In October 2001, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a prophetic warning: “Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a ‘convenient temporary solution’.” He declared: “Israel will not be Czechoslovakia.”

Tragically, President Obama today is increasingly treating Israel as Western leaders did in abandoning the Czechs seventy-four years ago. He is signaling to a genocidal regime in Iran that the Jewish State is on its own – a signal like the one to which Hitler responded with the worst bloodletting in world history.

To be sure, Team Obama has engaged from the get-go in what Governor Mitt Romney has called “throwing allies like Israel under the bus.” For example, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been treated with utter contempt by President Obama. His demands that the Jewish State make serial and unreciprocated concessions to its Palestinian enemies – including adopting indefensible borders – have been dictated in public and high-handed ways.

Even more troubling has been the cumulative effect of Obama policies towards the Middle East that are helping transform large swaths of the region into a festering Islamist sore, prone to jihad – most immediately against Israel and, inevitably, against the United States. In particular, Mr. Obama’s determination to legitimate, empower and enrich the government of Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi adds materially to the danger confronting the Jewish State and American interests.

The legitimation will reach new heights later this month when Morsi gets the red-carpet treatment in New York and Washington. The empowering included not just demands conveyed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July that the Egyptian military surrender power to Brotherhood-dominated presidency and legislature; it also apparently entails U.S. acquiescence to Morsi’s moves to remilitarize the Sinai in violation of the Camp David Accords. And the enriching piece involved an unconditional, lump-sum payment earlier this year, over bipartisan congressional objections, and is reportedly to be followed by the incipient transfer of a further $1 billion.

Predictably, as with the sell-out of Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, what such concessions will produce is an emboldening of freedom’s enemies. And that will not be good for its friends – abroad or here.

Much the same can be said of the Obama administration’s appeasement of Iran. Yes, it has reluctantly imposed – usually at the insistence of the Congress – sanctions on various aspects of the regime and its supporting industrial, commercial and security edifices. But in virtually every other regard, Team Obama has bought time for the mullahs to complete their nuclear weapons program and efforts to render it essentially invulnerable to attack through relocation of enrichment operations to hardened underground factories.


Russian missile chief claims shield-penetrating ICBM ready by 2018
Russia will begin production six years from now of a new heavy ICBM that can better penetrate the US missile defense system in Europe, the head of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces said. “The building of the missile continues, it will be complete in 2018,” Colonel-General Sergey Karakayev said in an interview with RIA-Novosti.

The new and as-yet-unnamed silo-based ICBM will replace the R-36M2 ‘Voyevoda’ missile (known to NATO as the SS-18 ‘Satan’). Karakayev first announced the project in May 2011, when he revealed that the planned ICBM design will be capable of bypassing missile defense systems within the next 15-20 years.

“Speaking about combat effectiveness, it is necessary to note the new missiles’ ability to be invulnerable before launch thanks to their mobility, as well as their ability to tackle the task of defeating any possible missile defense system within the next 15-20 years, should such a need arise,” Karakayev said. The message, as well as the latest mention of missile defense, comes as a Russian response to US plans to deploy components of its global missile defense system near Russia’s borders. Such a move would upset the current global balance of nuclear power.


Two men in upstate New York have been arrested and charged with crimes after they allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of Hasidic Jews standing outside a local bakery in Sullivan County.

“Go home, go back to your (expletive) Jews,” 20 year old Brandon Morales yelled, according to a report from the Times Herald-Record, before he and his accomplice Esai Diaz drove a Nissan Pathfinder towards the group of Hasids.

Minutes after the incident occurred, the two men returned to the scene, and Morales reportedly got out of the vehicle and punched one of the Hasidic men in the arm. When he attempted to flee in the car with Diaz, the car stalled and the suspects fled on foot while being chased by the group of Hasids who were targeted.

Diaz was charged with felony reckless endangerment, while Morales was charged with felony aggravated harassment and another harassment violation. According to the police, Diaz’s license has been suspended multiple times.

“Nobody was hit,” said Lt. Mark Johnstone of the Monticello police. “People did feel that Diaz deliberately drove at them.”

Germany: New Ad Campaign to Counter Muslim Radicalization by Soeren Kern “Salafists are fighting the liberal-democratic legal system and in its place they want to introduce their radical ideology in Germany.” — German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich The German government has launched a nationwide poster campaign aimed at fighting against the radicalization of young Muslim immigrants. The ad campaign is the brainchild of German Interior […]

P.DAVID HORNIK: ISOLATING ISRAEL The Jerusalem Post’s Herb Keinon notes: When Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy blasted Syria’s government at the Non-Aligned Movement Conference in Tehran on Thursday, his comments prompted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem to storm out. But when Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei slammed Israel, labeling it a state of “bloodthirsty Zionist wolves” that controls the […]

ROGER KIMBALL: FEELING SORRY FOR AMUREEN DOWD I wonder whether the New York Times provides psychiatric coverage for its employees. I wonder this because it seems clear that poor Maureen Dowd has finally lost it. I say “finally,” but I should acknowledge that I am not a regular reader of her column. I long ago concluded that Dowd was one of […]

DAVID GOLDMAN: EGYPT IS AN ADVERSARY….NOT NEUTRAL Update: The Obama administration is offering a trickle of new money for Egypt under the grandiose rubric of a “bailout” for the Egyptian economy. The Wall Street Journal reports that the US will offer debt forgiveness of slightly over half a billion dollars (with little impact on the country’s massive cash crunch) and will […]


New York Times Proves Clint Eastwood Correct — Obama Is Lousy CEO – Forbes NY Times Proves Clint Eastwood Correct — Obama Is Lousy CEO Rich Karlgaard, A New York Times front page story today — New York Times! — might have killed President Obama’s re-election hopes. The story is called “The Competitor […]


CHARLOTTE – Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed on Monday that Israel’s ambassador to the United States has accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record. (Update: The Israeli embassy has responded.)

The Florida congresswoman made the charge at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign here at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at teaching Jewish Democrats how to convince their fellow Jews to vote for Obama.


The Israeli ambassador to America, Michael Oren, has released a statement rebuking the chair of the Democratic National Party.

Ambassador Michael Oren just released this statement:

“I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”

Fat New Targets for the Gaffe Patrol: By Wes Pruden The Gaffe Patrol is on the job this week in Charlotte. Bob Schieffer of CBS News, a wing commander who does not ordinarily fly combat missions, got the first kill at the Democratic National Convention. When Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland inadvertently committed a gaffe – defined as a politician unexpectedly blurting the truth […]