Category: Palestinians

It is tempting to view the Gilboa jailbreak as a tale from Chelm. But the negligence that allowed six top murderers to escape exposes abysmal political-conceptual dysfunction: The desperate desire to “avoid escalation” and not wanting “to heat things up.”
How to defend Israel: Do not claim victimhood or deny Israel’s power. After all, Israel is fighting Islamic jihadism just like the West.
The demand for “proportionality” in military conflict seems to be a nonsensical special law cynically applied only to Israel – as if Israel were in a sportsmanlike joust with Hamas.
The Emiratis and Bahrainis are paying the price for Israeli government malfeasance in handling Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount. The Wakf has been allowed to run wild, turning the holy site a base of hostile operations against Israelis, and now also against anybody who makes peace with Israel.
Whether Trump is reelected or replaced by Biden, many of the Trump administration’s novel Mideast policies should be adopted by the next administration, even if Democrats shrink from crediting Trump for any breakthroughs. The principles are in America’s best interests as well as Israel’s.
For European and other diplomats to continue to scurry about the region without pressing inevitable truths on the Palestinians is mischievous, at best. Dishing out some tough love and dialing down Palestinian expectations would be much more constructive.
The progressive Pope, Peter Beinart, seeks to denude the Jewish state of its rightful place among the nations. Alas, he seems to have decayed into a cocoon; inside a reactionary, defeatist brain that secretes poison. In this venal endeavor Beinart will fail.
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