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Betrayal: How US President Joe Biden is undermining Israel

April 12, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

For someone who has declared himself to be a Zionist, US President Joe Biden sure has a funny way of showing it.

On April 4, in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden reportedly harangued Israel, all but threatening to cut off military aid to the Jewish state unless it capitulated to his demands.

As Reuters succinctly noted, "US President Joe Biden effectively gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an ultimatum on Thursday: Protect Palestinian civilians and foreign aid workers in Gaza or Washington could rein in support for Israel in its war against Hamas militants."

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When Jews are antisemitic: Jonathan Glazer goes beyond self-hatred

March 25, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

Nearly 130 years ago, at a clinic in Vienna, a young Jewish doctor named Sigmund Shlomo Freud fathered modern psychoanalysis, giving the world a new tool with which to heal some of its unseen wounds.

In the interim, Jews have been at the forefront of the psychological profession, with luminaries such as Alfred Adler, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and numerous others contributing greatly to our understanding of what ails people's psyches.

And yet, despite all the advances in the field, and the intimate involvement of Jews in its development, there is one persistent ailment that has thus far escaped a cure – the age-old disorder of Jewish self-hatred.

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Palestine is dead: No one will ever be able to make a Palestinian state

February 23, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

In recent weeks, various leaders of Western countries have publicly broached the idea of the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, asserting that the time has come to give the Palestinians independence, even in the absence of a negotiating process.

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron and more recently French President Emmanuel Macron have floated this suggestion, despite the ongoing war in Gaza.

But what these esteemed statesmen have apparently failed to grasp is that the very idea of a Palestinian state is no longer geographically viable, morally acceptable, or even politically tolerable to the overwhelming majority of Israelis.

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UK wants to recognize Palestine despite occupying territories worldwide

February 11, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

Early last week, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron dropped a diplomatic bombshell.

Speaking to Conservative members of Parliament in London's House of Commons, Cameron seemingly reversed decades of long-standing policy when he said that the UK, together with its allies, "will look at the issue of recognizing a Palestinian state, including at the United Nations."

"This," he added, "could be one of the things that help to make this process irreversible."

A few days later, on a trip to Lebanon, Cameron doubled down and went still further, suggesting that Britain might officially recognize a Palestinian state even before a possible agreement would be concluded between the parties.

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A Palestinian state is Biden's only hope to beat Trump in Michigan

January 28, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

With each passing week, you can hear the drumbeat growing louder as the Biden administration turns up the heat on Israel, inexplicably demanding in the middle of a war that Jerusalem agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In a remarkably tone-deaf bit of diplomacy, various senior American policymakers have been reiterating that they view it as essential for the Jewish state to turn over territory to the Palestinians.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted, apparently with a straight face, that Israel could not achieve "genuine security" without a "pathway to a Palestinian state."

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