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Spring 2016

Israel - Beyond the Headlines

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Reversing Israel on the Golan Heights

by Shoshana Bryen
May 5, 2016 | American Thinker

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who held the April UN Security Council presidency, announced last week that the status of the Golan Heights "remains unchanged." That is, of course, true - like the old "Saturday Night Live" running gag, "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." Thus begins another round of UN condemnation of Israel.

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Indigenous in Jerusalem

by David M. Weinberg
Spring 2016 | inFocus Quarterly

The discovery of Hezekiah's royal seal impression in the Ophel excavations "vividly brings to life the Biblical narratives about King Hezekiah, and the activity conducted during his lifetime in Jerusalem's Royal Quarter," says the Hebrew University.

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Israel, Turkey, Russia, Egypt and the Kurds

by Shoshana Bryen
April 19, 2016 | Gatestone Institute

Turkish sources assert that Turkish-Israeli governmental relations are about to come out of the deep freeze. But this is a reflection of Turkey's regional unpopularity and glides over Turkish demands for Israel to end the blockade of Gaza. To meet Turkey's condition, Israel would have to abandon the security arrangement it shares with Egypt -- which has increased Israel's security and has begun to pay regional dividends. To restore full relations between Israel and Turkey would irritate Russia, with which Israel has good trade and political relations, and a respectful series of understandings regarding Syria. Israel's relations with the Kurds are also at issue here.

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The U.S. and Israel: Shared Culture, Common Destiny

by Senator Pat Toomey
Spring 2016 | inFocus Quarterly

The United States and Israel share a unique strategic partnership and friendship. This relationship started in the early years of the Jewish State when President Harry Truman proudly recognized the State of Israel. As Truman's White House counsel Clark Clifford declared:

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The Perils of Not Listening to Iran

by Shoshana Bryen
April 7, 2016 | Gatestone Institute

Supporters of President Obama's Iran deal (JCPOA) are starting to worry -- but that is because they believed him when his lips moved. They heard "snapback sanctions" and pretended those were an actual "thing." They are not, and never were. They heard Treasury Secretary Jack Lew say the U.S. would never allow Iran access to dollar trading because of the corruption of the Iranian banking system and Iranian support for terrorism -- and they wanted to believe him. And sanctions? The administration said that sanctions related to non-nuclear Iranian behavior -- support for terrorism, ballistic missile development, and more -- would be retained.

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Time to Consider the ISIS Internal Security Threat

by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
April 4, 2016 | American Thinker

Do you know who is selling you that souvenir T-shirt in the airport? You might want to.

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Soldier Killed in Iraq Identified

by Michael Johnson
May 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

The U.S. Navy SEAL who died Tuesday while assisting Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq was identified by the Pentagon on Wednesday. Officials said that Charlie Keating, 31, died after coming under Islamic State (IS) fire near the city of Irbil.

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Boko Haram Video Shows Kidnapped Girls

by Michael Johnson
April 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

A new video surfaced Thursday reportedly showing 15 of the more than 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. April 15th marks the second anniversary of their abduction from the town of Chibok.

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Ceasefire Holds in Nagorno-Karabakh

by Michael Johnson
April 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

A fragile ceasefire between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijan appears to have held on Wednesday, four days after fighting erupted. Regional leaders hope the agreement will end the worst outbreak of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh seen over the past two decades.

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Student's Death Highlights Oppression in Egypt

by Michael Johnson
March 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

The family of an Italian Ph.D. student found dead in the outskirts of Cairo last month threatened to release photos of his badly-beaten body during a news conference Tuesday. Giulio Regeni's mother hopes the move will pressure the Egyptian government into completing a thorough and honest investigation into her son's death.

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Gulf States Designate Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

by Michael Johnson
March 4, 2016 at 10:20 am

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced Wednesday that it had designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying the group posed a threat to the "Arab national security." The declaration marks the latest in a series of moves by the Sunni-led governments of the GCC to undermine the influence of Iran and its Shiite proxies.

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Oil Ministers Seek Production Cap, Rebound

by Michael Johnson
February 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Some of the world's largest oil exporting nations agreed on a plan to limit oil output during an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting Tuesday in Doha, Qatar. The group seeks to raise the historically low price of crude, but a resurgent Iran sought to undermine the cartel's decision for its own political aims.

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