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There Can Be No Ceasefire in Gaza with Hamas in Power

by Con Coughlin  •  February 27, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • A short, temporary ceasefire might be achievable, so long as it requires Hamas to release all of the remaining Israeli hostages it is holding.

  • The Israeli people, irrespective of their political differences, will never accept any long-term deal that allows the terrorist masterminds of Hamas to remain in control of Gaza.

The Israeli people, irrespective of their political differences, will never accept any long-term deal that allows the terrorist masterminds of Hamas to remain in control of Gaza. Yahya Sinwar leader of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, shakes hands with a masked member of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza City on December 14, 2022. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images)

For all the various efforts world leaders are investing in arranging a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, they must understand there will be no genuine prospect of peace so long as Hamas terrorists retain control of Gaza.

Numerous options have been explored in recent weeks, ranging from the Biden administration's wide-ranging plan to address numerous regional issues, from the threat posed by Iran to reopening negotiations on Palestinian statehood, to the recent attempt by Arab nations, led by Algeria, to pass a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which was vetoed by Washington.

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Palestinians Need New Leaders, Not New Governments

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  February 26, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • The sole way to "revitalize" the Palestinian Authority is to insist that it rid itself of every leader who has failed his people and who remains in power, disregarding the will and interests of the people. That is hardly likely, at least not in the foreseeable future. No one is willingly going to forego perks and power. There is no way that Abbas or any of his senior aides are voluntarily going to step down.

  • Only a new and fresh leadership committed to reforms, democracy, and transparency has a chance of leading the Palestinians towards a better life. Sadly, leaders with such a portfolio are hard to come by in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • Any leader who comes through the US or Israel will be accused by Palestinians of being a traitor and collaborator with the enemies of the Palestinian people.

The assumption that 88-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will step down or agree to share power with others is a non-starter. Abbas, who was elected in 2005, is now in the 19th year of a four-year term. He has already proven that he does not care what others say about him. Pictured: Abbas appears to fall asleep during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron October 24, 2023 in Ramallah. (Photo by Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a famous Arab proverb, "A dog's tail is never straight." It is used to describe people who will never be cured of their bad habits.

This proverb comes to mind when one hears the US administration talking about the need for the "revitalization" of the Palestinian Authority (PA), established exactly 30 years ago in accordance with the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the PLO.

Since its inception, the Palestinian Authority has consistently dismissed demands to abandon its old habits: financial corruption, bad governance, and lack of freedom of speech and a free media. It is unrealistic to expect the Palestinian leadership to introduce meaningful changes in its style of governance and in its institutions.

The US administration seems to believe that the PA, once revamped, would be qualified to manage the civilian and security affairs of the Palestinians after the current Israel-Hamas war.

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Michigan Muslims Take Biden Hostage to Save Hamas

by Daniel Greenfield  •  February 26, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • Hamas may be losing in Gaza, but it's winning in Michigan.

  • [T]hey demonstrated that their only loyalty was to Islam and Muslim terrorists, not America or even the Democrats who brought them here, nurtured them and funded them.

  • At a recent speech, US Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaking in her native language, hailed Somalis as "people of one blood" and "people who know they are Somalians first".

  • Democrats are learning the hard way that their new Muslim constituency has no loyalties or allegiances to anything except, as Omar put it, "people of one blood" and, as has been made clear in Dearborn, people of the same religion. And the issue goes far beyond Israel.

  • The emerging narrative is that the Democrats aren't turning out voters because the party hasn't come out strongly enough in support of Hamas and against Israel. If the Democrats lose in 2024, that narrative will solidify and future Democratic Party presidential candidates will be warned to support Islamic terrorism and oppose those like Israel who resist it, or lose

  • A handful of Muslim settlers in Michigan built up their state within a state, they've taken the Democratic Party hostage and now intend to take the United States of America hostage.

US Rep. Rashida Tlaib is now the latest Michigan Muslim terror activist to urge Hamas supporters in the state to reject Biden in the primary by casting an "uncommitted" vote. Pictured: Tlaib addresses an anti-Israel protest at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 20, 2023. (Photo by Ali Khaligh/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

While Israeli commandos rescued a 70-year-old man and 60-year-old man who were being held hostage in Gaza, Hamas supporters in America were taking an 81-year-old man hostage in D.C.

Hamas may be losing in Gaza, but it's winning in Michigan.

US Rep. Rashida Tlaib is now the latest Michigan Muslim terror activist to urge Hamas supporters in the state to reject Biden in the primary by casting an "uncommitted" vote.

According to Tlaib, who became the only member of Congress to refuse to vote to condemn Hamas rapes of Jewish women, her goal is to "create a voting bloc" to stop Israel's campaign to take down the Islamic terror group.

The campaign, misleadingly titled "Listen to Michigan," to pressure Biden into saving Hamas, is being run by Layla Elabed, Tlaib's sister, and its spokesman is Abbas Alawieh, who had served as Tlaib's legislative director and then as US Rep. Cori Bush's chief of staff.

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'Killed Civilians, Raped Girls and Looted Homes': The Persecution of Christians, January 2024

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  February 25, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • "[T]he cause of her death remains uncertain," says the report by the British Asian Christian Association. This tragedy is not new to Pakistan.... many Christian girls and boys have been abducted in a similar manner and later found raped and murdered. — January 9, 2024, Pakistan.

  • "Islamic extremists or extremists within the Rapid Support Forces may be behind the incident.... These incidents create additional tension for the Christians in this area and bring back painful memories of the persecution they have faced for 30 years under former President Omar Al-Bashir." — Open Doors, January 24, 2024, Sudan.

On Sunday, January 28, two masked gunmen entered the Church of Santa Maria in Istanbul (pictured) and opened fire — turning an otherwise peaceful Catholic mass into a scene of horror. One man was killed and another wounded. (Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images)

The following are among the abuses and murders inflicted on Christians by Muslims throughout the month of January 2024.

The Slaughter of Christians

Nigeria: A few January headlines from the ongoing jihadist-genocide of Christians in the African nation follow:

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Ukraine: Putin's Mixed Messages

by Amir Taheri  •  February 25, 2024 at 4:30 am

  • If Russia wins, which means defeating NATO, it would be elevated to the position of top dog not only in Europe but on the global stage.

  • The message that takes shape is that notwithstanding his braggadocios, Putin is looking for a face-saving way out of a war that he must know he cannot win in conventional terms. In this war, Ukraine, or NATO, cannot surrender and Russia cannot throw in the towel without a cataclysmic change in its domestic politics.

What if the war is no longer about Ukraine, but what place Russia could and should have in the still chaotic process of reshaping a world order that no longer works? Pictured: Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to US talk show host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 6, 2024. (Photo by Gavriil Grigorov/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Two years already! And how much longer? This is what comes to mind as the war in Ukraine enters its third year with no prospect of an end in sight.

Because war is a matter of here-and-now, one shouldn't expect those who fight it to think of its aftermath. Belligerents who do so often end up losing the war. In the current war, the stakes are so high that imagining an end of it in terms of winner-and-loser is mind-boggling.

If Russia wins, which means defeating NATO, it would be elevated to the position of top dog not only in Europe but on the global stage.

On the other hand, if Russia loses, the defeat could unleash a process that could end up dismantling the rump version of the Tsarist Empire which Vladimir Lenin called "prison of nations."

So, what to do?

I believe that President Vladimir Putin is already thinking of a way out provided as, he has been saying on a number of occasions recently, his NATO adversaries accept a face-saving compromise.

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Tribute to Samuel Clemens, Pen Name Mark Twain

by Lawrence Kadish  •  February 25, 2024 at 4:00 am

Mark Twain, circa 1905. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Even before the Hamas atrocities of October 7, anti-Semitism was on the rise on college campuses across the United States. Jew-haters did not need Israel's military response to heap venom on Jews. It has always been there, taking many forms throughout history.

Yet there have always been strong, courageous voices outside the Jewish community that have pushed back against the bigotry.

Consider the essay of Mark Twain who, in 1899 wrote an essay in the publication Harper's that is relevant today as it was at the turn of that century. An excerpt reveals his insight:

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The EU's Complicity in Financing the Iranian Regime

by Majid Rafizadeh  •  February 24, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • Behind these seemingly benign economic [trade] transactions... lies a troubling reality: the funds generated from Europe's trade with Iran are being funneled into activities that are now prolonging violence and conflict, and posing a direct threat to European, Middle Eastern and North American security interests.... Since 2012, the Iranian regime has allocated more than $13 billion to support its network of proxies.

  • Iran's involvement in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, further underscores the malign use of funds derived from international trade. Iran has been supplying Russia with "hundreds of Iranian drones" via a direct route on the Caspian Sea, and, according to reports, "hundreds of ballistic missiles."

  • "Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to double the number of his country's troops stationed along its border with the Baltic states and Finland as part of Moscow's preparations for a potential military conflict with NATO within the next decade, Estonia's Foreign Intelligence Service said Tuesday." — USA Today, February 13, 2024.

  • It is a must that the EU takes decisive action to cut off the flow of funds to Iran and hold its regime accountable for its support of terrorism and international aggression. Only through robust and coordinated efforts can the EU effectively counter the Iranian regime's malign activities and safeguard the stability and security of the Middle East, Europe and the Free World.

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Trade between Iran and the European Union (EU) has flourished over the years; this economic and diplomatic partnership is a large part of what has been fueling the Ayatollahs' support for terrorist groups and undermining regional stability. In recent years, the extent of their trade has reached significant levels, with billions of euros exchanged in goods and services. Behind these seemingly benign economic transactions, however, lies a troubling reality: the funds generated from Europe's trade with Iran are being funneled into activities that are now prolonging violence and conflict across the Middle East and beyond.

According to Iran's Tasnim News, trade between Iran and EU member states has been on the rise:

"The Statistical Office of the European Union, Eurostat, in its latest report, said the monthly trade between Iran and the European Union registered a 24 percent growth.

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Palestinian Leaders Have Brought a Nakba to Their People

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  February 23, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • "Ending Hamas's rule is very good for everyone, even for Hamas itself. It will prevent Hamas from tampering with the Gaza Strip and will put an end to the torture and killing of the people of Palestine. Overthrowing Hamas and ending its coup in Palestine is important for every Palestinian and Arab." — Abdullah Ghanem al-Qahtani, Saudi social media influencer, X (twitter.com), February 20, 2024.

  • "We congratulate the leaders of Hamas and the [Iran-led] axis of resistance for the decisive victory they achieved over the Palestinian people in Gaza. They [Hamas leaders] have caused the extermination of the people, destroyed their homes and displaced them." — Ahmed al-Fifi, Saudi influencer, X (twitter.com), February 21, 2024.

  • As soon as the war ends, the Palestinians' first priority should be to replace the horrific leaders who have been dragging them from one nakba to another.

  • For the past three decades, Palestinian leaders have failed their people on an epic level. Instead of improving their lives, they have been radicalizing them.... Unless the Palestinians rid themselves of these despots, they will continue to pay with their lives and the lives of their children.

Instead of distancing themselves from Hamas, leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) continue to talk about achieving "unity" with the terror group. Asked about making common cause with a group that carried out atrocities against Israelis, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh indicated that the world needs to forget the massacre that took place on October 7. Pictured: Shtayyeh speaks during a December 11, 2023 interview that aired on Qatar's Al-Araby TV. (Image source: MEMRI)

Nearly four months after Hamas waged war on Israel, Palestinians and other Arabs are finally speaking out against the Iran-backed terror group, holding it responsible for bringing a new nakba (catastrophe) on the two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Despite the criticism, many Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip continue to support Hamas and would likely vote for it if there were an election.

Hamas sought to bring a nakba to Israel when its terrorists in the Gaza Strip crossed the border into Israel on October 7, 2023, murdering, beheading, raping, mutilating and burning alive some 1,200 Israeli men, women, and children.

Instead, Hamas, whose leaders are either hiding in tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip or in villas and five-star hotels in Qatar and the Middle East, ended up bringing a true nakba on the Palestinians.

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How the US Abandoned Israel under Biden

by Robert Williams  •  February 22, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • "Israel must again be a safe place for the Jewish people. And I promise you: We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that it will be." — US President Joe Biden, October 18, 2023.

  • It did not take long, however, for the Biden administration to completely turn that promise on its head. The reversal began with US demands on Israel to scale down military operations, which were already scaled down....

  • "Israel implemented more measures to prevent civilian casualties than any other nation in history.... Israel's use of real phone calls to civilians in combat areas (19,734), SMS texts (64,399) and pre-recorded calls (almost 6 million) to provide instructions on evacuations is also unprecedented." — John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy West Point, newsweek.com, January 31, 2024

  • The only relevant country that has apparently not been invited to the "urgent" discussions [to reward terrorists unilaterally with a soon-to-be-militarized Palestinian State] is Israel.

  • Biden, clearly, seems not that intent on making Israel or the Free World a safe place again. At least not if it might compromise his reelection.

Biden, clearly, seems not that intent on making Israel or the Free World a safe place again. At least not if it might compromise his reelection. Pictured: US President Joe Biden meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 18, 2023. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

"I come to Israel with a single message: You are not alone," US President Joe Biden said right after the October 7 massacre by the terrorist organization Hamas of Israelis, Muslims, Americans, Europeans, Filipinos and Thai visitors enjoying a Saturday holiday in southern Israel. "As long as the United States stands — and we will stand forever — we will not let you ever be alone," Biden continued.

"It has brought to the surface painful memories and scars left by a millennia of antisemitism and the genocide of the Jewish people. The world watched then, it knew, and the world did nothing. We will not stand by and do nothing again. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Israel must again be a safe place for the Jewish people. And I promise you: We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that it will be."

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France's Skyrocketing Threat

by Guy Millière  •  February 21, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • January 30, 2024. The French weekly, Le Journal du Dimanche, publishes the most comprehensive and detailed survey on what French Muslims think. Not surprisingly, the results are disturbing.

  • Every year, Muslims of France [the main French Muslim organization, and the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood] organizes a conference that attracts hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over Europe. The group also invites radical imams who speak to the crowd.

  • The survey further showed that 49% of French Muslims want Catholics to convert to Islam, and that 36% percent want churches to be transformed into mosques... The survey also discloses that 25% of French Muslims said that the word "France" is a word they reject.

  • France is a country where more than 70% of prison inmates are Muslim. According to reports, the crime rate among the Muslim population is high.... There are also more than two hundred rapes every day in France, most perpetrated by Muslim men who entered France illegally. Only 7% of illegal immigrants ordered to leave France are ever actually deported

  • A similar situation to that of France can be found in other Western European countries, where the Muslim population may be smaller but is quickly growing.

  • If Europeans wish to avoid such a future and keep their culture, they need to start making that outcome unmistakably clear to everyone, not just by words but by actions. If not, what we are seeing could well mean the end of the European civilization as we know it.

According to a new comprehensive survey, 49% of French Muslims want Catholics to convert to Islam, 36% percent want churches to be transformed into mosques, and 25% of French Muslims said that the word "France" is a word they reject. Pictured: Thousands of Muslims arrive to attend the morning Eid al-Adha prayers at the Great Mosque of Paris on June 28, 2023. (Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP via Getty Images)

January 30, 2024. The French weekly, Le Journal du Dimanche, publishes the most comprehensive and detailed survey on what French Muslims think. Not surprisingly, the results are disturbing.

The first question in the survey was about Jews. 17% of French Muslims admit that they hate Jews. 39% say they have a bad, or very bad, opinion of Judaism.

France is the only country in 21st-century Europe where Jews regularly have been murdered simply because they are Jews. Since the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi in January 2006, all Jews murdered in France have been killed by Muslims. Sammy Ghozlan, the president of the National Office for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), which lists anti-Semitic acts and helps their victims, has emphasized year after year, for more than twenty years, that almost all violent anti-Semitic acts committed in France are committed by Muslims.

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The Report of the Jews' Death 'Has Been Grossly Exaggerated'

by Lawrence Kadish  •  February 21, 2024 at 4:00 am

Mark Twain, circa 1900. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin misquoted Mark Twain about the Russian president's cancer: "The rumors about my death were greatly exaggerated," Putin was quoted as saying about his cancer by Fortune and The Guardian. Mark Twain had actually said about an illness: "The report of my death has been grossly exaggerated." The same assessment by Mark Twain also applies to the Jews and the great American author's view of them, as in his remarkable article, "Concerning the Jews," published by Harper's Magazine in March, 1898:

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More Than 365 million Christians Face Genocide

by Uzay Bulut  •  February 20, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • Except for North Korea, where the persecution is caused by "dictatorial paranoia" and "communist and post-communist oppression," the main religion of all other countries and groups on the list is Islam.

  • "While some relief aid is available, this is mostly distributed through local Muslim groups and mosques, which are alleged to be discriminating against anyone not considered a devout Muslim." — Open Doors, Yemen.

  • "More believers are killed for their faith in Nigeria each year, than everywhere else in the world combined." — Open Doors, Nigeria.

  • "For Christians who convert from Islam, not even the veneer of tolerance is present." — Open Doors, Iran.

  • "When the Taliban came to power, they did so with pledges to recognize more freedoms than in the past. But that hasn't happened—if an Afghan's Christian faith is discovered, it can be a death sentence, or they can be detained and tortured into giving information about fellow believers." — Open Doors, Afghanistan.

  • "Of 34.5 million displaced people across Sub-Saharan Africa, around 16.2 million are Christians." — Open Doors, Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Many of these incidents remain unreported by the mainstream media. And until the mainstream media, governments and international organizations start openly addressing the ideological and theological motives of the perpetrators, this worldwide, genocide-level persecution of Christians will likely increase.

More than 365 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith, according to the Open Doors World Watch List 2024. "More believers are killed for their faith in Nigeria each year, than everywhere else in the world combined," according to Open Doors. Pictured: The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building in Mangu, Nigeria, photographed on February 2, 2024, after it was torched by Islamic terrorists. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images) (Image source: iStock)

More than 365 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith, according to the Open Doors World Watch List 2024.

The top ten countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution are North Korea, Somalia, Libya, Eritrea, Yemen, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Iran, and Afghanistan.

Except for North Korea, where the persecution is caused by "dictatorial paranoia" and "communist and post-communist oppression," the main religion of all other countries and groups on the list is Islam. According to Open Doors:

"Being discovered to be a Christian in North Korea is effectively a death sentence. Either believers will be deported to labour camps as political criminals, where they face a life of hard labor which few survive, or they are killed on the spot. The same fate awaits family members. There are believed to be tens of thousands of Christians held in labor camps across the country.

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Hamas: Palestinian Civilians Are Also Terrorists

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  February 19, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • When Hamas decided to drag the entire population of the Gaza Strip into another war with Israel on October 7, it did not care what would happen to Palestinian civilians.

  • If the hostages were indeed held in an apartment of a Palestinian family, this shows that Hamas has no problem placing Palestinian civilians in harm's way.

  • Consequently, Hamas has no right to complain about the death of civilians in the war it initiated against Israel while it uses its own people to hold innocent kidnapped Israelis.

  • Hamas leaders leading lavish lives in Qatar and Lebanon do not care about the two million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, nor do the leaders of the terrorist organization who are hiding in the vast network of sophisticated tunnels in the Gaza Strip. All they care about is their own survival

  • "The humanitarian aid is being stolen by those who call themselves resistance fighters. They claim they are defending us, but they are stealing all the aid coming into the Gaza Strip and then they sell it to the people for a very high price." — Palestinian man in Gaza, X (twitter.com), February 16, 2024.

  • On February 15, sources in the Gaza Strip reported that Hamas terrorists killed Ahmed Abu al-Arja, a Palestinian boy, while he was trying to get food for his family.

  • [T]he participation of some Palestinian civilians in the October 7 massacre and the kidnapping of Israelis is extremely worrying: it illustrates that a large number of people in the Gaza Strip actually do support Hamas and its terrorism against Israel.

The participation of some Palestinian civilians in the October 7 massacre and the kidnapping of Israelis is extremely worrying: it illustrates that a large number of people in the Gaza Strip actually do support Hamas and its terrorism against Israel. Pictured: A Hamas terrorist and Palestinian civilian accomplices enter Kibbutz Be'eri to murder, rape and torture Jews, on October 7, 2023. (Image source: Kibbutz Be'eri security camera)

Since the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel, leaders of the Iran-backed terrorist group have been trying to distance themselves from the atrocities by holding Palestinian civilians responsible for some of the crimes, including the murder, beheading, rape, torture, kidnapping, mutilation and burning of hundreds of Israeli men, women, and children.

These are the same civilians that Hamas has long been using as human shields in its Jihad (holy war) to murder Jews and obliterate Israel.

First, Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, then it accuses them of perpetrating atrocities against Israelis.

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And the Winner Is — Hamas!

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  February 18, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • What will happen if Hamas is allowed to win this war? If Hamas is permitted to accomplish what it intended by its mass murders, kidnappings and rapes? If the victims of these atrocities — the people of Israel and all countries fighting terrorism — lose? If the prospects for peace in the region and the Free World are seriously damaged? If the relationship between the US and Israel, and the loss of faith in the US as the guarantor of freedom, continues to be fractured?

  • Instead, the Biden administration may be rewarding Palestinian terrorists by unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian State, which will, of course, soon become militarized.

  • The anti-Israel left-wingers are not going to vote for Trump, who is more pro-Israel than Biden. Nor are they likely to stay home on Election Day and help Trump. Centrist voters, on the other hand, are likely to vote against Biden if they think he is beholden to the Squad or other anti-American woke extremists.

  • As important as are the domestic electoral implications of Biden's weakening support for Israel, the international implications are far more consequential. The world will be a far less safe place if Israel is prevented from defeating Hamas and dismantling its military capabilities.

  • Israel is doing everything reasonable to decrease civilian casualties, while Hamas tries to increase them on both sides. American policy should be to help Israel defeat Hamas and prevent the recurrence and spread of its terrorism against civilians, rather than to help Hamas secure a victory by tying Israel's hands.

  • So, unless the Biden administration changes course and encourages Israel to achieve its legitimate military goal of defeating Hamas, terrorism will win and civilization will lose.

What will happen if Hamas is allowed to win this war? If Hamas is permitted to accomplish what it intended by its mass murders, kidnappings and rapes? Pictured: Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists congratulate each other on their murderous atrocities in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Stripת on November 28, 2023. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

What will happen if Hamas is allowed to win this war? If Hamas is permitted to accomplish what it intended by its mass murders, kidnappings and rapes? If the victims of these atrocities — the people of Israel and all countries fighting terrorism — lose? If the prospects for peace in the region and the Free World are seriously damaged? If the relationship between the US and Israel, and the loss of faith in the US as the guarantor of freedom, continues to be fractured?

Instead, the Biden administration may be rewarding Palestinian terrorists by unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state, which will, of course, soon become militarized. The failures of UNIFIL to keep peace in South Lebanon and UNRWA to counter terrorism in Gaza should suggest caution.

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Western Farmers: Fork in the Road

by Amir Taheri  •  February 18, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • Globalization rules enabled many nations to use their comparative advantage in terms of climate, richness of soil, less expensive labor and variety of products to claim a growing chunk of the traditional Western markets. At the same time, Western farmers had to cope with the growing cost of environmental measures concocted by the "save-the-planet" lobby.

  • The real world is divided into nation-states with frontiers, different cultures and legal systems, and resistance to the one-size-fits-all sought by ultra-globalists.

  • Protesting European farmers demand a "level playing field", something that, if regarded as a perfect model, does not and cannot exist in every human transaction. The "win-win" concept peddled by ultra-globalists is a myth. What matters is that the sum-total of relations among nation-states does not favor some and hurt others in the medium- and long-term.

  • Polls show that most Europeans sympathize with their farmers. But will they continue doing so if the price is more expensive and less varied food and ditching part of the ecological dogma?

Pictured: Farmers use their tractors to block traffic as they protest in Hamburg, Germany, on January 29, 2024. (Photo by Morris Mac Matzen/AFP via Getty Images)

In the past few weeks European farmers have taken to the streets of their capitals to advertise a rebellious mood that few expected to see.

Having enjoyed a comfortable life for decades, thanks to subsidies from their respective governments and the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), they were not expected to invade the grand capitals, together with their sheep, cows and tractors, with a litany of woes.

The question of food security was first raised after World War II as a top priority for Western European nations as they tried to rebuild their shattered economies.

At the time, global shortages of food were still seen as a looming threat, while large scale famines claimed millions of victims in the People's Republic of China and several sub-Saharan African nations, and Western European countries gradually dismantled the rationing systems set up during the war.

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