Congressional Measure to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights Killed
by Adam Kredo
May 24, 2018
A congressional resolution to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region in Syria met a quick demise this week after House GOP leadership quietly put the kibosh on the measure following what sources allege was opposition from top Republican leaders and some in Trump administration…While White House officials familiar with the matter deny playing any role in opposing the measure, it was nixed earlier this week by House leadership, which refused to allow the historic measure to come up for a vote. READ MORE
ZOA Shocked at ADL sympathy for Hamas terrorists
by Shlomo Wrubel
May 22, 2018
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) president Morton A Klein released a statement condemning the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for sympathizing with terrorists following the death of Hamas rioters by the Gaza border last Monday. “It is a horrific tragedy that so many people have been killed and wounded at the Gaza border” said ADL President Jason Greenblatt…“We must ask, how is the death of mostly Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists a “horrific tragedy?” In fact, the deaths of these terrorists prevented a real “horrific tragedy” – the murder of thousands of innocent Jews who would have been slain if Hamas’ violent rioters had succeeded,” Klein wrote. READ MORE
ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
US’s Impossible Foods creates world’s first kosher cheeseburger
by AP and Staff
May 23, 2018
California-based Impossible Foods‘ veggie burger has been certified as kosher by the world’s largest kashrut certification agency, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, enabling observant Jews to enjoy cheeseburgers for the first time. The award-winning Impossible Burger is now recognized as a kosher pareve food, meaning it contains neither meat nor dairy elements…The Impossible Burger contains no animal ingredients whatsoever. Its ingredients include water, wheat protein, potato protein and coconut oil. READ MORE
How My Graduation Was Ambushed
by Morin Zaray
May 22, 2018
…With great pride, I marched into the Stephen S. Wise Temple sanctuary and sat in the front row. Our commencement speaker, author Michael Chabon, took the stage. Very quickly, it was clear that Chabon, as eloquent as he was, viewed Israel in black-and-white terms. He condemned Israel’s security wall, proclaiming “Security is an invention of humanity’s jailors … putting up the separation barriers and propagandizing hatred and fear of people on the other side of the wall. Security for some means imprisonment for all.” READ MORE
From StopAntiSemitism.org: We urge Hebrew Union College to apologize to the students who were offended by Chabon’s address and call on the institution to make clear that Chabon’s anti-Israel views do not reflect the views of the school. We also encourage you to email directly to the President and Chancellor Emeritus Rabbi David Ellenson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dean Joshua David Holo at email@example.com to express your concerns. Click here to sign the petition protesting Michael Chabon’s anti-Israel speech.
IAF commander: Israel first to use F-35 jet in combat
by Anna Ahronheim
May 22, 2018
Israel has struck targets in the Middle East with the F-35 Adir jet twice, making the Jewish state the first country to use the stealth fighter in a combat role in the region, Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin announced on Tuesday…Norkin made the comments while showing a picture of an Israeli F-35 Adir flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut during the daytime…Another senior IAF officer at the conference said that the decision to announce the F-35 Adir strikes was partly taken following an intelligence assessment. READ MORE
ISRAEL HAYOM A message to the radical axis The F-35 is the most ambitious weapons project in history, but after all the well-documented malfunctions and delays Lockheed needs success stories like it needs oxygen – and there’s nothing quite like Israeli airstrikes, with the bonus of photographic evidence of an F-35 flying invisible to radar over Beirut, to bolster its image and consumer confidence.
Bernard Lewis: 100 Years in the Making
by Yonoson Rosenblum
May 22, 2018
…In 1976, he published an article in Commentary, “The Return of Islam,” that broke with the prevailing orthodoxy that the Middle East was rapidly headed toward a future of secular revolutionary movements. The standard American college textbook on the Middle East at that time bore the title The Passing of Traditional Society: Modernizing the Middle East. That year, Anwar Sadat was firmly in control in Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood was under his thumb; the Shah of Iran was still ensconced on his throne; and Osama bin Laden had just graduated an elite high school where he wore a blazer and tie. READ MORE
TIMES OF ISRAEL Netanyahu eulogizes Bernard Lewis as ‘great scholar, robust defender of Israel’ Lewis warned presciently about the possibility of Muslim parties winning control of Egypt, urged the world’s democracies not to misguidedly push for elections throughout the region as an ostensible panacea, and instead recommended that the West encourage the gradual development of local, self-governing institutions.
SPECTATOR USA Domenic Green: Bernard Lewis was right about ‘the return of Islam Lewis was the English-speaking world’s most eminent modern scholar of the Middle East…He said that the Arabs were the authors of their own misery, and that the ‘return of Islam’ meant that unhappy Islamists were going to share their misery with the rest of the world.
WALL STREET JOURNAL Bernard Lewis: The great scholar of the Middle East predicted its recent convulsions.