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Who's afraid of a Jewish nation-state?

November 24, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

After the approval of the "Jewish state bill" by the cabinet on Sunday, Israel's Left now finds itself in quite a tizzy. Furious with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for daring to underscore the Jewishness of the State of Israel, various liberal leaders are foaming at the mouth, their hyperbole matched only by their hubris.

Writing in Haaretz, former education minister Yossi Sarid warned that "we have reached the end of our democratic rope," while Science Minister Yaakov Peri said that the bill reminded him of "countries that took upon themselves Sharia law." Meretz leader Zahava Gal-On went even further, blasting it as "a crime against Israeli democracy" and "one of the blackest stains in Israel's law books."

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A Palestinian pogrom in Jerusalem

November 19, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

Yesterday morning, two Palestinian Arabs entered the Kehillat Yaakov yeshiva and synagogue complex in Jerusalem and proceeded to slaughter Jewish men at prayer.

Armed with guns, knives and a meat cleaver, our "partners in peace" shot, slashed and stabbed their victims, leaving pools of blood and horror in their wake, before being eliminated by the police.

It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable deed.

This act of Palestinian brutality was so heinous that even Israelis hardened by decades of terror responded with disbelief. Indeed, anyone still thinking of giving the Palestinians a state should take a long, hard look at the disturbing photos of the synagogue slaughter that are circulating online.

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From Gaza to Catalonia: Europe's insufferable hypocrisy

November 11, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Saturday, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini set a world record for diplomatic duplicity and haste. Barely seven days after assuming her new post, the former Italian foreign minister rushed to pay a visit to Gaza and Ramallah, where she managed to call for the division of Jerusalem, denounce housing construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria, and insist on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Swedish meatballs, moose and the Middle East

November 4, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

In an act of inexplicable folly, the Swedish government decided last week to formally recognize a state that does not exist, has no finite borders and which fails to meet even the minimal criteria for statehood under international law.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom announced that, "Today, the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine. It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination."

While three other European Union (EU) countries – Hungary, Slovakia and Poland – already recognize a Palestinian state, they took this step prior to becoming members.

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Political correctness and Islam

October 28, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

For much of the past 13 years, ever since al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the West has found itself confronting an increasingly dangerous foe in the form of jihadist terror.

From New York to London to Madrid, Islamic extremists have carried out brazen attacks, targeting airplanes, public transportation and, of course, innocent civilians.

They have left a trail of tragedy and bloodshed and it would appear that the struggle to defeat them is far from over.

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