John Kerry delivering peace speech on 28 Dec 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot US Dept of State channelIn 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.

Putin as Chess Grandmaster | Photo: debkafile.comWhile 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.

Netanyahu shot for Response to Kerry article Photo Israeli LOGOHow 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.

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Kerry on ME Peace Photo USSD website transcript screenshot LOGOMostly behind closed doors and for eight years, the US Obama administration has relentlessly argued its solution to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. What are those arguments? Now we know. In almost 10,000 words, US Secretary of State John Kerry, revealed everything on 28 December 2016. This is a complete copy, and video record, of his words. Its official title, notably, is "Remarks on Middle East Peace."

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Netanyahu for Gen 12 Policy story Photo Israel GPOIn reaction to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, Benjamin Netanyahu has decided it is time to implement a different kind of response. Call it his Genesis Policy. In essence, he has announced that those who stand with Israel will share in the blessings of Israel. Those who don't, won't.

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Amb Danon at UN Sec Council on 23 Dec 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot Assaf Chriqui channel CORRECTED LOGOAfter the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 last Friday, 23 December 2016, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon addressed the entire Council. Speaking plainly and with remarkable clarity, this is a video record and transcipt of what he said.

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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 passed 23 December 2016Why is Israel in an uproar about UN Security Council Resolution 2334? As leaders throughout Israel condemn the resolution, passed on Friday, 23 December, the exact text of Resolution 2334 is a critically important touchpoint. Less than 1,000 words in length, this is the complete and undedited text of that resolution.

ISIS call to Break the Cross Photos from ISIS magazine Dabiq Issue 15Vocativ, a deep-web intelligence gathering news service with offices in Tel Aviv and New York, has uncovered an ISIS hit list of US churches targeted for terror attacks during the holidays. The summons is consistent with recent events in Cairo and Berlin. It also fits Islamic State's recent issue of its English magazine titled, "Break the Cross."

Manger scene at Ch of Nativity Bethlehem Photo Brian Schrauger LOGOIn an unusual year when the first day of Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day, Rabbi Benjamin Blech reflects on convictions that, in spite of differences, are shared by Jews and Christians.

Christmas greetings from Benjamin Netanyahu Photo YouTube screenshot IsraelPM channel LOGOAs Hanukkah and Christmas approach, the Prime Minister of Israel has a special message from the Jewish State for Christians around the world.

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