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Rouhani’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Filed in Middle East by on November 27, 2018 0 Comments
Rouhani’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric

By Iranian standards, Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, is something of a moderate. But when it comes to Israel, Rouhani is ideologically on the same page as Iran’s hard-line spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who never tires of threatening the Jewish state with destruction. Addressing the annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on November […]

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Spielberg And The Warner Brothers

Filed in Books by on November 25, 2018 0 Comments
Spielberg And The Warner Brothers

Yale University Press has published two books in its Jewish Lives series for film aficionados — Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell, and Warner Brothers: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson. Spielberg, of course, needs no introduction, being one of the most successful directors of his generation. In a […]

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Alsace’s Delightful Wine Route

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Alsace’s Delightful Wine Route

I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I jumped at the opportunity of visiting the fabled Wine Route in the Alsace district of France. Winding past immaculate wineyards and quaint villages and towns beautified by bright potted flowers in windowsills, the route traverses the eastern side of the Vosges mountain range. Fine wines have […]

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Prosecuting Evil

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Prosecuting Evil

Ben Ferencz, a chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, played a critical role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Now 98 and living in retirement in Delray Beach, Florida, he was instrumental in crafting the legal process by which war criminals are prosecuted. To Rosalie Abella, a justice on the Supreme Court […]

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Trump And Khashoggi

Filed in Middle East by on November 22, 2018 0 Comments
Trump And Khashoggi

With a metaphorical wave of the hand, U.S. President Donald Trump has absolved Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman of complicity in the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. By shielding the crown prince from accountability and treating him so […]

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The Six Day War In Retrospect

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The Six Day War In Retrospect

An avalanche of books has roared off the presses since the outbreak of the Six Day War on June 5, 1967, yet Guy Laron’s new paperback edition of The Six Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East (Yale University Press), a bracing account of its causes, offers fresh insights into a seminal conflict that tripled Israel’s […]

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The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

Filed in Middle East by on November 19, 2018 0 Comments
The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

The Fourth Committee of the United Nations, otherwise known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, adopted nine resolutions earlier this month condemning Israel for its refusal to cede territory captured during the 1967 Six Day War. Eight resolutions dealt with the Palestinian problem, Israel’s five-decade old occupation of the West Bank and its construction […]

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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

Filed in Middle East by on November 16, 2018 0 Comments
Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

One more truce has ended yet another round of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip. But as we all know, none of the previous ceasefires have lasted long and have always given way to more bloodshed. The latest flareup, the most serious since the 2014 war, erupted on November 12 and petered out a […]

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Filed in Middle East by on November 15, 2018 0 Comments
Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on October 26 caught the Middle East by surprise, but it should not have been a surprising event, even though it was the first such trip by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years. For the past several years, Netanyahu has been saying that Israel has unofficial relations and cooperation […]

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Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 14, 2018 0 Comments
Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

The death of Stan Lee at the age of 95 on November 12 reminds us of the outsized role of American Jews in the development of low to middlebrow cultural industries such as comic books and Hollywood films in the 20th century. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 in New York City, the son of […]

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