EU’s new strategy to save the #IranDeal

New European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official
by Staff
March 17, 2018

Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister [Abbas Araqchi] said Friday…“In case some European countries are following steps to put non-nuclear sanctions against Iran in order to please the American president, they will be making a big mistake…” Araqchi’s comments were in reaction to a Reuters report that Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria’s war to try to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. READ MORE

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“ADL criticizes Israel for expelling illegal infiltrators in a meaningless act of virtue signalling, while Israel is one of the leading providers of aid to African countries”

The Chutzpah of Preaching Ethics to Israel
by Judith Bergman
March 12, 2018

Large parts of the West, including American Diaspora Jewish leaders, appear to have decided that unless Israel desists from its plan of deporting thousands of single, male Africans who infiltrated Israel illegally during the past decade or so, then the Jewish state is either deeply “racist” or inhumane. In any rate it is certainly, they claim, compromising its “Jewish values”. Now, there is nothing new in the fact that most people seem to love nothing better than a bit of virtue signaling, especially if it can be done at the expense of the Jewish state. READ MORE

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#BDSFail at #UniversityOfIllinois

BDS gets handed a devastating defeat at the University of Illinois
by Paul Miller
March 15, 2018

By a nearly 2-1 margin, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign voted “no” to a proposed anti-Israel referendum calling for divestment from companies doing business with the Jewish state. Described as “a discriminatory referendum” by the Israel education group StandWithUs, the 3,133 votes against and 1,700 votes for divesting from the Jewish state represent one of the most lopsided defeats of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in recent years.  StandWithUs congratulated more than half-a-dozen student groups and organizations, including Illini Hillel, Students Supporting Israel, AEPi and Illini Chabad…READ MORE

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First-time White House Arab-Israel summit proved #StateDepartment and “#Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backwards”

Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace
by Caroline Glick
March 15, 2018

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza. On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy was attacked by a roadside bomb during an official visit in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Hamdallah was in Gaza to inaugurate a wastewater treatment facility sponsored by the World Bank. The facility was approved 14 years ago, but infighting between Hamas…and Fatah…blocked its operation time after time. READ MORE

NEW YORK SUN Does President Trump Know What His State Department Is Up To at the Supreme Court?

ISRAEL HAYOM Official Palestinian policy now rests on resolute rejectionism

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“On sidelines of huge Juniper Cobra air defense exercise, American and Israeli ground troops trade know-how and practice beach landings, urban combat, desert warfare”

IDF paratroopers teach US marines ‘lost art’ of tunnel combat
by Judah Ari Gross
March 13, 2018

Israeli paratroopers and US marines completed a series of exercises over the past week and a half aimed at sharing techniques and knowledge on beach-landings and aspects of urban warfare, as part of the joint Juniper Cobra exercise, officers said. For the Americans — specifically the US Marine Corps’ 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment — it meant learning how to fight in tunnels, something marines haven’t had to do since the Vietnam War, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Marcuz Mainz.  “It’s a lost art for us,” he said. READ MORE

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“What happened in Deir Yassin in April 9, 1948, became a seminal event of Israel’s War of Independence”

The Truth of Deir Yassin
by Shmuel Rosner
February 28, 2018

Eliezer Tauber is an Israeli academic who specializes in the modern history of the Middle East. In the past decade, he dedicated a lot of time to writing a book about the so-called “massacre of Deir Yassin.” The result was a book arguing that there was no massacre in Deir Yassin. A detailed account of a fateful day, minute by minute, hour by hour. A convincing account. I’d be surprised to find any scholar whose familiarity with this event is more intimate. Tauber knows the names of everybody, he knows the time and the place where everybody was fighting, or hiding, or wounded, or killed. READ MORE

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“If the U.S. president doesn’t do anything more than declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move the embassy, the Israelis would deem it sufficient”

Understanding Israel’s love affair with Trump
by Evelyn Gordon
March 14, 2018

Bipartisanship was the watchword at last week’s AIPAC conference, but it’s no secret that pro-Israel Democrats have trouble swallowing Israelis’ enthusiasm for President Donald Trump, whose approval rating in Israel hit 67 percent even before he decided to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…The explanation is simple, but unfortunately, Democrats won’t like it: Barack Obama set the bar for U.S-Israeli relations so low that there’s literally no Israel-related issue on which Trump has been worse than his predecessor. And there are many on which he’s been not just modestly better, but spectacularly so. READ MORE

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