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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Trump, the Dossier, and the Press

January 12, 2017  •  City Journal

The 35-page memo outlining Russia's collection of allegedly compromising financial and sexual information on President-elect Donald Trump, which could be used to blackmail him, and his campaign's ostensible collusion with Russian intelligence agencies, reads like a lurid Hollywood thriller. You can almost see the marquee: Explosive! Shocking! The dossier you don't want your children to read!

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Lost in cyberspace

January 12, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn't claiming that.

So those who are may be presumed to have an agenda: to establish the narrative that Donald Trump was not legitimately elected president. From that, it would follow that no one — not mayors, not governors, not members of Congress — is obliged to cooperate with him. They would be justified to "resist" his presidency instead.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

The Islamization of Britain in 2016
"The realistic future for Britain is Islamic."

January 9, 2017  •  Gatestone Institute

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 3.5 million in 2016 to become around 5.5% of the overall population of 64 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.

The growth of Britain's Muslim population can be attributed to immigration, high birth rates and conversions to Islam.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

How President-elect Trump might undo Obama's hostility to Israel

December 30, 2016  •  The Hill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is counting the days until Barack Obama leaves office. So are many supporters of Israel here in the United States, including members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

It's not just last week's abstention on an anti-Israel measure at the United Nations Security Council. Nor was it the long-winded speech about Israeli settlements by President Obama's secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier this week.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Trump's Arsenal Against Iran

December 29, 2016  •  USA Today

What will the new president do about Iran?

While still on the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump railed repeatedly against President Obama's "disastrous" nuclear deal with Iran. He pledged to tear up the agreement, or at least amend it substantially, as one of his first acts in office. Yet, for a host of reasons, the nuclear pact concluded between the Iran and the P5+1 powers (the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, France and Germany) last summer is likely to prove more resilient than either the president-elect or his advisers hope.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

2016 Books: A President Leaves, but the Reading Continues

December 29, 2016  •  National Review Online

The year 2016 was a good one for books by men named Yuval. Over the past year, I read two, and both were excellent. The first Yuval is Yuval Levin, justifiably well known to NR readers. His Fractured Republic deserves the accolades it has been receiving. It is a cogent and well-reasoned look at how we have come to our present situation of bitter partisanship and broken politics, but it also makes a compelling case for a realistic path forward. He suggests a form of "subsidiarity," i.e., getting away from solutions at the federal level and finding more answers locally. The book is a devastating indictment of the welfare state and a good primer for effective conservative policymaking in the future.

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

What Kerry got wrong in his Israel speech

December 28, 2016  •  Washington Examiner

Secretary of State John Kerry laid out his vision of a Middle East peace deal on Wednesday. Rather than achieve peace between Israel and Palestinians, however, Kerry will be remembered for catalyzing terrorism and setting back the cause of peace for decades, if not permanently. The problems are not only ego and pique, the twisted personal motivations of Kerry and President Obama, but also the false conventional wisdom upon which Kerry and his aides operate.

Here is what they get wrong:

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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

Is Obama's Hanukkah Gift a Palestinian State?

December 26, 2016  •  The Huffington Post

The passing of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution #2334 marks an abrupt and significant change in decades of American policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Rather than a parting shot fueled by personal vengeance, it could be a well thought out plan. Whereas he passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, and then bypassed Congress and the American people to tie the country to his Iran deal, the precedent is set for him to ignore the American people and the very countries involved in a peace agreement and impose his vision of a two-state solution.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

The success and failure of Orthodox Judaism

December 22, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Seemingly by every measure, this is a time of triumph for Orthodox Judaism in the United States. Just five decades after being written off as a relic of the past, Orthodoxy in America is on the upswing, spiritually, demographically, socially and economically.

More Torah is being studied on the continent than at any time since the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Minyanim have proliferated to the extent that there are apps to help one locate the closest mincha or maariv service, and you can even join one during the seventh-inning stretch at numerous baseball stadiums throughout the country.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

The Meaning of an Israeli Clash with an Islamic State Affiliate

December 13, 2016  •  War on the Rocks

On November 27, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) clashed for the first time with the Islamic State-linked group called Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed ("The Army of Khalid bin al-Waleed") on the border between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the Yarmouk Basin region of southwest Deraa province. Though no casualties were reported on the Israeli side, at least three members of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed were killed. Do these clashes mean the Islamic State is opening up a front against Israel via the Golan borderlands? And what do they tell us about the ever-shifting puzzle of jihadist groups in Syria?

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Jimmy Carter's house of mirrors

December 6, 2016  •  The Hill

Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found are a great way to understand the Palestinian narrative and in particular, advocates of the Palestinian cause like former President Jimmy Carter. Carroll uses time and space as the plot device while drawing on chess imagery, mirror themes, opposites and time running backwards. This topsy-turvy world provides the perfect "logic" explain why, according to Carter, in his last days in office President Obama should force the United States through the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state.

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