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The Iran deal and the Israeli veto

Featured image This weekend, CNN reported that in recent years, Israeli leaders planned three attacks on military targets in Iran. CNN bases this story on an audio recording with former Defense Minister (and one-time Prime Minister) Ehud Barak. The recording was leaked to an Israeli television station. Why didn’t Israel carry through with the planned attacks? In the first case (2010), Israeli military leaders reportedly nixed the idea. The head of the »

The tenth anniversary of a tragic Israeli mistake

Featured image Jeb Bush’s candidacy has turned his brother’s presidency into a campaign issue. The focus, naturally, is on President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. This month marks the 10th anniversary of another controversial Bush policy preference — Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. The withdrawal was, of course, Israel’s call, not Bush’s. However, Bush strongly urged then-Prime Minister Sharon unilaterally to “disengage” from Gaza and he lauded Sharon’s decision as »

Wiping Israel Off the Map

Featured image If Israelis aren’t paranoid, they should be. Every time they turn around, someone is trying to wipe their country off the map. Literally. These stories keep on coming: Poundland is a discount chain in the United Kingdom that offered a globe for sale. So, you know, it’s important to be geographically accurate. Here is the eastern Mediterranean region: Oops! No Israel! But there is a place called “Palestine.” Now, Israel »

Speaking of the Iran deal (12) [updated with video]

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke via live webcast this afternoon about our deal with Iran. I understand that the recorded video will be available later this afternoon. If it is embeddable I will post it here. Please check back later. The webcast was sponsored by and addressed to supporters of the Jewish Federations of North America. Thousands tuned in. The show got on the road 30 minutes later than scheduled. I »

Israel’s choice

Featured image The Iran deal finances and otherwise facilitates Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. It even sets up the United States and the other parties as protectors of Iran’s nuclear program. Why would President Obama want to do that? He seems to believe that Iran should play the role of “a very successful regional power.” If he believes that this is in the national interest of thee United States, he is a »

Mike Huckabee’s overblown rhetoric on the Iran deal

Featured image Mike Huckabee is under attack for a comment he made about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee stated: This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. The comment is over-the-top for several reasons. First, it is too harsh. It’s Iran that »

Netanyahu’s question

Featured image Secretary of Defense Carter is in Israel to reassure the Israelis in the wake of the catastrophic deal the United has entered into with Iran. We are facilitating and funding Iran’s nuclear program; what can Carter say to mitigate what any fool can see? The Israeli media report that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has put in a call to former President Shimon Peres. In a Saturday call with »

Iran’s trifecta

Featured image It’s no scoop to say that both Israel and Saudi Arabia are alarmed by President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But it’s worth articulating the difference in the primary concern of the two. In doing so, we can better appreciate just how bad the deal is. Israel is unhappy with the deal because it all but ensures that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons. Whether Iran does so in 10 to »

What the Iran deal is really about

Featured image Yesterday, I argued that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is driven by two motives, neither of which involves stopping, or even significantly slowing, the mullahs’ quest for nuclear weapons. In my view, Obama’s primary motives are (1) the desire to thaw U.S. relations with the Iranian regime and, through a grand bargain, usher in an age of strategic cooperation between Washington and Tehran and (2) constrain Israel from attacking »

A word from Jim DeMint

Featured image Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, has written a good, concise opening statement of the case against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. DeMint states: If allowed to stand, the Vienna agreement announced today will make the world a much more dangerous place. It completely fails to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weaponry. Indeed, it moves the world one step closer to a regional nuclear arms race »

A word from Ron Dermer

Featured image Anticipating the agreement with Iran announced today, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer spoke to Christians United for Israel. Claudia Rosett points out that Ambassador Dermer has posted the text of his remarks here on Facebook. Ambassador Dermer’s speech represents the position of Israel with respect to the agreement. As one of the primary targets of Iran’s enmity, Israel cannot afford to indulge itself in the delusions and »

Undercover Jew

Featured image Virtually every day, or so it seems, we get notices from Palestinian Media Watch of calls for, or celebration of, the murder of Jews in Israel. PMW performs a valuable service for those of us interested in a realistic understanding of the region. Following the Palestinian media, one comes to the conclusion that they represent a society unfit for self-rule. Decent civil institutions are also required and notable by their »

Netanyahu’s take

Featured image The state of Israel obviously cannot afford the lies and self-delusions that support the catastrophic deal in process with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed it yesterday (in Hebrew, video here) at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting. His office has posted this excerpt in English: It seems that the nuclear talks in Iran have yielded a collapse, not a breakthrough. The major powers’ concessions are increasing. The deal being »

The Palestinian aid charade (updated with a golden oldie)

Featured image You probably missed the story of the latest attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The blockade prevents the resupply of Hamas terrorists with the tools of their murderous trade. Attempts to break the blockade are held out as acts of pro-Palestinian activism, but they are at best stupidity in action. In this week’s episode, the “activists” aboard a Swedish vessel failed to punch through the blockade when »

“The haters are still here”

Featured image The Clarion Project has just posted “The world stayed silent” (video below, here on YouTube). Clarion asks that we share the link and help the video go viral. I don’t necessarily like argument by juxtaposition, but I think this film briefly makes a compelling case — a better case than Vera Brittain’s in the big-budget film version of Testament of Youth. »

Netanyahu’s take

Featured image Israel simply cannot afford the smug self-delusuions with which our pending nuclear agreement with Iran is being negotiated and sold. Its critique of the arrangement reflects a realistic view of the proceedings. Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s views, expressed most recently yesterday and posted here, represent the Israeli consensus. I find their bluntness refreshing: • “In the nuclear talks, to my regret, what we are seeing are Iran’s increasing demands, and the »

Obama’s betrayal of Israel

Featured image On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal published Matti Friedman’s review of Michael Oren’s new book. Friedman’s review is accessible here via Google. Friedman’s review strikes me as jaded and superficial. As such, it is a disservice to potential readers who would be interested in what Oren’s timely book has to offer. I am taking the liberty of reposting my comments on Oren’s book from this past Tuesday as a review »