Dershowitz: “If Jewish power and influence are used in the cause of peace and justice, we should not be ashamed of it. It should be a source of pride”

We Need More Jewish Power, Not Less
by Alan Dershowitz
March 21, 2019

When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential. When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more. When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask “Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel?” When I hear that Jews have too much influence on the outcome of elections, I say we need to increase our influence. READ MORE

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Trump’s tweet on US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights came as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, visited Jerusalem

Trump Calls for Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights
by Jonathan Schanzer and David Adesnik
March 21, 2019

President Trump wrote on Twitter this afternoon, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” The announcement has been jeered by critics of the administration, but there is less controversy than meets the eye. Israel captured most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, which was a pre-emptive war Israel launched in self-defense. United Nations Resolution 242, issued following the conflict, called for “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.” This text, now somewhat famous for its ambiguity, never called for withdrawal from “all territories.” READ MORE

NATIONAL REVIEW Why Trump’s Golan Heights Gesture Won’t Derail Peace Since there’s no peace process worthy of the name, it’s better to stand with our ally — and send a warning to Iran.

THE HILL Syria slams Trump on Golan Heights declaration Syria on Friday slammed President Trump over his surprise declaration that the U.S. should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, saying the decision was “irresponsible” and threatened international stability.

TIMES OF ISRAEL EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Syria, Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president’s surprise announcement, warn it could destabilize region.

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“J Street’s primary goal, like that of the numerous other anti-Israel organizations in the US…is to create antipathy and distrust for Israel, so that Americans will oppose pro-Israel actions by the US government”

J Street uncovers a secret about Netanyahu and Trump
by Victor Rosenthal
March 22, 2019

…There’s no doubt that liberal and progressive American Jews hate Trump passionately, and there’s no better way to attack Netanyahu among that group than by associating him with their bête noire. The first J Street video is here. It’s very professional and probably didn’t come cheap. The question is, why did J Street spend a considerable sum of money on such a campaign? Americans don’t vote in Israeli elections (although J Street probably wishes they did). Why attack Netanyahu in the USA? It’s not a simple question and I don’t have a simple answer. READ MORE

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After Ilhan Omar demonizes AIPAC, many progressives follow suit and blow off Policy Conference

2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC
by Zachary Halaschak
March 21, 2019

Five Democratic presidential candidates say they will not attend this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference. The announcements come a day after progressive advocacy group MoveOn urged candidate to skip the conference, which is widely attended by lawmakers in both political parties. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California will not be attending,  according to reports. Neither will independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish. READ MORE

JTA Democratic candidates are steering clear of AIPAC. Is it business as usual or a mini-revolt? This week MoveOn, the progressive advocacy. group, asked candidates not to attend the conference of the AIPAC and has been keeping a list of the no-shows: Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing Secretary Julian Castro; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

FREE BEACON Omar Shares Praise for Democrats Boycotting AIPAC Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) appeared to take credit on Twitter for the Democratic Party’s decline in support for Israel Thursday. She shared two tweets from progressive organization MoveOn and from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N.Y.) chief of staff that praised Democrats for not attending the AIPAC annual Policy Conference.

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“A world that shrugs at Hamas’s abuse of its own people merely licenses the abuse to continue”

Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter*
(*Unless Israel is to blame)
by Bret Stephens
March 21, 2019

The people of the Gaza Strip are protesting again, and soldiers are shooting again, and civilians are being victimized again. Only this time you may have missed the story, because these protests barely rated a buried paragraph in most Western news accounts. That’s odd: Some media outlets are prepared to devote months of journalistic effort in order to trace the trajectory of a single bullet that accidentally kills a Palestinian — provided the bullet is Israeli. The difference this time is that the shots are being fired by Hamas, the militant Islamist group that has ruled Gaza since 2007READ MORE

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Victor Davis Hanson: “Trump can be uncouth and crass. But he has shown an empathy for the hollowed-out interior, lacking from prior Republican and Democratic candidates”

What progressives should know about Trump voters
by Victor Davis Hanson
March 19, 2019

Progressives wonder how in the world could anyone still support President Donald Trump. So here are ten reasons why more than 40% of the electorate probably does — and will.  1. Voters appreciate that the economy is currently experiencing near record-low peacetime unemploymentrecord-low minority unemployment, and virtual 3% annualized GDP growthInterest andinflation rates remain low. Workers’ wages increasedafter years of stagnation. The US is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. And gasoline prices remain affordable. The President continues to redress asymmetrical trade with China, as well as with former NAFTA partners and Europe. READ MORE

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Near Ramallah: IDF forces shot him dead as he opened fire at them

IDF kills Ariel Junction terrorist
by Elior Levy, Elisha Ben Kimon, Itai Blumental
March 19, 2019

IDF troops on Tuesday killed the suspected gunman who shot dead an Israeli soldier and a rabbi in a terror attack in the West Bank on Sunday. Omar Abu-Laila, 19, was killed in a shootout in the West Bank village of Abwein, near Ramallah. IDF forces surrounded the house and when the suspect opened fire, he was shot dead by the Israeli troops. Palestinian sources reported earlier Wednesday that IDF forces were raiding a house in a village near the city of Ramallah during their hunt for Abu-Laila. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Ariel terror victim Gal Keidan, 19, was gifted musician Photos of Gal Keidan, 19, hiking with a smile and sunglasses or playing the mandolin in high school, circulated on social media in the aftermath of his death in Sunday’s terror attack outside of Ariel…Keidan was the youngest of three siblings, born to parents who immigrated to Israel in the 1970s from the former Soviet Union.

TIMES OF ISRAEL Father of 12 succumbs to injuries from Sunday terror attack Rabbi Achiad Ettinger died of his injuries Monday, a day after being shot by a Palestinian terrorist during an attack in the northern West Bank, a family spokesperson said. Ettinger, 47, was a father of 12 from the settlement of Eli. Doctors had been working to save his life since the attack near Ariel Sunday morning in which a soldier, Gal Keidan, was also killed.

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