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With the upcoming renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which enables a range of sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear program and ballistic missile tests, the best message we can send to the Iranians is that the United States isn't as easily fooled and seduced as their lackeys in the European Union, writes JNS.org's Ben Cohen.
Does President Barack Obama intend to abandon the decades of bipartisan U.S. policy of vetoing anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolutions and is he preparing to allow the body to pass a resolution supporting or recognizing a Palestinian Arab state, and declaring Jewish communities built within it to be illegal?
Some may think anti-Semitism ended decades ago, when the horror of the Holocaust was exposed. But the new anti-Semitism is expressed by those who are anti-Israel, masquerading behind humanitarian relief, nongovernmental organizations and so-called “reconciliation” ministries, according to Carla Brewington, a Christian volunteer with the organization StandWithUs.
First, given Donald Trump's diabolical performance, it’s hard to conceive of anyone voting for him for any reason other than implacable opposition to Hillary Clinton and fear of her worst excesses.
Second, that both candidates have a completely different understanding of national security; for Trump, it starts at home, with the first line of defense, while for Clinton, it hinges upon America's global alliances.
A group advocating Palestinian statehood took out a full-page ad in The New York Times last week to warn that there will be "a Palestinian majority" in Israel in less than a decade unless such a state is created. A reader of the ad might think he had fallen into a time warp and ended up sometime prior to the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords.
The name, Joan Edelstein Davenny, is relatively unknown outside of the Connecticut community where she was a teacher and among her family and friends who knew her. Joan was one of the victims of an August 21, 1995 suicide bomb attack on a downtown Jerusalem bus. A little research on Joan shows that she grew up in San Francisco, Calif. So it’s shocking to me that a major university in San Francisco is partnering with a Palestinian university that honors the killers of a prominent San Francisco woman, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen Flatow.
With the off-again on-again University of California, Berkeley course, "Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis," credits are awarded based on "assignments, group presentation and participation" – which means that if you attend a demonstration and burn an Israeli flag, you'll be on your way to an "A" grade, writes JNS.org columnist Ben Cohen.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes Israeli entrepreneurs succeed because they challenge authority, question everything, and don’t go by the rules. Schmidt’s statements not only apply to Israel’s high tech businesses and start-up companies, but also to Israel’s budding medical marijuana industry, writes JNS.org "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee.
Whatever one’s views on the Middle East, progressive voices should rally against the disruption of speech. If not, they should have the honesty to admit that they believe in one standard of speech for Israel’s supporters and another for everyone else, writes JNS.org contributor Daniel Elbaum, who is Assistant Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).