‘The notion that Israel had to solve the Palestinian problem before getting along with its neighbors (“linkage”) has proved to be utterly false. Threats from Obama and his secretary of state that the United States could not help Israel or protect it from boycotts and U.N. resolutions because of the Jewish state’s conduct can now be seen as false, a pathetic attempt by the administration to twist arms in Israel. In fact, the linkage may go in the other direction…’ Israel is less isolated than the U.S.

“When a house used to shelter refugees was burned down in an arson attack last week, there seemed to be no doubt about the motives behind it. Someone had sprayed a swastika on one of the house’s walls, which made investigators believe that they were dealing with right-wing extremism. Local politicians in the city of Bingen were shocked and immediately set up a pro-refugee march to advocate for tolerance. That was before a Syrian refugee — an inhabitant of the house — reportedly confessed to the crime.” Another broken narrative: Frustrated refugee in Germany sets fire to his new home

“‘Iran intends to produce the powerful explosive Octogen for use in the warheads of its missiles to improve their “destructive and penetration power,’ Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said Wednesday. Octogen is used as an explosive in penetrating missile warheads and as a solid rocket fuel — but is also employed as part of the detonator in an atomic bomb.” Heckuva deal. Iran announces plan to produce explosives used in missile warheads

Pentagon orders military families out of Turkey due to ISIS threat — “In addition, the State Department re-issued its travel warning for Turkey, stating that, ‘The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.’ The State Department has also now restricted official travel by staff in Turkey to ‘mission-critical’ movement only.”

“The Lahore bombing underscores the very religious character of the jihadists’ fanaticism. This was not about alienation in a European ghetto, or revenge for American and European airstrikes in the Middle East— the secular-sounding explanations offered as the motivations of people like those who carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks. Lahore was about pure, vicious religious intolerance, killing Christians—including Christian children—on Easter Sunday because they were Christians and not the kind of Muslims the murderers claim to be.” What the Slaughter of Christians in Lahore Says About the Global Jihad