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Commentary

False Equivalence From The International Criminal Court

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, was confident he had reached a judicious and even-handed decision. Having concluded that Israeli and Hamas leaders had committed “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in connection with the October 7 massacre and the current war in the Gaza Strip, he issued arrest warrants for […]

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Middle East

No Real Change Expected After Iranian Leaders Are Killed

The helicopter crash on May 19 that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, will likely have no tangible effect either in Iran or in the Middle East. Iran’s internal and external policies are tightly managed and controlled by its hardline supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in tandem with the Islamic […]

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Books

Marty Glickman: The Life Of An American Sports Legend

Marty Glickman was a renowned radio broadcaster, having been the voice of the New York Giants football team and the New York Knicks basketball club for close to half a century. But his real claim to “fame” was his shocking removal from a signature track and field event at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. […]

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Middle East

Hamas Regroups In Northern Gaza, Prolonging The War

Seven months into the war in the Gaza Strip, Israel still has a long way to go before it achieves one of its main objectives — the destruction of Hamas’s military capabilities. Israeli forces have reportedly degraded 18 of its 24 battalions, yet Hamas remains unbowed and undefeated. In the meantime, Hamas can still call […]

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Books

Hitler’s True Believers

Adolf Hitler captured hearts and minds because the bulk of Germans shared his beliefs and grievances. They embraced Nazi ideology, an amalgam of nationalism, socialism, militarism and antisemitic conspiracy theories, and rejected the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, which blamed Germany for the outbreak of World War I, reduced its territory, limited its armed forces, and […]

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Commentary

Jews Are Not Aliens In The Land Of Israel

Zionism is a dirty word and an ugly concept in the eyes of Palestinians and their supporters. This is particularly true on university campuses in the United States, Canada and Europe. Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war last October, anti-Israel protests have erupted in scores of cities around the world. At pro-Palestinian encampments on […]

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Middle East

Palestinian Statehood Should Be The Outcome Of Negotiations

Shortly before the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on May 10 declaring that the Palestinians qualify for full membership and are eligible for further rights as an observer state, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, claimed that a vote for Palestinian statehood would usher in “a state of terror” and reward “terrorists” […]

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Middle East

Israel’s Rafah Operation Jeopardizes U.S. Arms Deliveries

Israel and the United States are alarmingly at odds over Israel’s current military operation in Rafah that the Israeli government correctly considers crucial to the success of its protracted air and ground campaign in the Gaza Strip. The Biden administration, having registered its disapproval of it, has delayed the delivery of 3,500 bombs to Israel, […]

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Middle East

Israel’s Plan To Invade Rafah Causes A Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Israeli forces have entered the eastern quarter of Rafah and seized a critical border crossing through which international aid flows into the Gaza Strip. Although its armored incursion falls short of its long-anticipated invasion of Rafah, Hamas’ last urban stronghold in Gaza, the movement of Israeli troops and tanks into that city has already triggered […]

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Television

Wartime Girls (5)

The highly-acclaimed Polish television series, Wartime Girls, has reached its fifth and final season. This is regrettable because it has been a stellar production from start to finish in every respect. The concluding 13 episodes, which are available on the ChaiFlicks streaming platform from May 8 onward, bring the story to a close. Wartime Girls, […]