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Bahrain Celebrates First Bar Mitzvah in 16 Years

The first bar mitzvah in Bahrain in 16 years was held over the weekend at the House of Ten Commandments, the oldest and only operational synagogue in a Gulf Cooperation Council country.

The bar mitzvah boy read from the Torah scroll that former senior White House adviser Jared Kushner commissioned in honor of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al...

Hamas just proved Gulf states were right to normalize with Israel

06/21/2021
Weeks after the most significant Hamas-led terrorist attacks against Israel since 2014, the broader geopolitical landscape in the region puts Israel in the driver’s seat to seize greater opportunities to pressure terror groups.
The Abraham Accords not only heralded a new era of economic prosperity between the Jewish state and Gulf...

Hagee & Haley: Israel endures – here’s what we witnessed on the ground after Hamas’ rocket attacks

06/21/2021
Some things are unforgettable. Like what we saw in Israel last week.
We were standing in a neighborhood, looking at the wreckage caused by the latest round of terrorist rockets. We were outside the home of a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor – at least, what was left of it. She wasn’t there, because she was in the hospital. She lost her...

New poll: Voters oppose Biden’s Iran strategy

06/03/2021

As the Biden administration seeks to re-enter the failed 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a new survey from the nation’s largest pro-Israel group gives cause for pause.

In a survey of 800 people conducted between April 26 and April 29 by GS Strategy Group, 40% of respondents self-identified as Democrats, 34% as Republicans, and 20% as...

Thomas: It’s important for state leaders to stand with Israel

06/01/2021

On May 20, news broke of a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Time will tell how long this cessation of violence lasts, but all people of conscience should welcome this news. In the days of the most recent round of conflict, U.S. support for Israel was integral to getting the situation to the point where Hamas’ rocket fire stopped....

How Biden should handle Israel, Hamas and Iran

05/20/2021

To the great consternation of Palestinian human rights activists and the innocent Palestinian people living under Hamas rule in Gaza, terrorists, Europeans and the media are spreading a false narrative about the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. Bassam Eid, a well-respected Palestinian activist living in Jerusalem, said as...

In the Middle East, it’s good vs. evil

05/20/2021

In recent days, local friends and acquaintances have understandably reached out to me asking variations of the same question: what is going on in the Middle East? The conventional wisdom is that there is no easy answer. But there is: the free and democratic nation of Israel was attacked by the terrorist group Hamas, and Israel is...

Gaza rocket fire ‘clear violation’ of international law, assert US Jewish groups

American Jewish leaders reacted to the escalating situation in Israel on Monday with all condemning the rocket fire on Israel by Gaza terror groups.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris urged international support for Israel amid the rocket fire.

“The world needs to clearly and unambiguously recognize the nature and aims of Palestinian...

Idaho, West Virginia enact anti-BDS law; Alabama furthers Holocaust education

04/29/2021

The governors of Idaho and West Virginia signed into law this week anti-BDS legislation, while the Alabama State Senate passed a resolution promoting Holocaust education.

Idaho’s Anti-Boycott Against Israel Act, signed by Gov. Brad Little, said a public entity in the state may not enter into a large-scale contract with a company...

Why Biden Should Not Give Aid to the Palestinian Authority

04/27/2021

Perhaps the most perplexing of Washington’s bad habits is the knee-jerk regression of the newly empowered to return to the failed policies of the past. Both parties are guilty, and nowhere is this phenomenon more endemic than in America’s Middle East policy. In recent weeks, however, President Joe Biden’s administration has displayed...

Utah becomes latest US state to pass anti-BDS legislation

03/08/2021

Utah has become the latest U.S. state to pass legislation targeting the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The bill sponsored by Utah State Sen. Daniel Hemmert and State Rep. Joel Ferry, known as the Anti-Boycott Israel Amendments, prohibits a government entity from contracting with a person that boycotts the State of Israel.

The...

Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide welcomed by many in the Jewish community

04/26/2021

On Saturday, in a statement marking the mass murder of Armenian Christians in Ottoman Turkey, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to refer to the atrocity as a “genocide,” a symbolic move that nevertheless marks a major shift in U.S. policy. The move was lauded by portions of the Jewish community.

More than a...

The Danger of Biden Wanting an Iran Deal Too Much

12/09/2020
Upon taking office, President-elect Joe Biden will be greeted with a Middle East very different from the one he may recall from his days in the White House. Nowhere are these changes more apparent and more important than in the effort to curb Iran’s regional ambitions.
But to be successful in this context, Biden must acknowledge the...

How CUFI has awakened the ‘sleeping giant’ of Christian Zionism

03/09/2021

This year, Christians United for Israel, one of the most powerful voices for Israel in the United States, marked its 15th anniversary.

“We could never have imagined CUFI would achieve so much, so quickly. But God has blessed us because we are fulfilling our biblical mandate to stand with Israel and His Chosen people,” Pastor John...

Pro-Israel Groups Press Congress to Help End ‘Hateful Content’ in UNRWA Schools

04/09/2021

Several pro-Israel and Jewish organizations urged US legislators to pressure the United Nations to end hateful antisemitic content found in the curriculum of schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

The letter to Congress—spearheaded by Hadassah and signed by more than a dozen leading Jewish and pro-Israel groups,...

Sen. Joe Manchin should vote against Kahl nomination

03/10/2021

The Biden administration is currently working to push its nominees for high office through the Senate confirmation process. The majority seems to be well-qualified and will be confirmed in a bipartisan manner, though not all are deserving of holding public office.

The president recently nominated a Washington insider, Colin Kahl,...

Ahead of Colin Kahl’s confirmation, CUFI calls on Joe Manchin to oppose

03/19/2021

WASHINGTON – Christians United for Israel (CUFI) published a full-page ad in six West Virginia newspapers this week asking state residents to urge Senator Joe Manchin to oppose the nomination of Colin Kahl to serve as undersecretary of defense for policy.

“Kahl’s hostility towards Israel is beyond unconventional,” the ad reads, in...

I Was Radicalized. Now, I’ve Dedicated My Career to Combating Anti-Semitism | Opinion

09/15/2020

As I watch the trailer for the forthcoming documentary Never Again?, it's strange to hear myself talking about how I hated America and believed the Jews were responsible for all the evil in the world. But that was the reality of the person I was—a person I would be forced to confront during the making of this film. As I traveled to...