Arab Israel conflict

Say the wrong thing

Featured image We can count on President Obama not to do the right thing and to say the wrong thing. He treats our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. He says the wrong thing when he would serve our interests by shutting up. He shuts up when saying the right thing would serve our interests. Earlier today United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro posted a readout of this morning’s call between »

Line of the day

Featured image On FOX News Sunday this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu repeated a line that he used in the prepared statement he read at his news conference this past Friday. It has also been posted on his FaceBook page, and it warrants repetition. Contrasting the conduct of Israel and Hamas in the current hostilities, Netanyahu said: “The difference between us is simple. We develop defensive systems against missiles in order to »

Hamas ups the ante

Featured image Writing from The Israel Project this morning, Omri Ceren draws our attention to a notable development (reported here) in Hamas’s war against Israel: “Yesterday Hamas launched – and then bragged about launching – three long-range M75 rockets targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the city Dimona. Iron Dome had to knock one of the rockets out of the sky; the other two landed in open areas.” Omri comments: “A terrorist attack »

Horovitz’s lament

Featured image David Horovitz is the founding editor of the Times of Israel. In his most recent column, David explains the absurdity of White House Special Assistant lecturing the Israelis on their best interests as he emerged from a safe recess of the hotel following a missile attack on Tel Aviv. David’s column is “Lecuturing us on security, as the rockets fly.” In an email message this morning, David notes: “The man »

Gordon’s perfect timing

Featured image Following up on Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama’s sage Haaretz column “Peace is the only true path to security for Israel and the Palestinians,” White House Middle East Special Assistant Philip Gordon blasted Israel this week in remarks at a conference in Tel Aviv. Israel has been subjected to an ongoing barrage of missile attacks and other offensive operations emanating from Gaza over the past week. In a feat »

A good beat and you can kill to it

Featured image Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama draws on the deep well of his wisdom and his foreign policy successes to instruct Israelis on the path to peace in today’s Haaretz column “Peace is the only true path to security for Israel and the Palestinians.” Warning: Reading may induce nausea. “In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel,” Obama writes. Benjamin Netanyahu? »

Hamas wants war

Featured image Picking up on Doug McKelway’s comment regarding a meeting with Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, I downloaded the Red Alert Israel app. The app is intended to provide Israelis with warnings of missiles headed in their direction on something like 15-30 seconds’ notice. Over the past few days, Israel has been the subject of a barrage of missiles from the Gaza Strip, courtesy of Hamas, and the »

Rachelle Fraenkel speaks

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz sat down for an interview with the mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Naftali Fraenkel (video below). Naftali has been kidnapped by Hamas operatives at work in the area that is the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority. David briefly introduces the video and posts the transcript in “A mother’s plea for ‘prayer, positive energy, whatever it takes to find’ kidnapped teens.” Writing from Jerusalem this »

Conquest’s Second Law illustrated

Featured image At least two of Robert Conquest’s Three Laws — set forth here by John Derbyshire — explain the political world much as Newton’s laws of motion explain the physical world. Conquest’s Second Law provides: “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.” Derbyshire adds with respect to the Second Law: “Conquest gave the Church of England and Amnesty International as examples.” Conquest’s Second Law probably »

The PA celebrates a kidnapping

Featured image This past Thursday night, three Jewish teenagers — one of whom is a dual American/Israeli citizen — were abducted on the West Bank. The Israelis are certain that Hamas is responsible. The Israelis have taken 80 suspects into custody as part of the investigation. Reuters reports the story here. One can only fear the outcome and the consequences. For the moment, we can also observe the reaction of the Palestinian »

Meanwhile in Arafatistan

Featured image Mahmoud Abbas serves in the ninth year of his four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. Having engineered the formation of a unity government that enlists the support of Hamas, he now brings to an apparent end the seven-year civil war that severed Gaza from his jurisdiction and placed it under the control of Hamas. Here is the beauty part: no members of Hamas itself participates in the newly »

Now playing at the UN

Featured image At the UN, they are observing International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I bet you thought every year at the UN was in solidarity with the “Palestinian people,” but no. Two thousand fourteen is special. Stop the UN — I want to get off. They are observing the International Year of Solidarity in a big way at UN headquarters in New York City. Anne Bayefsky writes to draw »

Caroline Glick: Pope Francis’s unfriendly visit

Featured image Caroline Glick devotes a column to “Pope Francis’s unfriendly visit” to Israel. She makes a number of points that seem persuasive to me. Caroline discusses the Pope’s stop for a photo opportunity at a portion of the security wall separating Israel from the Palestinian Authority, commenting in part as follows: Reasonable people disagree about the contribution the security fence makes to the security of Israelis. But no one can reasonably »

Waiting for the Palestinian Godot

Featured image Mahmoud Abbas is serving the tenth year of his four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. What he lacks in legitimacy he makes up in consistency. Back in January, Abbas spoke to a group of Arabs in Jerusalem and commented on the alleged Palestinian right of return. Repeating an assertion he had made before and has made since, Abbas said that he could not negotiate away the absolute right »

Obama’s Goldberg variations

Featured image One element of Barack Obama’s extension of Carterism in his foreign policy is his hostility to Israel. In his hostility to Israel Obama has proved steadfast. The generally unflappable and moderate David Horovitz, editor of the Times of Israel, expresses deep dismay over Obama’s unloading on Israel in Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with Obama. Horovitz calls it an “earth-shattering interview.” He concludes with the observation “that Obama chose to have his »

Robert Wistrich: UNESCO and the padlocking of Jewish history

Featured image We have proudly featured the work of Robert Wistrich in three Power Line posts (the three posts are accessible here). Wistrich is the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He is also the leading academic authority on the history of anti-Semitism. Witness his monumental histories A Lethal Obsession: »

Abbas enters year 10 of a four-year term

Featured image If one can achieve a certain level of detachment, the exertions of Secretary of State Kerry to establish Palestinian statehood and therewith an end to the Arab war against Israel take on a comic aspect. The “Palestinians” lack a civil society that might support a state. The political structure of their putative state is a shambles, with a frankly genocidal and terrorist group having run off with its Gaza outpost. »