“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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Democrat-sponsored bill “would make it US policy to view “the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Gaza, are occupied territories”

Congressman files two-states act that restricts Israeli use of US arms
by Tovah Lazaroff
September 23, 2021

A bill that affirms a two-state resolution at the pre-1967 lines and restricts Israeli use of arms, was filed to Congress Thursday by Representative Andy Levin (D-Michigan)…The bill is not expected to pass the House and the Senate. It rescinds a number of significant policies from the former Trump administration, including its declaration that West Bank settlement activity is not inconsistent with international law. According to a draft copy of the bill, seen by The Jerusalem Post, it would be American policy to view “the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Gaza, are occupied territories” and that territory would be “referred to as such consistently in official US policies, communications, and documents.” READ MORE

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“All things considered, a review of the relationship between Washington and Islamabad seems long overdue”

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Unfriending Pakistan
by Clifford D. May
September 22, 2021

We now know for certain that powerful elements within Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment helped create the Afghan Taliban in the early 1990s and continued to fund and train its fighters even after the US intervention in 2001. The Taliban’s close alliance with al Qaeda apparently troubled them not at all. Author Elliot Ackerman, who served as a Marine in Afghanistan, is hardly alone in believing that had Pakistani leaders ended that support and shut the border to the Taliban – whose leaders retreated to Pakistani bases every winter – the organization would have “collapsed” rather than soldiering on until American leaders grew tired and quit – the outcome the jihadis both expected and predicted. READ MORE

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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

JNS Blinken hosts livestream with Abraham Accord members to mark one-year milestones U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration will continue to build on the Trump administration’s successful Abraham Accords between Israel and its Arab neighbors in a virtual event marking the accord’s one-year anniversary on Sept. 17.

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“A 700-page Polish novel is all the rage in Israel, but can it heal the rift between Poles and Jews?”

A Polish Christian Writes the Great Jewish Novel
by Shalom Goldman
September 23, 2021

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature, published The Books of Jacob in 2014. The novel follows the messianic religious leader Jacob Frank as he travels through 18th-century Europe, attracting a fervent following and a list of avowed enemies….But in the remarkable case of the Frankists, a whole community of Jews apostatized…“The Frankists’ baptism was seen as a monumental event unique both in size and in its theological ramifications. Even the most zealous Catholic priests were well aware that the vast majority of the Jewish conversions throughout the ages did not stem from Jewish recognition of the truth of Christianity but rather from the desire for social advancement or to avoid persecution.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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