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An open letter to the Muslim world

Dear Muslim world, The State of Israel is 70 years old today and I am writing from its capital city, Jerusalem. I realize that for most of you, the words I have just written will cause your gorge to rise. In Israel, they are a source of jubilation. Israel’s rebirth as the Jewish national homeland out of the ashes of the Holocaust was in itself an astonishing achievement, unique in the annals of the world. For it to have survived the unparalleled attempts to destroy it ever since is regarded…

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Waking up to this whole antisemitism thing

More than two weeks into the great row in Britain over Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism, and one thing becomes steadily more clear: Everyone is ignoring the elephant in the room. The revelations of widespread antisemitism in the party have plunged it into an existential crisis. Moderate Labour members opposed to Corbyn —hard-left friend to Hamas and all left-wing revolutionary causes — are aghast. Yet few grasp the real nature of this crisis, which extends far beyond the British Labour Party. And that’s because few on the left…

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The right is sticking by what they think is right

On his visit this week to Washington, D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably exchanged a wry word or two with President Donald Trump about their similar predicament. Both men are under siege from a legal, political and media establishment determined to lever them out of office. There is another striking similarity concerning their respective electoral base. For despite the maelstrom over their various alleged misdemeanors, those who voted for them don’t seem to care. For sure, Trump’s voters believe that there’s no truth in the charge that Team Trump…

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About time!

Woah! The 70 year boycott has finally ended. Prince William will become the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to Israel later this year. Kensington Palace has announced that he will visit Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.   In all of Israel’s existence, it has never been afforded an official royal visit. Prince Philip and Prince Charles have visited a few times on private occasions, but the royals have never gone there in an official capacity. This has long been a source of…

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Is this the seal of the prophet Isaiah?

The Hebrew University archeologist Dr Eilat Mazar has made what may be one of the most extraordinary finds ever made. In her excavations of the remains from the first Temple period in Jerusalem, she has uncovered a bulla, or seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah. Her team discovered the bulla during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located at the foot of the southern wall of Temple Mount. In an article published last week in Biblical Archaeology Review, entitled “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?”, she describes the…

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The Iranian drone

Did Iran yesterday openly launch its war of extermination against Israel? The sequence of events, according to former IDF spokesman Lt Cl Peter Lerner, was this. Yesterday morning an Iranian drone, an advanced model with stealth capabilities, penetrated into Israel through the border from Jordan. It was intercepted after about a minute and a half in Israeli territory by an IDF attack helicopter. In the immediate aftermath, the Israel Air Force conducted a targeted strike and destroyed the mobile command vehicle that guided the drone. On its way home, an…

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Damned if you do . . . and Trump and Netanyahu are certainly doing

Day in and day out, two men—two crucial world leaders—remain under a constant barrage of verbal attacks. They are subjected to an obsessional, unhinged and unprecedented stream of abuse, distortion, character assassination and malicious fantasies. If you haven’t guessed, they are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald J Trump. The campaign against them signifies a cultural disorder in the West that borders on the pathological. Netanyahu certainly has his faults. One might list arrogance, moral cowardice and his tendency to be a control freak. He doesn’t take…

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The Nunes memo

Publication of the now-famous Nunes memo (full text here) has produced the kind of reaction which, if people were previously inclined to be sceptical about either its reliability or importance, is likely to have made them believe it is both well-founded and of exceptional importance. For the reaction by FBI folk, Democrats and the Trumpophobic media has been desperately twisted and incoherent to a quite jaw-dropping degree. These anti-Nunesians have maintained, with a straight face, that the memo reveals such sensitive secrets it has endangered American security and that it…

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