Fact-Checking Fact-Checkers

The Associated Press' Josh Lederman purported to set the record straight on statements by David Friedman to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearings for ambassadorship to Israel. Under the rubric of "AP Fact-Check," the author countered fully accurate facts with misleading half-truths. The feature was distributed to and ran on multiple mainstream media outlets. (Read More...)

The Muslim Brotherhood and Israel

On January 10, 2017, the office of US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) reintroduced a bill to have the State Department designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terror organization. The purpose of the statute is “to protect Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terror,” because the MB “espouse[s] a violent Islamist ideology with a mission of destroying the West.” Once the MB is designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the US can prohibit them from receiving funds to sponsor their terrorist activities. (Read More...)

Dershowitz Threatens to Leave Democrat Party if Ellison Elected DNC Chair

Harvard Law professor and pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz has threatened to leave the Democratic Party if it elects Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as its chair this weekend, amid controversy surrounding the congressman’s past actions and statements on Israel and anti-Semitism. (Read More...)

Indian Jews Make Aliyah

Over the weekend, two groups of immigrants from Mizoram in northeast India arrived in Israel. They entered Ben Gurion Airport singing, dancing and warmly welcomed by family members they had not seen for many years. (Read More...)

Israel Appoints Three Conservative Judges

Israel has appointed three new conservative judges, including a settler, to its 15-member supreme court, in what is being painted as a victory for Israel’s rightwing justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, in her campaign to alter the political composition of the court. (Read More...)

Meet the Cabinet: Spotlight on James Mattis

Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis – the first member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to be confirmed – received strong bipartisan support in his confirmation as secretary of defense. At one time, he was considered to be a possible vice presidential pick before Mike Pence was chosen as Trump’s running mate. As head of the United States Department of Defense, Mattis, 66, will advise Trump on matters of national security strategy and carry out the president’s defense and security policies. (Read More...)

Netanyahu Praises Trump for Strong Anti-Semitism Stance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump for condemning a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the US, saying that “it is very important that President Trump took a strong stand against anti-Semitism.” (Read More...)

Trump Differs from Obama on Settlements

The world’s restless fixation with where Jews live has flared up again. On Monday evening, Israel’s parliament passed a law authorizing the government to legalize thousands of homes built in the West Bank, in many cases on land against which there are claims of prior ownership. The measure allows the homes to remain, while compensating the previous owners with their choice of an alternative parcel of land or a payment equal to 125 percent of the land’s value. (Read More...)

Israeli Tel to be Excavated

One of the few remaining unstudied major biblical sites, where according to the Bible the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades, will be excavated by archaeologists this summer for the first time. Organizers hope the anticipated study of Kiryat Ye’arim (also transliterated as Kiriath Jearim) will shed light on the site’s significance during the Iron Age, the period associated with the biblical account of King David. (Read More...)

Ammunition Hill Hero Recalls Key Battle

“I was really scared,” recalls Jacob Haimovitch, better known as Yaki Hetz, as he ponders the heroic role he was thrust into during the Battle for Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. “It all happened so quickly.” Hetz was just a 21-year-old private when he and his comrades in Motta Gur’s 55th Paratroopers Brigade’s 66th Regiment attacked the strategic site from the west at 2:30 a.m. on June 6, 1967 and came under unexpectedly intense Jordanian resistance. When his platoon’s bazookaman and then its commander were hit by Jordanian fire, he swiftly took command and led his men into the dark trench. (Read More...)

Middle East Christians Feel Abandoned

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting immigration from certain Muslim countries. Contrary to the mainstream media’s narrative, these countries had previously been singled out by the Obama Administration as terrorist risks. The text of Trump’s executive order provides for exceptions for those who are “religious minorities” in their country of origin. Trump said in an interview that he wants to make persecuted Christians a priority; he wants to help them. (Read More...)

Column One: The Trump Way of War

The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, no administration official had spoken to them. “I don’t know any of them [Trump’s advisers]. We have sent them letters, written messages. They don’t even bother to respond to us.” (Read More...)

Saudi Writer: Trump is Correct

We can’t conclusively claim that President Donald Trump’s decision, to prevent citizens of Iran and six other Arab countries from entering the US, was a verdict directed at Muslims. Had the US president aimed his decision to prevent all Muslims, the first thing would be to prevent Saudis from entering the United States. It is an Islamic state with all its population as Muslims and has the two Holy Mosques. (Read More...)

Palestinians Angry Over Secretary General's Temple Mount Comments

Ramallah – Palestinian officials expressed their anger against comments recently made by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his interview with Israel radio in New York, on Jerusalem. “It’s clear as the son is clear that the Temple, which was demolished by the Romans, is a Jewish temple,” Guterres said. (Read More...)

A New Strategy for Peace?

The US has consistently either supported or been unwilling to contradict these premises. Palestinian leaders have an additional false view on which they insist when they speak in Arabic, and which they often proclaim to international audiences. This view is that the Jewish people did not, in fact, live in and rule parts of Palestine, including Jerusalem, for hundreds of years long before the beginning of Islam. While this false claim is not generally accepted diplomatically, UNESCO recently endorsed the fiction that the ancient Jewish temples were not built on the Temple Mount – a site UNESCO calls “al-Aqsa Mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif" (Noble Sanctuary). (Read More...)

Flynn Fires Shot Across the Bow at Iran

The White House put Iran "on notice" on Wednesday for test-firing a ballistic missile and said it was reviewing how to respond, taking an aggressive posture toward Tehran that could raise tensions in the region. While the exact implications of the U.S. threat were unclear, the new administration signaled that President Donald Trump intended to do more, possibly including imposing new sanctions, to curb what he sees as defiance of a nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama. (Read More...)

Trumps Jumps into ME Peace-Making

Only days before he officially takes office, US President-elect Donald Trump continues to be at the center of several highly publicized confrontations, including matters that directly affect Israel. (Read More...)

Despite BDS, Industrial Zones Booming

At the Shahak Industrial Park being built in northern Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank), over 100 dunams (24.7 acres) have been sold to developers. The Barkan Industrial Park outside of Ariel already has 160 factories and companies. (Read More...)

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