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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Why Egypt's Sisi should go to Israel

June 8, 2023  •  Washington Examiner

An Egyptian border guard shot and killed three Israeli soldiers at a Sinai border post on Saturday. The incident has shocked the Israeli public. And it has cast some doubt on the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, which has endured for more than three decades but is often characterized as cold.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi should seize the moment and pay his respects to the victims' families in Israel.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

The US State Department's occupied territory

June 4, 2023  •  Jerusalem Post

Twice in the past 10 days, the US State Department has chosen to spend time, effort and hard-earned American taxpayer dollars publicly bashing Israel.

And in a world so rife with problems, with Russia attacking the Ukraine, North Korea threatening to launch ballistic missiles near Japan, and Iran advancing toward the nuclear threshold, what is it that seems to have ruffled the feathers of America's diplomats so much? The reopening of a small yeshiva in Homesh in northern Samaria. I kid you not.

Homesh was one of four Jewish communities in Samaria that were destroyed by the Sharon government during the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

In fantasy of multipolarity, new world order would be dominated by Chinese Communists

May 30, 2023  •  The Washington Times

At the conclusion of its summit in Hiroshima earlier this month, the Group of Seven issued a communique calling attention to China's "malign practices." That prompted spokesmen for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to complain about the G-7's "Cold War mentality."

You've got to admire the audacity.

Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese ruler since Mao Zedong, is building his military capabilities at breakneck speed. He formed a "no limits" alliance with Vladimir Putin days before Russian tanks invaded Ukraine.

He stripped Hong Kong of its freedoms in violation of Beijing's treaty obligations. He persecutes Tibetans, Uyghurs, and other minorities. He threatens Taiwan.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Backing Russia Is Costing China In Europe

May 30, 2023  •  Foreign Policy

Last month, China's special representative for Eurasian affairs, Li Hui, visited Kyiv, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, and Brussels with "a clear message": European governments should view Beijing as an alternative to Washington, and recognize Ukrainian territories seized by Moscow as belonging to Russia in order to quickly end the war. These overtures fit a larger pattern; for some time now, in its dealings with Europe, China has promoted the concept of "strategic autonomy" from the United States, arguing that the continent should go its own way in international affairs. For Beijing, dividing the United States and Europe makes good strategic sense, since it would weaken the Western bloc and enhance China's influence on the world stage. The concept of strategic autonomy also appeals to like-minded political elements in Europe who have long sought, albeit for very different reasons, to pull Brussels and Washington apart. Some European leaders are on board. Following his recent trip to China, French President Emmanuel Macron argued that Europe faces a "great risk" of getting "caught up in crises that are not ours, which prevents it from building its strategic autonomy." Those sentiments were, of course, promptly trumpeted by China's state media. But Macron's once mainstream views are now out of touch. Today, Europe is more united than at any time in recent memory—mostly as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Much to Beijing's chagrin, Moscow's campaign of aggression against its western neighbor has breathed new life into the NATO alliance and forged a durable consensus on the continent about the need to roll back Russia's advances and thwart its persistent imperialist impulses.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Biden should worry about angering Eric Adams
Look at the Carter-Koch feud

May 19, 2023  •  New York Post

President Joe Biden and Mayor Eric Adams' growing feud reflects significant differences in the political realities facing them.

As president, Biden has to manage the increasingly progressive left wing of the Democratic Party — its calls for decriminalization and decarceration, and limiting enforcement of illegal US border crossings.

As mayor, Adams is responsible for preserving order on the streets, and therefore must have tools for dealing with criminal behavior.

He must also find ways to limit the costly inflow of illegal migrants into New York.

Evidence of the feud is manifesting from both sides: Adams is now blasting Biden policies.

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller M.D.

The EPA uses shoddy science and the courts to drive activist regulation
Regulators' chicanery deprives farmers of safe, effective pesticides

May 19, 2023  •  Washington Examiner

During his long-overdue testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture in April, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan complained about anti-pesticide groups tying up his agency's resources via the courts, but he and his agency only have themselves to blame. The courts are forcing change largely because EPA invites lawsuits — perpetuating its reputation for a lack of scientific integrity in the process.

For years, anti-pesticide groups have sued EPA in the famously liberal 9th Circuit for allegedly making registration decisions without substantial scientific evidence, which would violate EPA's mandate under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act .

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

German Capital Lifts Hijab Ban on Public School Teachers

May 9, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Muslim teachers in Berlin, the German capital, have been authorized to wear Islamic headscarves in the classroom after a court determined that the city's religious neutrality law, which imposes a blanket ban on sectarian clothing and symbols in public schools, is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Muslim Brotherhood associated figures and organizations were instrumental in reversing the ban and are treating the decision as a major victory.

Berlin is one of eight German states with neutrality laws of this type. Berlin's abandonment of this measure is likely now to lead to Islamist efforts to rescind parallel laws in the other states.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

The Zionist dream at 75

April 25, 2023  •  JNS

Israel in 1948 was a manifestation of an ideal at the time it was created. Namely, this meant Jewish self-determination in their ancient homeland, a nation-state like all others, brought about by a liberation movement that worked with and ultimately against the world's greatest imperial power, and which was the culmination of decades of patient organizing and building, all set against the horrific backdrop of the Holocaust.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

What most analysts are still missing in leaked Pentagon documents case

April 11, 2023  •  Fox News

As a journalist, I sometimes favor leaks – even of classified material – since far too many mundane government documents continue to be classified top secret and Americans are often denied information they should have in the name of protecting national security.

But as an American who cares deeply both about the nation's global standing and Ukraine's survival, I'm worried about the mysterious leak of a cache of potentially hundreds of Pentagon documents marked "secret" and "top secret," but not for the reason most analysts now cite.

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