“Yes, there was the longstanding presumption that “white” is the “norm” or “default” American race, but there was also a deeper question of the nature of white culture. What is it, exactly?”

The Great White Culture War
by David French
August 8, 2018

To understand different outcomes of the white culture war, consider California and Texas. Both states are firmly majority-minority. Yet the leaders of both states are still disproportionately white and male; they’re just culturally very different kinds of white males. Conservative white Americans eagerly move to majority-minority Texas. Those same people would be far more reluctant to live in majority-minority California, because of its profoundly different treatment of religious freedoms, gun rights, and of course tax rates. READ MORE

WALL STREET JOURNAL Is Liberal Racism a Horse of a Different Color? Bigotry is bigotry, whether systemic, as at Harvard, or idiosyncratic, like Sarah Jeong’s Twitter feed.

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“There’s an old adage that there are no atheists in a foxhole. Let me add a corollary to that adage — there are no pacifists in a bomb shelter. The urge to strike back at your attacker is instinctive”

Musings from a bomb shelter
by Mark Werner
August 9, 2018

Most Americans have never had the experience of being wakened in the middle of the night by a Tzeva Adom (“Code Red”) siren, rushing to the closest bomb shelter, and hiding in the shelter while listening for the explosion of a Palestinian missile. I recently had this experience and am writing to share it with non-Israelis. Together with nine other Sar-el volunteers, for three weeks this summer, I was stationed on an IDF base in fairly close proximity to the Gaza Strip…At 10:30, the Tzeva Adom sirens jolted us awake. Danielle ran down our corridor, banging on our doors: “Code Red Alert! Missile attack! Get to the bomb shelter fast!” READ MORE

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Standard and Poor’s upgrade “very significant achievement for Israel’s economy, which is estimated to grow 3.3% by 2021”

Following Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s Gives Israel an Improved Credit Rating
by Staff
August 6, 2018

For the second time in two months, an international credit rating agency has raised its assessment of Israel’s economy, as Standard and Poor’s raised Israel’s credit rating to -AA, Ynet reported Saturday. In July, Moody’s raised Israel’s outlook of Israel’s economy from “stable” to “positive.” This means that in the next year to year and a half, the agency could raise Israel’s rating from A1 to Aa-. The reasons given for upgrade were the fiscal discipline exercised by  Israel’s government, as well as its recent strong economic growth. READ MORE

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With the birth of Israel “suddenly the Jews, about whose inordinate power bigots had fantasized for 2,000 years, had some real power to defend themselves”

Sorry, Liberals: Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic
by Petra Marquardt-Bigman
August 7, 2018

…The truth is, there is no difference between the two. For anti-Semitism did not stop evolving with the Nazis. Jew-haters everywhere consider Israel to be the Jew of nations, representing all that is evil and must therefore be shunned and eradicated. The far right gets this — in fact, it’s why they find common cause with the left. White supremacists have embraced Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour party; according to David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Corbyn’s election as party leader was “a sign that people were recognising ‘Zionist power’ and ‘Jewish establishment power’.” READ MORE

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Hamas leadership “wants to signal to Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority that it is willing to go all the way in its quest to end Gaza’s isolation”

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war
by Yaakov Lappin
August 9, 2018

The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new rules of conduct on Israel, while only paying a minimal price for its aggression. Its actions have placed the region in danger of a major new conflict. Hamas’s leadership is dangling the option of a long-term truce before Israel with one hand, and firing barrages of rockets at southern Israel with the other, terrorizing hundreds of thousands of Israelis, and risking the security of the Gazan civilians it rules over. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Over 150 rockets launched into Israel, woman seriously injured

JNS Barrage of Gaza rockets continue, with Beersheva hit for first time since 2014 Mayor Ruvik Danilovich said that Israel must act more forcefully against these rocket attacks after his city of more than 205,000 people was targeted.

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Shmuley to Cory: Your waning for support for Israel (and her security) “has American Jewry saddened, perplexed, and alarmed’

What Happened to You, Cory Booker?
by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
August 6, 2018

…Then came the photo this past Friday. Cory’s excuse for appearing in it is that he was posing for pictures and was passed a sign to hold. He only glanced at it and thought it was just referring to Mexico and had nothing to do with Israel. Many have rejected the explanation, saying that no experienced politician poses with a sign that he does not read. I disagree. I take Cory at his word. But why was he posing with leaders of the BDS movement whose raison d’etre is the destruction of Israel? READ MORE

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“When my friend #PerAhlmark passed away in June, at the age of 79, the free world lost an eminent writer, poet and pro-democracy activist”

Sweden’s Prophet
by Hillel Neuer
August 6, 2018

For the late Per Ahlmark, history revealed three empirical rules that proved why liberal democracy was vital for all of humanity. First, “no democracy has ever gone to war against another democracy.” Second, democracies rarely commit genocide or mass murder against others or their own. Third, “famine has never occurred in a democracy.” Why not? “The crucial factor is freedom,” wrote Per. “Where there is an active opposition and a free press, governments cannot neglect tens of thousands of people starving to death.”READ MORE

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