Joel B. Pollak

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he also has a degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town. He ran for Congress in 2010 in his hometown of Skokie, IL and worked as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament. He enjoys improv comedy, rock 'n' roll, and the literature of liberal apostates and iconoclasts. His wife Julia is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Pardee Rand Graduate School and his daughter Maya is unbelievably cute.


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The Days of Hamas Are Numbered

On Saturday, Israel began to withdraw some of the soldiers it had previously deployed to areas of Gaza in which terror tunnels had been uncovered. Though widely interpreted as the beginning of a "unilateral ceasefire," the move is more likely the beginning of a switch from defense to offense. Before the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could penetrate any further into the Gaza Strip, the threat of surprise attacks in the rear had to be removed. Aug 3, 2014 3:58 AM PT

Obama: 'It's Going to Be Very Hard to Put a Ceasefire Back Together Again'

President Barack Obama answered questions about the ongoing war in Gaza on Friday at the White House. He noted that the ceasefire the U.S. had announced with the UN the day before, and that took effect Friday at 8:00 a.m. local time in Gaza, was violated by Hamas. In addition to condemning the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the kidnapping of a third, Obama said that "it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again." Aug 1, 2014 12:45 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Investigate the UN for War Crimes

The United Nations, predictably, has condemned Israel for defending itself, suggesting that Israel may have committed war crimes in fighting to protect its citizens from rockets and terror tunnels as Hamas hides and fights among Palestinian civilians. In fact it is the UN itself that is likely to have committed war crimes in this conflict, and it should be subject to criminal inquiry. Aug 1, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Scarborough Blames Israel Again, Blasts Critics

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, blasted his critics as "simpleminded" for objecting to his rant against Israel on Thursday morning. In the show's opening on Friday, Scarborough condemned the "mindless political posturing" of those who complained about his accusation that Israel had killed women and children with "indiscriminate" attacks, and his suggestion that Hamas was not a radical Islamist organization. Aug 1, 2014 8:31 AM PT

The Economist Cites False Demographic Stats Against Israel

The Economist has a rather poor record of Israel, so it is no surprise that it leads this week's issue with an anti-Israel article. Among other faulty clichés (Gaza as an "open-air prison," etc.), the newspaper cites demographic claims: "Time is not on Israel’s side. Palestinians may already outnumber Israelis in the lands they share." Aug 1, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Before Kidnapping, Hamas Was No-Show in Egypt

Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, the former leader of the Israeli Defense Forces hostage negotiating team, told a conference call Friday morning that Hamas had failed to send a negotiating team to Cario, Egypt as expected--suggesting, he said, that Hamas already knew it planned to mount a kidnapping effort that would break the ceasefire. Aug 1, 2014 7:14 AM PT

Analysis: Kerry, Obama to Blame for Kidnapping of IDF Soldier

While the immediate blame for the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin Friday morning, a mere 90 minutes into a humanitarian ceasefire, lies with Hamas, the responsibility must also be shared by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama, who put enormous pressure on Israel for weeks to accept a ceasefire before it had eliminated the terrorist threat, and while it had significant momentum against Hamas on the battlefield. Aug 1, 2014 5:07 AM PT

Hamas Kidnaps IDF Soldier, Ending U.S.-Backed Ceasefire

Multiple news outlets report from Israel that the Hamas terrorist group attacked Israel Defense Forces in the southern portion of the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, 90 minutes after the start of a freshly agreed 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, and that they captured one Israeli soldier for the first time int the 26-day conflict. Aug 1, 2014 4:52 AM PT

Occupy National Gathering Draws 50 to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- David A.R. Barnitz surveys the lawn on the north side of the State Capitol--the handful of tents, the small circle of activists seated in the shade. This is not "the nirvana I was hoping for," he admits. Still, as roughly 50 people gathered Thursday in the sweltering 97-degree heat for the start of the four-day Occupy National Gathering, he was encouraged by the "unity" and "sense of purpose" among those present. Aug 1, 2014 4:24 AM PT

Why the Media Are Freaking Out over Israel

On Thursday, the media seemed to have a collective anti-Israel fit. First there was Joe Scarborough's rant on Morning Joe on MSNBC. Then there was the White House Press Corps virtually egging the administration on to confront Israel more forcefully--even after the administration had denounced Israeli actions as "indefensible." Even Fox News' Shepard Smith vented at Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States. Jul 31, 2014 3:54 PM PT

MEMRI: Chicago Imam Preaches Jihad Against Israel

The Middle East Media Research Institite (MEMRI), which specializes in translating media in the Middle East, has uncovered chilling videos in the United States itself. The video clips, posted Thursday to MEMRI's website, allegedly show Sheik Mohamed Elimam of the Chicago Islamic Center preaching jihad against Israel. Jul 31, 2014 11:31 AM PT

Joe Scarborough's 'Asinine' Attack on Israel

Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC's Morning Joe, claimed Thursday that he is a "100% supporter of Israel," but that Israel's "continued killing of women and children, in a way that appears to be indiscriminate, is asinine." The truth, self-evident in Scarborough's rant, is that he is no friend of Israel--and that he knows nothing about the Hamas terror group, either, which he described as merely "corrupt" and not actually "a radical Islamist group." Jul 31, 2014 7:16 AM PT

Analysis: U.S. Failures in Gaza Make Israel-Iran War More Likely

Amidst the many foreign policy stumbles--and occasional successes--of the Obama administration, there have been few as embarrassing as the failure in the ongoing Gaza conflict. No agency has been spared. The State Department has looked incompetent, with John Kerry's failed ceasefire mission that alienated all relevant parties. The Pentagon provided weapons, but its intelligence assessments have been absurd. And the President, who took Israel to the UN Security Council, has fared worst of all, his promise to "have Israel's back" debunked. Jul 31, 2014 6:24 AM PT

Report: Desperate Hamas Stealing UN Food Stamps to Survive

Though Hamas started the latest round of conflict with Israel, it seems to have calculated--wrongly--that Israel would not launch a ground invasion. Members of the Hamas terrorist organization are reportedly so desperate for food after three-and-a-half weeks of war with Israel that they are seizing United Nations food coupons to keep their members fed--and to prevent them from surrendering to Israeli soldiers out of sheer hunger. Jul 30, 2014 6:06 PM PT

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