Arab Israel conflict

Charles Hill: What Obama has done

Featured image Charles Hill is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale, where he is one of the principal teachers and presiding spirits in the Directed Studies program for freshmen as well as the year-long course on Grand Strategy for university students. Before undertaking his career as a teacher, Professor Hill »

Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel (2)

Featured image The resolution adopted by the Security Council with the abstention of the United States yesterday goes beyond the usual anti-Semitic gibberish proclaimed by other United Nations bodies. It has potential legal and/or practical ramifications. Lee Smith alludes to these ramifications in his Tablet column on the Security Council vote, which I excerpted here. Elliott Abrams emphasizes the point in his Weekly Standard column denouncing what Obama has done: Does the »

Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel

Featured image President Obama checked off another item on his “rhymes with bucket list” today in the United Nations. The United States abstained in a 14-0 vote by the UN Security Council condemning all Israeli building and activity in the West Bank as “illegal,” including building in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and Israel’s sovereign access to the Western Wall. The Security Council resolution had been put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, »

Michael Oren: An inconvenient truth

Featured image Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren was in New York last week in connection with the doings at the United Nations. Oren’s memoir is the invaluable Ally, which we interviewed him about on the Power Line podcast posted here. Oren is now a member of the Knesset from the Kulanu Party and deputy minister for diplomacy. During his visit last week Newsweek posted Oren’s latest piece laying »

Netanyahu: The UN is a moral farce

Featured image Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his annual address to the UN General Assembly yesterday (text here, video below). There is something thrilling about hearing the truth about important matters blurted out before a largely unfriendly audience that knows every word is true. In this crowd Netanyahu is the little boy who cried that the emperor has no clothes. Whether in text or video form, the speech in its entirety is »

The Oslo disaster

Featured image It is a remarkable fact that Israel has never held a public accounting for the utter disaster that was Oslo. Israel’s then Foreign Minister President Shimon Peres of course won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (with Prime Minister Rabin and the terrorist butcher Yasser Arafat) for his involvement in the Oslo Accords that resulted in the return of Arafat from his Tunisian exile to rule over the Arabs on the »

Palestinian “Moderates” Boast of Killing Thousands of Jews

Featured image In the liberal narrative, West Bank Palestinians are governed by the moderate Fatah, led by the moderate President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s Partner For Peace of the moment. Gaza, on the other hand, is ruled by Hamas extremists. In practice, however, it isn’t easy to tell the “moderates” without a scorecard. Currently, elections are going on in the West Bank and Gaza, the first in ten years. How is Fatah appealing »

Palestinian Father Tries to Get Son Killed

Featured image In this video of a weekly demonstration near Modiin Illit, shot yesterday, you see a Palestinian father urging his young son toward a group of IDF soldiers, yelling at them to shoot him, as explained here. What greater honor for a four-year-old boy than to be on the evening news as a “martyr”? The soldiers don’t take the bait; I interpret their reaction as one of disbelief. One of them »

Annals of mewling idiocy

Featured image Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now serving the twelfth year of his four-year term. He is an absurd and contemptible figure. In a perfectly timed companion to the Brexit referendum, Abbas had the honor of addressing the European Parliament this past Thursday. Abbas drew a standing ovation for his EU speech. In the course of his remarks Abbas accused (mythical) Israeli rabbis of “demanding” that the Israeli government poison »

Roots of BDS

Featured image The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign seeks to delegitimize and destroy Israel. It has made its presence felt on many college campuses. Whence BDS? Bret Stephens and Caroline Glick devote invaluable columns to the question this week. Both columns are based on the eye-opening testimony presented by former Treasury official Jonathan Schanzer, now with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism »

Harvard’s disgrace

Featured image Harvard Law School has made itself complicit in the gross anti-Semitism of third-year student Husam El-Qoulaq, about whom John wrote here. One can only speculate why and the result is likely overdetermined in any event. The reasons converge in a shocking institutional disgrace. Harvard Law School is drinking deeply from El-Qoulaq’a Kool-Aid. Adam Kredo summarizes the law school’s acts, acts that I deem complicity: Harvard Law School is declining to »

Israelis Seize Stone-throwing Palestinian Dolls

Featured image Israeli customs officials have seized a shipment of 4,000 dolls dressed as Palestinian stone-throwers. The dolls were hidden among other goods on a ship that docked at the port at Haifa, reportedly originating in the United Arab Emirates. The Guardian, which is hostile to Israel, describes the dolls: Each of the identical stuffed toys wore red, green, black and white scarves, and their heads were covered by keffiyehs inscribed with »

Mahmoud Abbas then and now

Featured image For a little historical perspective on the events of the day, let us turn to Sam Borden’s New York Times story “Long-hidden details reveal cruelty of 1972 Munich attackers.” Borden reports suppressed details of the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes by PLO terrorists in Munich during the 1972 games. “Among the most jarring details are these,” Borden writes. “The Israeli Olympic team members were beaten and, in at least one »

That awkward moment

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI clips the video below of Umm Muhammad Shamasneh. Shamasneh’s son Muhammad was killed while perpetrating a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 12. Appearing in her home via the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel, she offered the interviewer candy to celebrate her son’s “martyrdom.” She said that she hoped her other sons would follow in his footsteps and pulled out a knife, threatening: “My deeds »

Halting Halbertal

Featured image Minnesota United States Attorney Andrew Luger took to the pages of the Star Tribune to denounce the “Islamophobia” allegedly rampant in “the news.” The column appeared under the heading “Minnesotans must face Islamophobia head-on.” Luger condemns a “current wave of Islamophobia.” There are several problems with Luger’s column. I want to note two. “Islamophobia” is a term of art invented by fanatics to stigmatize their opponents. Speaking as “Minnesota’s chief »

Rabin’s legacy

Featured image The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago has been the occasion of observances and retrospectives that honor his role in the Oslo Accords. Over the weekend, for example, Bill Clinton was in Jerusalem telling Israelis they must “finish the last chapter” of Rabin’s legacy. Among knowledgeable observers, Peter Berkowitz, Jeff Jacoby, and Caroline Glick have written columns worthy of note on the subject. Oslo of course »

“Are we living on the same planet?”

Featured image A BBC correspondent asked Prime Minister Netanyahu what he would say if urged to resumed negotiations with the Palestinian Authority president who’s in the eleventh year of his four-year term. (Congratulations are in order.) Netanyahu wondered if the BBC correspondent follows the news. He pointedly asked her: “Are we living on the same planet?” The video is about two-and-a-half minutes long and well worth your time. Via Tom Gross/Mideast Dispatch »