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When will it end?

  In a year in which the United Nations and numerous Arab nations have blamed Israel for violence in the Middle East, her Arab enemies have committed a horrific terrorist attack against the Jewish people. This time, four soldiers were killed, and 17 others... read more

A New Low

Unfortunately, we seem to have reached a new low in U.S.-Israeli relations. With less than a month to go before the end of the Obama administration, Secretary of State John Kerry defended our nation’s deeply troubling decision to not veto–and instead abstain from... read more

An Unprecedented Act Against Israel

In an unprecedented act against the State of Israel, the United States abstained from voting on UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on December 23. This led to a 14-to-0 approval by the UN of the resolution, which denies the legal validity of Israel’s West Bank and... read more

Why Some Are Concerned for Israel’s Security Assistance

Two major Israeli news sources are reporting concern among the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) over possible cuts in U.S. defense aid. The U.S. currently gives $3.3 billion to Israel each year. That figure is set to increase to $3.8 billion in 2018. Though President-elect... read more

A New Report Warns of a Possible Second Arab Spring

A new report released this week by the United Nations warns of the possibility of a second “Arab Spring” that may well have implications for Israeli safety and security. Called the Arab Development Report, the paper focuses on the future of young Arabs aged 19 to 26,... read more

Israel’s Trial by Fire

Suicide bombers, rocket attacks, and bus bombings apparently aren’t enough. Now, many in Israel believe its enemies are trying to burn the nation to the ground. A wave of 1,773 fires driven by unseasonably hot, dry, and windy weather have swept across Israel in the... read more

This Threat Has Not Gone Unnoticed

UNESCO, the United Nations agency charged with dealing with cultural heritage sites, is at it again. Almost one year ago to the day, I warned readers in this space of plans by UNESCO to pass a resolution officially declaring Jerusalem’s Western Wall a part of the... read more

The Orlando Attack Was a Sobering Reminder

I’ve rarely been so sad to be proven correct.   The Orlando attack represents the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11   On numerous occasions my guests and I have warned viewers of our daily Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis broadcast that... read more

Terror in Tel Aviv

First they ordered dessert, then they started shooting. Wednesday’s terror attack in an upscale Tel Aviv restaurant has been condemned by the world, while Gaza celebrated.

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New York City’s annual “Celebrate Israel Parade” also celebrated NY Gov. Cuomo’s executive order prohibiting the state from doing business with companies boycotting Israel through BDS.

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