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The Formation Of America’s Strategic Alliance With Israel

Israel’s strategic alliance with the United States took shape between the 1967 Six Day War and the 1975 Sinai II disengagement agreement. This historic process was pushed forward on the American side by politicians in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Kenneth Kolander argues persuasively in America’s Israel: The U.S. Congress and American-Israeli Relations […]

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Television

The Club (2)

Four new episodes have been added to The Club, the Turkish telenovela currently streaming on Netflix. There has been no word as yet whether additional ones are in the works. The first few minutes of the newest episode unfold in 1942, when the Turkish government imposed a demonstrably unfair wealth tax on Christians and Jews. […]

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Television

World War II In Color: Road To Victory

World War II was a titanic struggle that raged on land, the high seas and in the air. Its battles unfolded in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. They were voluminously documented by an armada of expert cinematographers, judging by World War II in Color: Road To Victory, which is currently being streamed on Netflix. […]

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Commentary

The Persistence Of Antisemitism

On January 5, an American high-tech entrepreneur named Dave Bateman sent an inflammatory e-mail to 50 friends and acquaintances during which he blasted coronavirus vaccines. An anti-vaxxer, Bateman acknowledged that his message “sounds bonkers.” Little did he realize how crazy and deranged it really was. The pathologically twisted missive would cost him his job. In his […]

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Commentary

American Democracy Under Siege

A year ago today, a mob stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., violating the seat of American democracy in a brazen, unprecedented attempt to nullify the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. President Donald Trump, having falsely claimed that his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, had stolen the election from him, exhorted his followers to […]

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Middle East

Israel’s Futile Verbal Exchanges With Iran

The foreign ministers of Israel and Iran, Yair Lapid and Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, clashed online a few days ago in what can only be described as a futile Twitter exchange. Israel and Iran are the bitterest of enemies due to Iran’s constant calls for Israel’s destruction and its financial and military support of proxies like Hezbollah […]

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Books

Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King

Otto Preminger’s filmography is well known to cineastes. In a career spanning continents and decades, he directed movies ranging from Laura and Anatomy of a Murder to Exodus and Advise and Consent. Some were extraordinarily good. Still others, such as Skidoo and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, were rubbish. Born in Poland […]

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Middle East

Gaza — A Lingering Headache For Israel

The first day of 2022 in Israel had an awfully familiar ring to it. During the early hours of January 1, two rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. One exploded in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Jaffa. The second landed in the water near Palmachim, south of Rishon Lezion. Israeli […]

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Books

Hitler: Downfall, 1939-1945

German historian Volker Ullrich spent eight years working on his two-volume magisterial biography of Adolf Hitler, whom his colleague, Golo Mann, has rightfully labelled as a “repulsive subject.” In the first book, Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939, Ullrich meticulously charted his trajectory from Austrian-born demagogue to Germany’s chancellor. The volume under review, Hitler: Downfall, 1939-1945 (Alfred A. […]

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Television

The Girl From Oslo

The Girl From Oslo, an Israeli-Norwegian co-production currently streaming on Netflix, is a topical thriller set in Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip and Oslo. Unfolding in English, Hebrew, Norwegian and Arabic in ten episodes of about 30 minutes each, it is both thoughtful and entertaining, a fairly rare combination in television dramas. Revolving around […]