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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Hogan's a Hero

June 7, 2024  •  The Washington Examiner

Maryland Republicans did something unusual recently. In nominating former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for the Senate, they selected a candidate for federal office with a chance to win. Maryland, a liberal state with a large population of government employees, has not voted for a Republican for president since 1988. And Maryland has not had a GOP senator since the liberal Republican Charles Mathias retired in 1987.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

We must become October 8 Jews

June 4, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

The Hamas massacre of October 7 shattered many myths and conceptions. One of them is the liberal progressive dream of Zionism being rooted in a shared sense of social justice.

However, instead of waking up to the falsehoods they have been telling themselves, that their liberal allies would stand with them because of a common devotion to liberalism, these Jewish progressives were shocked to learn that "death to Jews" means all Jews, on and off campus.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

The Policies That Are Killing Israeli Soldiers

June 1, 2024  •  Commentary

Three soldiers from Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were killed on May 28, when they encountered a Hamas booby trap in a building in Rafah. In a separate incident, three other soldiers were killed in a Hamas improvised explosive device (IED) attack on May 18.

The Hamas terrorist organization is undeniably the culprit. And the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hamas's top military patron, bears significant responsibility, too. But this is also the unfortunate result of Biden Administration policies that have put Israeli soldiers in greater danger.

To understand why the White House bears some responsibility, we need only look back upon U.S. Gaza policy over the last three months.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Remembering when the US pushed for Israel to annex the Gaza Strip

May 31, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

Amid the Biden administration's intensifying browbeating of Israel over the war in Gaza, it will probably strike many as difficult to believe that there was once a time when Washington was in favor of the Jewish state annexing the territory.

But however far-fetched it might sound, it is a historical fact that 75 years ago this month, that is precisely what happened.

There is much to be learned from this largely forgotten episode, which came ever so close to resolving the status of Gaza and formally incorporating it into Israel.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Failed State From The Start: Why A Sovereign Palestine Isn't Happening Any Time Soon

May 31, 2024  •  The Hill

On May 22, the prime ministers of Spain, Norway and Ireland held a joint press conference formally announcing that their governments were poised to recognize a sovereign Palestinian state. The move, though largely symbolic, is fraught with significance, coming amid Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip (and clearly intended to influence it). As a practical matter, it is also decidedly dangerous — first and foremost, for the Palestinians themselves. Set aside for a moment the moral dimensions of rewarding Hamas's October 7 atrocities with Palestinian sovereignty. The other problem, which does not get nearly enough attention, is the new legal and political status quo that would prevail between Israel and the Palestinians once statehood kicks in.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Europe's Hamasniks: UN, Norway, Spain, Ireland and others back the terrorists

May 29, 2024  •  The Washington Times

The flag of the United Nations was flown at half-staff last week to honor the late Ebrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran who perished in a helicopter crash.

Known at home as the "Butcher of Tehran," he was responsible for torturing and brutally executing thousands of Iranian political prisoners, minorities, and women. The regime he served supports Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Houthi rebels of Yemen.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his "sincere condolences" for Mr. Raisi. The U.N. Security Council, at the request of Russia, China, and Algeria, held a moment of silence for the neo-imperialist theocrat. America's representative dutifully stood for the ceremony.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany's Woke Government Wavers as Islamists Declare Holy War

May 19, 2024  •  National Review

The German government's laissez-faire approach to Islamism has moved the problem into a taboo zone that has strengthened the Islamists.

More than a thousand Islamic extremists recently marched through the streets of Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city, demanding that the European Union's most populous and powerful country be reconstituted as an Islamic state governed by sharia. The demonstration, organized by a fast-growing Islamist group called Muslim Interaktiv, was allowed to proceed after left-wing parties in Hamburg's legislature rejected a petition by right-wing parties to prohibit the event.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

How Hamas Saved Egypt

May 15, 2024  •  Tablet

Last fall, Egypt was on the brink of economic collapse. A decade of debt-fueled spending on a pharaonic-scale had emptied its Central Bank coffers. By February, Cairo's public debt was 89% of its gross domestic product. External debt had soared to 46% of GDP. The pound, its currency, was one of the world's worst performing. Unable to import supplies and repatriate profits, foreign companies were leaving, or threatening to leave Egypt in droves. Annual inflation was over 35%, and double that for some food staples. Egypt seemed on the verge of a sovereign default—its first ever.

Then came Oct. 7.

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller M.D.

Mask Up Again? As COVID Cases Rise, Look To Science And Not Pundits or Politicians
Politicizers and minimizers of the pandemic continue to spread disinformation about both the effectiveness and safety of masks

September 7, 2023  •  American Council on Science & Health

I can't believe we're having this discussion in September 2023, just as the fall respiratory virus season commences and we're experiencing a new wave of COVID-19, but the politicizers of COVID won't let up. Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) this week introduced legislation that "would prohibit any federal official, including the President, from issuing mask mandates applying to domestic air travel, public transit systems, or primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools."

There was also the ill-timed article by John Tierney in City Journal on August 27th claiming that "maskaholics are incorrigible" and everyone should reject masks because "we're rational."

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Latest from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog

The Tribal Uprising Against the Syrian Democratic Forces in Dayr al-Zur: Interview

September 4, 2023

While the ongoing protests in Syria's southern province of al-Suwayda' against the Syrian government and its policies are noteworthy, the tribal uprising in the eastern countryside of the eastern province of Dayr al-Zur against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is arguably of greater significance, as it amounts to an actual armed revolt that has posed a serious challenge to the SDF's authority over the area- an authority that was only established because of the American-led campaign against the Islamic State. In turn the revolt raises very serious issues about U.S. policy in the region and the supposed ongoing American mission to ensure the "enduring defeat" of the Islamic State.

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