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Israeli and Russian Interests Collide In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on January 31, 2019 0 Comments
Israeli and Russian Interests Collide In Syria

Israeli and Russian interests in Syria — Russia’s closest ally in the Middle East and Israel’s longtime enemy — have been on a collision course for the past few months. Nonetheless, Israel and Russia have managed to maintain a constructive dialog to soften the edges of their differences over Syria. Since last September, when Russia […]

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Rewriting The Holocaust

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 29, 2019 0 Comments
Rewriting The Holocaust

An important document was released on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. The Holocaust Revisionist Report, sponsored by Yale University, Grinnell College and the European Union of Progressive Judaism, addressed a problem found, in particular, in four European Union member states: Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Lithuania, all of which have cordial relations […]

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How Long Will Israel Survive?

Filed in Books by on January 28, 2019 0 Comments
How Long Will Israel Survive?

Israel has never been as safe, prosperous and internationally accepted as it is today. Yet its future is uncertain, Gregg Carlstrom argues in How Long Will Israel Survive? The Threat From Within (Oxford University Press). According to Carlstrom, the Israel correspondent of The Economist and The Times of London, the Jewish state has never been so […]

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When Heroes Fly

Filed in Television by on January 26, 2019 0 Comments
When Heroes Fly

The Israeli adventure drama, When Heroes Fly, has arrived at the Netflix streaming network. The 10-part series, set in Israel and Colombia, unfolds in Hebrew, Spanish and English. Four Israeli buddies, who fought together in the 2006 war in Lebanon, team up in a daring mission to find an Israeli woman supposedly killed nearly a decade ago. […]

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Filed in Film by on January 25, 2019 0 Comments
Bohemian Rhapsody

Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody immortalizes the late, lamented pop singer Freddie Mercury. This exuberant biopic rises to sublime heights at times thanks to Rami Malek’s star turn as Mercury. Malek portrays the iconic British musician as self-confident yet vulnerable, flamboyant yet lonely, heterosexual yet gay, secular yet attached to his Zoroastrian faith. Mercury, the lead vocalist […]

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Syria Must Take Responsibility For Its Aggression

Filed in Middle East by on January 24, 2019 0 Comments
Syria Must Take Responsibility For Its Aggression

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, warned the Security Council on January 22 that Syria would attack Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel if Israeli air strikes against Damascus International Airport do not cease. In response, Israel deployed the Iron Dome missile defence system in the greater Tel Aviv area. Jaafari’s threat is very serious and […]

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Vice: Vivid And Sardonic

Filed in Film by on January 23, 2019 0 Comments
Vice: Vivid And Sardonic

Dick Cheney, George W. Bush’s two-term vice-president, emerges as the power behind the throne in Adam McKay’s sardonic film, Vice, which takes a dim view not only of Cheney but of Bush and many of the major figures in his administration. Superbly portrayed by Christian Bale, a British actor who imitates his monotone mid-western accent with […]

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Mahathir Mohamad’s Unjust Decision

Filed in Commentary by on January 22, 2019 0 Comments
Mahathir Mohamad’s Unjust Decision

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a notorious and shameless antisemite, claims he has a “right” to deny Israeli athletes the chance to compete in a forthcoming swimming competition in his predominately Muslim country. Speaking recently at Oxford University’s debating club, the Oxford Union, he argued that governments have “the right to keep their borders closed […]

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Israel Seeks Recognition Of Its Annexation of The Golan

Filed in Middle East by on January 21, 2019 0 Comments
Israel Seeks Recognition Of Its Annexation of The Golan

On his last visit to Israel earlier this month, John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, allotted a few hours of his time for a special tour. Weather permitting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would show him the Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since the Six Day War and which it annexed […]

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Cold War — A Spare And Moody Polish Movie

Filed in Film by on January 18, 2019 0 Comments
Cold War — A Spare And Moody Polish Movie

Pawel Pawilkowski’s stark black-and-white Polish film, Cold War, charts the course of a tempestuous romance between two people temperamentally at odds — Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a serious-minded musician who strives for artistic freedom, and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a flighty dancer and singer who’s content with the status quo. The lovers are loosely modelled after Pawilkowski’s late […]

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