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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s short video on the obstacles, as he sees them, to peace with the Palestinians contained a number of central messages. But the one that got primary attention was his reference to ethnic cleansing – specifically the Palestinian demand that in any agreement, none of the Jews living beyond the 1948 “green line”… » read more

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Human rights, which has been referred to as the “secular religion of the 21st century” has failed, catastrophically. The first, most fundamental right is the right to life – the right be protected from murder, regardless of the cause that is proclaimed to justify the killing of innocent people, whether in Europe, America, Israel, Syria,… » read more

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Following a detailed debate, on June 16, the Dutch Parliament approved a proposal requiring the government to review funding for NGOs that promote BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) targeting Israel, and, in particular, the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat based at Birzeit University in Ramallah.A similar debate and vote is scheduled to take place… » read more

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The European Union allocates millions of Euros annually to a select group of Israeli, Palestinian and other political NGOs under a number of different frameworks. While the names and amounts of the grantees are, for the most part, made public, the decision making processes remain highly classified “state secrets,” in violation of basic democratic transparency.… » read more

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In 1995, the European Union’s Barcelona Conference launched the grand-sounding Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, a massive effort encompassing the countries of North Africa, Israel, Syria and Jordan. The main objective was to establish economic and political frameworks to stabilize the Arab regimes; the second goal was to compete with the US in Arab-Israeli peace making after Oslo.… » read more

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    Even for a long-time critic of the fringe Israeli NGO calling itself “Breaking the Silence” (BtS), I was not expecting the revelations of their involvement in gathering classified or sensitive information on IDF methods, equipment, and tactics. Like other Israelis, I knew that the activists in this NGO travel the world promoting anonymous… » read more

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While Israelis are debating legislation in response to massive European government funding for political NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some politicians decided to join the fray. Their letters, publicized in the media or via the Internet by the writers themselves, sought to halt the debate – a point not lost on many Israelis, who view European NGO… » read more

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Imagine a non-governmental organization (NGO) in France collecting anonymous testimonies from soldiers who fought in Mali, and traveling the globe accusing the French government of systematic war crimes. And imagine that the money – millions of Euros – came from the European Union and other governments, enabling this fringe anti-France NGO to give speeches and… » read more

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      The Middle East has become a horrible burning ground, but the European Union remains fixated on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, and an imagined “Middle East Peace Process” (MEPP). In European foreign ministries, the mythologies of the 1970s remain unchallenged, perhaps because dealing with the real threats to Europe from… » read more

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