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Middle East

Security Cooperation Is At Risk

Israel’s decision to annex the Jordan Valley later this year has drawn widespread condemnation, particularly in the Middle East. The Arab League has said that annexation would be considered a “new war crime.” King Abdullah of Jordan has warned it would lead to a “massive conflict” with his country, while Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz has […]

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Jewish Affairs

A Righteous Gentile Comes Under Sharp Scrutiny

Hans Georg Calmeyer, a German national, was posthumously recognized as a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem in 1992. But 28 years on, Yad Vashem’s decision to honor him as a savior of Jews during the Holocaust has been sharply called into question. Hans Knoop, a reputable Jewish journalist from Holland who unmasked the Dutch war […]

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Middle East

A Jewish Terrorist Pays The Price

On July 31, 2015, an Israeli settler in the West Bank named Amiram Ben-Uliel walked into the Palestinian village of Duma under the cover of night and proceeded to carry out a macabre  plan. Intent on seeking vigilante vengeance against Palestinians for the fatal driveby shooting of Israeli civilian Malachy Rosenfeld one  month earlier, Ben-Uliel, […]

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Middle East

The State Of Israel Vs. Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel finds itself in uncharted territory. For the first time in its history, Israel faces an unprecedented situation in which the state is pressing criminal charges against an incumbent prime minister. On May 24, Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in the Jerusalem District Court, charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Much to his chagrin, he […]

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Middle East

Israel, Iran And Cyber Warfare

Just days after the Israeli media reported earlier this month that Iranian military forces were being withdrawn from Syria, Israelis learned that Iran had sprung a nasty surprise on Israel. Iran, Israel’s most formidable enemy, had launched a cyberattack on Israel’s water and sewage facilities. Channel 12 broke the news on May 9, but the actual […]

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Books

Anti-Jewish Violence In Poland, 1914-1920

Polish Jews invested high hopes in Poland’s campaign for independence from Russia and its rebirth as a sovereign state in 1918. But the period during which these events transpired coincided with the most widespread and possibly deadliest antisemitic violence in modern Polish history. Nearly 300 pogroms and anti-Jewish riots erupted in areas either still under […]

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Middle East

Israel’s Unilateral Withdrawal From Lebanon 20 Years On

Twenty years ago today, Israel withdrew unilaterally from its self-declared security zone in southern Lebanon, ending a lengthy  occupation that the then Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, described as a “tragedy.” Under cover of darkness, Israeli armored personnel carriers, trucks, jeeps and tanks rolled into Israel, accompanied by several thousand troops from the South Lebanon […]

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Commentary

Headstones Bearing Swastikas Must Be Removed

The Department of Veterans Affairs should remove the headstones of two German prisoners of war buried in military cemeteries in the United States. The gravestones of Alfred Kafka and Georg Forst, who died in U.S. internment camps in 1943, each bear a swastika — the hated symbol of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi movement — and an […]

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Jewish Affairs

New York’s Mayor Has Been Unfairly Criticized

Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, has been accused of blaming the Jewish community for flouting social distancing regulations during the current coronavirus pandemic. This is a patently unfair accusation. Last month, de Blasio personally supervised the dispersal of a large, tightly packed ultra-Orthodox funeral procession in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Two thousand […]

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Film

Israel: The Land Of The TV Series

Television arrived late in Israel. A generation of Israelis missed it altogether. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, panned TV as “uncultured” and a “waste of time.” He would much rather read a book, he told an interviewer. During that austere era, some Israelis shared his view, considering TV an indulgence that could best be […]