Israel

This cannot stand

Featured image The Times of Israel has a handy summary (and Breitbart has more here) of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s remarks earlier this week concerning the perils of Obama administration foreign policy from Israel’s perspective. It’s a sort of “emperor has no clothes” moment, with Ya’alon “declaring that Israel cannot rely on the US to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that »

Dumbest John Kerry statement ever

Featured image John Kerry has said some criminally stupid things in his time. Recall, for example, this statement by Kerry from 2010 about Bashar al-Assad: Let me just say that I am . . . absolutely convinced that carefully calibrated diplomacy, that if that is what we engage in, that Syria will play a very important role in achieving a comprehensive peace in the region and in putting an end to the »

The message in the missiles revisited

Featured image That deafening silence you hear enfolds not just the Obama administration’s criminal misuse of the IRS and its royal edicts rewriting Obamacare to suit the electoral needs of the Democratic Party. It extends to Israel’s seizure of the cargo of long-range rockets, mortars and bullets destined for terrorist forces under Iran’s control in the Gaza Strip. Claudia Rosett has done her damnedest to break the silence, in her columns “The »

Proposed state retaliation against anti-Israel academic outfits goes too far

Featured image The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation that would bar public universities from providing funds to academic organizations that support boycotts of Israel. Similar legislation has been proposed in New York and Illinois. The legislation wouldn’t bar any group or individual at a state university from supporting boycotts of Israel, such as the deplorable academic boycott called for by the American Studies Association and other left-wing outfits. It would simply »

The message in the missiles

Featured image Earlier this week Israel seized a ship carrying high-trajectory missiles bound for Gaza from Iran. The Obama administration wants it known that the United States collaborated with Israel in tracking the ship. Yet I can’t find any comment by an administration official on the message in the missiles. For that, we must turn to Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking yesterday in Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance: We shall expose what »

Netanyahu draws a line

Featured image Whenever Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC’s policy conference in Washington, as he did earlier this week, he devotes some part of his speech to basics that are too often neglected in discussions of Israel’s role in the Middle East. As always, Netanyahu’s speech is worth reading in its entirety. I want to draw attention in particular to Netanyahu’s introductory point. It stands in stark contrast to anything »

Obama’s settlement construction lie

Featured image Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly pushed back against President Obama’s Middle East narrative during the meeting of the two yesterday. According to this account, Netanyahu offered Obama a “history lesson” covering the last 20 years of conflict with the Palestinians. If so, the lesson was much needed. Perhaps it will spark a more general interest by Obama in the subject of history. It’s difficult to say which is more distressing, »

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: »

John Kerry trumpets the economic boycott of Israel

Featured image It’s ironic that John Kerry is spending so much energy trying to upset the status quo in Israel/Palestine, given that the status quo there is preferable to that in almost every other country in the region. As Tom Wilson points out, most Palestinians don’t live under “occupation”; they live in areas controlled and governed by the Palestinian Authority — a mixed blessing, to be sure. Meanwhile, Israel enjoys relative peace »

Freedom in the world 2014

Featured image In what Middle East country do Arabs enjoy the greatest civil liberties? That is a question worthy of investigation by the Middle East correspondents of the New York Times, the Washington Post and others who bring us the news from the region. Freedom House conducts a widely respected annual survey that goes a long way toward answering the question. It has just released its 2014 report, discussing trends and providing »

An open letter to the Montreal Gazette

Featured image A reader has forwarded us this open letter by Allan Wiener to the Montreal Gazette regarding the graphic above published by the paper yesterday, accessible online here and here. The graphic ran under the name of “Aislin,” the pen name of Gazette editorial cartoonist Christopher Terry Mosher. The letter is addressed to Gazette editor-in-chief Lucinda Chodan. Slightly edited, the letter reads as follows: This is to inform you that I »

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 »

Harper in Jerusalem

Featured image Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands out among national leaders as a voice of reason and sanity. This is a man. Harper is in Israel this week. Last night he addressed Israel’s Knesset, giving a speech with several notable avowals and observations. The Prime Minister’s office has posted the official text here. David Akin has posted a slightly more readable text here. At about 16:00 Harper’s remarks provoke outbursts and »

Ariel Sharon, RIP

Featured image It’s hard to take the measure of a man like Ariel Sharon. As a warrior and as a statesman, he was a giant in Israel’s history. Commentary has posted Elliott Abrams’s brilliant assessment under the heading “Ariel Sharon: His eye was not dim.” It includes this eulogy that Abrams wrote for President Bush as they anticipated Sharon’s death at the time of Sharon’s stroke eight years ago: Ariel Sharon also »

Gentlemen May Cry Peace, Peace…

Featured image This news story is offered without comment: “Peace meeting in Ramallah broken up by stone throwers.” Palestinians threw rocks Thursday at a West Bank hotel, shattering windows and breaking up a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. The conference was cut short and three dozen Israeli participants were rushed out the back door, put on Palestinian police buses and driven to safety, organizers said. Here, the protesters try to »

Good news and bad news on Kerry’s Middle East “peace” initiative

Featured image Secretary of State Kerry has left the Middle East without a “framework” for a “peace agreement” in place. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Kerry is expected to return next week. The basic framework Kerry is pushing would consist of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish homeland in exchange for Israel’s acceptance of its pre-1967 frontier as the baseline for border talks. From Israel’s point of »