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Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
  Amid Hamas’s rocket barrage from totalitarian Gaza, the land Israel left nine years ago, American Jewry’s tiny but loud far left launched its own fusillade. “End the bombing, end the occupation,” Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) cried. “Peace not vengeance,” J Street insisted. J Street at least “condemn[ed] Hamas” and “recognize[d] Israel’s right to respond to the rocket fire....
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Wednesday Jul 09, 2014
  The latest evidence suggests that six Jewish hoodlums burned alive a sixteen-year-old Palestinian named Mohammed Abu Khdeir -- a sickening crime.  Most reactions have been predictable – and tedious. The Left is using this murder to equate Israeli democracy with Palestinian totalitarianism.  Critics either claim relativistically that each side has its own extremists or that these Israeli fanatics – who, if they are...
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Tuesday Jun 24, 2014
As the kids’ kidnapping crisis continues, one critical moment disturbs me. When the terrorists first realized they had kidnapped teenagers, especially two sixteen-year-olds, did it make these Palestinians pause? Did the kidnappers consider freeing these innocents? Has their clear non-combatant status at all improved the treatment of Gil-Ad, Eyal, and Naftali?   Alternatively, did the victims’ youth delight these criminals,...
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Wednesday May 28, 2014
    Pope Francis’s invitation to host a joint prayer for peace at the Vatican highlights the power of gestures in building trust between enemies. The Middle East was transformed in 1977 when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat flew to Jerusalem – and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin welcomed him.  As the world speculates about what big changes such small gestures can trigger, the systematic Palestinian campaign against...
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Tuesday May 13, 2014
  The hysterics who warned of disaster if the peace process failed are now waiting for their predictions to come true. John Kerry and company belong to the “Tough Love” and “Sky is Falling” school of Middle East diplomacy. They believe Israel must be bullied by her friends and bombed by her neighbors into compromise, with dashes added of boycott threats, warnings of democracy eroding and harsh distorted charges about...
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