Israel

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 »

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 »

Emails show what Hillary has in mind for Israel

Featured image Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writing in the Observer*, says that having examined Hillary Clinton’s emails, he is “hard-pressed to find a single note that is sympathetic toward the Jewish state from any of the people she trusted.” He reminds us that Sid Blumenthal, one of Hillary’s most trusted advisers, sent Clinton dozens of anti-Israel articles written by Sid’s rabidly anti-Israel son Max. Hillary responded favorably to them. But, says Boteach, “the »

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 »

Black Lives Matter expresses solidarity with slave traders

Featured image I wrote here about the scores of demands made by a multitude of organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. The demands combined the cant of the old “Black Power” movement and worldwide “liberationist” ideology with that of Bernie Sanders. It confirmed that Black Lives Matter isn’t about reforming the police in order to reduce shootings by cops, but rather about transforming America across-the-board in the interests of Black-centric »

On Iran, Israelis Say: Obama Is Wrong

Featured image Barack Obama desperately claims the Iran deal is working. Well, he is partly right: it is working for the mullahs, anyway. He tried to enlist Israel among his supporters, as the Associated Press reports: Obama said in remarks on Thursday that the Iran deal is working and that “it’s the assessment of the Israeli military and intelligence community … that acknowledges this has been a game-changer.” Heh. A game-changer perhaps, »

The spirit of Entebbe

Featured image Israel’s incredibly daring operation to free Jewish hostages held by murderous terrorists at the Entebbe airport in Uganda took place forty years ago today, as we celebrated the bicentennial Independence Day. It was a great day for freedom all the way around. Suffice it to say that the spirit of Israel’s Operation Thunderbolt holds much in common with our Independence Day. Almost unbelievably, Prime Minister Netanyahu–the brother of the rakishly »

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 »