‘America’s Rabbi’ Attacks John Kerry in NY Times Ad


Shmuley Boteach, the TV talk show sophist who goes by the name of “America’s Rabbi,” recently took out a NY Times ad attacking John Kerry, accusing the Secretary of State of “moral blindness” and of “devaluing Jewish lives.” There are any number of observations one could make about this, but I’ll limit myself to just a few.

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Was it a Planned Provocation? Sure Looks Like It, says Lavrov

The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added.

Lavrov added that many Russian partners called the incident “an obvious ambush.

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See also:

Turkey Violated Greek Air Space 2,244 Times in 2014 Alone

NATO: We Fully Support Turkey’s Decision to Shoot Down Russian Jet

Swedish Ambassador to Israel Summoned and Browbeaten Over Comment By Country’s Foreign Minister

[Ed. note – It is an all too familiar scenario: a high-ranking official in some country or other makes a comment mildly critical of Israel; the Jewish state goes ballistic in response; at which point the government in question scrambles and backtracks trying to correct the “mistaken impression.” It is amazing to me how terrified the governments of the world are of Israel. A sign, surely, of how thoroughly out of balance the world has become. ]

Jerusalem Post

Israel on Monday condemned as “shockingly hostile” comments by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom that seemed to link the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the ISISbacked terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Jonathan Pollard to be Released from Prison

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WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, is scheduled to be released from federal prison next week, marking the end of a three-decade diplomatic burr in the relationship between the two allies.

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German Woman Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison for ‘Holocaust Denial’

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Hamburg District Court, Nov. 11, 2015 — 87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck has been sentenced to imprisonment in Germany for doubting that people were “exterminated” by “gassing” in the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.

The defendant, in good spirits, reiterated her doubts in the courtroom. She arrived without a lawyer, and defended herself. Some fifty of her supporters crowded the courtroom and the hall outside.

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I put up a couple of posts on Ms. Havebeck this past summer which included a video of her interview with the German TV program “Panorama,” the interview that got her arrested.


German Woman Defies Holocaust Denial Laws in TV Interview

German Police Storm Home of Ursula Haverbeck