Caroline Glick and Nonie Darwish defend Trump’s troop withdrawal from Northern Syria but many–left and right–disagree

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Trump did not betray the Kurds
by Caroline Glick
October 11, 2019

The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump’s move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world. There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths to limit its ability to influence events in Syria. READ MORE

NEW ENGLISH REVIEW Nonie Darwish:To Withdraw Or Not To Withdraw The existence of America in Syria or any other Muslim nation cannot continue forever and sooner or later we must leave. But the longer we stay the more dependent these factions will be on American for their protection. The British were there for over seventy years and until today the World is still blaming them for leaving a messed up Mideast map with minorities who cannot survive with one another. The truth is that Middle East religious and ethnic factions have never learned to live peacefully with one another and it is time for them to start learning how to.

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“How to explain the apparent indifference of mainstream Jewish groups and politicians to the spike in hate crimes committed against Jews?”

Attacks on Orthodox Jews spike; mainstream Jewish groups seem indifferent
Paul Mirengoff
October 10, 2019

Caroline Glick believes the explanation lies in the kind of Jews who are being attacked and the kind of people doing the attacking: The Jewish victims in New York are not Reform Jews. They are ultra-Orthodox Jews. And they don’t live in Manhattan. They live in Brooklyn. Ultra-Orthodox Jews are not progressives and not part of the Democratic coalition. As for their assailants: Most of the perpetrators are African Americans, and as such, like the Reform Jews, they are members in good standing of the progressive camp in American politics. READ MORE

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CNN’s take: Israel fought 1948 and 1967 wars to “expand territory”

CNN Rewrites History of 1948, 1967 Wars
by Tamar Sternthal
October 7, 2019

Sam Kiley, a senior international correspondent based in CNN Abu Dhabi’s bureau, has rewritten the history of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 Six-Day War. In his Oct. 3 analysis (“Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it“), Kiley absurdly asserts that those fateful wars were “to expand territory”: Close to 200,000 descendants of Palestinians who fled their country in successive Israeli wars to expand territory in 1948 and 1967, now live in Lebanon. A similar number are in Jordan. READ MORE

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If the ISIS captives were repatriated to Turkey, it would, for some, be more like a homecoming”

ISIS’s Turkish Homecoming
by Con Coughlin
October 12, 2019

One of the more ludicrous suggestions to have been made during Turkey’s military offensive against the Syrian Kurds is that, in return for Washington’s approval, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would take responsibility for the estimated 90,000 ISIS fighters and their dependents, currently languishing in Kurdish-controlled detention centres. It is one of the worst kept secrets in Western intelligence circles that, for long periods during the brutal Syrian conflict, Mr Erdogan’s regime supported a number of groups that enjoyed close affiliation with ISIS, as well as other Islamist terror groups such as Al-Qaeda READ MORE

WASHINGTON EXAMINER Kurds found out about Trump withdrawal of US troops in northern Syria from Twitter The United States’ Kurdish allies learned of President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria on Twitter. According to Newsweek, Syrian Kurds were blindsided by the president’s decision, which he announced in a statement on Sunday night. The U.S. allies, who helped American forces combat ISIS in the area, found out about the move online. “No one in the U.S. government told us” ahead of the announcement, a Kurdish intelligence official told the outlet. “When we heard the news of American withdrawals, well, it was over Twitter, we had no idea, we were like, ‘What is this shit?'”

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“Jewish baseball stars for the Astros, Braves, and Dodgers all decide to play on Yom Kippur. They all lose”

The Koufax Curse
by Armin Rosen
October 10, 2019

Baseball games are complex events whose outcomes hinge on scores of interlocking factors, many of them invisible to the naked eye. Writers probably shouldn’t be making sweeping off-hand claims about the inner and outer workings of Almighty God. All true. Anyway, let’s take a look at the three MLB playoff games that unfolded during Yom Kippur and involved notable Jewish stars who had to decide whether to play or not. READ MORE

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“Hardened door and security cameras helped protect dozens of people from gunman”

Halle synagogue was fortified before antisemitic attack
by Oliver Holmes and Philip Oltermann
October 11, 2019

A German synagogue targeted in an attempted mass shooting this week had been upgraded to fortify its main entrance and install security cameras, measures that probably saved the lives of dozens of people hiding inside. The attack on Wednesday in the city of Halle left two people dead but the number could have been much higher as the gunman failed to break through the synagogue door, despite repeatedly shooting at it and attempting to blast it open with an improvised bomb. Frustrated by his failure, the man went on a rampage in the surrounding streets, while about 70 people inside hid behind chairs and tables. READ MORE

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“There is little evidence to suggest that the great majority of either African Americans or Jews is prepared to reassess its longstanding blind loyalty to the Democrat Party””

Jews, African Americans and the Democrat Party
by Kenneth Levin
October 11, 2019

In democracies, minority groups will often embrace one political party and cling to that attachment irrespective of changing political circumstances. This seems especially true of minorities that have experienced discrimination, marginalization, and other forms of abuse. In America, the groups that have been most closely attached to the Democrat Party for virtually the last century are African Americans and Jews. Even consideration in the abstract of the wisdom of being predictably committed to one party would suggest likely more negative than positive consequences – for example, being taken for granted by that party while given up on and not pursued by the other – and experience has borne that out. READ MORE

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