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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Gay parade, Tel Aviv, 2010: how many Palestinians among them?Between 1967 and 1993, just a few hundred Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza won the right to live in Israel by marrying Israeli Arabs (who constitute nearly one-fifth of Israel’s population) and acquiring Israeli citizenship. Then the Oslo Accords offered a little-noted family-reunification provision that turned this trickle into a river: 137,000 residents of the Palestinian Authority (PA) moved to Israel in 1994-2002, some of them engaged in either sham or polygamous marriages.

Israel has

John Eibner meeting with Silva Kiir in 2006 in Paris.It’s not every day that the leader of a brand-new country makes his maiden foreign voyage to Jerusalem, capital of the most besieged country in the world, but Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, accompanied by his foreign and defense ministers, did just that in late December. Israel’s President Shimon Peres hailed his visit as a “moving and historic moment.” The visit spurred talk of South Sudan locating its embassy in Jerusalem, making it the only government anywhere in the world to do

How should America respond to Iran’s threat to block the Strait of Hormuz (above, red arrow)? As the U.S. Fifth Fleet did, saying “any disruption will not be tolerated.” Significantly, however, President Obama has not spoken, once again signaling to the ayatollahs that his heart just isn’t into standing up to them.Iran’s threats to close the vital Strait of Hormuz, its naval exercises in nearby waters, and the ominous increase in tensions over its nuclear weapons program all point to a dangerous year ahead.
Even worse, Iran’s belligerent rhetoric and behavior of late only foreshadow its behavior once it becomes a nuclear weapon-armed state.
Iran undoubtedly wants to avoid further economic sanctions, and is threatening the weak and unstable global economy to magnify the potential effect of any interruption in vital oil

Writing for the BBC, freelance travel writer Matthew Teller veered sharply off-course in his article, “Jerusalem Tram Offers View of Other Side of Tracks,” about Jerusalem’s light railway.
The author demonstrates his shocking ignorance about the history of Jerusalem, about international law, and about present-day Jerusalem with  passages that alternately suggest that Israel seized, settled and segregated Jerusalem.
Distorting History
Teller implies that Israel wrongfully seized the city from its