It's a phrase endlessly repeated since 1989. It's been on the lips of Western diplomats, especially our own State Department types, for a quarter century: "Two-State Solution." We must have a Roadmap to Peace and that destination must embrace a state for the Israelis and a state for the Arabs of Palestine. Anyone who questions that formulation is in danger of being marginalized. How can you oppose what Secretaries of State of both great American political parties have embraced? How can you say there are any people on earth who are not entitled to a state?
Are the Druze entitled to a state? Are the Kurds entitled to a state? How about the Chaldean or Assyrian Christians? It would seem that the state of Syria, ruled by the minority Alawites, is falling apart. What else do most Arab "states" in that region do?
The Libyans have a state. How does their state look these days? Everything would be better, they said, if only that bad man, Qaddafi, were overthrown. Hillary Clinton famously cackled on national TV when Qaddafi was killed by a vengeful mob of his fellow Libyans in 2011. Qaddafi was behind the terrorist bombing of an American airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. But the junta that replaced Qaddafi in Tripoli announced that Qaddafi had been wrong to turn over to Scottish authorities the man who actually planted that bomb. Do Qaddafi's even worse successors deserve a state? It would seem now, three and a half years after Qaddafi's bloody death that Libya is falling apart. more >>
The United Nations, already infamous for its frequent displays of anti-Israel bias, has outdone itself this time.
But before we get to the most recent UN shocker, it's important to understand that the UN's discriminatory treatment of Israel is so pronounced that in 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Jewish students at the UN headquarters in Jerusalem that he recognized his organization's often biased attitude towards their nation, stating that it was "an unfortunate situation."
And Ban Ki-Moon was not the first UN leader to make such an admission. The Jewish Virtual Library reports that, "In his speech to open the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2006, then-Secretary General Kofi Anan admitted that Israel is often unfairly judged by the international body and its various organizations. 'On one side, supporters of Israel feel that it is harshly judged by standards that are not applied to its enemies,' Annan said. 'And too often this is true, particularly in some UN bodies.'" more >>
On Fri., March 27, the Smithsonian Channel will air a special documentary telling the true story of the siege of Masada, which inspired the story behind CBS' "The Dovekeepers."
Candida Moss, Professor of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame, emphasized the importance Masada, the 1st century battle between the Roman army and the Jewish people in a statement released to the public.
"We should care about Masada because it's one of the most important battles in western civilization," Moss said. "It might seem like this is just a battle about 900 people versus the Romans, but it's actually a story that becomes particularly important for Jewish courage and identity." more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that President Barack Obama needs to get over his "temper tantrum" concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent re-election victory. Obama has said that Netanyahu has been misleading in his campaign plans for a two-state solution to create a Palestinian state.
"The President should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President," McCain told CNN's Gloria Borger on "State of the Union" on Sunday.
"It's time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is threatening the very fabric of the region," he added. more >>
Freedom House, which publishes an annual report measuring freedom around the world, rating nations based on political rights and civil liberties, has recently issued its 2015 report.
According to this report, there is only one free nation in the Middle East region. It so happens that it is the one nation that seems to trouble our American president the most – Israel.
Freedom House rates on a scale of 1 – 7, "1" being the most free and "7" the least. Israel is rated 1.5, receiving a grade of 1 on political rights and 2 on civil liberties. more >>
Israeli elections are over and the big story is Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning come-from-behind win to secure his fourth term as prime minister. Exit polls showed Netanyahu's center-right Likud party just one seat ahead of the main challenger, the Zionist Union, and pundits and pollsters were forecasting his imminent demise all the way to the end. At last count, however, he and the Likud gained a decisive victory with 29 parliamentary seats compared to Zionist Union's 24. The Joint Arab List, a slate of Arab-Israeli candidates, came in third.
But as Netanyahu begins the difficult task of building a governing coalition, he remains haunted, both now and for years to come, by remarks that he made during the final days of his campaign. In most nations, campaign chatter is chalked up to politicking and gamesmanship; but Israel is not like most nations. Seen by some as evidence of God's faithfulness and by others as the source of all that is wrong in the world, Israel lives in a media spotlight that is truly unique.
Thus, it was not surprising when Foggy Bottom, Brussels, and the glittering halls of Amnesty International erupted in a mighty uproar after Netanyahu declared that, under his leadership, there would be no Palestinian state. Many observers saw it as a reversal of his now-famous 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University in which he accepted the idea of a two-state solution. more >>