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Turkey’s Vainglorious Referendum

Turkey’s Vainglorious Referendum

Originally published under the title “The Other Islamic State: Erdogan’s Vision for Turkey.” This Sunday, millions of Turks will vote to endorse or reject constitutional amendments passed in January by Turkey’s parliament. An opinion piece published by the German news agency Deutsche Welle explains that the “crucial” amendments “give all the power to one person, […]

Originally published under the title “The Burden of the 1967 Victory.” In June 1967, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) waged war alone against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. It achieved a stunning victory in six days. The military skill demonstrated by the Israelis was remarkable – so much so that battles from the Six-Day War continue […]

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Originally published under the title “The War of Civilizations Continues in Europe.” In the latest terrorist attacks, a bomb blew up inside a St. Petersburg subway station, killing 14 Russians, barely a fortnight after a jihadi killed four people in London, England. Yet there are still many in Canada who wrongly believe the enemy we […]

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What to make of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)? During the Obama years, it became commonplace for the U.S. administration and its Western acolytes to portray the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate option to “more radical” Muslim groups. Thus, for example, U.S. director of National Intelligence James Clapper incredibly described the organization as “largely secular”[1] while […]

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Why France Is Revolting against the Ancien Régime

The old political guard is collapsing in France. A matter of neglected issues: Muslim immigration, the drift towards a two-tier society, and a weird electoral system. Excerpts No political observer in his right mind would have expected at the beginning of 2016 a Brexit vote in Britain in June, the resignation of David Cameron, a […]

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The Launch of the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus

The Israel Victory Caucus works to ensure the victory of Israel in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. To date, no other proposal – and certainly no negotiating process – has succeeded in ending the persistent battle between Israel and those who seek to destroy it. Palestinians must see that Israel is powerful and […]

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Historians Run Amok

The eminent historian Niall Ferguson has devastatingly skewered his (and my) field of study in a talk for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, subsequently published as “The Decline and Fall of History.” He starts with the empirical fact that undergraduates are running away from studying history: compared with 1971 (coincidentally, the year I […]

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I Criticised Hamas and My Life in Turkey Became a Nightmare

My greatest sin was to argue: “The fact that there are no Israeli casualties does not mean Hamas does not want to kill; it just means Hamas, for the moment, cannot kill.” It was a beautiful, sunny day in December 2006 when I met Shimon Peres at his Tel Aviv office. At one point in […]

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Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration at 100: Resisting the Past

A striking aspect of Palestinian culture is its resistance to the realities of the past. On September 22, 2016, Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN. He said, “100 years have passed since the notorious Balfour Declaration, by which Britain gave, without any right, authority or consent from anyone, the land of Palestine […]

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Erdogan’s War on the West

In 2005, the Turkish prime minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, became the co-chairs of a United Nations-sponsored global effort that went by the fancy name “Alliance of Civilizations.” Twelve years later, Zapatero is a retired politician, the Western world faces different flavors of Islamist-to-jihadist […]

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