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Trump Confuses Iran's Quds Forces and Kurds Fighting ISIS (Updated)

Accuses radio host of "gotcha questions."
6:15 PM, Sep 03, 2015

Radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Donald Trump Thursday and asked the Republican frontrunner some details on foreign policy. After Trump confused some terminology, he accused Hewitt of asking "gotcha questions."

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Kerry's State Department Whitewashes Palestinian Incitement

11:18 AM, Jun 26, 2015

The State Department's practice of downplaying Palestinian incitement has reached a new low, with its latest report whitewashing not only the Palestinians' behavior but also Secretary of State John Kerry's own words on the subject.

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Why the Israeli Elections Are So Contentious

6:00 AM, Mar 16, 2015

Elections have grown increasingly contentious in countries across the globe. This makes sense; governments have become immensely powerful in the face of growing challenges,  governments control a much greater share of the economy, and the benefits of dispensing government largesse are increasing exponentially. More recently, thanks to the “innovations” of James Carville and his ilk, campaigns have become ever more bitter and negative.

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Argentine Congress Fundraises for Hamas

3:04 PM, Oct 02, 2014

A new report from the Jewish Telegraph Agency details that the Argentine congress will be fundraising for the terror group Hamas. 

"A fundraising campaign for Palestine by the Argentine National Congress is being seen by one Jewish group as an endorsement of Hamas," reports JTA.

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‘The Fog of Cease-fire’

Who won the Gaza war?
Sep 08, 2014

For the moment, the Gaza war of 2014 is over. Anyone trying now to figure out who won and who lost should recall the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Then, Israelis had a great sense of letdown because they had not “won.” They had not destroyed Hezbollah, and the organization loudly claimed a triumph: “Lebanon has been victorious, Palestine has been victorious, Arab nations have been victorious,” said Sheikh Nasrallah. An estimated 800,000 Hezbollah supporters gathered in Beirut for a rally celebrating the “divine victory.”

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Hamas’s Media Strategy

Sep 01, 2014

During the six weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used human shields—women and children—to protect its infrastructure in Gaza. This tactic is meant either to deter Israel from striking at the rockets, attack tunnels, and terrorists that threaten it, or—and for Hamas this is much preferable—to force the Israeli military to fire on Palestinian civilians.

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Death Cult

9:28 AM, Aug 22, 2014

What, you sometimes think, is it with these people?  Why are they so infatuated with death? First, the execution of James Foley by ISIS, carried off like a punk schoolyard stunt. And now, as the Chicago Tribune reports:

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Kids Featured in Hamas Rally Amid Ceasefire

2:11 PM, Aug 07, 2014

While a ceasefire between Hamas and Israeli military forces continues, a Thursday rally in Gaza City organized by the terrorist group featured plenty of young children, some of whom were carrying toy guns. Associated Press photographer Lefteris Pitarakis captured the scene:

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The Ceasefire Holds But Israel’s Long War Is Far From Over

3:02 PM, Aug 06, 2014

Now into its second day, the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions continues to hold. With Hamas’ missile arsenal depleted by roughly 50 percent and, according to Israeli assessments, 32 attack tunnels destroyed, Israeli officials are claiming a clear victory. “The IDF won big time in Gaza,” says one commander of an elite unit. “Stop staying we lost. We won.”

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Podcast: Israel Won

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:35 PM, Aug 05, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the ceasefire agreed to in Gaza by Hamas and Israel.

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Iranians vs. ‘Hanging Judges’

3:29 PM, Aug 05, 2014

Abulghasem Salavati, who heads Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, is known as one of Iran’s “hanging judges.” As the London Guardian reported recently, Salavati and his colleague, Mohammad Moghiseh, are most prominent judges in a drive to suppress independent journalists and political dissenters. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a professional organization based in Brussels, denounced Iran on July 29 for keeping 27 journalists locked up.

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Jimmy Carter: Hamas a 'Legitimate Political Actor'

8:02 AM, Aug 05, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter takes to ForeignPolicy.com to argue that the key to ending the current war in Gaza is "recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor." Writing along with f

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Abrams, Jebreal Debate Media Coverage of Israel-Hamas War

3:04 PM, Aug 04, 2014

On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, frequent WEEKLY STANDARD contributor Elliott Abrams debated Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal over the issue of how the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been covered by the media. Watch the clip below:

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Like a Broken Record

Human Rights Watch sings its same old ­discredited tune about Gaza.
Aug 04, 2014

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was only a week old when Human Rights Watch charged that “Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.” The report quoted Sarah Leah Whitson, the group’s Middle East director: “Recent documented cases in Gaza sadly fit Israel’s long record of unlawful airstrikes with high civilian casualties.”

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The Underground War on Israel

The tunnels of Hamas and Hezbollah.
Aug 04, 2014

During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convinced the Federal Aviation Authority and European air carriers to temporarily suspend flights to Israel. The fact that relatively primitive rockets falling far short of their targets are nonetheless capable of at least briefly severing an advanced Western democracy with a leading tech economy from the rest of the world is a psychological blow.

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No Sword, No Justice

Aug 04, 2014

On Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch embassy in Washington to pay his respects to the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down over Ukraine by forces armed and backed by Vladimir Putin. Obama wrote in the embassy’s condolence book, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”

Then he rested.

Actually, that’s not fair. Obama didn’t rest. He flew off to the West Coast on a busy fundraising trip.

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Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

3:40 PM, Aug 01, 2014

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped. Word on the ground in Israel is that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, rather than Hamas, may be responsible for the operation. If those rumors prove accurate, some analysts speculate, it would mean that Iran, PIJ’s longtime patron, is behind the operation and is responsible for scuttling the ceasefire.

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Free Gaza From Hamas

9:29 AM, Aug 01, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing at the Washington Free Beacon, offers a solution to the cycle of violence in the Gaza Strip. Here's an excerpt:

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After the 'Ceasefire'

8:51 AM, Aug 01, 2014

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended after it had barely begun Friday morning when the terrorist organization committed a suicide attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and kidnapped a third. In a fact sheet sent to journalists, Omri Ceren of the Israel Project explains where the broken ceasefire leaves Israel and the region: 

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Podcast: Obama Strategy For Gaza? Keep Iran Happy.

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:10 PM, Jul 30, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD  podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on Hamas's attack tunnels, Operation Protective Edge, the Iranian factor, and what the media gets wrong about Israel's involvement in Gaza.

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Kristol Podcast: US out of UN!...and more on Israel, Ukraine, and Immigration

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:05 PM, Jul 25, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the United Nations, the conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, and the crisis at the southern U.S. border.

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Europe's Amazing Anti-Israel Ways

10:58 AM, Jul 25, 2014

I've lived in Europe the past dozen years—in Berlin, Prague, and London. When it comes to Israel, Europe's ways seldom cease to amaze. 

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Joe Klein Defends Israel's Military Action

7:05 AM, Jul 24, 2014

Joe Klein of Time defended Israel's military actions in Gaza on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday. Klein, a self-described critic of Israel's support of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, nonetheless argued that Western media needed to do a better job of telling Israel's side of the story, a point he debated with NBC News's Andrea Mitchell.

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Mike Bloomberg to Fly to Tel Aviv

8:06 PM, Jul 22, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airlines from flying to Israel on Tuesday afternoon. Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, issued the following statement Tuesday night:

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Hayes Podcast: Obama Talks, but Putin and the World Unimpressed

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:33 PM, Jul 21, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on Obama, Putin, Ukraine, Netanyahu, Hamas, and Israel.

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Israel Under Attack

Jul 21, 2014

Last week, Hamas fired hundreds of rockets and missiles at targets throughout Israel, including the nuclear reactor at Dimona. Two of the three M-75 missiles targeting Dimona missed the mark entirely, but one had to be brought down by Iron Dome, Israel’s antimissile shield. The U.N. considers an attack on a nuclear reactor an act of nuclear terrorism, which in this case might have taken a catastrophic toll on Israel’s population—as well as the Palestinians.

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Hot Mic: Kerry Mocks Israel: 'A Hell of a Pinpoint Operation'

9:21 AM, Jul 20, 2014

Fox News Sunday reports on a hot mic that caught John Kerry mocking Israel's "pinpoint operation" against Hamas in Gaza:

"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," Kerry was recorded as saying, in the middle of network interviews. "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation."

"We've got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it's crazy to be sitting around."

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'The Kerry-Qatar Axis'

9:52 AM, Jul 18, 2014

Elliott Abrams, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations:

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Why Israel Is Winning This War

8:08 AM, Jul 15, 2014

The reluctance of Hamas’s “military wing”—a misnomer for the more extreme elements of its extremist leadership—to accept the cease-fire designed by Egypt is, well, logical. Let’s admit it. They do not wish to accept defeat, and the Egyptian terms are a defeat for Hamas.

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Podcast: Israel on Target, Hamas Firing Wildly

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:35 PM, Jul 14, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the situation in Israel and Operation Protective Edge.

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