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War Games

Featured image This week’s geopolitical news should raise a lot of questions about what is going on, and whether the “strategists” in the Biden Administration have any clue what they are doing. So we’re going to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine—eventually (because it will take months to get them deployed). This decision is apparently thought necessary to get Germany to send 200 of its smaller and simpler Leopard tanks. Abrams are »

The extinction next time

Featured image Paul Ehrlich is alive — I thought that was news — and he is still predicting doom. He was among the featured experts on last night’s 60 Minutes segment “Scientists say planet in midst of sixth mass extinction, Earth’s wildlife running out of places to live” (video below). CBS’s Scott Pelley tracked him down: At the age of 90, biologist Paul Ehrlich may have lived long enough to see some »

How Extreme Can You Get?

Featured image Benjamin Netanyahu is back as Prime Minister of Israel, and the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the world’s liberal press is wonderful to behold. Legal Insurrection reports (see original for links): Hearing the news of Netanyahu’s return, the mainstream media had a big hissy fit over his choice of right-wing coalitions partners. In an attempt to discredit the incoming Netanyahu-led coalition, it has repeatedly been described in the media »

Netanyahu’s statesmanship

Featured image Once and future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bibi: My Story was published in mid-October. Mosaic’s Jonathan Silver has just posted the last of Netanyahu’s series of book-plugging podcasts with American hosts here on Stitcher and elsewhere on other platforms. Recorded on December 22, this one is slightly different from the rest: Rather than focus on his early life as depicted in the memoir, or on the current international and »

Bibi feels our pain

Featured image Once and future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no fans at the New York Times. That is old news. The Times’s antipathy to Netanyahu combines malice and stupidity, but malice certainly accounts for most of it. Netanyahu is a patriotic pro-freedom conservative. The Times hates him with the same malice it applies to prominent American conservatives with similar views. Now the Times is on Netanyahu’s case as he seeks »

Netanyahu speaks

Featured image Dan Senor has just posted a one-hour podcast with once and future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (below). The interview is occasioned by the publication of Netanyahu’s memoir Bibi: My Story. They also take up Netanyahu’s prescient A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations (2000). Senor is the knowledgeable co-author of Start-Up Nation and the interview takes up the subject of Senor’s book while ranging beyond the »

Netanyahu vs. Obama

Featured image Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written an autobiography titled Bibi: My Story. The Jerusalem Post highlights Netanyahu’s tense relationship with Barack Obama: In their first meeting in the White House in 2009, US President Barack Obama threatened Netanyahu, the latter alleged. “You know, people often read me wrong, but I come from Chicago,” Obama said as the meeting was about to end. “I know how to deal with »

Anti-Semitism for Ye — but not for me

Featured image Bill Maher included Benjamin Netanyahu as a guest on his most recent show and opened with a question regarding the anti-Semitic ravings of Kanye West, now known as Ye (video below). I don’t take Ye’s ravings with Netanyahu’s equanimity, but Netanyahu has a handle on the big picture and responded in the spirit of Maher’s show. Ye got this particular ball rolling in an interview aired by Tucker Carlson last »

Via Meadia

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Global View columnist Walter Russell Mead wrote an excellent column for us on his interest in the subject of his new book, The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People. Having spoken with Walter in his office in 2015, I vividly remember his discussion of American attitudes toward the Middle East. He was finishing God and Gold: Britain, »

Walter Russell Mead: The Arc of a Covenant

Featured image Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and the Wall Street Journal’s Global View columnist. He is the author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2002), perhaps the most important foreign policy book of the past 25 years, and, most recently, The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of »

“Time to admit failure”

Featured image President Biden wants to run another shift of the printing press and shake the money tree to “plan for the next pandemic.” Say what? “There’s going to be another pandemic,” he added. “We have to think ahead.” We have to think ahead to the post-Biden era. That’s my thought. How did the public health authorities perform during the Covid pandemic anyway? Assessing Israel’s experience, Professor Ehud Qimron bluntly advises the »

The Next War?

Featured image It is very likely the case that the next major war has started. No—I don’t mean the Russia-Ukraine War, which could yet spread to the rest of Europe if we’re unlucky. I mean the Israel-Iran War. It has been said that Israel and Iran have been at open war for some time now. (Actually, Iran and the U.S. have likewise been at war since 1979, though don’t tell John Kerry.) »

A roadmap for Jew-haters

Featured image The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby has written a valuable and scrupulously detailed column exploring the handiwork of BDS Boston in “A roadmap for Jew-haters.” You may not have heard much about the roadmap. The news would have been blasted around the world and repeated for days on end if some American minority group other than Jews were the subject of the map. The derangement it manifests is familiar to Power »

Another IRGC man done gone

Featured image IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodayari was assassinated yesterday Sunday in broad daylight outside his home by two men on a motorcycle who rode off into the sunset. Iran blamed the assassination on “elements linked to the global arrogance,” which the Times of Israel’s story translates as “the term for the United States and its allies including Israel.” I think Iran is fingering Israel, but they don’t want to let the »

Confused at the Crimson

Featured image The Alegemeiner has published Alan Dershowitz’s column responding to the Harvard Crimson’s pro-BDS editorial “in support of a free Palestine.” It turns out that Dershowitz’s column was to be published in the Crimson itself, but editorial minds at the Crimson are confused or clouded, as one might infer from the editorial itself. The Algemeiner includes this explanatory preface by Professor Dershowitz (link to the Crimson editorial omitted): On April 30, »

Message from the mullahs

Featured image The AP reports on the message from the mullahs that landed in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan province: “Iran has claimed responsibility for a missile barrage that struck early Sunday near a sprawling U.S. consulate complex in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, saying it was retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard….Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said on its website that it launched the »

Robert Wistrich revisited

Featured image Robert S. Wistrich was 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 may also have been the leading academic authority on anti-Semitism. Witness his histories A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism From Antiquity to the Global Jihad (2010) and From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, The Jews and Israel (2012). »