Are more UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel, and attempting to constrain its sovereignty, in the making? Could one or more pass before Trump takes office two weeks from today? Netanyahu thinks so and has put Israel's ambassadors on alert.
While visiting Jerusalem this week, former US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Israelis that "we are in a remarkable time right now." Asserting that the only explanation for Israel's rebirth and achievements is God, he said that a two state solution is a "diplomatic fantasy." What's more, he told legislators here, its insistence that Jerusalem be divided "is like asking Solomon to cut the baby in half."
While caving during Hanukkah, Mickey, Sefi and Givoni made an astonishing discovery. Inside a cistern-cave, they found an array of carvings, including depictions of the Second Temple menorah and a Christian cross. Nearby, doves were raised for sacrifice in the Temple.
Contrary to the world's assertion that Israel is responsible for failure of the two-state solution, Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the reality inside the Palestinian territories is a no-state solution. Abbas's own party is split in half, defecting to Hamas, and most Palestinians want him to go. As a result, there is no functional government to lead an independent Palestinian state.
Over the next week, and for the first time since the Second World War, no US Navy aircraft carriers will be carrying out missions - anyplace, including the Middle East. According to the US, thousands of Marines on board different American ships are prepared to respond to any threat that might surface.
Recognizing the new superpower in the Middle East, Israel continues close coordination of its unstated affairs in the Middle East. Meanwhile, as the Obama administration lashes out at Netanyahu in its final days, Donald Trump may be inviting Netanyahu to to his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.
Calling Israel an occupier or "the occupation" rolls off tongues throughout the world. For many, even among those who stand with Israel, it has become a given - an unexamined assumption or presupposition. In fact, it is not true.
In addition to being way too long, John Kerry's speech was like a casserole of old ideas smothered in anecdotes and seasoned with patronizing smugness. The Swiss cheese toping was original, however. After surviving an hour and seventeen minutes of sermonizing tedium, Seth Frantzman and Brian Schrauger offer these ten takeaways.
While the US and the West have focused recent attention on condemning Israel, Russia's President Putin has been a busy boy. He has announced a peace process that might stop, if not resolve, the civil war in Syria. Elevating Russia's standing in the Middle East, it is a process in which the US and the West are excluded.
How has Israel replied to eight years of US arguments under the Obama administration? Now we know. Responding to John Kerry's shower of words explaining those arguments, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they are "almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN last week." This is the complete transcript and video record of Netanyahu's 13 minute reply to yesterday's 73 minute speech by the US Secretary of State.