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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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Erdogan’s True Colors Emerge Yet Again

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pro-Palestinian proclivities have once again driven him to downgrade Turkey’s bilateral relations with Israel. On May 2, the Turkish Ministry of Trade announced that “export and import transactions in relation to Israel have been stopped, covering all products.” Turkey said its trade suspension will remain in place until Israel allows […]

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A Time For Reckoning In Israel

The massive intelligence failure that enabled Hamas hordes to penetrate Israel’s high-tech border fence along the Gaza Strip on October 7 and kill roughly 1,200 civilians and soldiers in an unprecedented rampage has claimed the first major figure in the Israeli armed forces. On April 22, on the eve of Passover, General Aharon Haliva, the […]

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Jordan Repays An Old Debt To Israel

As Iranian missiles and drones hurtled toward Israel on April 13 during Iran’s direct and unprecedented attack, a coalition of nations united in a show of force to intercept 99 percent of the incoming projectiles. They were shot down by Israel, the United States, Britain and Jordan in a coordinated effort that must have infuriated […]

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Israel and Iran Step Back From the Brink

It appears that Israel and Iran have stepped back from the brink of a regional war, but they are still on a collision course that could destabilize and upend the Middle East. Responding to Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel on April 13, the first from its own territory, Israel launched a very limited […]

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Israel Should Retaliate After Iran’s Unprecedented Attack

Just days after Iran upended the Middle East with its ¬†unprecedented drone and missile attack against Israel on April 13, the Israeli government is carefully pondering what do do next at this moment of peril in the region. The war cabinet has met several times to consider its options, but diverse views have emerged and […]

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The Fate Of The Hostages Consumes Israel

Israel should brace for bad news concerning the fate of the hostages held by Hamas and other armed groups in tunnels and private homes in the Gaza Strip. Six months after their abduction from kibbutzim, army bases and a music festival in southern Israel, the majority could well be dead. A few days ago, the […]

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A Turning Point In Iran’s Hostility Toward Israel

Israel is now officially and ominously at war with Iran, its arch-enemy in the Middle East. After yesterday’s much anticipated and telegraphed Iranian drone and missile attack targeting Israel, the first by Iran from its own territory, the simmering and occasionally explosive shadow war between these warring nations has degenerated into a far more serious […]

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The Palestinians Of Gaza Brought Destruction Upon Themselves

Palestinians returning to their homes in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, following Israel’s abrupt withdrawal from it on April 7, found a landscape of utter devastation. Much of it was unrecognizable, with some returnees comparing it to cities in Germany that had been pulverized by Allied aircraft raids during World War II. […]

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The Israel-Hamas War Six Months On

Six months since the eruption of the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, Israel is still coping with an overwhelming sense of grief, trauma, loss and uncertainty. October 7, the day some 3,000 Hamas terrorists stormed into Israel in the darkest day in its history and the deadliest single rampage against Jews since the Holocaust, […]