“Democrats pull funding for missile defenses that save civilian lives”

Shooting Down Israel’s Iron Dome
The Editorial Board
September 21, 2021

The De­mo­c­ra­tic Party still likes to say it sup­ports Is­rael. But on Tues­day House De­moc­rats stripped from their gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill the $1 bil­lion ear­marked for Is­rael’s Iron Dome mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem. Fac­ing a re­volt from pro­gres­sive law­mak­ers, and with lim­ited time to avert a gov­ern­ment shut­down, Speaker Nancy Pelosi buck­led. De­moc­rats say the fund­ing will be in­cluded in a de­fense bill later this year, and the mod­er­ates among them may fight for it an­other day. But why has the party been made to re­treat? Iron Dome has en­joyed strong bi­par­ti­san sup­port. It is a de­fen­sive sys­tem that shoots down in midair rock­ets fired by Hamas and other Iran-backed ter­ror­ist groups in the Gaza strip. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL ‘Squad’ wins symbolic victory on Iron Dome funding – with help from Republicans Speaking on the House floor later on Tuesday, Hoyer said that he would bring the replenishing of Iron Dome as a standalone vote later this week. The announcement was made amid pressure from pro-Israel Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch, Kathy Manning, Josh Gottheimer, Ritchie Torres, Brad Schneider, and others who were livid over the decision to leave the Iron Dome funding off the spending bill.

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Two thirds of polled Jewish students “experienced or were familiar with antisemitic incidents that occurred over the past 120 days”

Survey: Half of ‘Openly Jewish’ College Students Have Tried to Hide Identity on Campus
by Dion J. Pierre
September 20, 2021

A poll released Monday found that half of “openly Jewish” college students have at times attempted to conceal their religious identity on campus, and that they are more likely to do so the longer they’re enrolled. The study — conducted by the Cohen Research Group with the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law — surveyed 1,027 members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi) sorority during the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that fifty percent of students have masked their Jewish identity and that more than half have hidden their support of Israel…READ MORE

BARI WEISS SUBSTACK Everybody Hates the Jews A disturbing new study confirms what many Jewish Americans are feeling.

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“The end of the grand delusion of pan-Arab identity finally permits different Arab societies to explore their different identities rooted in reality and not mythic conceptions”

The Abraham Accords and the End of Arab Romanticism
by Hussein Aboubakr Mansour
September 15, 2021

The signing of the Abraham Accords a year ago signified the end of an era of modern Middle Eastern history and the ushering in of a new, yet-to-be-grasped era. If the fall of the Berlin Wall was a watershed moment in European history, the fall of the Arab-Israeli cognitive wall will do the same for the region. The Abraham Accords are the first major step in burying an inauspicious era of Arab and Muslim romanticism and signal a defect from delusion to reality. From Arab nationalism, Arab socialism and postcolonialism to Sunni and Shia Islamism and destructive sectarianism, all modern Arab and Muslim political thinking revolved in the idealist orbit of mythical romanticism. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Blinken pledges US backing to expand Abraham Accords between Israel, Arab states At US-hosted event marking a year since signing of historic agreement, Lapid notes anniversary of peace deal with Egypt; Morocco, UAE call for two-state solution

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“With trade surging between Israel and the United Arab Emirates following the Abraham Accords, Sisi may see a compelling case for thawing the cold peace that Israel and Egypt have maintained since 1979”

Egypt’s President Sisi is moving to thaw relations with Israel, reap economic rewards
by Hussain Abdul-Hussain
September 16, 2021

For the first time in a decade, an Israeli prime minister is visiting Egypt. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is hosting Naftali Bennett at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, at a time when Cairo has begun to play a more assertive regional role, especially in mediating between Israel and the Palestinians. More important than politics, however, is Cairo’s perception that better relations with Israel may boost the Egyptian economy at a time when austerity measures are weighing heavily on consumers. READ MORE

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How a group of Jewish physicists helped the United States beat Nazi Germany in the race for nuclear weapons

The Jewish Nucleus of the Second World War’s Atomic Drama
by Alex Gordon
September 17, 2021

…Starting in 1943, the anti-fascist Bohr took part in the Manhattan nuclear project that led to the deaths of 120,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while the German patriot Heisenberg, who worked for the Nazi war machine, didn’t accomplish anything that would lead to the death of even one person. This says approximately nothing about the moral weight of either men. Heisenberg tried to make a bomb to use in a war of aggression and failed. As for Bohr and his colleagues on the Manhattan project, they were fighting for their lives. One of the creators of quantum mechanics, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born, a German Jew, later wrote: “Exiled physicists knew that there would be no escape if the Germans were the first to succeed in building the atomic bombREAD MORE

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The Biden administration is still working to finalize the Israel-Sudan agreement

Blinken to host event marking Abraham Accords anniversary
by Barak Ravid
September 14, 2021

Secretary of State Tony Blinken will hold a virtual meeting on Friday with his counterparts from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords…This is the most active and public show of support by the Biden administration for the agreements, which were President Trump’s landmark foreign policy achievement…Israeli, Emirati and Bahraini officials were pressing the Biden administration for the last two months to hold some kind of commemoration. Officials from the three countries tell Axios the Biden administration was non-committal and only in recent days suggested holding the virtual meeting. READ MORE

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“Germany, still scarred by the Holocaust, has seen a rise in anti-Semitic violence in recent years”

German police arrest four over synagogue attack plan
September 16, 2021

Police averted a possible Islamist attack on a synagogue in western Germany and arrested four people including a 16-year-old Syrian youth in connection with the threat, the regional interior minister said on Thursday. Authorities had received a “a very serious and concrete tip” that an attack on the synagogue in the town of Hagen could take place during the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, the minister, Herbert Reul, said. Officers tightened security around the building on Wednesday evening and searched it for bombs but found nothing dangerous, Reul, interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, told a news conference. READ MORE

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“Despite Israel’s location in the Middle East, when CENTCOM was created in 1983, responsibility for the Jewish state was assigned to U.S. European Command”

Why Israel’s transfer to US Central Command could help deter Iran
by Bradley Bowman and Behnam Ben Taleblu
September 7, 2021

U.S. Central Command announced Sept. 1 that it has assumed responsibility for U.S. forces in Israel. This positive development reflects changes in Arab-Israeli relations and offers an opportunity to build a more unified and militarily capable American-Israeli-Arab coalition to deter aggression from Iran and its terrorist proxies — one of CENTCOM’s top priorities…That decision reflected Israel’s political isolation from its Arab neighbors. As a Pentagon news report noted in January with a bit of understatement, Israel’s regional isolation would have “complicated” efforts by CENTCOM to coordinate multilateral exercises and operations that included Israel. READ MORE

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“It will start without warning. And the consequences are likely to be enormous”

The Next Lebanon War
by Matti Friedman
September 9, 2021

…What’s different this summer is that some of the important changes on the Lebanese side have become easier to see. Lebanon has long been a husk of a country, a loose arrangement among competing sects and factions, but now an economic crisis threatens to push the remains of the state toward genuine collapse…The outpost’s soldiers used to look every night at the lights of nearby Ayta ash-Shab. But now the village is mostly dark because electricity is scarce. The price of fuel nearly doubled just last month, and a few days before my encounter with the photographer, two Lebanese civilians were killed in a shootout at a gas station. READ MORE

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“The U.S. has abandoned Kabul, but America’s former client in Islamabad still holds leverage over the superpower it helped defeat”

How Pakistan Won the War in Afghanistan
by Eli Lake
September 9, 2021

For much of the war on terror that began after 9/11, Pakistan played a double game. It occasionally helped track and detain al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders. In 2010, Pakistani and U.S. special operations forces arrested Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Karachi. All the while, however, elements of the Pakistani military and intelligence services provided sanctuary, funding and training for the Taliban and its allies in the lethal terrorist group known as the Haqqani network. For the first 10 years of the Afghanistan war, this was an issue that the U.S. and Pakistan preferred to debate in private. READ MORE

BESA Taliban Victory Threatens to Be a Double-Edged Sword for Pakistan Pakistani efforts to exploit the Taliban victory in Afghanistan threaten to reinforce ultra-conservative inclinations in Pakistan itself, the world’s second-most populous Muslim majority country, long accused of supporting militant religious groups.

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