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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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

Ryan on Poverty: 'A Reform Debate, Not a Funding Debate'

When House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his new plan for fighting poverty last week, he encountered some unusual reactions. Conservatives, focused on the border crisis, wondered why Ryan hadn't waited for a more opportune moment. Many liberals, used to demonizing Ryan's entitlement reforms, clung to their caricatures--though former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich, said that he was "impressed." Jul 30, 2014 3:15 PM PT

Republican Peterson Holds Edge in Secretary of State Race

Republican Pete Peterson holds a slight edge over his Democratic Party rival, State Sen. Alex Padilla, in the race for California Secretary of State, a new Gravis poll shows. The land-line survey of 580 registered voters showed Peterson with 37% and Padilla with 34%, within the 4% margin of error.  Jul 30, 2014 7:36 AM PT

Media Looking for a Tragedy Big Enough to Stop Gaza War

The mainstream media know their role in the Gaza conflict: to find--or create--a disaster big enough to create an international outcry that will stop the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). First, they tried using the deaths of four boys on the beach in Gaza. Then, they tried using the attack on Al-Shifa hospital--which turned out to have been hit by Palestinian rocket fire. Now they have a new candidate: an attack on a UN school in northern Gaza. Jul 30, 2014 6:09 AM PT

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


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