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John Kerry escalates his anti-Israel rhetoric

Featured image First, John Kerry invoked the “B” word against Israel. He warned the Jewish State of dire economic consequences from a boycott if it didn’t reach an accord with the Palestinians. Now, Kerry has invoked the “A” word. He claims that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” in the absence of a peace deal, Both comments, of course, drew sharp criticism. And in both cases Secretary Foghorn’s response was the same: »

Netanyahu at Yad Vashem

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke yesterday evening at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. The occasion was Holocaust Remembrance Day. In his free weekly newsletter (sign up for it here), Bill Kristol puts it this way: “[B]y contrast with the delusional Kerry and the feckless Obama, here’s a world leader who understands the gravity of the moment…It’s well worth reading.” Netanyahu gave the speech in Hebrew, so I’m foregoing »

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation could put Obama in a bind

Featured image Last week, as was widely reported, rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced that they had agreed to reconcile and will begin discussing the formation of a unity government. The announcement caused Israel to pull out “peace” negotiations, to the relief, no doubt, of all concerned except for John Kerry and a few stray Obama administration members. The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation has potential implications beyond the demise of “peace talks” that »

Abbas plays the “apply for international membership” card

Featured image John Kerry often seems like a man who can’t be discouraged, especially when he sniffs a Noble Peace Prize. But Kerry can’t be pleased by his latest humiliation. With talks between the Secretary of State and Mahmoud Abbas scheduled for today, the PA president abruptly moved to join 15 international agencies, a move vigorously opposed by both Israel and the U.S. The Kerry-Abbas meeting was, accordingly, cancelled. Abbas said he »

John Kerry plays the Jonathan Pollard card

Featured image The word is that, in order to keep John Kerry’s Middle East “peace talks” from collapsing, the United States is talking about releasing Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy. I hope the Israelis don’t take the bait. More significantly, Pollard reportedly hopes they don’t take it. According to Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Pollard has told him that he opposes being released as part of such a “disgraceful deal.” To »

Chuck Hagel witnesses a familiar act

Featured image Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has walked back his harsh statements about the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Ya’alon had declared that Israel cannot rely on the U.S. to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accused the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warned that its perceived weakness was inviting further terrorism against U.S. targets. Ya’alon told his U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel that his comments “were not intended to express opposition, »

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 »