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  • January 22, 2013

    Yesh Atid is the big story of the elections  

    Nobody called it though there were reports that he was gaining strength this week/


    I am too tired to report on Lapid’s victory to night.  I’ll leave that you my readers to talk about the results.

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:13 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 34 Comments » | 1,084 views

    McCain’s Mideast Blunders  

    He fails to see the situation clearly.

    By Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO

    I wonder if the jihadists of eastern Libya are still “heroes” to John McCain. That’s what he called them — “my heroes” — after he changed on a dime from chummy Qaddafi tent guest to rabid Qaddafi scourge.

    See, the senator and his allies in the Obama-Clinton State Department had a brilliant notion: The reason the “rebels” of eastern Libya hated America so much had nothing to do with their totalitarian, incorrigibly anti-Western ideology. No, no: The problem was that we sided with Qaddafi, giving the dictator — at the insistence of, well, McCain and the State Department — foreign aid, military assistance, and international legitimacy. If we just threw Qaddafi under the bus, the rebels would surely become our grand democratic allies.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:57 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 893 views

    Will the settlement policy be the death of Israel?  

    By Ted Belman

    The Royal Geographic Society hosted a debate in London on Jan 15/13 on the motion “Israel is destroying itself with its settlement policy”.

    Speakers for the motion
    Daniel Levy
    Director for Middle East and North Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a former adviser in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and member of the Israeli team negotiating with the Palestinians, and a Board member of the New Israel Fund

    William Sieghart
    Founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, an NGO which works with the leadership of all parties on both sides of the divide in the Israel/Palestine conflict

    Speakers against the motion
    Dani Dayan
    Chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria.

    Caroline Glick
    Senior contributing editor, Jerusalem Post, director of the Israel Security Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center, senior adjunct fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Center for Security Policy

    The approval of the motion was a forgone conclusion but the arguments against are worthy of note.

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:50 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 46 Comments » | 1,219 views

    Enshrining Ideologies: Egypt and the US  

    by Shoshana Bryen, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Key to “managing relations” with Morsi is ignoring almost everything related to the Muslim Brotherhood and everything Morsi does that defies democratic norms. The F-16s will be delivered and aid will go forward.

    For days now, the twittersphere and even the mainstream media have been agog at the anti-Semitism spewing in anow-viral video by Mohammed Morsi in 2010 when he was head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He called President Obama a liar as well, but the administration will do its best not to let it matter. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:20 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | Comments Off | 670 views

    American isolationism: Will Israel adapt?  

    By David Turner, TIMES OF ISRAEL

    Introduction: Whether due to the constraints of the long-term recession/Congressional Tea Party veto, or a strategic global shift to counter the perceived emerging “China Threat;” whether, as I have written in the past, America is returning to Isolationism as described in the Debka article referred to below; whatever the reason Israel will be facing new challenges and uncharted challenges in an increasingly hostile local and extended global environment. The visit by Ron Paul warned of a cut-back in American financial assistance. If a purportedly “pro-Israel” American politician is warning in cuts to financial assistance concurrent with America reducing, possibly withdrawing from the region: Is Israel attending to the warning, preparing for the change?

    Whereas in his first term as president, Barack Obama opted for “leading from behind” in international military operations, he enters his second term… by expanding this step-back precept into American isolationism proper…”  (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:08 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | Comments Off | 775 views

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