U.S. sends dangerously mixed signals on Israel as a Jewish state

With friends like these.


Reassuring the world, one faux pas at a time.
Reassuring the world, one faux pas at a time.

America seems to be the loopy, crazy-aunt ally that requires endless forgiveness these days.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made headlines on Saturday because of comments in an interview with Al-Quds, the Palestinian Arabic news outlet, in which she said the following: Continue reading “U.S. sends dangerously mixed signals on Israel as a Jewish state”

Obama withdraws U.S. as sponsor of Jewish UNESCO exhibit

Beyond disgusting.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been working for two years with UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, to prepare an exhibit on Jewish history which was to open at the Organization’s Paris headquarters on 20 January 2014.

At the last minute, UNESCO has decided not to go ahead with the exhibit.  The Algemeiner published an exclusive report on this today (since confirmed in the Jerusalem Post).  And with due respect to reporter Dovid Efune for his good work, I believe he has buried the lede. Continue reading “Obama withdraws U.S. as sponsor of Jewish UNESCO exhibit”

14 November 2012: Israel, Hamas, PA encounter the paradigm shift

Counter-attack in changing times.

Not all the news was good today, but some of it was heartening.  In response to days of rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, and targeted attacks – with anti-tank missiles – on Israeli infantry patrols near the fence between Israel and, the IDF launched an operation on Wednesday 14 November to eliminate terrorists in Gaza and destroy weapons caches.  One of Operation Pillar of Defense’s first achievements was taking out multifarious Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jabari.

Allahpundit at Hot Air has the video of the pinpoint strike on Jabari – who, it is to be remembered, Continue reading “14 November 2012: Israel, Hamas, PA encounter the paradigm shift”

Syria: Going, going, gone?

Moew fun with the decline of US leadership.

It’s not clear how much longer the US will have discretion in what – if anything – to do about Syria.  While the Obama administration pesters Russia and China in the UN, Russia and China are shuttling diplomats around the Arab world, coming up with separate plans.  The Syria crisis has become as much about a contest for leadership between East and West as it is about the terrible death toll in Syria – and there is little time left for the West to act decisively.

Clearly divided global leaders

The confrontations in the UN have been emblematic of the Asian-Atlantic divide over Syria, but perhaps not as much as a less-publicized sequence of events. Continue reading “Syria: Going, going, gone?”

Biggest anti-Israel conference evah? Americans there; UN, Europe in official attendance; *UPDATE*

Braying for a piece of Jerusalem.

An “International Conference on Jerusalem” is being held 26-27 February in Doha, Qatar.  The conference was scheduled by the Arab League during its meeting in Sirte, Libya in 2010.  Its purpose is to combat the “Judaization of Jerusalem.”  In the words of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Report, which tracks Muslim Brotherhood activities, this month’s conference “represents an unprecedented coalition arrayed against Israel.”

This isn’t hyperbole.  The conference is unusually well advertised in English, being referred to in the media regularly as a “conference on Jerusalem,” rather than sparsely as a “conference on al-Quds,” the Arabic (and larger Islamic) term for Jerusalem.  Yousef al-Qaradawi, “spiritual leader” of the Muslim Brotherhood, has held a number of conferences on Jerusalem in the last decade, hosting them around the Arab world and flying largely under the radar in terms of his media posture with the West.  Researchers on the earlier Qaradawi conferences were more likely to find them under “al-Quds” than under “Jerusalem.”  But the February 2012 conference is simply billed Continue reading “Biggest anti-Israel conference evah? Americans there; UN, Europe in official attendance; *UPDATE*”