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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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swamp Israel 

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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Trump, Netanyahu and primal rage

Ron Jager, an IDF veteran and former Commander of Israel’s Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers, has written an insightful piece comparing the unhinged and slanderous attempts to oust President Donald Trump with the unhinged and slanderous attempts to oust Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jager notes: “The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has lead Israel to become a world leader of innovation, a nation at peace with the majority of the Muslim Sunni nations, a country where the life expectancy is one of the world’s longest, and…

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The Building of the Trojan Horse, Giovanni Tiepolo 1727-1804 Britain Israel 

Cowardice allows Muslim extremism to thrive

What’s the point of creating a commission to counter extremism when the government itself won’t deal with it? What’s the point of Prevent if attitudes which help form a continuum of beliefs feeding into extremism and terrorism are being inculcated in state-run schools? The reason for this abdication of responsibility is cowardice. The government is too frightened to deal with those who either promote or wink at non-violent Islamic extremism. Why is it so frightened? Because its deepest fear is that such groups or individuals may have a critical mass…

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superman Israel 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s… JNS!

The Jewish News syndicate, or JNS, is a network of writers, editors, scholars and publishers who are fighting the campaign of lies, delegitimisation and bigotry against Israel and the Jewish people by producing balanced and factual coverage. Its website can be found here and is a valuable resource for all who want to be properly informed about Israel and the Jewish world. I am pleased to tell you that, from tomorrow, I will be writing a fortnightly column for JNS and hope you will join me there.

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Palestinianism is over. Someone please tell the British

Apparently insulted by repeated slights from Britain’s political class and populace, President Donald Trump has decided to cancel his proposed visit there. Desperate to rescue the all-important post-Brexit US trade deal that might now be in jeopardy, Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to “clear the air” with the president at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Good luck with that one. Mrs. May herself has contributed to the hysteria about Trump’s fitness for office by publicly condemning some of his tweets. Rather more to the point, however,…

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HepHep riots, Frankfurt, 1819; from contemporary engraving by Johann Michael Voltz; antisemitism Britain Israel 

Eugenic libels, Jews barred at Warwick U

This all gets ever more dreadful. A vile event was put on at Warwick university last night. It was advertised as featuring unhinged claims that Israel was using eugenics to enhance the Jewish birthrate at the expense of Arab reproduction, and a disgusting proposal to retaliate by using eugenics to do the same in reverse to Israel. The indefatigable David Collier and two other Jews tried to attend the meeting, which was supposedly a public event. They were barred from entry. Collier writes: “It is difficult to describe the emotions…

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Abbas tears off the mask

For years, America, Britain and the EU have insisted that Mahmoud Abbas is a moderate and a statesman-in-waiting who deserves to be rewarded with a state of Palestine. For years, they have insisted that he is prepared to live alongside the state of Israel. For years, they have blamed Israel for intransigence in not believing this and thus not agreeing to give him land that they thought he would use to threaten the lives of its citizens. For years some of us have argued that Abbas should be considered instead…

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