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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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

Kerry Went to the Middle East to Bring Peace, and All He Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

It is difficult to understate the enormity of the humiliation suffered by Secretary of State John Kerry in the Middle East this week--and the man who sent him there, President Barack Obama. The Egyptians made him undergo a security screening, the Israelis made it clear they did not want him there, and finally, the Israeli Cabinet--which can never seem to agree on much of anything--rejected his "ceasefire" proposal unanimously. Jul 25, 2014 11:36 AM 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

Comic-Con: The Nerds Finally Get the Girls (and Some Are Boys)

SAN DIEGO -- Thousands of superheroes flocked to the San Diego Convention Center for the annual Comic-Con, a convention devoted to comic books and the media industries that have spring up around them. Though comic book conventions are held in many cities throughout the country, the San Diego convention is the most prominent because it is where Hollywood has chosen to promote its new superhero movies, with stars in tow. Jul 24, 2014 1:34 PM PT

L.A. Times Prints Front-Page Defense of Hamas Terror Against Israel

The Los Angeles Times leads Thursday with a story entitled: "Gaza's dilemma: Deadly war or suffocating Israeli embargo." According to the story, Palestinians in Gaza are left with no choice but to wage war, because if they do not fire rockets at Israeli civilians, they must accept an Israeli [sic] "embargo." The article omits the obvious point that if Hamas would stop trying to kill Israelis, neither the embargo nor the war itself would be necessary. Jul 24, 2014 5:37 AM PT

Rand Paul is the Big Political Winner in Israel-Hamas War

With the world in turmoil, foreign policy is shaping up to be one of the most important issues facing potential 2016 presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton, who enthusiastically bullied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Secretary of State, is now trying to sound more hawkish than President Barack Obama on the Israel-Hamas conflict. The real political winner in the conflict, however, has been Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Jul 23, 2014 9:15 AM PT

30,000 Israelis Attend Funeral for L.A.'s Steinberg, Killed in Action

Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, showed his love for Israel by joining the Golani brigade, one of the most elite units of the Israel Defense Force. Now Israel has returned that love, with 30,000 Israelis turning out for the Steinberg's funeral Wednesday at Israel's military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Another fallen U.S. volunteer, Sean Carmeli of Texas, received a send-off from 20,000 Israelis at his funeral earlier this week. Jul 23, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Obama: Israel's Best Enemy

Take a close look at the photo above. It was taken by a Reuters photographer on March 20, 2013, and is one of the most important photo-ops of the Obama presidency. The caption reads: "U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose with members of the Israel Defense Forces as he views an Iron Dome Battery at Ben Gurion International Airport." Jul 23, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Clash: 4th Circuit Upholds Federal Subsidies for Obamacare

Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down Obamacare's subsidies on the federal insurance exchange in a 2-1 ruling, the Fourth Circuit upheld the same subsidies 3-0, setting up a near-certain Supreme Court challenge. Both cases revolve around an interpretation of the literal text of the Affordable Care Act, which provides that subsidies for insurance are available on an "Exchange established by the State." Jul 22, 2014 12:53 PM PT

A Big F'ing Deal: D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Federal Obamacare Subsidies

A 2-1 panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has reversed a lower court's ruling and invalidated the Internal Revenue Service regulation that provides for insurance subsidies to millions of lower-income Americans using the federal Obamacare exchanges. The decision, handed down on Tuesday, will cancel the subsidies in 36 states, making Obamacare unaffordable to many and potentially crashing the system. Jul 22, 2014 8:58 AM PT

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