“Earlier this month, the organization B’Tselem issued an eight-page paper that declares the Jewish state guilty of apartheid. It’s absurd”

THE FEDERALIST
No, ‘Jewish Supremacism’ Does Not Define Israel
by Dexter Van Zile
January 26, 2021

Newly elected U.S. President Joseph Biden is reportedly preparing to hit the reset button with the Palestinian Authority, whose President Mahmoud Abbas severed ties with the Trump administration over the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2017. According to the Times of Israel, which covered the impending reset late last year, relations were also strained by disagreement over the so-called pay-to-slay program that pays stipends to the families of terrorists who had killed Israeli civilians…Regardless of what one thinks of these policies, it is clear they present a new lease on life for so called peace and justice organizations in the United States and Israel. READ MORE

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Biden administration needs to send a consistent message to the Iranian regime about its misbehavior

BLOOMBERG
Biden’s First Foreign Policy Blunder Could Be on Iran
by Eli Lake
January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden has done a good job so far of calming the anxieties of allies that the U.S. will rush into negotiations to re-enter the flawed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Appointing Robert Malley as special envoy to Iran could change that….So it’s strange that, according to the Jewish Insider, Biden is considering Robert Malley, the former Middle East director for Barack Obama’s National Security Council, to be his special envoy to Iran. Unlike Sullivan, Blinken and for that matter Biden himself, Malley seems to believe that engagement with rogues is the only way to tame them. READ MORE

JEWISH PRESS Iran Barely Conceals Its Delight with Robert Malley, Biden’s Possible Pick for Nuclear Talks

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Bus driver says 200 rioters ‘tried to lynch me’; blazing vehicle burns through power cables; mayor blames police for violence, is also attacked by crowd

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Driver recounts ‘nightmare’ after Haredi mob torches his bus at lockdown protest
January 25 2021
by Staff

Police used stun grenades to clear ultra-Orthodox rioters from the streets of Bnei Brak early Monday after a group attacked two buses, setting one on fire and completely destroying it. The mob pulled a driver from his bus and beat him, lightly injuring him before setting the vehicle on fire. The driver, Eyal Tzipori, told Channel 12 on Monday evening that he had feared for his life. He said he called the police, but waited half-an-hour in vain for them to arrive. He then got off the bus, was attacked, took refuge back in the vehicle, and was ultimately extricated by two paramedics. READ MORE

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How far will Biden go to please the Left?

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
Biden’s Biggest Decision
by Charles Lipson
January 25, 2021

Joe Biden’s new administration faces a murderers’ row of hard decisions on everything from controlling the Southern border to dealing with Iran. But one choice dominates all of them: Does Biden intend to govern from the center-left or to make more far-reaching concessions to his party’s progressive wing? Biden’s nominations and early executive orders suggest he wants to govern from the center-left, but his “sweet spot” will be much more progressive than President Obama’s because the Democratic Party has kept moving steadily left. How will President Biden resolve tensions between his party’s left wing and its establishment-corporate center? His first day in office showed one way. READ MORE

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Iran Deal redux: “Reviving the JCPOA will ensure either the emergence of a nuclear Iran or a desperate war to stop it”

THE ATLANTIC
The Case Against the Iran Deal
by Michael Oren and Yossi Klein Halevi
January 21, 2021

…Why, then, aren’t Israelis and Arabs—those with the most to lose from Iranian nuclearization—also demanding a return to the JCPOA? Why aren’t they panicking over its dissolution? The answer is simple: The JCPOA didn’t diminish the Iranian nuclear threat; it magnified it. Iran needs to acquire three components in order to become a military nuclear power: highly enriched uranium, a functional warhead, and a missile capable of delivering it. The JCPOA addresses only the first of these efforts in any detail, and even then, offers merely partial and temporary solutions. The deal largely ignores the second effort, and actually advances the third. READ MORE

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NYT writer carrying water for Iran was an Iranian agent

ALGEMEINER
Frequent New York Times Opinion Writer Was Secret Iranian Agent, Federal Prosecutors Charge
by Ira Stoll
January 21, 2021

The New York Times published more than a dozen opinion articles and letters to the editor by Kaveh Afrasiabi. A 2018 Times op-ed under his byline identified him as “a former adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiation team.” A 2012 Times op-ed identified him as “a former political science professor at Tehran University and former adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiation team.” This week, Afrasiabi was arrested and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Iranian government. READ MORE

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Jerusalem Post provides former PM Ehud Olmert a platform for a nasty, partisan attack on philanthropist and political donor Sheldon Adelson days after his death

JERUSALEM POST
I hate everything Sheldon Adelson loved about Israel
by Ehud Olmert
January 22, 2021

[Sheldon] Adelson wanted an extreme right-wing America that was fractious and in conflict with most of the Western world. He supported a nationalistic America that was involved in a conflict of the Cold War variety and that would solve the Iranian problem by dropping a nuclear bomb…He hoped with all his heart that Donald Trump would make his dreams come true. And to some extent, with everything pertaining to Israel, Trump was remarkably close to Adelson…Adelson LOVED an Israel that ignores its Arab citizens and refuses to recognize their equal rights. Adelson believed in a right-wing, nationalistic and fundamentalist Israel, though he himself was not a religious person. READ MORE

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“How support for a Jewish state is eminently compatible with American patriotism”

NATIONAL REVIEW
Why I’m a Zionist
by Douglas J. Feith
January 18, 2021

There are negative reasons to be a Zionist, and there are affirmative reasons. The negative ones, which relate to historical anti-Jewish hatred and abuse, make the humanitarian case for Zionism — that the Jews need a state because they need a refuge. That argument launched the Zionist movement in the 19th century, and it remains valid to this day. The affirmative reasons relate to Jewish civilization. They boil down to the conviction that Jewish culture is an invaluable inheritance that only in the Land of Israel, in a state with a Jewish majority, can be developed fully and perpetuated reliably. READ MORE

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American Airlines NY-Tel Aviv tickets go on sale next week

JERUSALEM POST
American Airlines to launch new direct New York-Israel flights
by Staff
January 21, 2021

American Airlines is set to launch a new direct flight between New York and Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, the airline announced in a statement. The flights are set to begin on May 6, and will take place daily throughout the year between Ben-Gurion Airport and JFK in New York. Customers will be able to pre-order kosher meals on every flight, and kosher wine will be available for everyone regarding which class their seat is in. WiFi will also be available on every flight…In addition, another flight to Israel from Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas, American Airlines’ largest hub, is set to be launched sometime this year, though it won’t be a direct flight. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Government to vote on immediately suspending all passenger flights for two weeks Airport to close for 14 days, pending cabinet approval Sunday, as Israel fears import of virus mutations

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“As long as the Jewish state maintains the upper hand—and has the will to survive—its existential enemies will be forced to comply”

JNS
Israel’s normalization with four Muslim nations: The good news and the bad
by Raymond Ibrahim
January 21, 2021

Israel recently signed agreements establishing relations with four Muslim nations: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco. Both good and bad news surround this development. The bad news is bland and predictable: a permanent peace between Israel and its Muslim neighbors is, according to Islamic law, or sharia, impossible: any land that was once part of Dar al-Islam—that is, any land that was ever conquered by Muslims for any length of time—is always part of Islam and must be recovered by any means necessary—preferably jihad. READ MORE

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