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Thank you, Vice President Pence

January 28, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Standing at the podium in the Knesset this past Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence gave one of the most remarkable speeches about Israel ever delivered by a foreign dignitary.

Indeed, his message of support for the Jewish state was so heartfelt and genuine, and at times even lyrical, that anyone who cares about Israel's standing in the world should take 30 minutes out of his or her busy schedule to watch, listen and learn.

Condensed into that half-hour was a brilliant mix of principle and policy, history and hope, one that went far beyond the standard parameters of routine oratory.

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Time to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Terror Authority

January 14, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian gunman near Nablus (Shechem) unleashed a hail of 21 bullets at an Israeli car on Tuesday – an atrocity that should prompt a thorough reassessment of how Jerusalem and Washington view the hostile entity known as the Palestinian Authority.

With the pull of a trigger, the terrorist murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, turning his wife into a widow and his six small children – all under the age of 10 – into orphans, denying them the love of a father and destroying their innocence and childhood.

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When Trump tweets, let the Palestinians tremble

January 6, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Though the mainstream media loves to poke fun at US President Donald Trump's Twitter feed, his 280-character tweets often contain far more perspicacity than the entire contents of the editorial pages of the New York Times and Washington Post.

Indeed, in recent days, Trump has used the medium to highlight one of the most glaring inconsistencies in US foreign policy over the past two decades: Washington's peculiar penchant for handing over hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually to those who are hostile to America and its interests, such as Pakistan and the Palestinians.

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A slap across Israel's face

December 22, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

For the past several days, social media have been abuzz over a cringeworthy and infuriating video in which a Palestinian teenager in the village of Nabi Saleh pushes, slaps and kicks two Israeli soldiers, both of whom fail to respond.

Incredibly, despite the clear-cut story which the images tell, some observers have come out in praise of the two men in uniform, as though their passivity in the face of violence was something worthy of approval.

Nothing could be further from the truth and it is imperative that the IDF adjust its policy accordingly.

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Netanyahu shatters the myth of Israel's isolation

December 2, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Last week, after a flight carrying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed on the airport tarmac in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the enduring fables of Middle East lore was dealt a withering blow.

Upon disembarking, the premier of the Jewish state, often described as "isolated" in the international arena, was greeted with all the colorful pomp and ceremony of an honor guard, as the Israeli and Kenyan flags fluttered side by side.

The brief welcoming ceremony marked the start of a whirlwind trip during which Netanyahu met with 11 African leaders who had come to attend the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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