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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Putin, 2006: Crimea is 'Part of the Ukraine'

In 2006, at a meeting with members of the South African Parliament, Russian president Vladimir Putin noted that the Crimea "was now part of the Ukraine." Earlier this year, Russia annexed the Crimea in an action that was rejected by the international community, as Putin declared that the Crimea "can only be Russian today." Jul 29, 2014 1:21 PM PT

Israel's Plan B: Let the Palestinians Destroy Hamas

Amidst Israel's overwhelming victory in Operation Protective Edge, the Hamas regime in Gaza is showing signs of vulnerability. On Tuesday, the Times of Israel, citing Israeli media sources, reported that Hamas police had killed two Palestinians who protested over food coupons, and also that Hamas had executed twenty anti-war protestors. The fact that there were anti-war protests at all is a remarkable development in totalitarian Gaza. Jul 29, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Video Proof: Hillary Clinton Is Not a Pro-Israel Alternative

Those who believe that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represents a hawkish alternative to President Barack Obama on foreign policy are due for a rude reminder of Clinton's true instincts Tuesday when Fusion America airs her interview with Jorge Ramos. Portions of the interview that have already been released show the former chief diplomat defending Hamas's practice of placing weapons in schools because Gaza is "small." Jul 29, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Once Again, Obama Helps Israel by Hurting It

President Barack Obama's attempt to impose his will on Israel--and save face after Secretary of State John Kerry's disastrous ceasefire mission--continued at the UN Security Council overnight, with a midnight session Monday morning demanding a ceasefire.  Jul 28, 2014 6:51 AM PT

Obama's Betrayal of Israel Will Not Be Forgotten

Israel now knows, with near-100% certainty, that Obama will not support it if it feels it must launch a pre-emptive strike against the Iranian nuclear program. The regime in Tehran is watching carefully, too, talking openly about the need to arm the West Bank with the weapons Hamas has used in Gaza and Hezbollah has stockpiled in Lebanon. Meanwhile, pro-Israel Democrats cower in silence. Israel has never been more alone. Jul 28, 2014 5:08 AM PT

Backstabbed: Obama Sics UN on Israel to Impose 'Unconditional' Ceasefire

On Sunday evening, after calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and demanding an "immediate, unconditional" ceasefire in the war with Hamas, President Barack Obama convened an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to ratify a unanimous resolution to the same effect. Ironically, President Obama declined to take the case for military action against Syria to the UN Security Council last year. Jul 27, 2014 9:00 PM PT

Obama Calls Bibi, Demands 'Immediate, Unconditional' Ceasefire--HAMAS Rejects!

President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directly on Sunday evening to demand that Israel enact "an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities," the White House said, adding support for the demilitarization of Gaza. Hamas immediately rejected the idea: "Those who try to take our weapons, we will take their life.” Jul 27, 2014 3:51 PM PT

Rhodes: Kerry Searching for 'Common Place' Between Israel, Hamas

Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for President Barack Obama, told CNN's Candy Crowley on State of the Union Sunday morning that "Israel does need to take greater care to avoid civilian casualties" and that "you can always do more" to avoid them. "The best way to do that is through a ceasefire," he said, explaining why the Obama administration was urging a calm that would leave Hamas's terror network intact. Jul 27, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Israeli Peace Rally Cut Short by Hamas Rockets

The Israeli government, which includes parties that favor negotiation with the Palestinians, has been united in the struggle against Hamas in Gaza. But the Israeli left still persists in its illusions--or delusions. Consider the following report from the Times of Israel about a peace rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square that had to end early: Jul 27, 2014 6:06 AM PT

Report: Hamas Used Child Labor to Build Terror Tunnels; Hundreds Killed

Hamas killed hundreds of children in the construction of its extensive tunnel network, built partly to carry out attacks on children across the Gaza border in Israel. That report--confirmed by Hamas itself--emerged in 2012, not from the Israeli government, but the sympathetic Journal of Palestine Studies, in an article that otherwise celebrated the secret tunnel system as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli "siege" of the Gaza Strip. Jul 27, 2014 5:36 AM PT

CNN Touts Non-Existent 'Cease-Fire Deal'

On Friday, CNN announced news that the Israeli Cabinet unanimously rejected a proposal for a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas by Secretary of State John Kerry with the caption: "Israelis Reject Cease-Fire Deal." The headline was misleading for three reasons: 1. There was no "deal," but a mere proposal; 2. Kerry was not offering a real ceasefire, but a temporary truce; 3. There was no indication Hamas would agree to the terms. Jul 25, 2014 12:19 PM PT

Smoking Gun: Obamacare Architect Admitted in 2012 Feds Couldn't Give Subsidies UPDATE: 'It was just a mistake'

A "smoking gun" has emerged in the legal and political debate over whether Congress intended health insurance subsidies to be available on the federal Obamacare exchange, even though the text of the Affordable Care Act says that subsidies are only available on exchanges "established by the State." Now a 2012 speech by one of the bill's drafters has surfaced in which he boasts that the bill was written to deny subsidies on federal exchanges. Jul 25, 2014 8:43 AM PT

Report: Hamas Morale Collapsing, Terrorists Flee IDF

In an otherwise excellent article Friday on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group. Jul 25, 2014 7:56 AM PT

Kerry's Failure Points to Israel's Tough Task

Secretary of State John Kerry has, predictably, failed to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. As of this writing, the Israeli Cabinet is meeting to discuss Kerry's proposal for a seven-day temporary truce. Yet that is merely a gesture of courtesy, because Israel knows that Hamas will reject the terms: that Israeli troops remain in Gaza to complete the task of destroying the terror tunnels Hamas has dug to carry out attacks against Israel. Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM PT

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