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Divorced From Holy Land Reality

Here’s a new canard leveled against Israel: Many Christians living in the Holy Land have to convert to Islam or to a different Christian denomination in order to obtain a divorce. So claims Jill Hamilton in a shocking commentary published in The Guardian‘s print edition: In Israel, Christians come under 10 personal status codes: Latin Catholic,

Rafah and the Law of Unintended Consequences Bites Egypt

After re-opening Rafah, the law of unintended consequences bites Egypt. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) writes: A full opening at Egypt’s Rafah border, analysts say, could allow Israel to separate itself more definitively from Gaza, foisting humanitarian and security responsibilities for the enclave onto Egypt . . . Keeping the border closed

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Financial Times: No Interest in Principle

Israel’s three conditions for engaging Hamas are a matter of principle. You don’t negotiate with people who want to kill you. You don’t negotiate with people who don’t recognize your existence. And you don’t negotiate with people who don’t intend to honor previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. If you do, you reward — and legitimize – a terror

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Arab Spring Sprouts More Mea Culpas

I’m glad to see that the Arab Spring — especially the brutal head-bashing in Syria and Libya — is causing columnists to rethink their views. Yesterday, it was Israel’s Sever Plocker, which carries its own implications for Big Media. Today, it’s Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Yvonne Ridley offering their own mea culpas. First with Alibhai-Brown. Yes, The

Pro-Israel Blog-Off: The Great Eight

Aussie Dave just announced the winner of the Pro-Israel Blog-Off’s final match of round one. Congratulations to Yisrael Medad. We’re down to eight bloggers, and the competition’s going to get more intense. So stay tuned for more blog posts, videos and podcasts, and good luck to the blog-off’s “Great Eight.” 7 Agorot Challah Hu Akbar CiFWatch

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Hamas Prefers War With Israel (and Media) Over Peace With Palestinians

Hamas would rather spark war with Israel (and the media) than make peace with Palestinians. Following the latest popular demonstrations for Palestinian unity, Hamas goons attacked media offices in Gaza and fired some 50 rockets at Israel over the weekend. The Committee to Protect Journalists elaborates on the media intimidation: Following a demonstration in Gaza City, Hamas

Stephen Walt’s Cold Words of Comfort

Cold words of comfort indeed from Professor Stephen Walt on the Itamar massacre. Walt, most famous for co-authoring The Israel Lobby, is no one-trick pony. In a 425-word post, 44 percent of his word count spreads around condemnation of Israel, settlers, Christian supporters, and of course, “U.S. politicians, whose deference to the Israel lobby has enabled the occupation.” If ever

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