[ForeignPolicy.com] After years of blocking U.N. efforts to pressure Israelis and Palestinians into accepting a lasting two-state solution, the United States is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according to Western diplomats.
The move follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive re-election Tuesday after the incumbent publicly abandoned his commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state — the basis of more than 20 years of U.S. diplomatic efforts — and promised to continue the construction of settlements on occupied territory. The development also reflects deepening pessimism over the prospect of U.S.-brokered negotiations delivering peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Shortly before this week’s election, the United States informed its diplomatic partners that it would hold off any moves in the U.N. Security Council designed to put Israel on the spot at the United Nations in the event that Netanyahu’s challenger, Isaac Herzog, won the election. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] President Barack Obama has defended his use of executive action despite intense criticism, and said he intends to seize every opportunity to use it going forward on a range of issues he believes congressional Republicans are obstructing.
During a wide-ranging press conference Wednesday, the president signaled he would take more action on issues such as tax reform and immigration, and vowed to “scour our authorities” seeking opportunities to act “wherever I have the legal authorities to make progress,” The Hill reported.
“The American people don’t want me standing around twiddling my thumbs waiting for Congress to do something,” he added.
The president did however acknowledge he does not have a “green light” to unilaterally act on his political agenda, and that the administration was “going to make sure every time we take one of these steps we are working within the confines of my executive power.” –Read More…
[HumanEvents.com] We have a lot of domestic issues on our plate in the United States, but we should take a moment to monitor what’s happening to our ally Israel – not only because Israel is our ally, but because civilized people should always take interest in a struggle against murderous barbarians. And that is what this is all about. It’s always been what the Israeli struggle against terrorism was about. It’s civilization vs. anti-civilization. There are Palestinians who very much want to take civilization’s side in this struggle, but the barbarians are running the show. Maybe this time they’ll be defeated thoroughly enough for something better to rise in their place.
Last week’s pretense that the murder of those three innocent Israeli students was the work of “rogue operatives” who have nothing to do with Hamas or the Palestinian government are gone, replaced with Hamas spokesmen declaring that “all Israelis have now become legitimate targets.” War has a way of clarifying such matters. Of course, that’s what these guys thought last week, too. They’re just saying it out loud now, in part because now that the Israelis have gone to work on them in earnest, they’re crapping their pants. They don’t have much left except blood-curdling threats. They managed to put rockets further into Israel than they ever have before – there are reports that nearly half of the Israeli population spent the night in bomb shelters – but it’s not going to win the day for them. –Read More…
[Personal Liberty Digest] Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday called for Attorney General Eric Holder’s impeachment in the Department of Justice fails to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives and former IRS employee Lois Lerner’s mysteriously missing emails.
Cruz said that the IRS’s “computer crash” excuse for not providing Congressional investigators with two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails screams of a criminal conspiracy.
“We’re told that the hard drive crashed, and that the documents are irretrievable under any circumstance,” Cruz said. “We also know that hate IRS didn’t follow the law when it failed to report the hard drive crash that we’re told occurred.”
Cruz likened the IRS tactics to those used to cover up wrongdoing during the Nixon Administration. –Read More…
[WND.com] Ever wonder why presidents before Barack Obama didn’t feel the need to publicly berate the U.S. Supreme Court during a State of the Union address, even when they disagreed with a decision, as Obama did over the campaign finance ruling?
Did you think why earlier presidents did not demand ranks of unaccountable “czars” in the White House, to address everything from water use to executive pay?
And did you notice the reams of orders emanating from the Obama White House regarding immigration policy, social welfare programs and terrorism policy, issues that logically should be addressed by Congress?
There’s one man who’s noticed it all: Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, who has directed the movie “Dreams from My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception,” about Obama and his past.
Gilbert purports in his production that Obama’s biological father was not the “Kenyan goat herder” Barack Obama Sr., who visited the United States as a student and later returned to Kenya. –Read More…