By Eileen AJ Connelly, NY POST
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands after signing the peace agreement between US, Taliban, in Doha.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The United States and Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday aimed at bringing an end to the country’s longest war.
The agreement sets the stage for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan more than 18 years after President George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks. The US has spent more than $750 billion fighting the war, which has cost tens of thousands of lives on all sides.
The historic deal was signed in Doha, Qatar, by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on hand to witness the ceremony.
Jewish Electorate Institute survey finds that 91% of American Jews identify as pro-Israel, but Israel is not driving the community’s vote
By Eric Cortellessa,, TOI >28 February 2020,
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders would overwhelmingly outperform US President Donald Trump with Jewish voters in a head-to-head match-up this fall, according to new polling from the non-partisan Jewish Electorate Institute (JEI).
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist would defeat Trump with the demographic group 65% to 30%, despite only 52% of American Jews having a favorable view of Sanders and 45% having an unfavorable view of him, the survey found.
Great panel on Israel starts at 1:34
Interesting panel with Larry Kudlow and Ivanka Trump at 2:08
by Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum Radio
Martin Kramer, chair of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, spoke to Middle East Forum Radio host Gregg Roman on February 5 about President Trump’s “deal of the century” plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to Kramer, the importance of the Trump proposal “transcends whether either of the parties accept it” because “it’s not a peace plan, it’s a partition plan … the proposal of a third party, looking from the outside, that has some authority.” The Palestinians refused to accept partition plans put forth by the British in 1937 and by the United Nations in 1947, yet both had “historic effects,” notably culminating in the establishment of Israel. The details of these plans were largely irrelevant – it was their underlying assumptions and core principles that proved enduring.
The same is true of the “deal of the century.” Details of the plan are flexible and sure to be superseded by future negotiations. The important focus should be on the assumptions and principles of the plan.
By Randy DeSoto, WESTERN JOURNALISM
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White House senior advisor Jared Kushner told the attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C., on Friday that the U.S. border wall with Mexico is progressing rapidly.
“As of today, we’re at 130 miles on the wall that’s been built, and by the end of the year, we are on track to have over 400 miles,” Kushner told Matt Schlapp, the president of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC.
This week a tragedy happened. It was not about Teck. It was about the future of Alberta and Saskatchewan within Canada
By Diane Francis, NATIONAL POST
Nature abhors a vacuum and so does free enterprise and democracies. And Canada is about to show why.
This week, Canada’s massive megaproject, Teck Resources’ giant oil sands mine in Alberta, was obliterated — the biggest casualty of the #ShutDownCanada movement that’s been building and hurting the economy and country’s reputation.
by Seth Frantzman, THE HILL
Israel’s new “Momentum” plan integrates all elements of its armed forces in innovative ways.
Iran is shipping sophisticated surface-to-air missiles, drones and other missiles to its allies across the Middle East. A seized shipment, revealed by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) on Feb. 19, included drone and cruise missile components reportedly linked to an attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil facility last September. To confront the threat, Israel rolled out a new multi-year plan to transform its armed forces’ ability to both fight a multi-front war and to confront Iran.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is trying to do something unique in history by preparing the army for a potential future war that does not look like any before. Often armies end up planning to face enemies of the past, with disastrous results. This was the case with tactics of the U.S. Civil War, or the French army’s static defenses in World War II. Recent conflicts have revealed how technology is transforming the battlefield. This is illustrated in the counter-insurgency campaigns of the kind the U.S. has faced in the Global War on Terror, and inter-state conflicts such as tensions between Iran and other countries in the Middle East.
Russia deploys warships to Syria’s coast as Turkey says it ‘opens the gates’ for refugees who want to cross into Europe.
- Turkish casualties as Syria rebels fight to hold on to key town
- Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib
- Russia-backed Syrian forces kill more than 20 civilians in Idlib
- Syria’s Idlib sees ghost towns as hundreds of thousands flee
At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces in northwestern Idlib province as Turkey vowed “to respond in kind” with attacks on “all” their positions.
The rapid escalation of the conflict on Friday also threatened another refugee crisis as media reports cited Turkish officials as saying they “opened the gates” for Syrian refugees to transit unimpeded to Europe.
Israel’s technological innovation has turned it into a prominent driver of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, which is digitizing global production and supply chains.
By Eytan Halon, JPOST
A robot engineered by Kuka adjusts a windscreen in a fully automated process on a model of the A-class production line of German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz at the Daimler factory in Rastatt, Germany, February 4, 2019. Picture taken on February 4, 2019.(photo credit: REUTERS)
The State of Israel didn’t exist during the first and second industrial revolutions, and was just a nascent entity as the third revolution ushered in a new age of information.
Given Israel’s modest size, it was never destined to become a global manufacturing power. Yet its technological innovation has turned it into a prominent driver of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, which is digitizing global production and supply chains.
ital investments in Industry 4.0 technologies last year, surpassed only by the United States and China. Since 2014, annual investments in the sector have soared from $112 million to $650m., according to data published this week by Tel Aviv-based nonprofit Start-Up Nation Central. Approximately 260 Israeli start-ups are currently active in the field.
The real cause of the descent into anti-Zionism and hatred of Jews is secular liberalism, and the cultural fissure that has opened up along fault lines going back to the 18th-century Enlightenment.</di
By Melanie Phillips
(February 27, 2020 / JNS) The annual parade in Aalst, Belgium, last Sunday turned into a carnival of monstrous Jew-hatred. Participants portrayed Jews as insects topped with fur shtreimel hats and peyot (sidelocks).Others were dressed in Nazi uniforms, among other vicious Jewish caricatures, libels and insults.
The mayor of Aalst defended the carnival on the basis that it mocked Christians and Asians, too. He thus showed no understanding of the difference between vulgar mockery and the murderously dehumanizing, historical phenomenon of anti-Semitism.
This was followed by a carnival parade in the Spanish village of Campo de Criptana. Supposedly intended to commemorate the Holocaust, it featured dancing Nazis, concentration-camp prisoners in sequined tights and Israeli flags, and a “gas chamber” float with a giant Hebrew menorah between two chimneys.
By: Seth J. Frantzman, DEFENSE NEWS February 18
Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military training exercise near the border with Syria on Jan. 19, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM — Israel has announced a new multiyear plan to restructure its armed forces to face existing and potential future adversaries for decades.
The plan, called “Tnufa” in Hebrew and “Momentum” in English, has been a priority for Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of the General Staff, over the last year. The plan envisions fighting a multi-front war and harnessing the latest technologies to bring the most effective firepower from the largest number of different units to the forefront of the battlefield.
Momentum also seeks to shorten the time of a conflict while achieving more success on the battlefield and lessening the impact of war on civilians. Forces will be streamlined with the goal of a “swift and massive use of force against enemy systems,” the IDF said during a briefing about the plan.
‘We’ll have 61 seats without Netanyahu, Dery or Litzman,’ kingmaker in previous elections says of chance to build a coalition after the March 2 vote
Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman, who emerged as kingmaker in Israel’s two previous elections this year, said on Wednesday that he is ruling out the possibility of forming a unity government with Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud after the March 2 ballot.
Speaking at the Ma’ariv Business Conference 2030 in Herzliya, Lieberman said: “Gantz and Netanyahu together reached 65 seats [in the last election], and I told them to form a government, but they preferred to argue over who would be first and who would be second,” Lieberman said.
“There is no more unity government. It’s clear that nothing can be built with those two, so we’re preparing ourselves,” the former defense chief added. “We’re ready for the day after the election. We will have 61 Knesset seats without Netanyahu, Dery and Litzman,” referring to the heads of the two ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism.
BY ANDREW HARROD
“Islam is dead,” the “mosques are empty,” and “no one follows Islam inside of Iran,” an unidentified Iranian church leader stated in the 2019 film Sheep Among Wolves Volume II. The film marks a widely observed trend in recent decades of Iranians abandoning the cruel theocratic faith of Iran’s 1979-established Islamic Republic for Christianity.
“God is moving powerfully inside of Iran,” the church leader stated as the documentary examined how “Muslim-background Iranians are leading a quiet but mass exodus out of Islam.” Christian evangelists, who reach Iranians via means such as television broadcasting, have for several years reported on Iranians leaving Islam for Christianity. Other media reports have noted that Iranians “are leaving the mosques in droves” as atheists.
By Victor Rosenthal
As Purim approaches, Bernie Sanders, the Jewish front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said:
[Moving the US Embassy back to Tel Aviv is] something we would take into consideration …
I am very proud of being Jewish. I actually lived in Israel for some months, but what I happen to believe is that right now, sadly, tragically, in Israel, through Bibi Netanyahu, you have a reactionary racist who is now running that country …
Our foreign policy in the Mideast should be about absolutely protecting the independence and security of Israel, but you cannot ignore the suffering of the Palestinian people.
If there was any doubt before, we know now where Bernie stands. Jerusalem is always a litmus test. The American Congress demanded that the US government recognize reality about Jerusalem all the way back in 1995. That was a quarter of a century ago. Until Trump cut the Gordian Knot, three presidents withheld that recognition. The waivers supposedly related to “national security,” but everyone knew that it was a nod to the Arabs and others who opposed any Jewish sovereignty, not just our control of Jerusalem. Proof of that was the ridiculous opinion of the State Department that Israel was not sovereign in any part of Jerusalem, even the Western part that it has held since 1948 and in which its Knesset is located. And the fact is that there have been no adverse consequences for “national security.”
T. Belman. Ganz differs from Bibi in that he wants to show zero tolerance to balloons and rockets and no cash for quiet. Right. As for the Trump plan, he differs from the Right in that he accepts a Palestinian state which Yamina rejects totally, but accepts sovereignty over settlements and the Jordan Valley. He left out working with the international community but he included working with Abbas should aAbbas come to the table.
By Christina Wong, BREITBART
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President Trump’s firing of John Rood, the top policy official at the Pentagon, is a sign the agency is not immune from an effort to purge from influential positions across the administration “snakes” who do not support the president, according to four current and former officials.
Rood had been on the chopping block for months, but his firing just last week amid a spate of other personnel changes shows that the president is finally ready to clean house at a department that has tried to distance itself from politics, they said.
“All of them are getting tossed,” a senior administration official told Breitbart News. “You’re either on the team or you’re out, everywhere.”
With the electoral crisis growing and no real winner showing in the polls leading to next week’s vote, all signs point to a real possibility that Israel will need yet one more national election to nail down a government.
By Prof. Dov Fischer, ISRAEL HAYOM
With Israel’s third national election in a year, it may be dispiriting to consider that it actually will take yet a fourth election to finally nail down a national government. However, if it does come to that – and it very well may – the good news is that the fourth try should be the charm.
Months of Israeli electoral surveys by the country’s wide range of pollsters all point to one constant: no one is blinking and no one is backing down, from electoral stalemate to electoral stalemate. Thus, Blue and White endlessly jostles back and forth with Likud for bragging rights as the larger party, with each scoring 32-36 seats.
Avigdor Lieberman repeatedly scores 6-9 seats for his Yisrael Beytenu party that appeals primarily to older immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who are right wing politically and secular theologically. And the Joint Arab List now scores 12-14 seats.
The one-sided pro-“Palestine” madness on American campuses is a virus which shows no sign of quitting anytime soon. But now we have some professors who are fighting back publicly. Newman, in her late seventies, and a survivor, has filed a lawsuit.
By Prof. Phyllis Chesler, INN
Newman is a long-time professor of French and Cultural Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, who has just sued Point Park University claiming “employment discrimination based on her Jewish and Israeli ancestry and alleging that there has been a concerted effort led by anti-Zionist faculty and students to create a hostile work environment.”
She is also a savvy Holocaust survivor who has certainly learned her lessons. What’s more, she lives and works in Pittsburgh, where white nationalist, Robert Gregory Bowers, unleashed a Jew-hating massacre at the “Tree of Life” synagogue on a Sabbath in October of 2018.