Why Israeli Rule in the 'West Bank' Is Legal under International Law

- Posted in Judea and Samaria
Summary ... In international law, a people has the right to self-determination, but that does not mean an independent state. An interview with Professor Eugene Kontorovich by Sarah Haetzni-Cohen (A version of this interview first appeared in Hebrew in Makor Rishon on March 23, 2018.) [The use here   read more ...

How to Get the World To Hate Israel

- Posted in The West and the Middle East
As part of evaluating the competitive landscape of the popularity of nations, in a process referred to in marketing circles as 'place branding,' Israel, to no one's great surprise, comes up short in brand likeability, ranking last out of 35 nations included in an August 2006 survey conducted by   read more ...

Trump Is Right To End U.S. Aid to UNRWA

- Posted in The Arab 'Refugees' / UNRWA
CNN reports that "the United States is ending all funding to the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees, the U.S. State Department said Friday, describing the body as 'irredeemably flawed.'" Indeed it is, and this Trump administration move is courageous and welcome.   read more ...

Why UNRWA Is an Obstacle to Peace

- Posted in The Arab 'Refugees' / UNRWA
Many Palestinians' very identity seems more oriented to preserving grievance than to achieving peace. Sadly, with regard to Palestinians' far-reaching claims on the issue of refugees, as with other key aspects of their conflict with Israel, the United Nations has entrenched itself as a part of the   read more ...

Dispelling the myth of "Jews-only roads" in the 'West Bank'

- Posted in Judea and Samaria
[The use here of the word "Palestinian(s)" are the author's choice. There are no such people as the "Palestinians".] An op-ed by Hanan Ashrawi headlined 'Ireland can make history by backing human rights in Palestine in Seanad tomorrow', included the claim that, in Israeli settlements in the West   read more ...

Why Do Palestinian Leaders Oppose Helping Their People?

- Posted in The Palestinian Authority
For years, Palestinian leaders have been complaining that the Gaza Strip was "on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe." Time and again, they have warned that unless the world helps the Palestinians living there, the Gaza Strip will "erupt like a volcano." Israel and the US are now offering to   read more ...

Palestinian Casualties Are No Accident for Hamas

- Posted in Arab / Islamic Terror
Leave it to Hamas to make nonviolence violent. This is what happened over the weekend [March 3-4, 2018] as thousands of Gazans swarmed the Israeli border crossing on what they called a "march of return." It's not just that the Israeli Defense Force claims to have video showing peaceful marchers   read more ...

'Pay for Slay' - When Will It End?

- Posted in Arab / Islamic Terror
Back in 1982, when Israel was fighting the First Lebanon War and was close to wiping out the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), US President Ronald Reagan sent several requests to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to not destroy the PLO. Reagan wanted to make a deal for peace between the   read more ...