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When disaster strikes around the world, Israel is always one of the first responders. The massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on April 25th killed over 4,000 people and injured over 8,000 more. Tens of thousands of people are homeless, and the United Nations estimates that 1.4 million people are in need of food after the earthquake. A handful of countries have already sent teams of rescue workers and supplies to Nepal, and once again Israel is on the front lines of the relief effort. A day after the earthquake, 260 members of the Israel Defense Forces flew to Nepal with a cargo…

It would be hard to find anyone, outside of the Obama administration and the Iranian regime, who thinks the framework deal on Iran’s nuclear program that emerged last week is a good deal. American lawmakers don’t trust it. Israeli officials despise it. And other Middle East countries, namely Egypt and Saudi Arabia, fear it. Here’s why. A final deal won’t be negotiated until June, but the framework agreement described by the Obama administration raises several concerns. First, the deal is only designed to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons research and development for ten years. In a decade, the issue resurfaces and…

To say that President Obama doesn’t want Prime Minister Netanyahu interfering in his nuclear negotiations with Iran is an understatement. The Obama Administration has made increasingly hostile moves toward Netanyahu in recent weeks as they seek to prevent him from speaking to Congress next month. Never in the history of US-Israel relations has there been this much public tension between the leaders of the two nations. When Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, the White House was offended that they were not consulted beforehand. Since then, various Administration officials…

Israel’s border checkpoints have an undeservedly bad reputation in the mainstream media. Pro-Palestinian activists and those sympathetic to their cause often use the checkpoints to support their claims that Israel is a racist and apartheid state bent on oppressing the Palestinians. The truth paints a very different picture. It is true that Palestinians traveling between territories controlled by Israel and the Palestinian Authority must pass through checkpoints guarded by Israeli soldiers and border police. Yes, this is inconvenient, but most often is no more a hassle than a standard inspection when crossing the US-Canadian border, for instance. Unfortunately, these stops…

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