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Israel Is Neutralizing Gaza Tunnels

Filed in Middle East by on December 19, 2017 0 Comments
Israel Is Neutralizing Gaza Tunnels

Israel is haunted by the specter of tunnels. For years now, Israel has been consumed by the fear that Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip will sneak into Israeli territory through tunnels and attack border communities in murderous raids that will cause multiple casualties. Palestinian tunnels have been on Israel’s mind especially since the summer of […]

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The Magic Of Paris

Filed in Travel by on December 17, 2017 0 Comments
The Magic Of Paris

Cole Porter’s jaunty song, I Love Paris in the Springtime, came to mind as I strolled along Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris’ signature thoroughfare. It was early spring, the weather was still cool, and a pale sun shone as I savored the sights and sounds of a great European city pulsating with vitality. I had been in […]

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The Muslim Minority In Greece

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 17, 2017 0 Comments
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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Erdogan’s Bombast

Filed in Middle East by on December 16, 2017 0 Comments
Erdogan’s Bombast

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been shooting off his mouth again. Since Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Turkish president has been vocal in his denunciations of his move. But while condemning the American president, Erdogan has gone out of his way to demonize Israel, which restored full diplomatic relations with Turkey in […]

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The New Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 14, 2017 0 Comments
The New Antisemitism

A new kind of insidious antisemitism, far different than the familiar variety of old, has emerged as hopes for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict have been dashed by realities on the ground. Responding to President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, pro-Palestinian youths went on a rampage in three European cities, erasing […]

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The Crown (2)

Filed in Television by on December 13, 2017 0 Comments
The Crown (2)

The second season of The Crown, a Netflix presentation, is a heady, entertaining mixture of drama and melodrama crowned by sharply nuanced performances and lavish sets, judging by the first six episodes. Like the introductory season, Peter Morgan’s series hangs on the shoulders of one indomitable character, Queen Elizabeth II, the capable sovereign who still commands the destiny […]

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Ukraine Continues To Whitewash Nazi Crimes

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 13, 2017 0 Comments
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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The Bizarre Saga Of Saad Hariri

Filed in Middle East by on December 12, 2017 0 Comments
The Bizarre Saga Of Saad Hariri

It was one of the strangest incidents in the annals of the Middle East. Middle Eastern politics can often be murky, but the Saad Hariri comic opera was unprecedented in terms of its layered opaqueness. Now, more than a month after the Lebanese prime minister tendered his resignation in Saudi Arabia, only to rescind it […]

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Super (Jewish) Girl

Filed in Television by on December 10, 2017 0 Comments
Super (Jewish) Girl

She’s supposedly the world’s strongest girl, a weightlifter who broke a powerlifting record at a remarkably young age, and who still holds three records in her masculine sport. “I love being strong, it’s empowering, ” says Naomi (Nahama) Kutin in Jessie Auritt’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, Supergirl, which will be broadcast on the PBS network on Monday, […]

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Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

Filed in Middle East by on December 9, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

Fulfilling a solemn presidential campaign promise, Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His historic decision, which touched off anti-American and anti-Israel demonstrations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and a host of […]

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