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Itamar Ben-Gvir: From Outcast To Insider

Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) Party, demanded the public security ministry in Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet and got it. Yesterday, slightly more than three weeks after Israel’s fifth election in a little more than three years, Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Otzma Yehudit announced that Ben-Gvir would be the national […]

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The Phenomenon Of Arab Holocaust Denial Is Crumbling

Until quite recently, Holocaust denial was a depressing and unchanging staple of Arab and Muslim political culture, with some public figures hewing to the mantra that recognition of the Shoah bolstered Israel’s claim to sovereignty and statehood. This attitude trickled down to the grassroots level in countries ranging from Syria and Jordan to Iran and […]

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The U.S., Saudi Arabia And Realpolitik

President Joe Biden has consistently lambasted Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally, since his run for the presidency. But in recent days, his administration has had second thoughts and backtracked, underscoring the persistence and importance of Realpolitik in international relations. While campaigning for the presidency, Biden adopted a demonstrably unfriendly position toward Saudi Arabia’s prime […]

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Smotrich Spins A False Narrative About Rabin’s Assassination

Bezalel Smotrich, the leader of Israel’s far-right Religious Zionism Party, is an extremist by any reasonable yardstick, yet the incoming prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will likely appoint him to a senior position in his cabinet. Netanyahu, a secular nationalist, could not have reclaimed his old job without the 14 Knesset seats amassed by Smotrich and […]

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Netanyahu’s Victory Ends Israel’s Political Gridlock

If Israel’s fifth election in a little more than three years was regarded by some Israelis as a kind of referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu’s fitness to govern the country, this burning question has now been answered definitively. Netanyahu, who is currently on trial on criminal charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, roared back […]

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Russia’s Evolving Alliance With Iran

Russia’s burgeoning alliance with Iran is an increasing source of concern to Israel, particularly after the appearance of Iranian kamikaze drones over Kyiv in support of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine. The latest development confirms the supposition that Russia and Iran, both of which regard the United States as their foremost foe, have formed a […]

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Criticism Of Israel Is Not Antisemitism

Prime Minister Yair Lapid of Israel recently blasted the second report issued by the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry, which was set up following last year’s cross-border war between Israel and Hamas. Presented to the UN General Assembly on October 27, the 28-page report, with which the Israeli government has refused to cooperate, charged that Israel’s […]

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The Lion’s Den Challenges Israel’s Occupation Of West Bank

Israeli commandos and Shin Bet agents scored a tactical victory on October 25 when they killed Wadee al-Houh, the 31-year-old leader of the Lion’s Den, and four of his followers in a clash in the West Bank town of Nablus. Formed only a few months ago, the Lion’s Den sprang into prominence by attacking Israeli army […]

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Deep-Seated Grievances Spark Protests In Iran

A little more than two weeks after Iran was convulsed by a new round of nation-wide protests which have yet to subside, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, finally broke his silence. Condemning the “rioting” as “abnormal” and “unnatural,” he accused the United States and Israel of instigating the protests, which entered their 40th day […]

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Maritime Border Pact A “Game Changer,” Says Lebanese Negotiator

Amos Hochstein, the U.S. mediator who brokered last week’s landmark maritime boundary agreement between Israel and Lebanon, claims that both sides attained “95 percent to 98 percent” of their respective objectives. Lebanon’s chief negotiator, Elias Bou Saab, the deputy Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, hailed it as “a historic event” and a “game changer” for […]