US-Israel Partnership Just Added Something Revolutionary

The defense partnership between the United States and Israel is set to reap the benefits of perhaps its greatest combined innovation to date.

Israel will soon add a revolutionary new missile defense system to its defense arsenal, a senior Israeli Air Force official said Monday. Known as “David’s Sling,” or “Magic Wand,” the joint U.S.-Israel creation will become fully operational at the beginning of April.

David’s Sling will protect Israel from medium-range missiles, as part of its three-tier defense system that also guards the country’s citizens from smaller short-range rockets and long-range ballistic threats.

Iron Dome, which achieved incredible success (with a 90 percent interception rate) in Israel’s latest flare-up with the Hamas terrorist group in 2014, guards the country against short-range threats. Multiple Iron Dome batteries are often activated amid conflict so Israel can deter threats aiming to overwhelm the systems.

Its Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 systems protect against long-range ballistic threats. The newly deployed Arrow was used for the first time on Friday to intercept a 440-pound missile fired from Syria. According to the Associated Press, the Syrian missile targeted Israeli jets returning from a strike on a Hezbollah weapons convoy.

David’s Sling, Iron Dome and Arrow have all been developed jointly by Israel and the United States, highlighting the successes and innovation produced by the defense partnership.

“In the next two weeks we will declare operational the David’s Sling and at that time we will have completed our multi-tier (defence capability),” an Israeli official said. “I’m sure that together with the Iron Dome and the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 it will enhance our ability to deal with threats.”

David’s Sling has been jointly developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the American defense company Raytheon. It is promoted as a more advanced version of the U.S.-made Patriot surface-to-air missile.

Much of the $3.1 billion in annual aid Israel receives from the United States goes toward bolstering the aforementioned missile defense projects. The defense shield can fire upon and target both enemy aircraft and incoming cruise missiles. David’s Sling has a range three times that of the Iron Dome, and the integrated system can undergo constant upgrades.

Israel faces a variety of threats from several local terrorist groups and enemy states, which include Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and ISIS, to name a handful. (For more from the author of “US-Israel Partnership Just Added Something Revolutionary” please click HERE)

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Anti-Israel Hate Is a Symptom of the UN Human Rights Council’s Cancerous Corruption

The U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is corrupt to its core, and its lashing out at Israel is a manifestation of the group’s immoral, corrupt structure. Tasked a decade ago with promoting and defending human rights around the world, the UNHRC has failed to carry out its founding mission.

The U.S. delegation to the council, led by Erin Barclay, threatened America’s departure from the prominent U.N. subdivision Wednesday, claiming the international organization’s unhealthy “obsession” with the state of Israel threatens the group’s credibility and “makes a mockery of this council.”

In Geneva, Barclay, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, stated: “The U.S. also remains deeply troubled by the council’s consistent, unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel.”

“For this council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions,” she said. “As we consider our future engagements, my government will be considering the council’s actions with an eye to reform, to more fully achieve the council’s missions to protect and promote human rights.”

The UNHRC has long been a group that has overlooked worldwide atrocities in favor of singling out Israel with rhetorical aggression and condemnation.

But the UNHRC not only has an Israel problem — the institution’s membership roster itself shows why it could never truly promote human rights. After all, how can an organization have any credibility on human rights when its members are a who’s who of the world’s foremost violators of universal ideals?

Ruthless authoritarian countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, Cuba, Venezuela, and many others are tasked with upholding the UNHRC’s core mission to promote and protect human rights.

In 2015, the council chose Saudi Arabia’s ambassador Faisal bin Hassan Trad to chair the UNHRC panel on selecting human rights experts. In the ambassador’s country, women are treated as second-class citizens. They cannot go out in public without a male companion, and need to wear clothing that covers them head-to-toe, with only their eyes and hands permitted to be uncovered. In Saudi Arabia, Islam is the only recognized religion, and the country follows an extremely harsh penal code to punish violations of Shariah law.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has long abandoned the promotion of actual human rights and has dedicated the last decade to delegitimizing Israel – the only free country in the Middle East.

From 2006 to 2016, the UNHRC adopted 135 resolutions condemning countries. An incredibe 68 (over half) of those resolutions singled out the Jewish state for criticism.

However, Israel is only a symptom of the cancer that is the UNHRC. If the United States wants the UNHRC to foster an environment that campaigns for true human rights, the U.N. body needs to purge the forces of evil from within it. (For more from the author of “Anti-Israel Hate Is a Symptom of the UN Human Rights Council’s Cancerous Corruption” please click HERE)

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Christian Group: Israel Is Key to Christian Presence in Middle East

In the past decade, millions of Christians have fought to escape persecution and violence in the Middle East. Many have died, while others have traveled to Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere in search of safety.

According to Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of The Philos Project, two of the keys to a continued Christian presence in The Holy Land include a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and a thriving Israel.

“It is imperative that the United States continue to support the existence of the State of Israel,” Nicholson told The Stream at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “It is imperative that we not withdraw from Iraq after its liberation, as that will create a power vacuum which will be filled by another insurgency.”

The U.S. has led a coalition of nations against terrorist actors and others in Iraq for nearly 15 years. Some say the terrorist group ISIS, which in recent years has been the focus of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, arose because former President Barack Obama drew down the U.S. presence in the nation. Others say ISIS wouldn’t exist if former President George W. Bush had not launched the invasion in the first place in 2003.

Christians make up between five and 10 percent of the Syrian population, but just one-half of one percent of the refugees accepted from Syria in the 2016 fiscal year. Nicholson told The Stream that U.S. policy on the Middle East should aid both Christians who want to come to America and those who wish to stay in their homelands.

I support the prioritization of Christian and other minority refugees whose lives have been destroyed by the Islamic state. After being forced from their homes, they are often the victims of further discrimination in neighboring Arab countries who have been aiding in the refugee crisis. It is imperative, however, that by favoring certain minorities, U.S. policy does not inadvertently drain the region of Christianity. At-risk minority communities in Iraq and Syria must be preserved.

“I see a deep need to protect minority interests on the ground in Iraq and Syria,” Nicholson continued. “Christianity and Judaism is quickly disappearing from the Arab world – the cradle of both those religions. The Philos Project seeks to reinvigorate thoughtful discussion on sustainable solutions to preserve minority heritage in the region.”

The Philos Project hosted a panel at CPAC is entitled, “Why Disengagement Isn’t an Option in the Middle East.” Nicholson said his group is aiming “to inform and educate Christian leaders and future leaders to have a holistic understanding of the complex situations in the Middle East.”

“We recognize that many leaders who care about Israel and Christianity in the Middle East come to the CPAC conference,” concluded Nicholson, who said the CPAC panel “will explore strategies for sustainable U.S. policy in the region.” (For more from the author of “Christian Group: Israel Is Key to Christian Presence in Middle East” please click HERE)

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Old City from the Mount of the Olives

Did Obama Just Hack President Trump’s Statement on Israel?

The final major policy fight of Obama’s presidency was his public dispute with Israel over their right to build homes in their biblical homeland. The country was rightly appalled that Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry chose to focus on a few thousand Jewish homes in the foothills of ancient Samaria at a time when Islamic mayhem is breaking out all over Western Civilization. In many respects, this parting shot from Obama epitomized the moral dyslexia of his entire presidency.

At the time, conservatives and even some intellectually honest liberals breathed a sigh of relief that a new a president would soon be welcomed — one who stopped condemning our ally as a way of apologizing to the Islamic world. We thought we could finally break away from the global elite’s maniacal obsession with the illogical and incoherent distraction of the two-state solution and focus on the root problem: Islamic supremacism.

Thus, naturally, this statement from the Trump White House was shocking:

The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.

At first I thought this was a hoax, or that it was drafted by an Obama holdover.

Some might suggest that at least Trump’s White House put some distance between this administration and his predecessor by recognizing some right for Jews to live in part of Judea and Samaria.

Really folks? Is this the soft bigotry of low expectations? Are we aiming for pale pastels, haggling over a few inches in an area virtually invisible on a map compared to the mass of land controlled by Islam? At a time when the entire premise of this two-state solution has been countermanded by reality, are we going to continue the same failed recognition of the PLO terrorists the way Clinton, Bush, and Obama did?

What exactly does it mean to “achieve peace” and why is the creation of a 23rd Arab state in our best interest? Why should we continue to invest our diplomatic capital into the foreign policy version of Obamacare? I spent the entire week robustly defending Trump’s immigration policy from a legal, political, historical, and philosophical perspective precisely because we don’t want to endanger our land with Islamic supremacism. Why is the Trump White House asking Israel to do something he wouldn’t want to do himself?

Moreover, this is the very stupidity that embodies the anger people felt against the political establishment and why they voted for Trump. While on the campaign trail, President Trump boldly decried the “stupid” politicians who are “pathetic losers” and perpetuate failed policies that are devoid of common sense. There is nothing that better fits this description than the globalist elite obsession with creating a PLO terror state west of the Jordan River; one which will become saturated with ISIS and Al Qaeda elements within days.

The two-state solution is the Obamacare of foreign policy. Much like Obamacare has locked up our economy and job market on the domestic front, the PLO nonsense has paralyzed our leverage in the Middle East and has consumed our foreign policy for 23 years. It is rooted in an apologetic concession to Islam instead of confronting the reality of Sharia-based Islam. Now, Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood know that any time they want to leverage Trump into making a concession, they will call upon Hamas and the PLO to ratchet up attacks on Israel and criticize the presence of Jews in Jewish territory. We have lost our leverage now that they know we “fear the Arab street” as it relates to moving the embassy and our ally building homes wherever they damn please.

What happened to the tough negotiator? Is this coming from his meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan today? A tough negotiator would tell Abdullah, “listen buddy, you create an Arab terror state on your western border and your country will fall to the Islamists within weeks. We won’t be there to save you.” Jordan would be just as adversely affected by such a dumb move as Israel.

Finally, there is a background here that is probably missed in the media. The reason Israel announced more construction in Samaria today is because, thanks to Israel’s crazy Supreme Court [Robert Bork wrote a lot about it during his lifetime], the Israeli government just dismantled an entire community of Jews in a town called Amona and sent their own army in to kick out their own families who have been living there for 20 years. This is something, to my knowledge, no other nation has done in history. So the building of more homes was somewhat of a domestic compromise for kicking those people out. For the Trump administration to then issue a statement on the same day and rip that wound wide open is appalling to the many religious Christians and Jews who so enthusiastically supported him on the premise that he wouldn’t follow such policies.

The bottom line is there was absolutely no reason to even focus on this issue at a time like this or issue any such statement. Silence in the face of Israel building homes would have been the refreshing change we all expected.

It’s disappointing that Trump is willing to get us sucked into the foreign policy cause célèbre of the very political establishment he claims to detest. On the one hand, he (rightfully) proclaims that our political leaders have been stupid to try to create democracy in the Middle East among existing Arab nations. Yet at the same time, he is willing to expend American capital creating a new Arab state that hates America, exports terrorism, destabilize the region, strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood, and will become a client-state of Iran?

We know you are better than this, Mr. President. Return to the inner voice of common sense and ignore the foreign policy elites. (For more from the author of “Did Obama Just Hack President Trump’s Statement on Israel?” please click HERE)

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The Start of a New U.S.-Israel Relationship? President Trump Invites Netanyahu to DC

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington, D.C., in February to meet with President Donald Trump.

President Trump extended the invitation to the prime minister during a telephone conversation that took place on Sunday, a conversation that Netanyahu described as “very warm” in a Facebook post.

“The Prime Minister expressed his desire to work closely with President Trump to forge a common vision to advance peace and security in the region, with no daylight between the United States and Israel,” the post reads.

Among the issues discussed between the two leaders were the nuclear deal with Iran, peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and “other issues.”

Late Sunday the White House confirmed reports that the Trump administration is in the “beginning stages” of discussing a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli news earlier cited an unnamed source that said the president’s team would make an announcement regarding their plans for the embassy move on Monday.

A White House statement made no indication that the two leaders discussed the embassy over the phone.

“The President emphasized that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal.” (For more from the author of “The Start of a New U.S.-Israel Relationship? President Trump Invites Netanyahu to DC” please click HERE)

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Israeli Soldiers: Hand of God Protected Them Through Pillar of Cloud During Battle With ISIS

Israeli soldiers captured on video a pillar of cloud that strangely hovered over the boundary between Syria and Israel, protecting the soldiers from ISIS during a battle.

The Israeli soldiers videotaped the phenomenon that occurred during a battle with ISIS in the Golan Heights. The men called the pillar of cloud the “hand of Hashem,” or the hand of God, which protected them.

According to Israel News Online, the cloud was comprised of dust, cloud and rain and “did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel.” Israelis have called the storm “divine intervention,” reported Israel Today.

“Huge miracle! Notice how God stopped this enormous storm exactly on the border,” Yifat Romano posted on Israel News Online‘s Facebook page. “Thank you, Father!”

Nissim Nahoum wrote, “The Creator of the world is protecting us.”

When asked about how the cloud protected the soldiers, Israel News Online responded, “Well there have been no ISIS attacks since then. I wonder what they thought of it. That may be the case if the cloud was there or not as we retaliated at the time. Impossible to say for sure.”

Here is the video, which was captured by an Israeli soldier:

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The Sickening Nature of Anti-Israel Hatred

When is a cold-blooded murderer hailed as an international hero? When he’s a radical Islamic terrorist who slaughters Jews.

It is gut-wrenching to watch the video footage of a truck ramming into a crowd of Israelis in East Jerusalem, killing four of them and injuring at least 15 more. Three of the victims were female soldiers, aged 20, 20 and 22. The fourth victim was an Israeli man, also just 20-years-old. All of them had dreams of a bright future, a future none of them will live to see.

Israel is again in mourning.

But there is celebration in the Jew-hating, Israel-despising world. It doesn’t get any better than slaughtering Israelis — especially Israeli soldiers — in cold blood.

As for the truck driver, a religious Palestinian Muslim who was shot dead by police, his sister said “the family was ‘thankful’ for the attack and called her brother’s death ‘the most beautiful martyrdom.’”

Other Palestinian Muslims reacted similarly, as reported by Michael Qazini on the Daily Wire, noting, “These weren’t spontaneous celebrations by a few bad actors. Praise for the terrorist came from the top of the Palestinian leadership chain, placing a rubber stamp on a Jew-hating culture of death.” (See the article for details.)

Accordingly, Hamas, representing the most extreme side of Palestinian leadership, lauded the truck attack as “heroic.” (Yes, it takes a real hero to back up a truck and run over your victims. What courage.)

Similarly, Al Quds [Jerusalem] News posted a report, “Live from where the heroic incident took place in Occupied Jerusalem.” (See the link for more examples of Palestinian celebration, including passing out sweets in the streets.)

But this shouldn’t surprise us at all, since this is same leadership that names children’s schools after Palestinian terrorists who died in the course of their murderous acts, hailing them as martyrs. (Last October, the Palestinian Authority “dedicated a new school to the mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre …”)

This is the same leadership that pays salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists at a rate up to four-times the average Palestinian salary. This is the same leadership that sponsors summer camps for children where they learn the requisite skills for slaughtering Jews, also naming the camps after famous terrorists.

Over on the Iranian-run Press TV Facebook page, the hatred flowed freely, with a good number of commenters justifying the slaughter because these Israelis were in East Jerusalem, which they consider to be an illegal occupation. (Wait a minute. Didn’t the Obama administration just affirm that in the UN Security Resolution it allegedly helped craft?)

Comments on the Press TV page included:

“Sow the wind, reap the storm. Occupiers have no rights, only the obligation to go back to where they came from. The Israeli regime is responsible for the deaths of its citizens in this instance. There will never be peace on stolen land.”
“Palestinians have every right to self-defense. If they find IOF on their roads they must repeat this and should be encouraged.”
“I wish and pray there will be repetition of this incident at much much bigger scale which will wipe out brutal israel from world map, Insha Allah [God willing].”
“Good job … because its Israel problem killing innocent Palestinians every day no one criticise why…”
“Tonight I’m very happy after watching video, and I especially order for mutton biryani.”
“Hahaha look at the IDF soldiers. Muppets. I don’t support terrorism but at least this one did not kill any innocent woman or child and went straight for their killers!”
“Killing an oppressor is not being an extremist. These were occupation soldiers and were in the process of going to commit atrocities in Palestine. When the French resisted German occupation it was not called terrorism.”
“It is so good to hear this News.”
“Good work ever done by a true Muslim.”
“Kill them all.”
“The Zionists been ramming tents and makeshift shelters of innocent Palestinians for the past 70 years no problem, now that some Zionist soldiers rammed by Palestinian is good thing to happen.”
“One sure remedy — ‘Get out of Palestine’ — back to your Ghettos.”

I have no doubt that there are Palestinians who have been mistreated by Israeli soldiers and for that reason, harbor intense hatred against the people of Israel. As a friend of Israel, I say: Let the injustices be exposed and rectified. And certainly, many Palestinians are shocked and grieved over the death of these young people.

I also recognize that there are right-wing extremists in Israel who have engaged in terrorist acts against Palestinians (like the infamous Baruch Goldstein), and I know that some of these extremists consider Palestinians (and even all non-Jews) to be less human, even saying that the only good Arab is a dead Arab.

But this represents the extreme fringe of the extreme fringe, and if an Israeli rammed a truck into a crowd of young Palestinians, there would be national outrage in Israel (and the worldwide Jewish community), the government would immediately and unconditionally condemn the killer and look to arrest any accomplices, and there would be a sense of shame rather than glee through the country.

But when Jewish blood is shed by a radical Islamic terrorist — in particular Israeli blood, especially the blood of an Israeli soldier — then celebration erupts among Jew-haters worldwide.

Time to pass out the candy and rejoice.

This is beyond sick. (For more from the author of “The Sickening Nature of Anti-Israel Hatred” please click HERE)

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Palestinian’s Threaten ‘Bloodshed’ After Trump Promises to Move Israeli Embassy

A prominent member of Fatah — the militant political organization that governs Palestinian areas of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas — has threatened to target the United States in response to the potential American embassy move from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Jerusalem, its capital city.

“I believe that any American act of stupidity will ignite the Palestinian territories,” Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu al-Einein said on Alghad TV, in comments translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The Palestinian official, who serves as an aide to Mahmoud Abbas, added: “We must prepare for a confrontation with the new U.S. administration, which has clearly and audaciously declared that Israel and its settlements are legitimate and legal.”

If President-elect Donald Trump chooses to move the embassy to Jerusalem — which he has pledged to do — both Israel and America “will bear responsibility for the return of the bloodshed in the Palestinian territories,” Abbas threatened.

Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, expects to take up his new post in the Israeli capital.

Sultan Abu al-Einein is well-known for his incitement to terrorist activity. In June, he advised fellow Palestinians, “Every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat,” per Palestinian Media Watch, stressing that killing innocent Jews is an Islamic duty. In 2014, he said that killing Jewish rabbis while they pray is “Allah’s will.”

Fatah, the supposed “moderate” Palestinian organization, has long been associated with terrorist activities. “Fatah” is a reverse acronym of an Arabic phrase meaning “conquest by means of jihad,” and has been responsible for dozens of jihadist attacks over past decades.

The group’s most infamous act of terror occurred during the 1972 Munich Olympics, when its Black September brigade murdered 11 Israeli coaches and athletes at the Summer Games. (For more from the author of “Palestinian’s Threaten ‘Bloodshed’ After Trump Promises to Move Israeli Embassy” please click HERE)

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Obama and Israel, From 2008 to 2016: A Story of Betrayal and Reversal

In June, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a stirring speech to AIPAC, making strong commitments to the Jewish people and Israel. In December, 2016, President Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an important policy speech that directly contradicted some of candidate Obama’s words. The contrast is striking, unnerving, and downright hypocritical.

To be fair, there is some consistency between the speeches, as both advocate a two-state solution, among other parallels. And on a certain level, President Obama has kept some of the commitments he made to Israel, including massive defense contracts and military aid. And it is true that, until last week, Obama had not allowed the UN Security Council to pass any anti-Israel resolutions.

Still, reading Obama’s 2008 speech in light of the last 8 years is a real shocker. Consider the following.

In 2008, candidate Obama pledged:

As president, I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. And I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency. I will take an active role, and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of peace from the start of my administration.

Ironically, he has done the opposite, not only failing to move the peace process forward but rather, in “the waning days of [his] presidency,” taking aggressive steps to undermine the peace process and to betray Israel. (It’s even possible that before the transfer of power, he will lash out at Israel once more.)

Dividing Jerusalem

In 2008, Obama declared that, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

This week, John Kerry declared that a peace agreement would “provide an agreed resolution for Jerusalem as the internationally recognized capital of the two states, and protect and assure freedom of access to the holy sites consistent with the established status quo.”

He added, “Most acknowledge that Jerusalem should not be divided again like it was in 1967, and we believe that.” But, he continued, “At the same time, there is broad recognition that there will be no peace agreement without reconciling the basic aspirations of both sides to have capitals there.”

Well, here’s a note from Jerusalem to our Secretary of State and President: You cannot have it both ways. Either Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel or it is the divided capital of Israel and Palestine. And if Jerusalem is to be the undivided capital of Israel, then Mr. Kerry has no reason to protest strongly the relocation of our embassy to Jerusalem, which he did this week as well.

Joel Pollack also points out that “through the Obama administration’s acceptance of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 last Friday,” America now “regards the Israel presence in East Jerusalem as ‘settlements’ that are in ‘flagrant violation of international law.’” This means that, “Effectively, the Obama administration has allowed the Palestinians to claim East Jerusalem as their own, with the option of negotiating that claim away. The starting point of negotiations is now a division of Jerusalem ‘like it was in 1967.’”

Dealing with Iran, Endangering Israel

Getting back to 2008, while pledging to work diplomatically with Iran rather than militarily against Iran, candidate Obama was very clear about the danger Iran presented, stating, “There is no greater threat to Israel — or to the peace and stability of the region — than Iran.”

He continued:

The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. Its president denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.

I doubt that anyone listening to his speech in 2008 would have imagined that he would end up striking such a disastrous deal with Iran, one that not only rewarded the Iranians with billions of dollars, some of which would be used to fund terrorism — Kerry himself admitted to this explicitly — but one which also gave them a clear path to nuclear development in the coming years. Is this not the height of betrayal?

But there’s more. In 2008, then Senator Obama said:

I have long understood Israel’s quest for peace and need for security. But never more so than during my travels there two years ago. Flying in an [Israeli Defense Forces] helicopter, I saw a narrow and beautiful strip of land nestled against the Mediterranean. On the ground, I met a family who saw their house destroyed by a Katyusha rocket. I spoke to Israeli troops who faced daily threats as they maintained security near the blue line. I talked to people who wanted nothing more simple, or elusive, than a secure future for their children.

Yet in 2011, President Obama briefly suggested that Israel return to its totally indefensible pre-1967 borders, which would reduce this “narrow and beautiful strip of land” to as few as 9 miles wide, thereby committing national suicide. And in 2015, it was reported that “President Barack Obama is considering agreeing to a United Nations Security Council resolution ‘embodying the principles of a two-state solution that would be based on the pre-1967 lines between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip and mutually agreed swaps,’ a senior administration official has told the New York Times.”

Will something like this be the last element in the president’s parting shots against Israel?

Obama Teams with Palestinians for the Anti-Israel UN Security Resolution

Making things even worse is the very strong evidence that the Obama administration worked directly with Palestinian leadership to craft and advance the recent UN Security Council resolution, despite the administration’s denials. Evidence includes: 1) discussion months in advance by political pundits that this was one of the options being discussed by the administration (how did they know this?); 2) Prime Minister Netanyahu stating unequivocally that America was behind the resolution, which he would hardly do without “rather ironclad information”; and 3) an Egyptian paper releasing transcripts of a purported meeting between Kerry and Palestinian officials from early December, planning out the strategy.

This is just part of what makes President Obama’s final actions so shameful and why Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was right to say that has Obama “demonized Israel little by little.”

So much for the man who said in 2008 that he spoke “as a true friend of Israel,” explaining, “And I know that when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever.”

As the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies? (For more from the author of “Obama and Israel, From 2008 to 2016: A Story of Betrayal and Reversal” please click HERE)

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How Republicans Can Stop Obama’s Jihad Against Israel

Republicans who are looking to commence 2017 with a bang now have an opportunity to put Democrats on defense on the very first day of the new Congress. Together with repealing Obamacare, defunding both the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations would go a long way to creating real change before Trump is even sworn into office.

Obama literally collaborates with terrorists against Israel

At this point, it is no longer an exaggeration to suggest that Obama is more anti-Israel than many Arab heads of state. While many Arab leaders now recognize that both Iran and Sunni grassroots uprisings pose a greater threat to regional and global stability — even in their minds — than the state of Israel, Obama is literally working with Islamo-fascists to destroy Israel.

According to The Times of Israel, the Egyptian Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper is now confirming Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allegation that the Obama administration orchestrated the UN gang rape of Israel. They obtained a transcript of a meeting between Kerry and Palestine Liberation Organization officials in early December showing the Secretary Kerry pledging support for a UN assault on Israel.

After eight years of this maniacal administration, there is no denying the fact that this man is either an Islamo-fascist sympathizer or he hates Israel enough that he is willing to work with terrorists against them.

Let’s be very clear: the Palestinian Authority (sanitized from its previous name, “Palestine Liberation Organization”) shares the same fundamental ideology as Al Qaeda and all the other Sunni Islamist groups. And it’s not just because of their unity government with Hamas. The ruling Fatah Party just held new elections and the top two spots for its central committee went to Marwan Barghouti and Jibril Rajoub. Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for orchestrating multiple terror attacks during the Second Intifada (Israel doesn’t administer the death penalty). Rajoub, who is currently a senior official in Abbas’s government, once said that if he had a nuclear bomb he would not hesitate to drop it on Israel.

Yes, folks, these are the people who will be leading any negotiation for “peace” when current Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas retires, not that he was any better. And these are the people with whom John Kerry is plotting to destroy Israel.

Indeed, these people have never changed since their “PLO” days. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31, 1977, the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said the following:

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

Nothing has changed since their days in exile other than their candor.

Time for Congress to go on offense

Obviously, the U.S. policy towards Israel is expected to shift dramatically when Trump is sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. However, these is legitimate concern that Obama and Kerry will spend the next few weeks delegitimizing Israel’s sovereignty over the land west of the Jordan River. Doing so would lay the groundwork for an international excommunication of Israel at the January 15 conference in Paris.

This is where Republicans in Congress must step up to the plate.

Congress begins its new session next Tuesday, almost three weeks before Trump is sworn into office. What better way to begin this new era than by putting Democrats on defense on a 62-15% issue with the American public. Democrat leaders in Congress continue to express faux outrage over Obama’s treatment of Israel. However, as they have done throughout Obama’s tenure, and particularly with regards to the Iran alliance, their outrage never translates into action. Now, Republicans will have an opportunity to drive a wedge between the different factions of the party by forcing them to pick a side.

Instead of passing some vacuous resolution, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (F, 40%) should immediately move legislation with teeth to cut funding to the U.N. and the PLO until the UN resolution is repealed and until the PLO changes its leadership structure. The best way to counter Obama’s plan to delegitimize Israel is to delegitimize the notion of an Arab Palestinian authority west of the Jordan River and defang the U.N. of any moral authority to bolster such an entity. The tortured soul of Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (F, 2%) who is now the Democrat Senate leader, will be forced to pick a side once and for all.

For starters, Republicans can pass the The Palestinian Accountability Act (H.R. 1337), which would suspend our $500 million in annual aid to the PLO. It would also suspend $250 million in American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that harbors Palestinian terrorists under the guise of humanitarian aid, until they are completely reformed.

Congress should also consider The PLO Accountability Act (H.R. 4522 and S. 2537), sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. (F, 24%), and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (A, 94%), which would close all PLO offices in our country until they stop inciting and funding terror. Under existing law, they should not be able to operate diplomatically on our shores, but Bill Clinton gave them a waiver in 1994 to set up shop. Now is a good time to correct the 22-year mistake.

There will be many issues that divide various Republican factions as we enter 2017. This is an issue, however, that unites Republicans of all stripes and divides Democrats. Republicans would go a long way in eschewing their reputation as the stupid party if they went on offense against Obama’s anti-Israel jihad. (For more from the author of “How Republicans Can Stop Obama’s Jihad Against Israel” please click HERE)

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