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Adelson Upended The Status Quo In Israel And The U.S

If money talks, Sheldon Adelson was a remarkable example of the truth of that adage. A businessman, philanthropist and political activist, he deployed his fabulous wealth to promote conservative and Jewish causes in the United States and Israel, his respective birthplace and adopted homeland. Adelson died on January 11 at the age of 87 from […]

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Middle East

The Implosion Of Israel’s Blue And White Party

Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s centrist Blue and White Party and the minister of defence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s caretaker coalition government, issued the understatement of the new year when he said, “Truth be told, the reality is difficult right now.” With several key Blue and White Knesset members leaving the party and […]

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Commentary

A Teachable Moment

Mary Miller, a newly-elected Republican congresswoman from the U.S. state of Illinois, got off to a shaky start when she conflated Adolf Hitler with the importance of inculcating decent values to young Americans. She should have known better than to invoke his name to promote an exemplary idea. But being inexperienced, she stumbled into a […]

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Georgia On My Mind

A seminal moment in Georgia’s history unfolded a few days ago. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected as the first Jewish and the first African-American senators to represent that southern state in the U.S. Senate. (It could be argued that John S. Cohen, a journalist born in Augusta, was technically the first Jewish senator […]

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A Day Of Infamy

Yesterday was a day of infamy in the United States, a moment like no other in American history, when the sitting president, Donald Trump, incited violence and insurrection and promoted sedition, thereby disgracing himself in the eyes of most Americans. Still clinging to the false claim that the presidential election was “stolen,” despite Joe Biden’s […]

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Middle East

Netanyahu Courts Israeli Arab Voters

With a fourth general election in two years looming on the horizon, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu has set his sights on what seems like an unattainable goal — winning a significantly greater share of the Israeli Arab vote. Recent polls suggest that, while Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party is comfortably ahead of its rivals, its […]

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Middle East

Tensions With Iran Flare Yet Again

As 2021 was ushered in, Iran was at loggerheads once again with the United States and Israel, its foremost enemies. It was a case of deja vu all over again. Iran has been at odds with the Big Satan, the U.S., and Israel, the Little Satan, since the 1979 Islamic revolution, which swept away the […]

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Books

Glorious Middle Eastern Food

Until my first visit to Israel shortly after the ¬†Six Day War, I knew absolutely nothing about the magnificence of Middle Eastern cuisine. Raised on a steady diet of Jewish-style Polish food, lovingly cooked and baked to perfection by my mother, Genia, I could look forward to such simple and tasty dishes as lima bean-and-onion […]

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Books

Coffeeland: An Impressive Work of Scholarship

Coffee, perhaps the most common word on the planet, is a lucrative cash crop that provides employment for more than 25 million people in over 7o countries. Originally¬†gathered from wild plants in Ethiopia in the 15th century, it was first cultivated commercially in Yemen, its supply strictly controlled by a clique of Arab merchants who […]

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School Of Oriental And African Studies Needs To Clean House

As a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, I was distressed to learn that one of its students dropped out of a postgraduate program due to what he claimed was a “toxic antisemitic environment” on campus. I studied at SOAS, a world-renowned institution, from 1969 to 1970, completing an […]