“US Ambassador David Friedman has broken a hypnotizing spell in US foreign policy regarding the disposition of Judea and Samaria”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
4 reasons Israel should consider annexing part of the West Bank
by James Sinkinson
June 12, 2019

In an interview with The New York Times last week, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman boldly made the claim that Israel has a right to annex some, but “unlikely all,” of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank)…Friedman’s statement breaks sharply with a long-standing US policy of regarding Judea and Samaria as the future home of a Palestinian state. Indeed, the Obama administration stood aside as the United Nations Security Council in December 2016 passed Resolution 2334 stating that Israel’s settlements in Judea-Samaria constitute a “flagrant violation” of international law. READ MORE

HAARETZ Alan Dershowitz: Trump’s Ambassador Is Right on Israel’s Annexation. His Posturing, pro-Palestinian Critics Are Wrong David Friedman is right: International law supports Israel retaining some of the West Bank. I should know – I helped draft it

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Our middle classes “became nauseated by the constant elite trashing of their culture, history and traditions, including the tearing down of statues, the Trotskyizing of past heroes, the renaming of public buildings and streets”

Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?
by Victor Davis Hanson
June 12th, 2019

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives? Put simply, the middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists. READ MORE

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Gibson’s Bakery vs Oberlin “I suspect the jury hated Oberlin and its students and wanted to punish both”

Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $33 million in punitive damages
by Thomas Lifson
June 14, 2019

It appears that the ordinary folk who live in proximity to hyper-progressive campuses are fed-up with being the objects of false accusations of racism (and all the other imaginary offenses ending in …isms and …phobia), and want to incentivize change in academia. The same jury that awarded a local bakery $11.3 million in compensatory damages from Oberlin College (for background on the case see thisthisthis and this) added another $33 million in punitive damages, intended to send a message to the defendant and to similar institutions that such behavior is strongly discouraged. READ MORE

POWERLINE The Jury Hated Oberlin In my view, the main significance of the jury’s verdict is that it shows how normal people react when they are exposed to today’s campus leftism. You cannot sell to a normal person the idea that it is “racism” for a store to catch a student stealing a bottle of wine, and call the police, merely on account of the student’s skin color. Social justice warrior culture is insane…

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US cadets visit Israel: “The reality of being so close to enemies who threaten the state on a daily basis was a shock”

U.S. cadets laud Israeli Brothers in Arms following two week tour
by Anna Ahronheim
June 11, 2019

A group of 40 American cadets and officers wrapped up a two-week trip to Poland and Israel on Monday, meeting with high-ranking IDF officers to learn about the Jewish State and the complexity of its security situation. Organized by Our Soldiers Speak, the trip left a deep impression on the visiting service members who hail from the West Point Military Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, with some even voicing their readiness to fight and if necessary die alongside IDF troops...“This unparalleled experience enables American cadets to learn about hot-button issues and matters of utmost strategic importance in the Middle East firsthand,” said OSS founder and director Benjamin Anthony. READ MORE

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Newton, MA: Orthodox rabbi quotes Isaiah, warning Jewish community who turned a blind eye to antisemitic curriculum, “Your destroyers and demolishers will come from your own”

The high school battle in Newton, Mass.: Orthodox rabbis come to the front lines
by Charles Jacobs
June 11, 2019

The Israel-bashing problem so prevalent now on North American college campuses has now reached into high schools. Under the guise of teaching history, social studies, conflict resolution or “peace studies,” curriculum mills hostile to the Jewish state are spreading anti-Israel “lessons” throughout the nation’s public high schools. The biased curricula are designed to be easy to use with formats familiar to teachers, many of whom, we now know, have themselves imbibed anti-Israel lessons in the politicized education departments of American universities. The curricula reflect Arabist propaganda, Muslim dogma and leftist ideology, including that of the anti-Israel Jewish left—all masquerading as historical fact. READ MORE

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Pete Buttigieg paraphrased: “I know better than Israel what’s best for their security and I’ll see that they’re punished if they annex parts of the West Bank…and we’ll rejoin Iran Deal”

Pete Buttigieg: I Will Cut Funds to Israel If It Annexes Part of the West Bank
by Joel B. Pollak
June 11, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg promised, if elected president, to cut U.S. aid to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on an election promise to annex parts of Judea and Samara — the “West Bank.”…Successive U.S. administrations have recognized that large Israeli settlement blocs within the West Bank are going to be part of Israel under any peace agreement with the Palestinians. Indeed, some areas had large Jewish populations before Jews were expelled during the 1948 war declared by Israel’s Arab neighbors against the fledgling Jewish state…It is not clear how Buttigieg would propose to cut funding to Israel, but the idea of threatening Israel is not new. READ MORE

Foreign policy savant Jeremy Ben Ami from J Street opines:

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“Israeli robots from the companies General Robotics and Gahat Robotics could be man’s best friend in future battlefields”

Israeli robots will accompany soldiers into battle in future wars
by Seth Frantzman
June 6, 2019

…Sharon de-Beer, CEO of Gahat, showed a video of how unmanned vehicles can perform a variety of tasks. These ATVs, for instance, are amphibious. They can go across streams and aid in search and rescue. “The next generation of war will be more robots and less soldiers,” says de-Beer. That means when special forces or infantry need to go into a village, they could have vehicles driving alongside them that don’t require people to drive them. If the soldiers get to a point where they want to investigate what’s behind a house, they can send in the robots. If the robotic vehicle gets shot, it’s not like losing a human life.  READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST The Israeli technology taking down Gazan drones and balloons SMASH 2000 prevents the bullet from being fired until the target is precisely in its cross hairs.

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