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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Pro-Israel Student 1, BDS Activists 0

Joshua Nass, a senior at Brandeis University, has scored a victory over the anti-Israel "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" (BDS) movement, which tried to use his image to burnish their propaganda during "Israel Apartheid Week." Nass had appeared on the Fox Business Channel to represent Voices of Conservative Youth and argue against an effort by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities. As he later told Algemeiner, BDS selectively edited his remarks in their own video to make it appear as if he supported such boycotts. Mar 3, 2014 2:12 PM PT

Poland Convenes NATO to Discuss Russia, Ukraine, Crimea

Poland has summoned the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to meet on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, where Russia has invaded and effectively taken over the Crimea. Mar 3, 2014 11:47 AM PT

Netanyahu Tells Obama: Pressure the Palestinians Instead

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood firm against pressure from President Barack Obama in his opening remarks at their White House meeting today. According to reports from the briefing room, Netanyahu said: "Israel has been doing its part in the peace process and the Palestinians have not. I know it's contrary to common wisdom." President Obama acknowledged that Israel has approached peace with "seriousness." Mar 3, 2014 11:30 AM PT

The Central Fallacy of the Pro-Israel Left

I attended a presentation today at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference by, among others, Ari Shavit, a senior correspondent for Israel's left-wing daily, Ha'aretz. Shavit made a number of interesting points about the peace process, including that the core of the conflict is the rejection of Jewish self-determination by the Palestinians (and, he says, vice versa)--not the settlements, which he happens to oppose. Mar 3, 2014 11:13 AM PT

J Street: Rebels Without a Cause--Or a Clue

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president and founder of J Street, has an op-ed in Politico today calling upon AIPAC to "get with the peace program." It's not clear exactly what he wants AIPAC to do, though. AIPAC has supported the peace process and the two-state solution, as Ben-Ami himself acknowledges. So what point is he making? Mar 3, 2014 8:57 AM PT

Democrats Advance Water Bond in California--with No Water Storage

Democrats in the California legislature are moving ahead with SB 848,a $7 billion water bond that focuses almost entirely on water treatment and preparation for climate change, and ignores water storage. The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Lois Wolk, is one of three water bond bills currently before the state legislature (two Democrat, one Republican), yet it is the only one to win passage from a legislative committee thus far. Mar 3, 2014 5:20 AM PT

Obama Prepares for Showdown with Israel's Netanyahu

Though Russia's Vladimir Putin has violated Ukrainian sovereignty and the laws of war, though his government has lied brazenly to American officials and flouted the norms of the international community, President Barack Obama has reserved his ire for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Time is running out," said Obama in an interview released on Sunday afternoon, warning that Israel had to make deep concessions for peace. Mar 3, 2014 4:54 AM PT

Glick to Obama: 'You're Not Scaring Us'

Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post columnist and author of the forthcoming The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, reacted swiftly Sunday evening to President Barack Obama's suggestion that he would warn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that time is running out for Israel to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians: "I think Obama needs to realize that he is not scaring us," she said. Mar 2, 2014 7:42 PM PT

Obama to Warn Netanyahu: Time is Running out for Israel

Jeffrey Goldberg has released an interview he conducted with President Barack Obama last Thursday, during which the president outlined his message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he will meet on Monday. Obama will warn Netanyahu that he is nearing "a point where you can’t manage this anymore," and that he may face "a permanent occupation of the West Bank" that undermines Israel's democratic character. Mar 2, 2014 3:09 PM PT

Obama Sends Lew to AIPAC to Deliver the Bad News

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew did his best to spin the Obama administration's stance on Israel at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on Sunday night. The audience knew they were being treated like mushrooms: kept in the dark and fed manure. Among the messages Lew delivered were that the administration remained opposed to new sanctions on Iran, saying they could derail diplomacy. Mar 2, 2014 2:31 PM PT

Pro-Israel Student Leads Drive for 'Safe Hillel'

At the AIPAC Policy Conference, I had the opportunity Sunday evening to meet Daniel Mael, a junior at Brandeis University, who is leading an initiative called "Safe Hillel." It aims to counter a left-wing movement called "Open Hillel," which is trying to force Hillel, the national organization of Jewish student centers on college campuses, to change guidelines that prohibit partnering with or hosting anti-Israel organizations. Mar 2, 2014 2:10 PM PT

Obama to Israel: Stop Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists

CBS News reports that the Obama administration has asked Israel to stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists. It was widely suspected that Israel had been behind a series of assassinations of key figures in the Iranian nuclear program, but never quite confirmed--until CBS' Dan Raviv cited sources close to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. Israel and the US have both used a variety of unconventional methods to attack Iran's nuclear program. Mar 2, 2014 1:22 PM PT

Anti-Obama Street Art Hits Oscars: 'Oczars'

A rogue street artist has ambushed the 86th Academy Awards with a slew of street art posters poking fun at President Barack Obama and the Oscars. The posters, of unknown origin, feature the Oscar statue with Vladimir Lenin's head and the title "OCZARS," referring to the proliferation of "czars"--powerful officials with no congressional oversight--in the Obama administration. The "O" is the Obama campaign's familiar symbol. Mar 2, 2014 12:04 PM PT


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