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Tom Cotton on Obama’s parting shot at Israel

Featured image Our friend Sen. Tom Cotton issued this statement about President Obama’s decision to “abstain” from voting on the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution — a decision that enabled the resolution to pass: President Obama is personally responsible for this anti-Israel resolution. His diplomats secretly coordinated the vote, yet he doesn’t even have the courage of his own convictions to vote for it. This cowardly, disgraceful action cements President Obama’s richly »

It’s Official: Obama Is Way Worse Than Jimmy Carter

Featured image Obama had barely lowered his hand after being sworn in back in 2009 that Glenn Reynolds proposed that a re-run of the Carter presidency was likely a best case scenario for the lightworker, and while this has been manifestly true for quite a while now, yesterday’s UN vote seals the deal. I dimly recalled that Carter made a similar move in his last year in office, voting to abstain on »

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, »

Israel Denounces “Shameful” Obama Administration

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday about how President-elect Trump went to bat for Israel, opposing an anti-settlement United Nations resolution that the Obama administration had decided not to veto. Today Israel’s government shed more light on what happened, and made clear its feelings about the Obama administration: An Israeli official on Friday accused President Barack Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a “shameful move against Israel at the U.N.” after learning »

Trump goes to bat for Israel, thwarts Obama [With Comment by John]

Featured image Today, the U.N. Security Council was poised to pass a resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements. Proposed by Egypt, the resolution called settlements “a flagrant violation under international law” and “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution.” It called on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the occupied West Bank. The U.S. has a veto in the Security Council. It could have »

Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel has the right enemies

Featured image Left-wing Jewish-American groups led by J Street are attempting to block David Friedman’s nomination to be ambassador to Israel. J Street reportedly gave 124 Congressional candidates a total of $3.6 million in the recent election cycle through its political action committee. Nineteen of them were elected to the Senate. J Street will now call on them and others to help block Friedman. I agree with Tevi Troy that the effort »

Trump gave money to “West Bank” settlement

Featured image The Washington Post reports that in 2003, Donald Trump gave $10,000 to “institutions in one of Israel’s oldest and most steadfast West Bank settlements.” He made the donation in honor of David Friedman, who is now Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel. I wish I had known about this before. It would have made me more supportive of Trump. Trump’s donation was used to support schools in the »

An interview with David Friedman

Featured image Following up on Paul’s post regarding the president-elect’s designated United States ambassador to Israel, I want to draw attention to Eric Cortellessa’s Times of Israel profile of David Friedman. The profile derives from Cortellessa’s interview of Friedman last month. Headline: “Trump’s envoy: The new administration ‘won’t tell Israel what policies to adopt.’” Subhead: “David Friedman says the incoming president doesn’t view Israel as ‘a client state you issue directives to’ »

J Street freaks out over Trump’s excellent pick for ambassador to Israel

Featured image When J Street expresses outrage at your choice for ambassador to Israel, there’s very good reason to think you made a good pick. So it is with David Friedman, Donald Trump’s selection for that post. Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney, is a long-time friend of the president-elect. He served on Trump’s Israel advisory committee during the campaign. Friedman’s views on Israel are sound and will be a breath of fresh air. »

One More Positive Effect of Trump’s Win

Featured image The Associated Press reports that President Obama has decided to back off on anti-Israel moves in the wake of President-elect Trump’s victory: President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama »

Huma Abedin attacked mainstream Jewish group

Featured image Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s increasingly notorious confidante and top aide, urged Bill Clinton to reject an invitation to speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC). In an email, she wrote: “u really want to consider sending him into that crowd?” (Emphasis added) From her use of the phrase “that crowd,” you might think that AIPAC is a radical organization that advocates ethnic cleansing or some other draconian “solution” »

Our man in Hezbollah

Featured image The outrages continue to mount as we approach the end of the Obama administration. President Obama adds degradation to insult and injury. In a very recent example, Adam Kredo reports that former Hezbollah co-conspirator is slated to speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. He is Azmi Bishara. Bishara was an Israeli Arab serving in Israel’s parliament when he fled Israel in 2007. Bishara fled Israel to set up shop »

Jerusalem? Where’s That?

Featured image Earlier today, the White House released a transcript of President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for Shimon Peres, which took place at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Later, the White House sent out a “corrected” transcript that struck out the word “Israel” after “Jerusalem.” Here it is, courtesy of McClatchey: McClatchey regards the “correction” as proper: The White House forgot its own policy on Jerusalem Friday — at »

Shimon Peres dead at 93

Featured image Shimon Peres died this morning in Israel at the age of 93. Marilyn Berger writes his obituary for the New York Times. Tom Gross corrects the Times obituary here. Berger’s obituary is posted with a video on Peres’s life and career with commentary by Clyde Haberman. Raphael Ahren looks back at Peres’s long career for the Times of Israel here. On a personal note, I was invited to attend Israel’s »

Bibi calls on Trump and Clinton

Featured image Sticking around in New York following his address to the UN General Assembly last week, Benjamin Netanyahu called on both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yesterday. We received the Trump campaign’s summary (“readout”) of the meeting. I was interested in it and thought some other readers might find it of interest: Donald J. Trump met privately today with Prime Minister Netanyahu for over an hour at Mr. Trump’s residence in »

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

Featured image Walter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.” In the heart of this post he writes: There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than »