SCOTTISH JEWS STAND FIRM AGAINST THE ANTI ISRAEL “BALFOUR PROJECT” The umbrella body of Jews north of the Border, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC), has issued a formal protest to the Church of Scotland, which co-sponsored the Balfour Project’s Conference in Edinburgh on 2nd November. Explains the SCoJeC: ‘The SCoJeC has written to the Church of Scotland, formally protesting at the Church’s […]

NATALIE GLANVILL: ANTI-ISRAEL SPEAKER DELIVERS PROPAGANDA SPEECH AT HARVARD An anti-Israel speaker has delivered false allegations at Harvard Kennedy School lecture on Middle East peace process. Former Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) spokeswoman and fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, Diana Buttu, “delivered a lecture that purported to discuss the ‘reality’ of the Middle East peace process, but instead disseminated lies to […]

GEORGE WEIGEL: SIFTING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE The most inane insta-pundit commentary had it that the 2012 election “hadn’t really changed anything,” what with President Obama still in the White House, the House still in Republican hands, and the Senate still controlled by Democrats. The truth of the matter, of course, is that a great deal changed, somewhere around 11 p.m. […]


“The coming majority implies a different set of political priorities for the US government. A younger, poorer, less self-reliant electorate, rooted mainly in minority communities, is likely to demand a larger welfare state, greater regulation, more unionisation, higher government spending and higher taxes, initially ‘on the rich’. These demands will run counter to the interests of older Americans of all races, who are currently the main beneficiaries of high spending and low taxes. And the claims of both will inevitably be noticed by the watchful interests of the international investing community and America’s creditors such as China.”

‘I’ve come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote,’ said President Obama at an emotional ‘last ever’ campaign meeting. ‘Because this is where our movement for change began, right here. Right here.’ And his eyes briefly moistened. The nostalgia was doubtless sincere, and the address correct, but it was misleading to describe his 2012 election campaign as a continuation of his earlier ‘movement for change’. In reality, it has been a smoothly ruthless operation to distract attention from a record that has been disappointingly bereft of change. He triumphed over himself as much as over the hapless Mitt Romney.

Until it produced a glossy economic leaflet so that the President could wave it as evidence that, like Romney, he too had a ‘plan’, the Obama campaign had concentrated on blaming George W. Bush for America’s continuing troubles. It denounced Romney as a vulture capitalist murderously hostile to ordinary people, and promised to protect women against the GOP’s supposed plan to abolish both contraception and abortion. Both sides ran relentlessly negative adverts but, as the result showed, the Democrats did it better. Obama will be President for another four years.

To win in circumstances that seemed ripe for his defeat is a remarkable achievement — but the victory can scarcely be described as glorious. The President almost tied with Romney (whom he reportedly despises) in the popular vote. The loss of Senate seats had little to do with his coattails but was largely due to the individual follies or bad luck of Republican candidates. Republicans retained control of the House and now control 30 governorships, the highest number since 2000. The President will have to deal with a hostile half of Congress in an atmosphere poisoned by the extraordinarily ruthless partisanship of this ‘post-partisan’. And in one vital particular, the campaign almost foundered.

MELANIE PHILLIPS: AMERICA GOES INTO THE DARKNESS The greatest satisfaction today over the re-election of Obama is not being felt in the Democratic Party. It is not being felt among the media, who are no longer objective observers but have turned instead into corrupt partisans who ruthlessly censored the truth about Obama and helped peddle his demonising propaganda about his opponent. […]

THE BEST WAY TO DISPELL SOME OF THE GLOOM…..A GOOD MOVIE REVIEWED BY MARILYN PENN With polished smoothness, four gifted actors portray the members of a long-standing quartet faced with an upcoming crisis as its leader may bow out due to illness. Mimicking the concept of four individuals musically adjusting their own wills in order to play as one quartet, the four characters are faced with decisions and circumstances […]

RUTHIE BLUM: ISRAEL AND THE U.S. ELECTION If there’s one person in Israel who is celebrating Barack Obama’s victory today it is Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich. This is not merely because the former journalist, who entered politics to express her overt partisanship at a Knesset podium rather than over the airwaves, shares Obama’s socialist agenda and foreign policy. More importantly, […]

AL QAEDA WEIGHS IN ON THE POST ELECTION LANDSCAPE: CLAUDIA ROSETT While Americans have been debating the meaning of Tuesday’s election, al Qaeda’s Ayman al Zawahiri has been weighing in with his own views on this landscape, including the burned and abandoned wreck of the U.S. diplomatic post struck not by a “spontaneous” mob, but — yes — terrorists, at least some of them al […]


Click here: Anti-Israel Circles Of Influence On Campus – Maggie’s Farm Anti-Israel Circles Of Influence On Campus The Times Of Israel just published a new piece from me: “Anti-Israel Circles Of Influence On Campus.” The focus is on faculty. Students may suffer but they come and go. The professors stay on, to indoctrinate more […]

P. DAVID HORNIK: WHY LIBERAL JEWS WILL NOT SUPPORT ISRAEL In “The Failure of the American Jewish Left,” an article in the current issue of Middle East Quarterly, David Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, laments the fact that “for many years, the liberal base of the Democratic Party has been steadily turning against the Jewish state.” Brog notes the fiasco at […]