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On Pakistan, A More Muscular U.S. Policy

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On Pakistan, A More Muscular U.S. Policy

It’s no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump thinks Americans have for decades been taken for a ride by fair-weather friends when it comes to foreign aid. They are glad to take the cash, but become no-shows when asked to provide help when Washington needs it. Pakistan is among the countries he considers freeloaders. In […]

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Iran On The March In The Mideast

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Iran On The March In The Mideast

Two interlinked wars may be coming to the Middle East. Either could break out within a few years’ time. One conflict will pit Israel against an Iranian-led coalition based in Lebanon and Syria. Another may well erupt between Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies in the Persian Gulf on the one side, and Iran and […]

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The Muslim Minority In Greece

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The Muslim Minority In Greece

People know that the status of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, partitioned between Greek and Turkish Cypriots since 1974, is the main impediment to good relations between Greece and Turkey, their respective mainland co-religionists. But there are other contentious issues between Athens and Ankara, dating back decades, and something that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

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Ukraine Continues To Whitewash Nazi Crimes

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Ukraine Continues To Whitewash Nazi Crimes

Thanks, in part, to people like Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, we have a picture of Ukraine as a plucky democracy, fending off the Russian bear. But you may not hear about the following from her, as she continues to provide total support to the Ukrainian regime. Ukrainian war hero-turned-lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko came under fire last […]

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Jerusalem’s YMCA Is A Serene Oasis

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Jerusalem’s YMCA Is A Serene Oasis

Jerusalem is, as always, much in the news these days, contested between Jews, Muslims and Christians, and fought over by Israelis and Palestinians. This has especially been the case in recent days, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its Tel Aviv embassy there. There are, […]

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The Old And New In Tel Aviv

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The Old And New In Tel Aviv

If Tel Aviv weren’t an Israeli city with a Jewish majority, usually only noticed abroad in relation to conflict and terrorism, its Mediterranean ambience would be better appreciated. With 318 sunny days a year, beaches, and a “la dolce vita” way of life, it reminds one of cities in Italy and Greece. Even in mid-November, […]

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The Legacy of Barry Rubin

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The Legacy of Barry Rubin

While in Tel Aviv this week, we visited a former colleague of mine, whom I knew from the time when I worked as a journalist at the Washington Jewish Week in the 1980s.Judith Colp Rubin, a native New Yorker and graduate of the University of Chicago, has been a foreign correspondent in the Middle East […]

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A Radical Outpost In Jerusalem

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A Radical Outpost In Jerusalem

Jerusalem is today known as a religiously conservative city, unlike liberal and trendy Tel Aviv and secular Haifa.But even the Holy City has a radical past. It is, after all, home of the Hebrew University. And many of the city’s radicals and bohemians used to gather at one spot, at 27 King George Street — […]

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The Mandelbaum Gate — A Blast From Jerusalem’s Past

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The Mandelbaum Gate — A Blast From Jerusalem’s Past

I’m sending this article from Jerusalem, the city that has doubtless had more written about it than any place of comparable size anywhere on the globe. Visitors and tourists know about the sites holy to the three Abrahamic faiths, the more recent Israeli points of interest, and the various museums. There’s arguably more to see […]

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The Balfour Declaration A Century Later

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The Balfour Declaration A Century Later

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the seminal events of the 20th century: the release of the Balfour Declaration. There are few documents in Middle Eastern history which have had as much influence as the Balfour Declaration. It was sent as a 67-word statement contained within the short letter addressed by British […]

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