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Pope Francis is aligning himself against Israel

May 19, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

In a treaty that was finalized in Rome last week, the Catholic Church fired the latest salvo in its 2,000-year-old struggle to disenfranchise the Jewish people. Meeting with Palestinian officials at the Vatican, church officials agreed to formally recognize the "State of Palestine" as part of a deal concerning Catholic activities in the Palestinian-controlled areas.

And just in case anyone failed to get the memo, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi went to the trouble of going on record as saying, "Yes, it's a recognition that the state exists."

This outrageous step is a severe blow to Catholic- Jewish relations and it cannot go unanswered.

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Do we take the Western Wall for granted?

May 17, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

It stands there silently, contemplatively, like a sentry guarding its post, projecting strength and a dramatic sense of history even as it invokes our deepest longings regarding Jewish destiny.

As the best-known site in all of Jerusalem, it is a symbol that resonates profoundly and sometimes inscrutably in the heart of all those who feel the softness of its touch.

Indeed, for those of us born after the miraculous events of the Six Day War, it is hard to conceive of a time when the Western Wall was defiled and unreachable, languishing despondently under foreign rule.

We visit it whenever we wish, free to recite any prayer, and to offer as much praise or shed as many tears as our hearts might desire.

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Just say no to 'Land for Terror'

May 12, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

Although Israel's new government has yet to be formally sworn in, international pressure on the Jewish state to resume peace talks with the Palestinians is already beginning to mount.

Over the weekend, an unnamed Palestinian official told the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper that Western diplomats are pushing to arrange a joint meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

And on Friday, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, congratulated Netanyahu on forming a coalition, but stressed the need "to re-launch the Palestinian/Israeli peace negotiations as soon as possible."

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Address the challenges facing Ethiopian immigrants

May 5, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Sunday night, the heart of Tel Aviv was transformed into a war zone. It was hard to watch the painful scenes from Rabin Square, where police deployed water cannons and stun grenades as a peaceful rally by Ethiopian Israelis devolved into chaos.

Nonetheless, the violence that erupted should hardly come as a surprise.

Given the failures that have characterized efforts to integrate Ethiopian Jews into the Jewish state, the turmoil that ensued was as predictable as it was lamentable.

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Expose the Saudi connection to 9/11

April 28, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

It may be hard to fathom, but more than 13 years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the public is still being kept in the dark about a critical issue related to the events of that dreadful day.

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