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Obama’s farewell ‘gift’ to Israel

With less than a month to go until he leaves office, President Barack Obama is trying to do his utmost to leave Israel in as vulnerable and indefensible a position as possible since the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The outgoing administration’s decision not to veto the U.N. Security Council resolution on the settlements attested to this, and went against long-standing American policy that the conflict must be resolved directly between the two parties.

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Vilifying Walid Phares‎

History has a strange way of judging people. American history honors ‎warriors of the past such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Douglas ‎MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower, who struggled and fought for America’s ‎freedom and independence. However, the closer one gets to our current age of ‎moral relativism, the more critical we are of those who are thrust into a state of ‎conflict — those who have had to realize that their people’s survival sometimes ‎depends on defeating an enemy.‎

Walid Phares was born in 1957 to a Maronite Christian family in Beirut. By ‎the time Phares was in his 20s, Lebanon, which has always been more of a ‎mosaic of various religions and communities than a unified nation, had ‎plunged into a bloody civil war. Naturally, Phares supported his own Lebanese ‎Maronite Christian community’s efforts to defend itself in this brutal, ‎existential struggle against Syrian occupation on the one hand and Palestinian and Lebanese Sunni and Shiite terror on the other.‎

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Killing Over Cartoons Is Totally Rational, Says John Kerry

“There’s something different about what happened [in the November 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks] from [the January 7, 2015 terror attack targeting the French magazine] Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, November 17, 2015

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Dear fellow Millennials: On life’s menu is the kool-aid and a dose of reality; Please be picky

As a recent college graduate I see firsthand the responses of my peers, the Millennial generation, to any news story at all times of the day via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For instance, not too long ago all one could see after a quick scroll through Facebook were rainbows. Anyone who was anyone was posting about the SCOTUS ruling that legalized gay marriage. At least twenty-six million Facebook users applied a preset for a rainbow setting on their profile pictures, to proclaim to the world their excitement and support for the ruling.

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The Illusions of Hope

“Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.” 

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EMET Expresses Gratitude to Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their Unanimous Passage of S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

EMET Expresses Gratitude to Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their Unanimous Passage of S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

(Washington DC, April 14, 2015)  Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) expressed gratitude to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their unanimous passage of S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, and asked for continued vigilance from policymakers to counter Iranian nuclear capabilities, incursions in the Middle East and sponsorship of terrorism.
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Title VI Fact Sheet

– The Higher Education Act (HEA) was signed into law on November 8, 1965, with the intent of strengthening the educational resources of American universities and colleges and providing financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education.

– Title VI of HEA – “International Education Programs” – authorizes the Secretary of Education to fund foreign language and area studies (FLAS) at colleges and universities and National Resource Centers (NRCs). The area and resource centers intend to produce graduates with language expertise and knowledge to contribute to defending U.S. national security interests. There are currently NRCs at 100 institutions of higher education across the country.

– $3.375 million was awarded to Middle East NRCs at 15 universities in 2014 by the Department of Education. More than $13.4 million will be awarded to these NRCs for the entire 2014-2018 cycle.  The anti-U.S., anti-Israel, and oftentimes anti-Semitic, and pro-BDS agenda of professors and programs at a number of Title VI-funded Middle East National Resource Centers (NRCs) is a violation of federal law.

For the full document, please see Title VI Fact Sheet

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Fact Sheet on Islamic State

ISIS Fact Sheet

– The Islamic State – a Sunni Muslim jihadist group which controls part of Iraq and Syria.

– AKA: Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant (ISIL), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State (IS), Islamic Caliphate, Daesh (this is a derogatory nickname).

– IS claims authority over all Muslims and all countries and regions with Muslim majority populations.

– Originated from Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, or al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

– Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known by his followers as Amir al-Mu’minin, Caliph Ibrahim.  He was released from a US detention camp in 2009, when he said to the American soldiers, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

– Designated as a terror organization by the UN, EU, US, UK, Australia, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, United Arab Emerates, India, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia.

– ISIS is a Sunni group that practices a strict form of Sharia law.

– Ideology is a derivative of Wahabbism, Al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Completely condemns secular law. Use of violence to ‘purify’ unbelievers is consistent with Wahabbi theology.

For the full text, please click the above link.

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Wake Up Call: Where is Obama’s Foreign Policy Revolution Taking America?

Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away.

Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing “settlement” construction in East Jerusalem.

After initially refusing to comment, the administration eventually denied the report. However, the reporting seems solid and the report is being widely seen as a ploy to float a story to harm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Israel’s coming elections.

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