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When US President Barack Obama was elected, he promised to create the most transparent presidential administration in history. Apparently he has forgotten his love of transparency, or simply neglected to let his State Department in on the goal. Regardless, it is highly ironic that the US State Department now finds itself in the ridiculous position of criticizing Israel’s government for being too transparent. The source of this latest “friendly disagreement” is the draft of an Israeli law currently working its way through the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The law mandates that all Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Israel which receive more…

Yesterday’s lead headline in the daily Israel Hayom announced a dramatic change by the Israel Medical Association’s Ethics Board regarding “triage” – the sorting and treating battle casualties according to urgency. The 2013 Israel Medical Association (IMA) ethical code regarding multi-casualty terror attack says that in such events the notion of “charity begins at home” is to be applied. This principle demands treatment of wounded victims first, and wounded terrorists later. This Jewish ethical principle contradicts the international concept of sorting patients according to urgency alone. Triage, blind to the identity of the wounded, leads to the possibility of treating…

The speech of Pastor Victor Styrsky, given on Holocaust Remembrance Day last month, is now surfacing on Israeli social media and is touching the hearts of many. Styrsky spoke on behalf of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), founded by John Hagee in 2006. CUFI claims 2.5 million members across the United States is probably the most active and vocal pro-Israel Christian organization in the world today. CUFI’s unambiguous commitment to Israel stands in sharp contrast to the growing number of Christians whose attitude towards Israel is increasingly crossing the line between criticism and anti-Semitism. CUFI affirms, what up until a…

In the wake of the ISIS attack on Paris, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “militant Islamic terrorism attacks our societies because it wants to destroy our civilization,” which is why “all terrorism must be condemned and fought equally with unwavering determination.” Netanyahu is among those who find no excuse for Islamic terror. Some European leaders, on the other hand, are doing what they have done all along – blaming Israel and the West for Islamic violence. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom was rebuffed by some Israeli officials, like Yair Lapid, who misunderstood her as justifying Palestinian terror while condemning ISIS…

This instructive video shows what news reports would look like if they applied their outrageous Israel-reporting techniques to terrorist attacks in the rest of the world. In the hope of lessening the egregious anti-Israel bias, here are some pointers to members of the media: Your job is to report facts, not reinforce a narrative. Really. The facts matter – they form the basis for judgments. So here are some facts for you, meticulously documented and updated (with details and graphs worthy of a data scientist) in a shared Google spreadsheet by Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho. According to his data, in the fifty days from September 11 through…

From Israel Today/Tsvi Sadan The “Palestine” maps shown in the newsroom of MSNBC on October 17 represented what the pro-Palestine crowd believes to be the “disappearing Palestine.” These maps, often seen at “free Gaza” demonstrations, are a gutter tactic aimed at manipulating the masses by fictitious visual aids. Following protests, MSNBC reluctantly apologized by saying that “in an attempt to shed light on the geographic context of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, we aired a map that was factually wrong.” Even if sincere, this apology can’t undo the impression these maps left on millions of viewers that pay little attention to the well-documented…

Two false statements by the US State Department this week in regard to the current wave of terrorism in Israel has infuriated those who truly understand the situation – not least of all Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at Harvard University on Tuesday, where he claimed that lack of a peace process and Israeli settlements were the cause of this terrorism. “What’s happening is that, unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody. And there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years, and…

This is a call for love. I call on Jews and Arabs to stop the hate. We always talk about peace, but how about we start to live in peace. We always say that both sides are bad, maybe because of what we hear or see, but it doesn’t matter. How about we give one another a new chance to prove love. We always see each other at the bus station and give “the stare,” but how about we welcome one another in peace. That’s a good start for peace. Don’t talk about peace, make peace. Forget the hate, forget…

A wave of deadly terrorist attacks erupted over the weekend, leading to the death of four Israelis and the injury of several others. Beginning on Thursday evening, gunmen murdered a young married couple as they drove through Samaria with their four children in the car. Eitam and Naama Hankin were shot multiple times in their vehicle and were pronounced dead when Israel’s first responders arrived on-scene. The children (ages 4 months, 4 years, 7 years, and 9 years) were unharmed physically but suffered the trauma of witnessing their parents’ murder. A massive search for the murderers was launched, and within…

Today Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The reason for this short diplomatic mission is the security threat posed to Israel by Russia’s recent military aid to the regime of Syria’s official dictator, President Bashar Assad. The Syrian civil war has raged for over four years, creating a dilemma for Israel. What began as an Arab Spring uprising in 2011 created an opportunity for the Islamic State group to join the rebels against the Assad regime and begin consolidating power along Israel’s northern border. The civil war is not a conflict…

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