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Kerry Suggests Peace Process Could ‘Eliminate’ Murders of West Bank Israelis

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day after a West Bank couple was murdered in front of their four kids, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the peace process being pushed by the administration could end all of these slayings. Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama, both in their 30s, […]

Joint Tsk-Tsk Issued to Russia as White House Official Argues Putin Is Bombing Out of Position of Weakness

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The United States joined with France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom for a joint rebuke of Russia for its bombing campaign in Syria. “We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially ‎the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib […]

Netanyahu Slams UN for ‘Deafening Silence’ on Iranian Threats to Wipe Out Israel

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chided the world body for its Israel-bashing and its silence about Iran’s constant threats to destroy Israel. To emphasize his point, he stopped talking for 40 seconds, resulting in an uncomfortable silence: Netanyahu said the nuclear deal “will […]

More ‘Minnesotans’ Merrily Joining Jihad

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

First of all, they’re not Minnesotans. But they are working for the enemy: Minnesota leads the nation in the number of people who have left or sought to leave the country to fight with terrorists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, according to a scathing congressional report that says […]

VIDEO: Rep. McCaul: ‘We’re Losing in This Fight Against ISIS’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Tuesday that the United States is losing its fight against the Islamic State. He cited the findings from a bipartisan report released Tuesday: More than 25,000 foreigners have flocked to war-torn Syria and Iraq since 2011 to fight with Islamist terrorist groups including ISIS, according to U.S. government estimates noted in […]

Video: Russia Conducts First Air Strikes in Syria … but Who Was the Target?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, but there is disagreement between Russian and U.S. officials over whether the target was ISIS or anti-Assad rebel forces. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Wednesday claimed that the airstrikes hit ISIS targets. Via CNN: The airstrike targeted ISIS military equipment, communications centers, vehicles and ammunition, Maj. Gen. Igor […]

Obama Vows to Veto Bill That Would Make Iran Pay Judgments to Terror Victims

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House threatened to veto legislation that blocks sanctions relief to Iran until it pays its bill of court-ordered damages to victims of terrorism. The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) earlier this month. The House Rules Committee is marking up the bill today. “The President […]

British Jihadist Who Complained About Bad Manners Fields ‘Ask ISIS’ Q&A

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The British jihadist who complained about bad manners and dirty kitchens in the Islamic State is back with an “ask ISIS” Q&A, complete with advice to a Western woman fearful she won’t be able to compete with “pretty teenagers” to find a jihadist hubby. Omar Hussain, a 27-year-old former grocery store security guard from southern […]

World’s Leading State Sponsor of Terrorism Calls for New World Order to Battle Terrorism

Monday, September 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations today that the Islamic Republic wants to lead an international coalition to go after terrorism. The leader of the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism said the nuclear deal “is not the final objective but a development which can and should be the basis of further […]

Pro-Israel Advocates Fight Back as New York School Teaches Third Graders to Be ‘Freedom Fighters for Palestine’

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Bassem Tamimi, father of the infamous Pallywood star “Shirley Temper,” was invited to speak to a classroom of third graders in Ithaca, New York. Legal Insurrection broke the story: An uproar is brewing in Ithaca, New York, after anti-Israel activists bragged on Facebook how they managed to bring Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi to a third-grade […]

CENTCOM: Syrian Rebel Unit Gave Quarter of Its U.S.-Coalition Equipment to al-Nusra

Friday, September 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

U.S. Central Command acknowledged today that a Syrian rebel unit that received U.S. equipment gave a quarter of it to the al-Qaeda-aligned al-Nusra Front “purportedly” in exchange for safe passage through a Nusra-controlled area. CENTCOM said it received the report at about 1 p.m. that a commander of a New Syrian Forces unit had gifted […]

Iraq – Our New Vietnam War, and Worse

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

One of the longest and stupidest wars in American history — a legacy of both presidents named Bush — just keeps on keepin’ on, whether fought in “no-fly” zones, on the ground (twice) or by and between various Islamic proxies. And to what end? Certainly not anything that looks like victory. As the war in Iraq […]

What the Media Is Showing, but Isn’t Saying About Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The photo above was featured in a Reuters report on Syrian migrants travelling between Serbia and Croatia in an attempt to obtain refugee status in Europe. The fairly dull report read: Serbia gave Croatia an end-Wednesday deadline to fully lift a blockade on cargo traffic or face retaliatory measures, as relations between the ex-Yugoslav neighbors sour […]

Netanyahu Calls Out Arms Transfers, ‘Creation of a Terrorist Front’ at Putin Meeting

Monday, September 21st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Russia today and publicly called out the Kremlin’s arms sales to enemies of Israel while appearing with President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s remarks at the start of the meeting between the two leaders were brief: wishing the prime minister happy Yom Kippur. But Bibi got straight for the point […]

Ralph Peters: ’2000 Years of Christian Civilization Destroyed on Obama’s Watch’

Sunday, September 20th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The Islamic State has managed to destroy two thousand years of Christian civilization in the Middle East in just a couple of years, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters noted on The O’Reilly Factor last week. And he placed the blame squarely on President Obama’s cowardly, feckless, incompetent foreign policy. ISIS has been spreading across the Middle […]

Ted Cruz Schools John Kasich on the Horrendous Iran Deal

Friday, September 18th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

A lot has been said and written about this week’s presidential debate hosted by CNN. Many people have focused on exchanges between Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump, or between Rand Paul and The Donald, and between Chris Christie and the two “outsiders.” Of course there was also the confrontation between Trump and Jeb Bush. Great: […]

House Lawmakers to Senate: Use Nuclear Option to Force Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Several dozen House lawmakers formally called on Senate leaders to use the nuclear option to force a vote on the Iran nuclear deal. If the 60-vote threshold to pass cloture was dropped, Senate Democrats’ filibuster would fall apart. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), when majority leader of the Senate, dropped the “nuclear option” bomb in November 2013 […]

Billionaire Seeks to Build Island Refuge for Those Fleeing ISIS

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

As Western governments debate what to do with the astonishing number of refugees fleeing the crisis in the Middle East, one man has proposed a unique solution and is taking steps to try to make it a reality. Egyptian telecom billionaire Naguib Sawiris has begun conversations with the governments of Greece and Italy about purchasing one […]

Kerry Calls Russian Counterpart to Tell Lavrov They’re ‘Exacerbating’ Things in Syria

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The State Department said tonight that Secretary of State John Kerry picked up the phone today and attempted to talk tough to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over Moscow’s military movements in Syria. “Secretary Kerry made clear that Russia’s continued support for President Assad risks exacerbating and extending the conflict, and undermining our shared goal […]

GOP Senate Strategy: No Lifting of Sanctions Unless Iran Recognizes Israel and U.S. Hostages Freed

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) revealed today Senate Republicans’ next strategy to fight the Iran deal after the president’s allies blocked for a second time a vote on the disapproval resolution. The cloture vote was 56-42, with four Democrats who had previously announced opposition to the agreement voting once again to move the bill forward: […]

WATCH: David Zucker Spoofs Iran Deal in New Ad

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Writer, producer and director David Zucker — whose hilarious credits include Airplane! and The Naked Gun — did a legendary spoof of Madeleine Albright and appeasement to North Korea nearly a decade ago. He’s back — spoofing those Cialis commercials to discuss side effects of the Iran nuclear deal. “While the president, Secretary Kerry and […]

ISIS: Refugee Deaths Are Fault of Those Who Flee for ‘Lands of the Christians’

Monday, September 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Using the photo of the body of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi in its latest magazine, ISIS says that refugee deaths are the fault of the refugees for “abandoning” the Islamic State. “Although the obligation of hijrah is clear, a mistake is regularly committed by claimants of Islam, and that is in choosing their destination […]

Homeland Security Chairman: If Vetting of Syrian Refugees Was Better, I’d Support Bringing More

Monday, September 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said he’d be supportive of bringing in more Syrian refugees if there was a proper vetting process, but he fears a “reckless and dangerous policy” taking shape. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that President Obama “informed his team that he would like them […]

Obama Influences Jewish High Holiday Sermons

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IMRA reports via the JTA that President Obama had a pleasant conversation this week with American rabbis ahead of the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. During the conversation he expressed his desire to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in town next month for the United Nations’ […]

IDF Creates 5-Year Plan to Prepare for War with Iran

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Analysis of IDF operations reveals a 5-year plan designed to ensure Israeli survival against a nuclear Iran: Pursuant to the agreement: the “nuclear” agreement signed between the P5+1 and Iran in July 2015 is an event of historic proportions that will affect the Middle East for decades. The top-priority assignment of the Israeli intelligence services after the signing […]

Obama: Putin ‘Did Not Take My Warnings, and Things Have Gotten Worse’

Friday, September 11th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House said today it’s not really sure what Russian forces are doing in Syria, but they’re definitely going to have a talk with the Kremlin about it. Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “a couple of times just this week […]

25 House Dems Defect to Shoot Down Iran Deal

Friday, September 11th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The House of Representatives voted down the Iran deal 162-269 today and also voted to block President Obama from repealing sanctions. Obama, though, ignored Democratic defections and hailed the House smackdown as a victory for his deal nonetheless. All Republicans but one voted against the P5+1 deal — libertarian Rep. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) voted “present.” […]

Finding ISIS Across America

Friday, September 11th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Everyone is apoplectic over refugees flooding out of the Middle East and North Africa. Europe is awash with a human wave. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is committed to taking more of the load. Among the myriad of concerns is that terrorists might be mixed in with the masses. There are reports […]

Senate Dems Filibuster Iran Deal Disapproval Resolution

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama’s allies managed to block a disapproval resolution on the Iran nuclear deal from even coming to the floor for an up-or-down vote this afternoon. The vote was 58-42, with four Democrats who had previously announced opposition to the agreement voting to move the bill forward: Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Bob […]

NYT Marks Jewish Opponents of Iran Deal with Yellow Highlighter

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The New York Times did an analysis of opponents of the nuclear deal today, taking a highlighter to the Jews even though more Jewish members than not back the president. “Though more Jewish members of Congress support the deal than oppose it, the Democrats against the deal are more likely to be Jewish or represent […]

Pelosi: Obama Put ‘Dazzling’ Pressure on Congress Over Iran Deal

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lauded as “dazzling” the Obama administration’s arm-twisting to pull Democrats to their side in the Iran nuclear vote. “The president was magnificent, because the president really understands this legislation — this agreement, let me say, it’s not legislation — this agreement very well,” Pelosi said at her weekly news […]

House Dems’ Freshman Class President Tears Apart Iran Deal in 23-Page ‘No’ Vote Explanation

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

An antiwar California Dem didn’t just announce that he would oppose the Iran nuclear deal — he picked it apart in a 23-page analysis. Rep. Ted Lieu, who filled the seat vacated by retired Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), is the freshman class president in the House Democratic Caucus. “While I believe President Obama is a […]

This Is What Islamic Invasion Looks Like

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Reading this piece by Daniel Greenfield over at FrontPage Magazine, I’m reminded of how the Soviets would deploy their troops on the Eastern Front in World War II. As a Soviet grunt, you had two choices: advance, and likely be shot by Germans; or retreat, and surely be shot by your fellow countrymen. In similar […]

Report: 50 Spies Accuse Obama Admin. of Cooking ISIS Intel

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The New York Times reported last month that an IG investigation was looking into complaints that military officials skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a false, Obama-approved narrative about their progress. Now, in an exclusive for the Daily Beast, Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef report on a “revolt” by more than 50 intelligence […]

Ayatollah Khamenei to Israel: ‘You Will Not See the Next 25 Years’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed today that Israel won’t exist in 25 years, and in the time leading up to that the Jewish state will have “no moment of serenity.” In a public address in Tehran today, Khamenei called Israel “fake,” according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Some of the Zionists have […]