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Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, passed away last night at the age of 102, and was laid to rest today in Jerusalem.

The prime minister eulogized his father as a man who knew “how to identify danger in time” — a quality, his father told him, “that our people lost while in exile.” Benzion also taught him to “face reality head on” and “draw the necessary conclusions.”

Benzion, said his son, “could decipher the past and understand the future.” After all, the prime minister said his father had told him, “If you cannot understand the past, then you cannot understand the present. And those who cannot understand the present cannot hope to decode the future.”

Those politically poignant reminiscences came at the end of a eulogy that was largely more personal — in which the prime minister spoke adoringly of his father, family life, his…

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CNN Belief Blog

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) — Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that “we can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people” at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.

In a blog post on Sunday, Savage wrote that his remark at a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association was “being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhh… which is untrue.”

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” Savage wrote. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against — and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying ‘motivated by faith’) — because it says right there in the Bible…

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IranAware

The anti-Israel media crusade hit high gear this week as the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired a piece declaring that Christians are leaving the West Bank, and that somehow it’s all Israel’s fault. (Watch the video. Read the transcript.)

As someone who’s spent years monitoring the media, this segment was, unfortunately, typical of what I’d come to expect from 60 Minutes – a report filled with distortion of facts, selective omission, and lack of context.

Yet what really struck me is the personal vendetta that reporter Bob Simon appears to have against Israel.

When Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, got a tip that 60 Minutes was planning a distorted report, he phoned the head of CBS News to complain about what was shaping up to be “a hatchet job.”

When Simon found out about this, he called in Oren for an interview…

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IranAware

A new video series warns than an effort to overthrow the American system already is well under way through the “civilization jihad” of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the support of key U.S. government leaders, including Barack Obama.

Radical Muslimshave penetrated “team Obama,” according to the series, which examines six individuals who have been allowed into high positions. The consequent danger is “acute,” according to the video makers.

Included in the conversation are the White House, director of National Intelligence, State Department, Justice Department, the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security and NASA.

The 10-part course, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” was created by the the Center for Security Policy under the direction of Frank Gaffney. It has been posted on the Web.

Unveiled are the long-term processes of subversion and deceit through which the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremists have infiltrated the American government

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National Post | Full Comment

Across the Middle East this year, Christians are in more trouble than at any previous point in memory. Massacres and beatings by Islamist mobs have caused 200,000 Copts to leave Egypt, their home for 16 centuries. In Iraq, scores of churches have been burned and many worshippers killed. The Christian population in most Arab states is sharply declining.

So last Sunday, the producers of the CBS show 60 Minutes did an item exposing the problems that afflict Christians … in Israel.

It was a colossal case of missing the point. Israel is the only state in the Middle East where Christians are guaranteed religious freedom, and the only place where they serve in parliament and on the Supreme Court.

But Bob Simon and the 60 Minutes crew found a fresh reason to complain about Israel’s treatment of a minority. Apparently, many Christian Arabs are leaving Jerusalem and the West Bank…

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totally agree

National Post | Full Comment

Whatever justification the foolishly called student “strike” in Montreal may have had — and I’m inclined to believe it was precious little — it now has none, absolutely none.

Serious protests, involving grave issues, with real risks and real moral purpose, are going on all over the world. They match life-and-death risk with the value of what is at stake: the human rights of citizens suffering under dictatorial governments. We can only hope that the eyes of the demonstrators in Syria don’t get the news of the tantrum going on in democratic Quebec.

It began on so picayune a point — a tuition hike of $325 a year. That’s about the cost of one bottle of needless water a day, or half the price of the cheapest cup of coffee. Is this the kind of cause North American students take to the street for? “Oh, our university fees, already the…

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National Post | News

JERUSALEM — A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country’s leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear programme and “messianic” in the strongest criticism from a security veteran of threats to launch a pre-emptive war.

Other veterans have come out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

But the censure from Yuval Diskin, who retired as head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence service last year, was especially strong and unusual in using the language of religious fervour that Israelis associate with Islamist foes.

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“I have no faith in the prime minister, nor in the defence minister,” Diskin said in remarks broadcast by Israeli media on Saturday. “I really don’t have faith in a leadership that makes decisions out of messianic feelings.”

The Prime Minister’s Office and Defence Ministry had no immediate response to Diskin’s remarks. But Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rebuked Diskin and questioned his…

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