Jordan's Fate Key to Middle East Stability

Will Jordan remain stable? “This is always the great question,” said Anja Wehler-Schoeck, the Jordan and Iraq resident director for Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung during the July 14 panel “Jordan and the Challenges of Confronting ISIS Next Door,” held in Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Center. She was joined in her discussion of internal developments in Jordan – especially since the onset of the Arab uprisings – by fellow panelist David Schenker of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who argued that Jordan has defied the odds since its independence year of 1946. (Read More...)

UN Decries Building in Beit El

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned Israel's approval of 300 new homes in Samaria and called on the government to reverse its decision. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved the "immediate" construction of the 300 homes in Beit El and planning for another 504 homes in Jerusalem, his office said. (Read More...)

ISIS Targets Kurds in Southern Turkey

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç last Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has been held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late January after a four-month battle with ISIS. Analysts have described the attack as spillover from the ISIS-PYD conflict and the broader struggle between Islamists and Kurds in Syria and Iraq. The Islamist-versus-Kurdish dichotomy, however, is too simplistic: the bomber in this week’s attack was reportedly an ethnic Kurd himself. The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) made global headlines last month as it beca

Cracks Forming Among Israeli Leaders?

There’s a deep crack emerging in the veneer of wall-to-wall support offered by Israel’s political leadership to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his war against the Iran nuclear agreement. The crack has a name you might recognize: the Israeli security establishment. You know — the folks whose job it is to identify and address threats to Israel’s safety. A small but growing group of high-power ex-commanders has been speaking out in media interviews and op-ed essays in the past few days, saying that Netanyahu has got the Iran issue wrong. (Read More...)

A Critique of Palestinian Nationalism

One of the strongest arguments of the Zionist Left is based on the very principles that lie at the foundation of Zionist nationalism and the right to self-determination. The Zionist Left argues that Zionism doesn’t just allow for the creation of a Palestinian state, it mandates it. (Read More...)

Boycott the Boycott?

A Muslim organization in Chi­ca­go recently invited Israel’s consul general to participate in a “Friends in Faith” series—and then rescinded the invitation. The Niagara Foundation denied that it had succumbed to pressure from Palestinian groups, but it was hard to draw any other conclusion. (Read More...)

Pro Israel German MP Dies at 35

German MP Philipp Missfelder, widely considered to be Berlin’s most passionate political advocate for Israel’s security, died on Monday at the age of 35 due to a pulmonary embolism. (Read More...)

J Street Hails Iran Nuclear Deal

The liberal Jewish lobby J Street on Tuesday praised the agreement struck between the major world powers and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The lobby released a statement hailing the agreement as “meet[ing] the critical criteria for...a deal that verifiably blocks each of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon.” (Read More...)

Empowering anti-Israel Propaganda?

(Dr. Billy Wilson, in Israel) Empowered 21 (E21), a worldwide Christian organization based in Tulsa, OK and the sponsor of a Global Congress in Jerusalem in May 2015, may be endangering its credibility, and the credibility of the Christian faith it seeks to propagate, because of its relationship with Palestinian Christians who promote a fallacious anti-Israel narrative. This global entity, which intends to “shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement” and evangelize every person on earth by 2033, claims to represent 640,000,000 evangelical and pentecostal Christians. Therefore, the potential fallout from an alliance with those who spread dishonest propaganda against Israel is significa

Alternative to UCC Vote?

(Grafton, MA) Following the vote for Divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories in the United Church of Christ (“UCC”), a group of UCC clergy has organized to present an alternate vision to the denomination. The group, “UCC Clergy for a Just Middle East Peace,” believes that a more balanced, fair and realistic approach to peace and justice in Israel and Palestine is necessary in order for the UCC to be an effective and credible voice. (Read More...)

Israel Building Fence to Keep Out ISIS

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel has taken one more step to walling itself off from its neighbors. The border with Jordan is the last Israeli frontier that is totally open to a neighboring country; the borders with Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are all fenced off. But the nation's Security Cabinet adopted a proposal last month to build an approximately 18-mile-long fence along Israel's eastern border with Jordan. (Read More...)

Fighting the New Anti-Semitism

How does one effectively fight anti-Semitism and its newest mutation, anti-Israelism? The first step must be to understand how these phenomena are manifested and who is behind them. Over the past decade as anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism increased exponentially, many books covering the subject have been published. Until now, aside from magisterial works of the late Robert Wistrich and the excellent analysis by Daniel Goldhagen, The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Anti-Semitism, there has not been a contemporary review of the global battlefield covering the world’s oldest hatred. There are other valuable studies but they are of limited scope. (Read More...)

Nader: Worst Anti-Semitism is Directed at Anti-Semites

People say a lot of bad things about Ralph Nader, but let's not forget his ego is the reason that George W. Bush became president. Al Gore certainly can't forget it. Sure crazy Uncle Ralph Nader sometimes sits down and explains how the Jews are hogging the whole anti-Semitic thing, but that's probably just because he resents his lifelong nemesis Bernie Sanders hogging all the Socialist glory. (Read More...)

Ex-Iranian President: Israel a Fake, Temporary Regime

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told a Hezbollah-affiliated outlet that he was confident that the “forged and temporary Israeli entity” would be wiped off the map, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. (Read More...)

Bon Jovi to Perform in Israel

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel created the petition through the website change.org, claiming that Bon Jovi’s concert “is already being used to divert attention from Israel’s human rights abuses and war crimes.” The petition, which was put online earlier this week, already has 1,000 signatures. This is not the first time a Palestinian organization has called on international artists to boycott Israel. (Read More...)

Israeli Flags Unwelcome at Anti-Semitism Rally in London

LONDON — A bitter row broke out at the end of a rally Friday in Golders Green, north London. Under the slogan “Golders Green Together,” the rally was called to demonstrate opposition to a proposed neo-Nazi gathering that had been planned for the neighborhood, which is nicknamed London’s “Jewish heart.” But the display of Israeli flags at the largely good-natured event proved divisive. (Read More...)

Saudi Prince to Visit Israel

The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful , prosperous and homogenous Middle-East. The controversial Saudi prince Talal has openly declared his intention to embark a seven-day pilgrimage to Holy Land and pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque -- the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem-- , reported Okaz , the Arabic Saudi Arabian daily on Thursday. (Read More...)

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