Arab Israel conflict

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. »

Harper’s Heckler a Hero to Canadian Left

Featured image Scott wrote on Tuesday about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inspiring appearance before Israel’s Knesset. Of course, one man’s inspiration is another man’s aggravation, and it turns out that Harper was vigorously heckled by an Arab MK named Ahmed Tibi: During a portion of Harper’s address when he spoke against boycotts of Israel, Tibi shouted in English: “Don’t mislead; we want to boycott settlements.” When Harper spoke about Israel not »

UNESCO’s “appalling betrayal”–and ours

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 probably the leading academic authority on anti-Semitism. Witness his monumental histories A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism From »

The betrayals of Israel

Featured image We have always thought that Israel served as the canary in the coal mine with respect to Islam’s war agains the West. From the first days of the Obama administration it has also been the canary in the coal mine for Obama’s betrayal of America’s friends in the service of America’s enemies, or so it seems to me considering Caroline Glick’s report on the doings inside the current so-called peace »

Concrete tunnel, cement head

Featured image Writing in the Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria says: “Peace between the Palestinians and Israelis will come only when Israel decides that it wants to make peace.” I honestly don’t understand how an observant man speaking in good faith can say that. How about those Palestinians running the show in Gaza? They wage an unrelenting war against the existence of the state of Israel, interrupted only by preparations for the next »

Free speech, Israel, and football

Featured image Oday Aboushi is an O-lineman who was drafted by the New York Jets in April of this year. Aboushi is also a Palestinian-American. Joe Kaufman at FrontPage Magazine contends that Aboushi has engaged in pattern of “radical” anti-Israeli behavior in recent months. In April, just before the NFL draft, Aboushi tweeted favorably about a fundraiser sponsored by Islamic Relief (IR), a charity that the Israeli government has labeled a front »

A small, irrelevant America

Featured image In her weekly column Caroline Glick reviews the events of the past week in Egypt. Among other things, according to Glick, they reveal America’s “self-induced smallness.” Confirming a few points we have made here over the week and extending them to Morsi’s removal from power, Glick notes: US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson and Obama remained the Muslim Brotherhood’s greatest champions as the forces began to gather ahead of this »

Rami, we hardly knew ye

Featured image In the ninth year of his four-year term, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently forced the resignation of the widely respected caretaker Salam Fayyad as Prime Minister. Abbas appointed one Rami Hamdallas to succeed him. We noted Hamdallah’s appointment here. Secretary Kerry praised Hamdallah’s appointment while encouraging a return to negotiations for a two-state solution. In a congratulatory statement, Kerry said Hamdallah’s appointment “comes at a moment of challenge, which »

The deep meaning of Rami Hamdallah

Featured image Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now in the ninth year of his four-year term. He is an illegitimate leader of a kleptocratic pseudogovernment. Abbas recently forced the resignation of the widely respected caretaker Salam Fayyad as Prime Minister and has now appointed one Rami Hamdallas to succeed him. Hamdallah is president of An-Najah National University in Nablus. In the Jerusalem Post, Abu Khaled Toameh reports that Secretary Kerry has »

Memo to Kerry

Featured image David Horovitz is the founder and editor of the Times of Israel and an extremely reasonable man. When he emails to let me know that he has “just written and published this rather angry op-ed,” as he did this morning, I pay attention. David’s column is “Memo to Kerry: It’s not the economy, stupid.” Subhead: “The secretary’s ridiculous talk of $4 billion in private investment for the Palestinians demonstrates that »

When rocks kill: Personal testimony

Featured image Extending the theme of personal testimony this morning a little further than it should go, I want to turn to the IDF Blog for a report you won’t catch in the mainstream media: On September 23, 2011, Asher Palmer, 25, was driving with his infant son, Yonatan, on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba. He was headed towards Jerusalem to visit his pregnant wife. Driving in the opposite direction was former »

Suicide of the West: Special edition

Featured image We turn the floor over to Andrew McCarthy: My column last weekend dealt with the travesty of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, under great pressure from President Obama, for Israel’s self-defense against Turkey-based jihadists who attempted to break its lawful blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. Netanyahu not only apologized but added to the humiliation by agreeing to Erdogan’s demand that Israel compensate the “victims” of the »

The Ashrawi angle

Featured image Western governments funnel hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian non-government institutions. One such is Hanan Ashrawi’s MIFTAH, which describes itself this way: Established in Jerusalem in December 1998, with Hanan Ashrawi as its Secretary-General, MIFTAH seeks to promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to engage local and international public opinion and official »

Candid camera, Israeli style

Featured image The IDF has posted the video below taken last month of two terrorists captured by Israeli soldiers as they prepared to fire at passing Israeli vehicles. The Times of Israel reports: The video was recorded on February 15 by two female soldiers who spotted the terrorists from a military observation post near Beit Fajjar, a Palestinian town next to Gush Etzion, approximately 23 kilometers (14 miles) south of Jerusalem. After »

Canada sí, Palestine no

Featured image The President of the United States had some incredibly foolish things to say during his trip to the Middle East. Some of them were said during his press conference with Mahmoud Abbas, the Chairman of the PLO and the President of the Palestinian Authority, now serving out the ninth year of his four-year presidential term. The Wall Street Journal has posted a transcript of the press conference here. Standing under »