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The media's denigration derby vs. Netanyahu

January 27, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

With just seven weeks to go before voters head to the polls, Israel's largely left-wing media has gone on a rampage.

Tossing aside any pretense of objectivity, a slew of prominent journalists and media outlets are doing everything in their power to demonize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and evict him from office.

No method is regarded as too malicious, nor is any criticism deemed too cruel in the battle to bring down Israel's premier.

Netanyahu's critics have adopted a slash and burn attitude, and woe to anyone who stands in their way.

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The gall of the Gauls

January 13, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

For the past few days, the world's attention has been focused on Paris, where a band of Islamic terrorists went on a rampage, attacking the offices of a satirical magazine and a kosher market and brutally snuffing out the lives of 17 innocent people. Millions of people took to the streets on Sunday, together with dozens of world leaders, in a "unity march," as cries of "we are not afraid" echoed down the avenues and boulevards of the City of Lights.

It was an impressive display, with all the theatrics and emotion of a Victor Hugo novel, and for a brief moment it appeared that perhaps, at last, France was awakening to the threat posed by Islamic extremism.

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The lessons of Fatah Day

January 6, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

On December 31, the Palestinians provided yet another compelling example of why peace in the Middle East remains so stubbornly elusive.

Even as much of the world was preparing to celebrate the onset of 2015, Palestinian chairman Mahmoud Abbas presided over a ceremony in Ramallah with a decidedly less laudable goal: commemorating the 50th anniversary of Fatah's first terrorist attack against Israel.

That's right. The man who speaks to Western leaders and audiences about the need for reconciliation, the leader who visits foreign capitals and convenes press conferences to pose as a proponent of peace, spent his day celebrating five decades of violence and bloodshed.

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A diplomatic terrorist attack at the UN

December 30, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

In the next few days, the United Nations Security Council is slated to vote on a resolution drafted by the Palestinians and submitted by Jordan which aims to force Israel out of Judea and Samaria by 2017 and create a Palestinian state.

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A Maccabean solution for the Gaza Strip

December 23, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Friday, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel without any provocation, setting off air-raid sirens and rekindling fears of a return to this past summer's hostilities.

Indeed, although barely four months have passed since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas is said to be actively preparing for the next round of conflict, rebuilding its network of terror tunnels and working to improve the accuracy of its arsenal.

It is no wonder, then, that Israel's Military Intelligence is forecasting a possible resumption of fighting in 2015.

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