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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Former El-Al Expert Points to Iran in Malaysian Airlines Mystery

The Times of Israel has just posted a story by Debra Kamin based on an interview with Isaac Yeffet, who was head of global security for Israel's flagship airline, El Al, that suggests Iran was involved with the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Mar 16, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Crimea Votes to Join Russia in Rigged Referendum

In a referendum widely denounced as rigged, and closely watched by Russian soldiers and "self-defense" forces, residents of the Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation on Sunday, with exit polls putting the result at 93%, according to the BBC. The U.S. sponsored a UN Security Council Resolution declaring the vote invalid, but Russia vetoed it on Saturday, exercising its power as one of five permanent council members. Mar 16, 2014 12:02 PM PT

The Purim After Andrew

In 2012, the Jewish holiday of Purim fell on March 8, exactly one week after Andrew Breitbart had died. I did not have time to go to synagogue the night before to hear the recitation of the Megillah, the Book of Esther. We had all been too busy with the re-launch of the website, which had rolled out as planned just days after Andrew died. And then there had been Andrew's funeral earlier that week, with much of the blogosphere in attendance. Mar 16, 2014 7:44 AM PT

California Republicans Convene, Vow to Rebuild

California's Republican Party is meeting for its statewide convention this weekend, and is attempting to regroup after years in the political wilderness. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who returned to Stanford University after eight years in the George W. Bush administration, told delegates at the meeting near San Francisco not to be discouraged by the task: "We are a party in the state of California that needs some rebuilding, but we are also a country, the United State of America, that needs some rebuilding," she said. Mar 16, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Israeli Opposition Slams Kerry over 'Jewish State' Refusal

Last week, Israel's right-wing parties condemned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remark that it would be a "mistake" to pursue Palestinian recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, breaking promises by the Obama administration. On Saturday, Israel's left-wing agreed, with Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, who is also the leader of the opposition, saying Palestinians would have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a final deal. Mar 16, 2014 6:06 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Obama's Treatment of Legal Immigrants Is a Disgrace

Apropos of the Ukraine, which has already been invaded by Russian forces and seem to be in store for more, it must certainly have occurred to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, as he signed his recent $19 billion deal with Facebook, that he is lucky his mother moved the family away from Kiev and to Silicon Valley, California, two decades ago. His father had once intended to join the family, but stayed in the Ukraine and died in 1997. Mar 14, 2014 2:04 PM PT

The Main Problem with Israel: A Culture of Entitlement

Israeli diplomat Arthur Lenk has penned a lengthy rant at the Times of Israel about why he, and his fellow diplomats, are refusing to work. Yes, that's right--much of Israel's diplomatic corps has walked off the job in the midst of airstrikes and rockets in Gaza, the seizure of an Iranian weapons ship in the Red Sea, and the Obama administration's betrayal of its promise to push Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Mar 14, 2014 12:13 PM PT

U.S. Arms Ukraine with Tasty Meals to Fight Russian Tanks

On Thursday, I wrote about how the Obama administration had denied military aid to Ukraine, as Russian troops continue their buildup in Crimea and threaten to invade the eastern part of the country. But the story is far worse: we are actually sending Ukraine help, in the form of "meals ready-to-eat," or MREs. Rations. Mar 14, 2014 8:21 AM PT

U.S. Media Ignore Kerry's Abandonment of Israel

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that it would be a "mistake" to insist that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition of a peace agreement. That statement was a complete reversal of recent promises by Kerry and by President Barack Obama, and effectively makes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians impossible. Yet the news was completely buried by the mainstream U.S. media. Mar 14, 2014 7:54 AM PT

5 New Possibilities in Reuters Report on Malaysia Airlines 370

Reuters reported Friday that military data suggests Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which has been missing for a week, may have been flown off course deliberately, turning westward on a trajectory towards the Middle East or Europe rather than its scheduled destination of Beijing. Citing Malaysian security sources. Reuters says that the flight was picked up by military radar following established navigational waypoints on one course, then another. Mar 14, 2014 6:45 AM PT

Abbas Says Rival Mohammed Dahlan Killed Yasser Arafat

Forget conspiracy theories that Israel killed Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in 2004. The PA's current president, Mahmoud Abbas, has his own theory: it was Arafat's own security chief, Mohammed Dahlan, who is now trying to challenge Abbas for the presidency. Abbas has been president of the PA for nine years, though he has far exceeded the length of his term and there have not been new elections since his first win. Mar 13, 2014 10:24 PM PT

We Are Repeating History in Ukraine

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. has declined to provide military aid to Ukraine. Judging from his testimony today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry believes that any military response at all means "nuclear war." So we're going to leave Ukraine defenseless and alone. Mar 13, 2014 1:58 PM PT

Obama & Kerry's Betrayal of Israel is Complete

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House of Representatives today that it would be a "mistake" to insist--as Israel has done--that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Not only was his statement a total appeasement of Palestinian rejectionism, but it was also a complete betrayal of promises made to Israel. Mar 13, 2014 12:30 PM PT

Kerry: 'It's a Mistake' to for Israel to Demand a Jewish State

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon that it is a "mistake" for people to raise the issue of whether Palestinians would agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli government has insisted that Palestinians do so as part of an agreement, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the nations of the Arab League have all rejected Israel's demand. Mar 13, 2014 11:43 AM PT

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