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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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

AIPAC to Switch Tactics: A Letter, Not a Vote, on Iran Sanctions

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will switch tactics this week when it sends thousands of activists to lobby members of Congress, Breitbart News has learned. Instead of asking for a vote on the new Iran sanctions contained in the Kirk-Menendez bill--which would apply only if talks fail--AIPAC will tell activists to ask members of Congress to sign onto letters to the president outlining what a final deal with Iran must include. Mar 2, 2014 11:31 AM PT

Brandon Darby Loses Appeal Against New York Times, but Wins His Reputation

An appeals court in Texas ruled 2-1 to deny an attempt by Breitbart News' Brandon Darby to overturn a lower court decision that tossed his defamation case against the New York Times. The three-judge panel, however, was unanimous in agreeing that the Times had not proven that Darby had "encouraged" a left-wing terrorist plot. Mar 2, 2014 9:54 AM PT

Kerry Complains Putin Plays by '19th Century' Rules

Secretary of State John Kerry complained on Sunday's edition of NBC News' Meet the Press that Vladimir Putin was playing by "19th century" rules, not 21st century norms, in his invasion of the Ukranian region of Crimea. Mar 2, 2014 8:51 AM PT

Democrat Senator Chris Coons Blames Obama for Ukraine

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told an audience of thousands of pro-Israel activists on Sunday morning that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been encouraged to invade the Crimea region of Ukraine partly because of the Obama administration's weakness in responding to Syria's crossing of the "red line" on chemical weapons. Mar 2, 2014 8:22 AM PT

The Staggering Scale of AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is under way. And it's massive. The conference is expected to reach 14,000 in attendance--a record, organizers say--and is planning to lobby over 500 members of Congress (House and Senate) on Tuesday, weather permitting. It's a staggering organizational feat. Mar 2, 2014 7:37 AM PT

Tech Exec Sponsors Anti-High-Speed-Rail Referendum in California

Nick Garzilli, Chief Operating Officer of technology company ET3, is behind a new proposed ballot measure to stop California's high-speed rail project. The referendum, which would prevent further issues of state bonds for the project, was approved to begin gathering signatures last week, according to Eric Young of the San Francisco Business Times. If passed, it would only allow already-approved segments in the rural Central Valley to be built. Mar 2, 2014 6:40 AM PT

D.C. Snow May Cancel AIPAC Lobbying

A source indicated that pro-Israel activists gathering in Washington for the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) may have to cancel their traditional mass lobbying event on the third day of the event. A major snowstorm is expected to arrive Sunday night through Monday, meaning many members of Congress would not return to Washington by Tuesday, making lobbying a moot exercise. Mar 2, 2014 6:13 AM PT

VIDEO: Code Pink, 'Apartheid Wall' Greet Pro-Israel Activists at AIPAC Conference

Pro-Israel activists arriving at the Washington Conference Center from all over the country were greeted by noisy demonstrations and an "apartheid wall" display as they arrived for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on Sunday morning. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink urged conference attendees to tell AIPAC "not to sabotage President Obama's diplomatic efforts in Iran." Mar 2, 2014 6:05 AM PT

Netanyahu's Lesson from Ukraine: Don't Trust Obama on Iran

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in the United States this week, he will no doubt have taken heed of President Barack Obama’s weak response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Vladminir Putin crossed Obama’s “line”—just as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russia, crossed Obama's “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, without consequences. Though Ukraine is not as close an ally as Israel, the lesson for Israel is clear. Under President Obama, American security guarantees cannot be trusted. Mar 2, 2014 4:13 AM PT

Hillary Shares Blame for Ukraine, Failed 'Reset' in Russia

Aside from—obviously—the Ukraine, there are several major losers in the Russian invasion. There is President Barack Obama, who has yet again been outmaneuvered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. There are the media, who predicted that the invasion would not happen. There are the U.S. intelligence services, who evidently did not believe an invasion would actually happen.  Mar 2, 2014 3:26 AM PT

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