The Threat of "Swarming Boat" Attacks Is Real - Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen (U.S. News)
Iran is harassing American naval warships in the Persian Gulf while
Washington still entertains the idea that Iran can be a friend of
Top Iranian political and military leaders proclaim their total hatred of the United States.
The attack on the USS Nitze on Tuesday was a test of an
Iranian tactic called the "swarming boat" attack to destroy U.S.
warships in the Persian Gulf: a number of fast boats equipped with
missiles and torpedoes attack enemy ships from multiple angles to damage
or destroy them as quickly as possible.
Fast patrol boats are hard to hit. They are built mostly of
fiberglass, so they are not so easy to locate with radar. In addition,
the defensive weapons on board most U.S. naval ships are inadequate.
The old Mark 45 five-inch guns fire too slowly and are linked to
aged fire control and radars that probably won't pick up the patrol
boats until they are in range to fire their missiles.
Stephen Bryen is senior fellow in defense studies at the American
Foreign Policy Council in Washington. Shoshana Bryen is senior director
of the Jewish Policy Center.
Why Turkey Went to War in Syria - Faysal Itani (Foreign Policy)
Turkey entered the Syrian war directly for the first time Wednesday,
sending tanks and special forces to support a rebel offensive on the
Islamic State's only remaining stronghold on the Turkish border.
The campaign may launch a new era of U.S.-Turkish cooperation in Syria.
The U.S. was heavily dependent on the PYD, an affiliate of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - a U.S.-designated terrorist group and a
sworn enemy of Turkey.
The U.S. desperately needs an ally that can deliver results
against the Islamic State, work with local Arab citizens who are
suspicious of Kurdish groups, and serve as a strategic international
partner rather than a local militia.
The writer is resident senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council.
After Contacting Reuters about Skewed Headline, Reuters Corrects (CAMERA)
CAMERA contacted Reuters editors after a skewed headline once again reversed the perpetrator and victim to whitewash Palestinian terrorism.
The headline was meant to describe a situation where a Palestinian
stone-thrower pursued by Israeli soldiers exited his car to stab one of
the soldiers in the neck before being shot by his wounded victim.
The editors thanked CAMERA for alerting them, apologized and corrected the headline.
Original headline: Israeli soldier shoots dead Palestinian driver in West Bank: army.
Corrected headline: Palestinian who stabbed Israeli soldier shot dead: army.
French Jews Avoiding Public Schools Due to Anti-Semitic Bullying - Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)
Stephane Tayar, 43, a computer specialist in Paris, graduated from a
French public high school 25 years ago. But when the time came for
Tayar and his wife to enroll their own boy and girl, the couple opted
for Jewish institutions.
"Enrolling a Jewish kid into a public school was normal when I was
growing up," Tayar said. "Nowadays forget it; no longer realistically
possible. Anti-Semitic bullying means it would be too damaging for any
Jewish kid you put there."
Whereas 30 years ago the majority of French Jews enrolled their
children in public schools, now only a third do so. The remaining
two-thirds are divided equally between Jewish schools and private
schools that are not Jewish, including Catholic and Protestant
"In the Paris region, there are virtually no more Jewish pupils
attending public schools," said Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF
umbrella group of French Jewish communities.
Israeli Students Win 2nd Prize at International Robotics Contest (JTA)
A group of 29 Israeli students from a science and technology high
school in Binyamina came in second place at an international robotics
competition in Shanghai, China, which included 57 teams.
In the competition, earlier this month, students had to build robots to complete various tasks.
Taiwan's GMobi Buys Israel Mobile Ad Giant MassiveImpact - Dan Schwartz (Times of Israel)
Taiwan's GMobi has announced it is buying out Israel's
MassiveImpact, one of the largest performance advertising firms for
mobile in the world.
MassiveImpact, which has a major presence in China, was established
in 2010 by Israeli entrepreneur Sephi Shapira. According to GMobi,
MassiveImpact reaches over 1 billion users in 190 countries.
In performance-based advertising, the ad platform doesn't get paid until the customer takes an action.
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- Amid Tense Encounters, U.S. Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Ships - Missy Ryan and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
After Iranian ships made provocative maneuvers around a U.S. destroyer
in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, on Wednesday Iranian vessels came
within several hundred meters of other American ships in the Persian
Three Revolutionary Guard Corps ships approached the coastal patrol ships USS Squall and USS Tempest
at high speed in the northern Persian Gulf, said William Urban, a
spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet. Later in the day, an Iranian vessel
came within 200 yards of the Tempest. After the Tempest shot flares and tried to communicate using the ship's loudspeaker, Squall personnel fired three shots into the water from that ship's .50-caliber gun. The Iranian ship then departed.
That same Iranian ship later approached the USS Stout, a guided-missile destroyer, later Wednesday. "The [IRGC] vessel proceeded to cross the bow of the Stout at close range on three separate occasions," Urban said. (Washington Post)
- Turkey Sends More Tanks into Syria as Kurds Pull Out of Manbij - Emre Peker, Dion Nissenbaum and Raja Abdulrahim
A new wave of Turkish tanks rolled into northern Syria on Thursday as
the military extended its fight to drive Islamic State away from the
border and deter advances by American-backed Kurdish forces. Backed by
American airstrikes, the Turkish military solidified its hold on the
Syrian border town of Jarablus and looked to push further south in its
biggest ground operation in Syria since the conflict erupted five
(Wall Street Journal)
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- Israel: Saudi and Persian Gulf States Share Our Concerns about Iran Hegemony - Herb Keinon
Israel and the Gulf states share the exact same perception of Iran's
desire for regional hegemony, Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore
Gold said Thursday. Gold said Israel was listening to the Arab discourse
about Iranian intentions "with great interest," and that Arab leaders
are "laying out a case against Iranian actions, and we are seeing it
expressed over and over by Arab leaders."
"I think the challenges Israel faces with Hizbullah in Lebanon and
Iranian-backed Hamas in the Gaza Strip are a subset of a much larger
problem which all Middle East states are facing, and which emanates
directly from Tehran," he said. "We are watching what they are saying,
and it is fascinating because that is exactly the perception we have in
Israel....Iran is not only Israel's problem, but also a problem for the
whole region." (Jerusalem Post)
- Israel: Abetting Terror Not Covered by UN Immunity - Barak Ravid
Israel rejected Thursday the UN's call to free Palestinian aid worker
Wahid Bursh, accused by Israel of siphoning development funds intended
for Gaza to Hamas.
Israel's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Eyal Nachshon said "Israel rejects
the UN's claim that a person who abets an internationally recognized
terrorist organization like Hamas will enjoy immunity for the simple
reason that whoever abets terror does so while hiding behind their
- Contacts with Putin Won't Replace U.S.-Israel Alliance - Herb Keinon
Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks by phone more with the Russian leader
than he does with the American president. But don't conclude from that
that Israel is cozying up to Putin. As Netanyahu says in private
meetings, Israel is looking to form new relationships all over the
world: in Africa, with as many countries as possible; in Asia, with the
Chinese, Japanese and Indians; and in South America, with Argentina,
Colombia and Paraguay. "We are diversifying our alliances, not as a
replacement to our alliance with the U.S., but as an addition,"
Netanyahu said recently.
Like it or not, Russia is now a very muscular force in the region,
militarily involved right on Israel's front porch in Syria. That
presence demands constant consultation between Netanyahu and Putin to
ensure that there are no "accidents" between Israeli and Russian forces.
- Spilling Blood in War on ISIS, Kurds Pay Heavy Price for U.S.-Turkey Ties - Zvi Bar'el
One day after the U.S. threatened to withdraw its support, Kurdish
forces withdrew from Manbij, Syria, one of the Islamic State's most
important strongholds, which had been taken by Kurdish forces under
cover of American air support in a battle that won them accolades for
their important victory.
An official in the Kurdish administration in Iraq told Ha'aretz
that the American threat "conveys a frustrating and dangerous message
not only to the Kurds in Syria but to the entire Kurdish people, who are
spilling blood in the war against ISIS and were relying on the U.S.
government to stand by them."
The U.S. is preparing assaults on ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqah,
On both fronts, its plans depend on massive cooperation on the part of
Kurdish forces. We will see how the Kurds operate after the slap in the
face they received this week.
Over the past year, Russia has become an ally of the Kurds in Syria.
Last week Moscow initiated a cease-fire between the Syrian regime and
the Kurds in the Hasakah region in northeastern Syria. Ostensibly this
was merely a local accord, but its special importance is that it
strengthened the standing of Russia, which - unlike the U.S. - can
establish a cease-fire, create areas of quiet, and translate its aerial
assaults into achievements on the ground.
- Palestinians: Nablus Erupts Against Abbas - Khaled Abu Toameh
Scenes of lawlessness and chaos have become part of the norm in many
Palestinian cities - a sign that the PA may be losing control to armed
gangs and militias. Five Palestinians, including two PA police officers,
were killed recently in Nablus.
The Palestinian Authority is now paying the price for harboring, funding
and inciting gang members and militiamen who until recently were hailed
by many Palestinians as "heroes" and "resistance fighters." Most are
affiliated with Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction.
Abbas is on his way to losing control over the West Bank, just as he
lost Gaza to Hamas in 2007. If until now it seemed that Hamas posed
the biggest threat to Abbas' rule over the West Bank, it is now obvious
that that is not so. The real threat is coming from Abbas' homegrown
See also The Fraying Palestinian Political Entity in the West Bank - Pinhas Inbari (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
- Norway Builds a Fence - Walter Russell Mead
Countries that were once noted for their hospitality to refugees are
becoming polarized. Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote
Arctic border post with Russia after 5,500 migrants mainly from Syria
crossed into Norway last year, reflecting a wide shift in public
The only really effective way to deal with refugee problems is to
deal with their causes. As Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and
Yemen slide into anarchy, a wave of desperate refugees and migrants
sets off for the security and prosperity of Europe. If the West can't or
won't help locals stabilize these countries, the refugee flow will
inevitably reach a level at which even the most liberal politicians can
no longer keep the doors open. Walter Russell Mead is professor of
foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College and professor of American
foreign policy at Yale University.
- How Israel Became a Role Model in Fighting Terrorism - Nathalie Hamou
In the wake of last month's tragedy in Nice, just like after the attacks
in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, "the Israeli model" was put forward for
meeting the terrorist threat in France. Israel has become a textbook
case for how to handle a permanent state of insecurity, and this
expertise could be a source of inspiration for European decision-makers.
According to David Khalfa, research associate for the IPSE think
tank, "Israeli anti-terrorism is based on defensive modes of action,
such as safety barriers and military checkpoints, as well as offensive
ones like infiltrations, preventive arrests, and targeted killings. This
double-edged approach, coupled with its security cooperation with the
Palestinian Authority, allowed Israel to significantly bring down the
number of major-scale attacks."
The cornerstone of Israel's anti-terrorism system is the
intelligence apparatus, coupled with elite counter-terrorism units.
Israel can react extremely quickly in case of an attack, and Israeli
civil society plays an especially important part in fighting terrorism.
"The public's awareness and resilience are a key asset," explains Boaz
Ganor, director of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism
(ICT) of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
The authorities take many preventive measures, such as banning
vehicles from circulating in entire areas altogether during major events
and gatherings. Checkpoints and barricades are also erected. Blocks of
concrete or metal rods were installed at bus stops to protect commuters
and stop ramming attacks against exposed pedestrians. Israel has also
invested heavily in monitoring social networks. (Les Echos-France)
- Extremist Literature Common in Mosques and Islamic School Libraries in Canada, Study Says - Jim Bronskill
Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young people at
risk by espousing - or at least not condemning - extremist teachings, a
new study says. Co-authors Thomas Quiggin, a former intelligence analyst
with the Privy Council Office and the RCMP, and Saied Shoaaib, a
journalist originally from Egypt, base their findings on research
conducted quietly in mosque libraries and Islamic schools.
They found nothing but such writings in several libraries.
They argue the issue is too important to ignore, given that a number
of young Canadians have become radicalized to violence. Canadian
Muslims with humanist and modernist outlooks are being drowned out by
those with extreme views.
- Video: Iranian Dissidents Visit Israel, View Iran after the Nuclear Deal
After the Iran nuclear deal, a group of Iranian dissidents met with
researchers at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to discuss Iran
in the post-agreement era, as part of the Center's long-term project
analyzing the Iranian role in the Middle East.
While the dissidents who visited Israel cannot be identified, two
Israeli experts who met with them - Dr. Avi Davidi, director of the
Jerusalem Center's Iran project, and Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi
Kuperwasser, former head of research of IDF Military Intelligence -
describe the outcome of the meeting.
(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
See also Full Transcript (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
- The Endless War Against the Jews - Wesley Pruden
The man who controls the language controls the conversation, as George
Orwell rightly observed. Genocide is what Hitler set out to do, to
exterminate Europe's Jews.
The manifesto of the Black Lives Matter movement applies "genocide" to
Israeli self-defense in Gaza. There's neither logic nor data to prove
"Between 1939 and 1945," writes Joseph Telushkin in Tablet,
"one-third of the Jewish people in the world were murdered. That was
genocide. And since Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza in
1967 [as a result of a] war of self-defense, the Arab population in
these two areas has gone from just over a million to 4 million. That is
not genocide. It's a population explosion." The writer is editor in chief emeritus of The Times. (Washington Times)
- Syrian Schoolgirl Goes Back Home after Being Cured of Blood Disease in Israel - Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
A six-year-old girl from Syria who was treated for a wound and a blood
disease at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center was sent home on Tuesday after
her new Israeli friends held a farewell party and gave her many gifts,
including a first-grade backpack. Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druse
from the medical staff had tears in their eyes, hugging her and worrying
about the future that awaits her.
Once she recovered from her wound, the medical team noted from her
blood tests that she suffered from a blood disease and needed a bone
marrow transplant. The Israeli government reached the child's relatives
in Syria and brought back blood samples from several family members.
Her brother was a perfect match and was brought from Syria to Rambam
for two weeks.
At the farewell party, her mother said, "I would lie if I said that
I expected the kind of humanity I discovered here. I am grateful for
your care and sensitivity; may God protect you. And we will always
remember what you did for us."
- The Jewish Olympians among Hitler's Victims - Matt Lebovic
Gymnast Judikje "Jud" Simons from the Netherlands and boxer Victor
"Young" Perez of France were among several dozen Jewish Olympians and
world champions murdered during the Holocaust, along with most of their
spouses and children. At the 1936 "Nazi Olympics" in Berlin, at least 13
Jewish athletes from several countries earned medals.
Agnes Grunwald-Spier's 2016 book, Who Betrayed the Jews?
includes information on 30 Jewish Olympians killed in the Holocaust,
some of whom gave up their freedom to share the fate of loved ones.
Renowned skier Bronislaw Czech represented Poland in three Olympic
Games. At age 32, he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz.
There, he was offered freedom in exchange for training German youth in
skiing, but refused and died in Auschwitz.
According to Grunwald-Spier, the 30 murdered Jewish Olympians in her
book "were all successful sportspeople who had been proud to represent
their country. Their country had been proud to bask in their glory.
However, when the Nazis were implementing the Final Solution, that was
of no significance and they were mowed down like all the other Jews of
Europe." (Times of Israel)
- ReWalk Inventor Introduces Standing Wheelchair - Abigail Klein Leichman
Amit Goffer, inventor of the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton that allows
paraplegics to stand, walk and even navigate steps, cannot use his own
device because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down
following an accident in 1997. But last summer he was finally able to
leave home in an upright position, riding his most recent invention,
the UPnRIDE mobility device. UPnRIDE "provides users with full, safe,
functional mobility in an upright position in practically any urban
environment, both indoors and outdoors," said Oren Tamari, CEO of
UPnRIDE Robotics, based in Israel.
A standing position provides exercise for paralyzed limbs and alleviates
many health problems associated with long-term wheelchair use.
King of Morocco: Can Anyone of Sound Mind Believe that the Reward for Jihad Could Be Some Virgins in Paradise? (MEMRI TV)
"We strongly condemn the killing of innocent people. We believe that the killing of a monk is prohibited by the shari'a,
and that killing him in a church is an unforgivable act of stupidity,
because he is a human being and a cleric, even if he is not a Muslim.
Islam has instructed us to be good to the People of the Book. Allah
said: 'We make no distinction between any of His messengers.'"
"The terrorists who operate in the name of Islam are not
Muslims. They have nothing to do with Islam, and jump on the bandwagon
in order to justify their crimes and stupid acts. They are people who
have been led astray, and they are destined to dwell in Hell for all
eternity. Led by their ignorance, they believe that what they do
constitutes Jihad. When was Jihad ever about the killing of innocent
"People who call for killing and aggression, who unjustly
accuse people of heresy, and who interpret the Quran and the Sunna in a
manner befitting their goals are attributing lies to Allah and His
Messenger. This is the true heresy....Can anyone of sound mind believe
that the reward for Jihad could be some virgins in Paradise?"
history of humanity is the best proof that it is impossible to achieve
progress in any society suffering from extremism and hatred, because
these are the main causes for the loss of security and stability. Human
history abounds with successful examples, showing that cooperation and
coexistence between religions give rise to open and modern societies,
ruled by love, harmony, comfort, and prosperity."
Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, said on Aug. 20: