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Pompeo Busts the “Occupation” Myth (summaries of 2 articles by Daily Alert, Nov. 20, 2019)

By   /  November 20, 2019  /  History, International, Israel, Israel's legal case, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Pompeo Busts the “Occupation” Myth – Eugene Kontorovich (Wall Street Journal) Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law. That is now America’s official view, repudiating the conclusions of a 1978 State Department memorandum. The four-page 1978 memo written by legal adviser Herbert Hansell was hardly a thorough study and cited no precedent […]

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U.S. Policy Change on Israeli Settlements: A Long Awaited Correction – Dore Gold (Israel Hayom via Daily Alert)

By   /  November 19, 2019  /  History, Israel's legal case  /  No Comments

Nov. 19, 2019 U.S. Policy Change on Israeli Settlements: A Long Awaited Correction – Dore Gold (Israel Hayom) The U.S. has corrected its Middle East policy in an important way. The past legal determination that Israelis deciding to reside in the West Bank are doing so in violation of international law has always been deeply flawed. […]

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Israel’s Rights in the West Bank under International Law, by Amb. Alan Baker (Tablet via Daily Alert)

By   /  November 19, 2019  /  History, International, Israel's legal case, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Nov. 20, 2019 Israel’s Rights in the West Bank under International Law – Amb. Alan Baker Israel’s rights in the West Bank did not originate with the 1967 Six-Day War. The Balfour Declaration issued by the British government in 1917 acknowledged the indigenous presence and historic aspirations of the Jewish people to reestablish their historic national […]

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Naftali Bennett silences Palestinian Arab activist with one question, by Leah Rosenberg (Israel Unwired)

By   /  November 19, 2019  /  BDS, Israel, Mid. East news, tech.  /  No Comments

Mar. 20, 2019 This Palestinian Arab activist tried to talk about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement that aims to weaken the state of Israel. She tried to confidently say it would succeed and that it is growing and growing. But Israeli politician Naftali Bennett came back with the perfect response. Click here for […]

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Lebanon Protests Are Breaking “Fear Barrier” – Scott Peterson (Christian Science Monitor via Daily Alert)

By   /  November 14, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Nov. 14, 2019 Lebanon Protests Are Breaking “Fear Barrier” – Scott Peterson (Christian Science Monitor)    The veteran Hizbullah fighter can’t count how many times he has been to Syria, but he now refuses to return there and curses the organization to which he has devoted his life.    More Hizbullah fighters have returned from Syria […]

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Despite Setback, Syrian Kurds Have Come Through the Fire – Seth J. Frantzman (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 25, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 25, 2019 Despite Setback, Syrian Kurds Have Come Through the Fire – Seth J. Frantzman (Jerusalem Post)    Syrian Kurdish leader Gen. Mazlum Kobani received Washington’s support on Wednesday and was on the phone with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu – two weeks after it seemed his Syrian Democratic Forces were on the ropes against […]

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Land for peace: A historical perspective by Martin Sherman (JNS)

By   /  October 24, 2019  /  History, Lies & Deceptions, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 18, 2019 Shimon Peres wasn’t the only one who eventually supported the land-for-peace doctrine and Palestinian statehood, having previously warned of the deadly perils this would entail. “In an address before a joint session of the U.S. Congress (Jan. 28, 1976), Rabin cogently underscored the irrelevance of territory as a cause of Arab enmity towards the […]

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Land for peace: A historical perspective by Martin Sherman (JNS via TZC Newsletter)

By   /  October 18, 2019  /  History, International, Lies & Deceptions, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 18, 2019 Shimon Peres wasn’t the only one who eventually supported the land-for-peace doctrine and Palestinian statehood, having previously warned of the deadly perils this would entail. Click here for full article

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The Dream Palace of the American Peace Processors – Michael S. Doran (Foreign Affairs via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 18, 2019  /  History, International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 18, 2019 The Dream Palace of the American Peace Processors – Michael S. Doran (Foreign Affairs) By moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, blessing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, and other gestures, the administration is said to have overturned half a century of settled U.S. policy, abandoned the Palestinians, and killed the two-state solution. […]

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The End of Kurdish Autonomy in Syria? – Jonathan Spyer (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 18, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 18, 2019 The End of Kurdish Autonomy in Syria? – Jonathan Spyer In the early years of the revolt against his regime, Assad was desperately short of loyal manpower and unilaterally withdrew his forces from Syria’s northeast in June-July 2012. The Kurds had to fight for their lives from the beginning as the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra […]

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