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Malarkey detectors and the Temple Mount

July 20, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Since the beginning of the week, Palestinian officials have been seeking to stir up violence and controversy, hurling invective at Israel over the decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

The Fatah Central Committee called for "a day of rage," Arab residents of the Old City have denounced the measure as an "act of war" and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah labeled the move "gross aggression" and "dangerous."

Don't let the overblown rhetoric fool you. The real menace to peace is not tighter security at the holy site, but rather looser lips among the Palestinian leadership.

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Rock & Roll Zionism

June 18, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Of all the places in the world to experience a Zionist rite of passage, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland would appear to be the most unlikely of locations.

Walking the halls adorned by memorabilia such as Elvis Presley's golden jacket, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust suit and John Cougar Mellencamp's motorcycle, it is remarkably easy to get pulled into a vortex of American nostalgia inspired by some of the most dazzling musical hits of the past half-century.

As someone whose pop music tastes are largely confined to that greatest of decades, the 1980s, I suddenly found myself drifting, wistfully carried back in time by familiar melodies to a world that once was.

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Bring the Lod Airport massacre culprit to justice

June 1, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Somewhere outside of Beirut, a 69-year old Japanese man is quietly living out his life in rest and leisure.

Enjoying a periodic swim in the Mediterranean when he isn't relaxing on a sofa and watching television from his home country, he is said to enjoy a good bowl of rice each morning to start off his day.

But this is not your typical expat retiree, someone who deserves to spend his waning years in tranquility after a long and meaningful career. Our subject's name is Kozo Okamoto, and 45 years ago this week he participated in one of the bloodiest and most shocking terror attacks against innocent civilians in the early 1970s – the Lod Airport Massacre.

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Recalling the menace of May 1967

May 18, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, it is perhaps only natural that our focus is primarily on the miraculous outcome of the June 1967 Six Day War. After 1,900 years of yearning, the Jewish people were at last reunited with the heart of our ancestral homeland, when Divine providence granted Israel a resounding victory over our adversaries.

For the first time since the Roman legions under Titus set Jerusalem aflame, holy places such as the Temple Mount, Shiloh and Hebron were once again under full Jewish sovereignty and control.

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Why can't Jews pray freely in the Jewish state?

May 11, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

A series of troubling incidents in recent weeks has left little room for doubt that one of the central pillars upholding Israeli democracy is increasingly coming under assault.

Indeed, even as the Jewish state likes to boast abroad that every citizen enjoys freedom of worship and free access to the holy places, Israeli security forces have repeatedly curtailed the exercise of that right specifically when it comes to Jews.

This disconcerting development not only flies in the face of Jewish self-respect and common sense, but also runs counter to Israel's raison d'être, and it cannot be allowed to continue.

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