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Vichy France 2.0

July 14, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

There is no other way to describe the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections in France, where the far-left bloc, dominated by an antisemite named Jean-Luc Melenchon, secured the largest number of seats in the National Assembly.

Indeed, the bitter irony is that French voters rejected Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front, which has discarded its antisemitic past, and instead chose the far-left New Popular Front (NPF), which has demonstrably failed to do the same.

This speaks volumes about the state of French society, and perhaps much of the Western world, where the hatred and slander of Jews is not automatically considered a disqualifying characteristic for anyone seeking higher office.

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Looking into Biden's weak policies in the Middle East post-Oct. 7

June 30, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

"Weakness," Winston Churchill once wrote, "is not treason, though it may be equally disastrous."

That observation, from The Gathering Storm, the first volume of his epic six-part history of World War II, could just as easily describe current American policy in the Middle East, which is characterized by an inexplicable lack of courage that Churchill would have found inconceivable.

Indeed, to get a sense of just how badly US President Joe Biden has mucked up the region, one need look no further than off the coast of Yemen, where the Houthis, a ragged band of hoodlums, have been wreaking unprecedented havoc on international shipping with virtual impunity.

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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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