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'Palestine': Just The Latest Pretext for Bringing Down Western Civilization

by Robert Williams  •  July 12, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • The university encampments, it turns out, were planned as early as November 2023, belying any claims that the student protests occurred organically and spontaneously.

  • The mainstream media, the authors say, is complicit because it fails to vet the activists and financiers behind the pro-Hamas ecosystem, preferring instead to portray the protests as if they are spontaneous occurrences.

  • "The protesters are being generously funded and expertly coached by the same anti-U.S., anti-capitalist, anti-West puppet-masters who sprang Black Lives Matter on us a decade ago... It's all part of a giant web, a revolutionary ecosystem, that spans the globe from Havana to Shanghai and coordinates and sustains these often-violent, always-threatening protests." — Mike Gonzales, Heritage Foundation, June 27, 2024.

  • At the May 2024 "People's Conference for Palestine" in Detroit, featuring US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, among many others, the People's Forum's executive director Manolo De Los Santos, to great applause, called for the complete destruction of the United States.

  • The People's Forum, it seems, is closely affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party.

  • One protester said: "The actual conversation is getting rid of this country, getting rid of America, getting rid of the West. This is what this [the protest] is for. Everyone here understands that at some level we need to get rid of America completely."

  • "The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution," a writer in the 1960s radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) publication, New Left Notes, wrote.

  • The Communist protesters evidently do not want to just "Free Palestine" by "genociding" the Jews; they want to get rid of everyone that stands in the way of their revolution, which is why fighting this "revolutionary ecosystem" is not only about antisemitism and the Jews but an issue for everyone who wants to preserve Western civilization.

  • Several of the tax-exempt groups inside this revolutionary ecosystem... apparently have links to terrorist organizations, about which the US Treasury Department, while targeting allegedly "conservative organizations," seems to have done exactly nothing.

  • [US Rep. Jim] Banks, in his letter to the IRS, pointed out that tax-exempt organizations that incite civil unrest do not qualify for exemption.

In the past year, the Black Lives Matter agenda seems to have been replaced with an agenda that is "pro" the terrorist group Hamas as the newest, most efficient way to seek the destruction of the USA and by extension, the West. Pictured: Hamas supporters demonstrate in front of CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 27, 2024. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

In the past year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) agenda seems to have been replaced with an agenda that is "pro" the terrorist group Hamas as the newest, most efficient way to seek the destruction of the United States and by extension, the West.

In a new report, "How the Revolutionary Eco System Sustains Pro-Palestinian Protesters and the BLM Movement," published on June 25, Mike Gonzalez and Mary Mobley of the Heritage Foundation concluded:

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Why Palestinian Leaders Cannot Make Peace With Israel

by Bassam Tawil  •  July 11, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • The latest "scandal" erupted after a video that appeared on social media featured [Mustafa] Barghouti warmly hugging former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami during a meeting of parliamentary factions in Italy.

  • Barghouti's critics, however, do not distinguish between a right-wing and left-wing Israeli Jew. For them, all Israeli Jews, including those who support a two-state solution, are enemies.

  • The smear campaign against Barghouti serves as a reminder of how Palestinian leaders and officials have radicalized their people against Israel to a point where it has become impossible, if not dangerous, even to be seen in the company of an Israeli Jew. Barghouti can only blame himself for the backlash he is facing for appearing together with Ben-Ami at the conference in Italy.

  • Given the enormous uproar caused by this brief interaction between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian, one can only imagine the consequences for any Palestinian leader who dares even to discuss or consider peace with Israel. The outcry over the meeting in Italy crystallizes the basic reason why Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to return to the negotiating table with Israel for the past decade. Abbas knows full well that his recurring attacks on Israel have radicalized Palestinians against Israel to such an extent that most of them support the October 7 massacre of Israelis, are in favor of Hamas over his Palestinian Authority, and would be happy to kill him at a moment's notice for being a traitor over whatever they considered the slightest transgression.

Prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti has been facing sharp criticism from many Palestinians after he was filmed hugging a former Israeli foreign minister during a recent conference in Italy. Barghouti is being accused of betraying the Palestinians by "promoting normalization" with Israel. Pictured: Barghouti (R), and Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar (C) and Mahmoud Zahar (L), attend a rally in Gaza City on October 1, 2022. (Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images)

Prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti has been facing sharp criticism from many Palestinians after he was filmed hugging a former Israeli foreign minister during a recent conference in Italy. Barghouti is being accused of betraying the Palestinians by "promoting normalization" with Israel.

The latest "scandal" erupted after a video that appeared on social media featured Barghouti warmly hugging former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami during a meeting of parliamentary factions in Italy. Ben-Ami, a historian, is known for his role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians more than two decades ago. He is also known for his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel.

Barghouti's critics, however, do not distinguish between a right-wing and left-wing Israeli Jew. For them, all Israeli Jews, including those who support a two-state solution, are enemies.

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The Normalization of Terrorism and Jew-Hate

by Robert Williams  •  July 10, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • It apparently never occurred to either the heads of the UN or the EU to consider that if you are a terrorist organization that commits war crimes, you do not get to choose how a war that you started is waged against you.

  • If you do not want a "bloodbath," do not take hostages, hide them among civilians, try to prevent a rescue, then if they are rescued, profess shock at the fallout that you yourself have teed up.

  • BBC news asked with a straight face if, to spare the lives of the Gazan "civilians" who were keeping the hostages locked up in their homes, Israel had given prior warning before launching its rescue operation. The Israeli spokesman, also keeping a straight face, politely answered that a warning might have endangered the hostages and made the rescue more difficult.

  • The irony of all this seems completely lost on the political and media elites, who kept insisting that the Israeli rescue operation was somehow immoral. By condemning Israel's rescue operation, they suggest that massacring and kidnapping 240 people is moral, and an act that should not require a military response.

  • The new purported Hamas agreement to a ceasefire apparently comes with "a major hurdle: The Iran-backed terror group is now demanding 'written guarantees' that mediators will continue to negotiate a permanent truce, once the first phase of the plan goes into effect, the Hamas rep said."

  • Essentially, this demand means that Hamas and its handlers, Iran and Qatar, would like to start wars and then have someone else stop them when they do not like how they are going.

  • In contravention of the Geneva conventions, Hamas has refused to allow the Red Cross to check on the welfare of the hostages. One can imagine why.

  • To this day, there seems little-to-no interest in the fate or condition of the hostages still in Gaza. Instead, there is denial that the October 7 atrocities even took place, compared to an almost obsessive regard for the safety of, and humanitarian aid for Gazans. When the UN is unable to deliver the aid, Israel, not the UN, is blamed.

  • The Hamas murders, rapes, burning alive of babies and abductions – all the reasons why Israel was forced to go to war with Hamas to begin with -- have retreated into the background.

  • What seems to matter instead to those who set the political and media agendas is to use the Hamas war once again to demonize the Jews as the world's most inhuman people for wanting to live peacefully on their historical land without daily massacres from Iran and its proxies -- Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and the Houthis -- which apparently plan to encircle them in a "Ring of Fire" -- "six fronts of aggression against Israel" -- as part of Iran's attempt at hegemony in the Middle East.

  • Western elites seem happy to assist them in that fight.

It apparently never occurred to either the heads of the UN or the EU to consider that if you are a terrorist organization that commits war crimes, you do not get to choose how a war that you started is waged against you. If you do not want a "bloodbath," do not take hostages, hide them among civilians, try to prevent a rescue, then if they are rescued, profess shock at the fallout that you yourself have teed up. Pictured: Naama Levy, an Israeli woman abducted and taken to Gaza by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023, when she was 19 years old. She is still being held hostage by Hamas. (Image source: Hamas)

Nine months after the Iranian-orchestrated October 7 Hamas massacre of 1,200 mostly Israeli civilians, 116 hostages remain in Gaza, including at least 42 whom Israeli officials estimate were murdered by Hamas, after suffering unfathomable mental, physical and sexual abuse.

On June 8, Israel rescued four hostages in a heroic mission, in which Israeli special forces entered the private Gazan homes where four Israeli hostages -- three men and one young woman -- were held by "ordinary" Gazan civilians, one an Al-Jazeera "journalist."

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The Government Spent 5 Years Trying to Shut Down the Freedom Center
What Are They So Afraid Of?

by Daniel Greenfield  •  July 10, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • [W]e have been left suspended in a state of permanent investigation because.... there's no basis for shutting us down....

  • [T]he only thing we were ever accused of was providing a forum for political opinions the government didn't like.

  • And that's not a crime. Unless the government succeeds in making it one.

  • Since the last presidential election, hundreds of people, from Trump on down, have been dragged through legal proceedings for their political activism based on distorted laws, newly invented charges and abuses of process reminiscent of Franz Kafka's The Trial.

  • What are they afraid of?

  • We have conducted deep dives into the Chinese business ties of the Biden family in our new digital pamphlet, Beijing Biden: The Secret Relationship With China That Threatens America, and we have another coming on the Islamic connections in this administration. That's not because we're 'electioneering' but because we're engaging in investigative journalism that explores the conduct and misconduct of those in power.

  • And the government would rather that we didn't.

  • Instead of folding, as some other groups in our position might have, we investigated the government and came away with shocking revelations about the enemy nations, foreign and domestic terrorists, pedophiles and every kind of abusive entity being harbored by the IRS.

  • Those are not places we would have even looked if we had not been targeted in the first place.

  • That's what they're so afraid of. They're afraid of us. And they're afraid of you.

While Freedom Center Investigates has documented multiple cases of terrorists benefiting from nonprofit status, the IRS ignores and continues to pursue the David Horowitz Freedom Center's nonprofit status. Pictured: The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Since its confused retreat from Afghanistan, the Biden administration has spent more time trying to shut down the David Horowitz Freedom Center than fighting Al Qaeda.

While Freedom Center Investigates has documented multiple cases of terrorists benefiting from nonprofit status, the IRS ignores and continues to pursue the Freedom Center's nonprofit status.

Five years should have been more than enough to decide the issue one way or another, but instead we have been left suspended in a state of permanent investigation because while there's no basis for shutting us down, bleeding us from a thousand cuts makes it harder for the Freedom Center to do our work, to raise money and to keep holding the Left accountable.

Five years is a long time. It's the statute of limitations for most federal crimes. But the only thing we were ever accused of was providing a forum for political opinions the government didn't like.

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Today's Beltway 'Pilot Fish': 'Those Who Pursue Self-Interest Through Politics'

by Lawrence Kadish  •  July 9, 2024 at 3:00 pm

Justice Felix Frankfurter, circa 1930. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Two short years ago I invoked the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, who observed, "Government is itself an art, one of the subtlest of the arts. It is neither business, nor technology, nor applied science. It is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness."

As we enter the rough and tumble political cycle of a presidential election year, one is compelled to consider Justice Frankfurter's insight while examining today's Beltway "pilot fish." This is the industry that makes billions of dollars as lobbyists, consultants, advisors and political influencers seeking access to the Biden Administration along with the myriad of federal agencies that currently direct our lives.

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Adopt Deterrence: US Waning Support for Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines Is a Threat to the Free World

by Con Coughlin  •  July 9, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • The US neglect of vital security issues, from waning support for Ukraine and Israel, to its refusal to acknowledge the threat posed by Iran's nuclear programme, is inflicting serious damage to America's status as a global superpower.

  • America's alarming non-confrontational policy towards the mullahs -- even asking Europe not to censure Iran for its growing nuclear weapons program -- has been a mainstay of both the Biden and Obama administrations. Their encouragement of Iran to acquire nuclear bombs has led the mullahs and their proxies to expand their malign activities throughout the region. Biden's impotence has effectively invited Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militia that controls most of Lebanon, to escalate its attacks against Israel with the aim of opening a new front on Israel's northern border...

  • Another area where Washington's incompetent handling of key security issues is the Pacific, where apparent US aversion to upsetting the Communist dictatorship headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently led to an increase in aggressive Chinese military conduct towards the Philippines as part of Beijing's efforts to expand its control over the South China Sea.

  • Washington's persistent dithering on China, as well as other vital issues of global security such as Ukraine, Iran, and failing wholly to back Israel fighting not only for its own existence but protecting freedom in the West from aggressive autocracies, will certainly lend encouragement to Putin and other dictatorial regimes in Beijing and Tehran that the US will not present a serious challenge to their efforts to expand their global influence.

  • If the current administration allows terrorists and aggressors to win, what message does that send to all terrorists and aggressors?

  • The only way for the US to reclaim its global stature as the leader of the free world, after having tried everything else, is finally to adopt deterrence: warn every US adversary that if it provokes Washington, the response to each of them and their regimes will be a cost they do not wish to contemplate.

Whether US President Joe Biden remains in office or not, his recent debate with former President Donald J. Trump and has exposed the global catastrophe that US policies under the current administration have wrought. Pictured: Biden participates in the presidential debate at CNN Studios on June 27, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Whether US President Joe Biden remains in office or not, his recent debate with former President Donald J. Trump and has exposed the global catastrophe that US policies under the current administration have wrought.

The US neglect of vital security issues, from waning support for Ukraine and Israel, to its refusal to acknowledge the threat posed by Iran's nuclear programme, is inflicting serious damage to America's status as a global superpower.

Arguably the most damning examples of America's increasingly faltering grip on key foreign policy issues were Biden's recent decisions to slow-walk arms deliveries to Israel and failing to show sufficient solidarity for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a move that will be interpreted by hostile states such as Russia, China and Iran as a sign of America's waning influence, Biden opted not to attend a two-day conference held in Switzerland to discuss the war in Ukraine.

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Why Are Arabs Whitewashing Iran-Backed Terrorist Organizations?

by Bassam Tawil  •  July 8, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • By removing Hezbollah from its terror list, the Arab League has sent a message to Iran and its terror proxies that they have a green light to pursue their terrorist attacks not only against Israel, but also against some of the Arab countries, especially the Gulf states.

  • Many Lebanese citizens and politicians are convinced that Hezbollah, together with the mullahs in Iran, are determined to destroy Lebanon by dragging it into war with Israel

  • Every child in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East knows that the Lebanese army, along with UNIFIL forces, have failed to secure the border with Israel and combat terrorism.

  • "... Americans don't know... that there was an agreement signed [for Lebanon's undersea gas fields] between international companies, including American companies, European companies, all this under the umbrella of the Iran Deal... All these capitalists and companies who want to make money... are pressuring everybody to respect a ceasefire but also a status quo [in Lebanon]. Now, who loses? The Israelis and the Lebanese. The Israelis, if you put pressure on them. [saying] don't do any action [against Hezbollah], Hezbollah will reinforce and reinforce and they will pull another October 7 from the north against Israel. And the Lebanese, once Hezbollah is protected from Israel... they'll go and finish off the... Christians, Druze, Sunnis who oppose Hezbollah." — Walid Phares, Middle East expert, X.com, July 2, 2024.

By removing Hezbollah from its terror list, the Arab League has sent a message to Iran and its terror proxies that they have a green light to pursue their terrorist attacks not only against Israel, but also against some of the Arab countries, especially the Gulf states. Pictured: Permanent Representatives of the Arab League member states at the organization's headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on April 3, 2024. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

In a surprise and controversial move, the Arab League, which has 22 member states, announced last month that it no longer classifies the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon as a terrorist organization. The announcement was made by Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League, Hossam Zaki, who recently visited the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Zaki explained that previous decisions of the Arab League to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization "led to cutting off communication with it."

The Arab League, he argued, does not have official terrorist lists and its efforts do not include classifying entities as terrorist organizations. "The [Arab] member states of the League agreed that the label of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization should no longer be employed," Zaki said.

In 2016, the Arab League declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization – a week after a similar move by Arab Gulf states.

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Who's Running the Country?

by Daniel Greenfield  •  July 8, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • Candidates past their prime go up to bat because they have the biggest networks of fellow politicians, donors and party activists. It's as if Major League Baseball favored players on the basis of seniority and how well they networked, not based on how well they can pitch or hit.

  • Voters self-importantly think of elections as the big political competition, but that's like judging companies based on the keynote addresses of their CEOs. Elections are the least important part of politics. All the really important parts of politics happen behind closed doors. What politicians do isn't run for office, they network, they cut deals and they plan their careers.

  • That network, which we occasionally call by wholly inadequate names like the "establishment" or "D.C. insiders" is the reason Biden is up again in 2024. And why he can't be gotten rid of.

  • But where did Obama come from? He came out of that network of radical activists, donors and government personnel now running the country. Obama is not a brilliant genius or one-man dynamo, he was a lazy and unoriginal activist lawyer, one of tens of thousands of Ivy Leaguers who join the political side of the network....

  • It's not really Biden's 'turn' though. It's the turn of the strategists, lobbyists, staffers, donors, allies and more nebulous figures known as 'friends' whom he accrued over the years. They're invested in his success, and they're profiting from it. And they won't easily give it up.

  • It's not just about Jill and Hunter Biden. Joe Biden has tens of thousands of political mouths to feed. Money has been collected, favors promised, people have bought homes in D.C. bedroom communities, lobbyists have secured fat contracts and donors have opened up their wallets.

  • Replacing Biden with another candidate would upend much of D.C., put tens of billions of dollars in flux and create massive instability in this corrupt local economy. Much of D.C. would rather ride it out (especially since the campaign people will make just as much money if Biden loses) and preserve the integrity of the networks and the illicit pinkie swears that allow special interests to buy influence without having to worry if their man will suddenly be swapped out.

  • That is what "it's his turn" really means.

  • Not just Biden, but many, if not most, elected officials are figureheads who exist to broker favorable arrangements between their personal networks of donors and staffers, and those of other elected officials, and the ones in the bureaucracy that actually make policy. The revolving door between staffers, personnel, appointees and lobbyists who move between administrations, offices, boards, corporations, think tanks and firms is the actual force that runs the country more than most elections.

Pictured: President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 5, 2024. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2016 presidential election was going to come down to two candidates, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, whose 'turns' had come. And then Donald J Trump rode down an escalator, took their 'turn' and the establishment has never been the same since. Because it was their 'turn'.

In 2020, it was the 'turn' of Joe Biden, a man whose only political credential was that he had stuck around long enough to stick to things, like the Senate and the Vice Presidency.

Now in 2024, it's Joe Biden's 'turn' again. No one in his party was under the impression that he was the best candidate, the best campaigner or the best president, but damn it, it was his 'turn'.

And now the Democrats are panicking because the candidate taking his 'turn' is imploding.

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Where Are the Weapons? Israel is Defending Freedom against Tyranny for All of Us; It Needs the Weapons Promised It

by Nils A. Haug  •  July 7, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • [I]t clearly looks as if the Biden administration just wants to please its terrorist-sponsoring adversaries, Iran and Qatar, by allowing their prized client, Hamas, to win the war.

  • Regrettably, Iran does not seem to be guided by the same humanitarian, ethical, or "natural law principles" embraced by Israel and the West.

  • A jihadist in Iran's premier militia, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)... probably sees the job of the IRGC as driving the US out of the Middle East so that Iran can continue to "Export the Revolution" without interference.

  • It is with good reason that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complains that the US is withholding, or "slow-walking," military supplies. In Ukraine, for instance, badly needed arms are always "being delivered" but somehow never manage to arrive until long after they might actually have helped.

  • Although Israel's leaders are well aware of the immense danger presented by Iran, the US and other Western allies evidently cannot be relied upon to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program. The US appears to like talking, and talking about talking, diplomacy backed up by talking, verbal "understandings" so long as they have no teeth, then paying what looks like bribe money for adversaries not to "make waves," presumably at least not before the America's upcoming November election.

  • The Biden administration, it seems, would rather deal with threatening situations via... worthless promises from Iran, Russia, China, the Taliban, the Palestinians or whoever else will offer appeasements.

  • The critical point is that Israel is fighting to safeguard not just its own nation, but the West and the Free World as well. The battle at the moment seems between preserving freedom or having it extinguished by the forces of barbarism, autocracies and theocrats, but most of all by the passivity of the West.... Silky, stealth aggressors include Qatar -- the consigliere of all Islamic terror groups -- which uses money and its media network Al-Jazeera, not military aggression, as its means of persuasion.

  • Sadly, the Biden administration appears to view Israel not as a sovereign nation but a US satrapy. It is hardly a secret that the US has been trying to oust Israel's elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and replace him presumably with a subordinate. That US puppet would supposedly be delighted to have a terrorist Palestinian state next door administered by the terrorist godfather, Qatar, and be delighted to see Iran have as many nuclear weapons as it likes.

  • If Obama ostensibly conceived of this arrangement [the 2015 "nuclear deal"] to "balance the influence" of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the plan has failed colossally. Saudi Arabia, for all its faults, has not tried to enlarge its territory....

  • At present, both the Biden administration in the US and opposition in Israel to its current government seem to be trying to muscle Netanyahu out. US Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who happens to be Jewish, declared in mid-March that Netanyahu had "lost his way" and called for "new elections" -- not in the Senator's own country, the US, but in that of a sovereign ally, Israel. Would he have called for "new elections" in England, Germany, Italy or France? Biden, unsurprisingly, quickly "embraced Schumer's speech."

  • Many, including some who might be looking longingly at Netanyahu's job, have advocated that "Hamas cannot be defeated." Meanwhile, Netanyahu has been doing exactly that.

  • The US and others have tried to claim that before defeating an adversary, one must know what will happen after the fighting stops, and that destroying Hamas's military capability will just create another whole generation of Gazans who hate Israelis and Jews. Before defeating Hitler, however, no one had suggested that it was important to know what would happen "after the fighting stopped"; the same holds true for Imperial Japan....at present, both Germany and Japan are solid allies of the US and the West. There are probably still Nazis in Germany, but they no longer have the "means, capability or opportunity" to disrupt Europe.

  • The US appears to be doing the bidding of its terrorist-supporting collaborators, Iran and Qatar, and their supporters -- potential voters in America's heartland -- and those who want Hamas to survive to "attack, time and again, until Israel is annihilated."

  • All that is required is to make sure that Israel has the ammunition and weapons it needs to fight on our behalf, to make sure they are delivered immediately, and then get out of the way.

It is with good reason that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complains that the US is withholding, or "slow-walking," military supplies. Pictured: A shipment of 155mm artillery shells is transported by truck in southern Israel, on October 14, 2023. (Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images)

If the primary obligation of any elected government is to protect the nation from threats foreign and domestic, it is even more necessary for a nation, such as Israel, which has been facing annihilation by avowed and well-armed adversaries since its independence in 1948.

At present, Iran, backed by released funding from the Biden administration and with support from the Chinese Communist Party are -- along with "enabler of terrorism and dishonest broker" Qatar -- the primary state actors currently seeking Israel's obliteration.

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France: The Perils of an Election

by Amir Taheri  •  July 7, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • [Jean-Marie Le Pen] learned from General Boulanger's strategy of merging the monarchist right with the radical revolutionary left by working on two key constituencies: the urban working class increasingly disillusioned with Stalinist and social democratic parties, and the dwindling farming communities that felt threatened by free trade and globalization.

  • The Le Pen-ist movement turned the fight against immigration into the launching pad in its quest for power.

  • The tactic proved especially profitable in terms of getting votes in parts of France that had almost no or few immigrant communities. However, that wasn't enough either. Thus, National Rally cast the European Union as "the other" in the "them-and-us" discourse, to the point of calling for leaving the Schengen Agreement and the Euro-zone in 2017.

  • The [National Rally] party's program for government reads like the inventory of a candy store, full of goodies but not clear where and when they might be served.

  • What is certain is that NR is now the France's largest political party, backed by about 40 percent of voters. Even if it does not win a majority in the new parliament, it would be the key player in French politics for the foreseeable future.

  • Some pundits see it as a threat to French democracy. Maybe. But demonizing it is an even bigger threat.

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Barring a surprise, which is still possible, today France may have its first elected ultra-right government led by Marine Le Pen's National Rally (formerly National Front). The only other time that that brand of politics emerged as government in France was in the 1940s under Marshal Petain during the German occupation.

At a broader level, this would be the second time since the general election in the Weimar Republic in Germany in 1932 that an ultra-right party wins a straight parliamentary majority in a major European democracy.

Should we rush to join those on the ultra-left who are crying wolf about "fascism" seizing control of France?

I think not.

To be sure, the National Rally does share a number of attributes with ur-fascism, e.g. a narrow understanding of nationhood, a xenophobic tone, and a cult of the leader. However, the National Rally is heir to a political tradition with deep roots in modern French history.

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Imagine Hitler with Nuclear Bombs; Now Imagine Iran's Mullahs with Nuclear Bombs

by Majid Rafizadeh  •  July 6, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • The Iranian regime is rapidly pursuing acquiring nuclear weapons. This breakout must be prevented.

  • Iran is already supplying terror groups -- Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Houthis -- with ballistic missiles. Presumably to hide behind "plausible deniability," Iran's regime does not seem particularly shy about arming these militias abroad with advanced weaponry. Why wouldn't it equip these groups with nuclear weapons as well?

  • Iran's regime has made no secret of its desire to annihilate Israel ("Death to Israel!") on the way to annihilating the United States ("Death to America!"). The mullahs doubtless just see Israel as standing in the way.

  • From Iran's perspective, Israel, smaller than New Jersey, is, as former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani indicated, a "one-bomb" country: "[T]he employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth, but [such a bomb] would only do damage to the Islamic World."

  • Consider the scenario where not just Iran's proxies, but other allies of Iran -- such as Venezuela or Cuba -- are equipped with nuclear weapons.

  • Does anyone imagine if Hamas had possessed nuclear weapons when they sent a "huge barrage of rockets" and bulldozed their way into Israel on October 7, 2023, that they would have hesitated to use them?

  • The proliferation of nuclear weapons poses an existential threat not only to Israel but, of course, creates a broader, more unpredictable global security crisis.

  • Immediate action is needed to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons... It is an intervention that should have been undertaken many years ago, but was unfortunately thwarted by the Obama administration. Any further delay can only lead to catastrophic consequences for international stability.

The Iranian regime is rapidly pursuing acquiring nuclear weapons. This breakout must be prevented. Iran is already supplying terror groups with ballistic missiles. Why wouldn't it equip these groups with nuclear weapons as well? (Image source: iStock/Getty Images)

The Iranian regime is rapidly pursuing acquiring nuclear weapons. This breakout must be prevented. Iran's regime poses a danger at least as dangerous as Hitler's if he had possessed them. Given the Iranian leadership's ideological extremism, combined with its strategic ambitions and regional influence, the potential for regional and global instability that could result cannot be overstated. Allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons will simply increase the risk of a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race and devastating global conflicts.

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ISIS Moves on Uganda: Islamic Militants Threaten Christian Majority Countries

by Uzay Bulut  •  July 5, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • In recent years, Uganda has faced a growing threat from radical Islamic groups, notably "Allied Democratic Forces -- National Army for the Liberation of Uganda" (ADF-NALU) and the Islamic State (ISIS) -- which have targeted Christians and escalated security concerns.

  • "ADF-NALU has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Meanwhile, ISIS has also claimed responsibility for various attacks." – Uganda: full country dossier, Open Doors, March 2024.

  • Uganda and other African nations -- especially Sudan, Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritania, Cameroon, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Tanzania -- are increasingly suffering at the hands of radical Islamists. They are proof of how much even majority non-Muslim, secular nations are vulnerable at the hands of jihadist groups. To prevent jihadists from massacring, abusing or enslaving non-Muslims, and taking over the continent, countries need immediately to crack down on all extremist groups. Do not grant them space to operate.

In recent years, Uganda has faced a growing threat from radical Islamic groups that have targeted Christians. June 16 marked the one-year anniversary of a sickening terror attack at a Christian boarding school in western Uganda, in which Islamist terrorists murdered 42 people. Pictured: The funeral of Florence Masika and Zakayo Masereka in Mpondwe, Uganda on June 18, 2023. The two were victims of the Islamic terrorists who attacked the school. (Photo by Stuart Tibaweswa/AFP via Getty Images)

June 16 marked the one-year anniversary of a sickening terror attack at a Christian boarding school in western Uganda, in which Islamist terrorists murdered 42 people.

On June 16, 2023, the Islamist "Allied Democratic Forces" (ADF), based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), invaded the compound of the private Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School in Uganda's Kasese District.

Islamic militants firebombed student dormitories; students fleeing the fire were either gunned down or hacked to death with machetes. Students trapped in the dormitories burned to death as the terrorists shouted "Allahu akbar!" ("Allah is the greatest!"). Some of the victims' bodies, burnt beyond recognition, required DNA testing to identify them. Six students were kidnapped.

During the 90-minute attack, 42 people were murdered, including 38 students, a school guard, and three local residents. According to the police, the victims' ages ranged from 12 to 95.

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This Is Democracy and This is What It Looks Like

by Lawrence Kadish  •  July 4, 2024 at 5:00 am

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Democracy and American politics are chaotic, unpredictable, and a mystery to our enemies.

In response to the Biden-Trump presidential faceoff, the Russian media is having a field day, believing that our national conversation over the recent debate reflects democracy's dry rot. Consider this quote....

The result "is good for us," stated Dmitri Novikov, a Russian legislator, when being interviewed on state television. "Destabilization inside an adversary is always a good thing."

To paraphrase a line from a Warner Brothers character, "He doesn't know us very well... do he..."

He certainly doesn't know his history.

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Fourth of July Message

July 4, 2024 at 4:00 am

  • With countless thanks to our forefathers and all those who sacrifice so much each day to preserve the precious values in the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. If we do not protect them, they will be taken away. We have so much to be thankful for. Wishing everyone a most Joyous Fourth of July! — All of us at Gatestone.

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Big Lies About Israel

by Robert Williams  •  July 3, 2024 at 5:00 am

  • For months, Israel has refuted libelous claims of famine in Gaza, as international organizations -- especially the UN and the EU, the International Court of Justice and mainstream media alongside NGOs such as Human Rights Watch -- pushed the false, malicious narrative that Israel was causing famine in Gaza and even using it as a "weapon of war." Israel might have saved itself the effort. No one was listening.

  • In May, the World Food Programme (WFP) of the UN claimed, without a shred of evidence, that there was a "full blown famine" in Gaza.

  • Now, it turns out, it was all a big lie. There was no famine, there is no famine and Israel has not been using hunger as a "weapon of war." In its report published on June 4, the UN's IPC [Integrated Food Security Phase Classification] concluded that famine was no longer even "plausible" and had no "supporting evidence."

  • By comparison, more than three million children in Sudan are acutely malnourished, and a quarter of a million more are likely to die in the coming months. By the UN's own admission, the war in Sudan is "the war the world has either forgotten or ignored." The irony of that statement has clearly been lost on the UN, which is probably the main reason that Sudan – and other conflict spots – is ignored: the UN focuses almost all its resources on Israel and Gaza.

  • The "made-up" famine is just the latest in a long row of fabrications demonizing Israel's military operations in Gaza, which over the last months have been exposed as lies yet have received zero coverage in the media.

  • In early May, the UN effectively admitted that Hamas's casualty figures were untrustworthy...

  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres led the incitement against Israel, as the UN almost always does.

  • Overall, 18 million people in Sudan face starvation.

For months, Israel has refuted libelous claims of famine in Gaza, as international organizations -- especially the UN and the EU, the International Court of Justice and mainstream media alongside NGOs such as Human Rights Watch -- pushed the false, malicious narrative that Israel was causing famine in Gaza and even using it as a "weapon of war." Pictured: A line of trucks in Rafah, Egypt carrying aid prepares to cross into the Gaza Strip on March 23, 2024. (Photo by Ali Moustafa/Getty Images)

For months, Israel has refuted libelous claims of famine in Gaza, as international organizations -- especially the UN and the EU, the International Court of Justice and mainstream media alongside NGOs such as Human Rights Watch -- pushed the false, malicious narrative that Israel was causing famine in Gaza and even using it as a "weapon of war." Israel might have saved itself the effort. No one was listening.

"Starvation," claimed EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, "is used as a weapon of war. Israel is provoking famine." His words came after a UN-affiliated body, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (ICP) published a special brief in March claiming that hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza were already experiencing famine and that by July the figure would rise to more than a million.

"Famine is imminent" the IPC claimed. "1.1 million people, half of Gaza, experience catastrophic food insecurity."

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