Israel Surrounded by Enemies

Stakelbeck on Terror: Israel Surrounded by Enemies

On this week’s edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, we feature exclusive interviews with two of Israel’s top government officials, Moshe Yaalon and Danny Danon.

Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon is Israel’s vice prime minister and minister of strategic affairs while Danny Danon is deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and a rising political star…

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Fed up, Obama says Israel ‘doesn’t know its own best interests’

Fed up, Obama says Israel ‘doesn’t know its own best interests’

US president, unhappy over settlement building, said to say he has come to expect such self-defeating behavior from Netanyahu

US President Barack Obama, frustrated with continued construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, has reportedly become “inured” to the issue and has begun telling colleagues that Israel is acting against its own best interests.

If accurately reported, such comments, expressed by the head of state of the country Israel considers its closest ally, may represent a new low in relations between this US administration and Jerusalem, which in recent years have suffered strains over the Palestinian and Iranian issues…

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Positive News for Israel in the New Year

Positive News for Israel in the New Year

With the holidays behind us, and the elections, I do have some good news to report about Israel.

No doubt, this is shocking to you.

Only recently, the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics issued its usual press release about how, in 2020, if the current trends persist, the number of Palestinian Arabs will outnumber the number of Israeli Jews (but only if you include Gaza, land which virtually no Israelis are interested in recovering). Of course, this headline is meant to scare Israelis, and the West…

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Netanyahu says he will ‘never divide Jerusalem’

Netanyahu says he will ‘never divide Jerusalem,’ could accept a centrist coalition
In Channel 2 interview, prime minister says he doubts most Israelis would cede partial sovereignty in capital, sets out preconditions for Palestinian state

Jerusalem will not be divided “so long as I’m prime minister,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Monday night Channel 2 broadcast. Asked by Yaakov Elon about polls showing two-thirds of Israelis support the division of the city as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the prime minister responded, “I don’t buy it” and stressed that Hamas would be at the walls of Israel’s border if Jerusalem were split.

Netanyahu cited the importance of his late father Benzion’s ideology and its influence on how he thinks, noting the “privilege” of being in the Land of Israel.

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“Propaganda Wins” on Israel

“Propaganda Wins” on Israel
By Jim Fletcher

At the Catalyst East conference in Atlanta, I listened to Lynne Hybels give a talk about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of her concluding slides was an image of the security fence Israel erected to keep out terrorists. It’s worked quite well, and that seems to bother critics of the Jewish state, who can’t bring themselves to simply say that it’s good Jews are not being murdered anymore.
Instead, the critics refer to the fence as a “wall,” or, more provocatively, an “apartheid wall.” This is a complete inversion of the truth, since Israel is the most open society in the Middle East, and grants far-reaching rights to Arabs.

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Mr. Hagel and the Jews

Mr. Hagel and the Jews

During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination.

But in the case of allegations of anti-Semitism, Hagel has not even apologized. He has remained silent, though one can expect the usual “perhaps I didn’t word that sentence as best I might have” excuse to emerge at his hearings. The question is, what might he have to apologize for? Why would anyone think he was an anti-Semite?

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