremist Muslim Imams, obsessed neo-Nazis, black admirers of Louis Farrakhan, even anti-Jewish Catholic cults. Violent attacks on Jews are on the rise on the European continent, in Britain, and in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York. Some of the anti-Jewish prejudice stems from the worldwide campaign against the Jewish state, exemplified by the BDS movement. The rise of identity politics in the West also tends to amplify anti-Jewish phenomena. Despite attempts at education since the Holocaust, belief in antisemitic stereotypes is widespread throughout the world.

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July 29, 2019 | 2 Comments » | 477 views

Jordan fears deal of the century ‘opens gates of hell’

By World Israel News Staff, July 28, 2019

Jordan fears deal of the century ‘opens gates of hell’

The Trump peace plan will spell Jordan’s demise by turning it into a Palestinian state, Jordanians say.

There is fear in Jordan that the Trump peace plan will spell the country’s demise by turning it into a Palestinian state, Agence France-Presse reports.

Oraib Rintawi, head of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies in Amman, said “Jordan is worried because the deal ignores the idea of an independent Palestinian state.”

“This will mean that the sustainability of a Palestinian nation would be conditioned to it being linked somehow with Jordan and that will open the gates of hell for Jordan,” he said, according to AFP.

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July 29, 2019 | 5 Comments » | 408 views