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Why has China turned against Israel?

June 14, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

In the immediate aftermath of Oct. 7, there was an outpouring of support around the world for Israel. Even countries that did not have particularly close relations with the Jewish state nonetheless saw fit to denounce the savagery of the massacre perpetrated by Palestinians.

But there was one glaring exception to the chorus that stood out with surprising diffidence, which quickly descended into hostility: the People's Republic of China.

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Remembering when the US pushed for Israel to annex the Gaza Strip

May 31, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

Amid the Biden administration's intensifying browbeating of Israel over the war in Gaza, it will probably strike many as difficult to believe that there was once a time when Washington was in favor of the Jewish state annexing the territory.

But however far-fetched it might sound, it is a historical fact that 75 years ago this month, that is precisely what happened.

There is much to be learned from this largely forgotten episode, which came ever so close to resolving the status of Gaza and formally incorporating it into Israel.

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Will the UN's Srebrenica vote thrust the Balkans into war once again?

May 20, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

With wars raging in the Middle East and Ukraine, it is not surprising that simmering tensions in the Balkans would largely go unnoticed. However, inattentiveness to a region that has in the past erupted into broad conflict carries its own peril, and this may soon be put to the test.

As of this writing, the UN General Assembly was set to vote this week on a draft resolution co-sponsored by the US, Germany, and others that would formally recognize the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an act of genocide. The proposed text also would designate July 11 as an annual International Day of Reflection and Remembrance in respect to the killings.

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Sorry, neo-Nazis: The antisemitic progressive Left is the real threat to US Jews

May 3, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

In the past six months since the horrific events of Oct. 7, American Jewry has been forced to confront some harsh and painful truths.

After decades of unprecedented success and unparalleled influence, ranging from Hollywood on the West Coast to the halls of power on the Eastern seaboard, a certain overconfidence had settled in, with many Jews firmly convinced that America was immune to the vagaries of Diaspora Jewish history.

Sure, German Jews in the 20th century, Spanish Jews in the 15th century, and a host of others down through the ages had become comfortably and prominently ensconced in their respective societies, seemingly immune to ruin. Until they weren't.

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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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