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Middle East

Gaza — The Albatross Around Israel’s Neck

We have seen this movie before, but it’s the only one in town. Israel and Hamas have agreed to abide by yet another truce, the latest in a long line of ceasefires. It went into effect on August 31, ending several weeks of cross-border fighting in and around the Gaza Strip. It was brokered by Qatar in […]

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Television

The Good Nazi

The late Karl Plagge was an uncommonly resolute and courageous dissenter. A member of the Nazi Party in Germany, he saved some 250 Lithuanian Jews while stationed in Vilna in the early 1940s. In 2004, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, recognized him as a Righteous Gentile. The Good Nazi, a Canadian documentary broadcast […]

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Middle East

U.S. Funding Of Lebanon’s Armed Forces Triggers Debate

American funding of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) has become a source of heated debate in the U.S. Congress. Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate, such as Lee Zeldin (New York) and Ted Cruz (Texas), contend that aid should be curtailed or cut altogether unless LAF rids itself of Hezbollah influence or acts […]

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Books

Zionism And The Left

Israel’s image on the political Left has been increasingly tarnished since the 1967 Six Day War, which utterly transformed the Arab-Israeli conflict. Once embraced by most progressives as a shining light of democracy in a dark region of despotism, Israel was repudiated by leftists as a colonialist, racist state, while its adversary, the Palestinians, were […]

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Middle East

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Antisemitic Narrative

On his English-language Twitter feed a few days ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, predictably lambasted the United Arab Emirates’ normalization agreement with Israel. He accused the UAE of betraying Islam, the Arab world and the Palestinians. “The UAE rulers opened the door of the region to the Zionists,” he tweeted angrily. And […]

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Middle East

The Sale of The F-35 Jet To The UAE Could Be Problematic

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exulted in the news that the United Arab Emirates would normalize relations with Israel, the third Arab country to do so, the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported that the United States intends to sell the highly regarded F-35 stealth fighter jet to that Gulf nation. It suggested that the […]

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Middle East

Jared Kushner’s Script For A “New Middle East”

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, declared yesterday that a script for a “new Middle East” is currently being written. This is not a freshly-minted expression. It was coined by the late Shimon Peres after the Olso accords were signed in August 1993. Peres, Israel’s former defence minister, foreign minister, prime minister […]

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Books

The Perfect Fascist

It was dubbed as a “Fascist Wedding in Rome” by the society page of The New York Times. The unlikely marriage between Attilio Teruzzi, an army officer and one of the rising stars of the Italian fascist movement, and Lilliana Weinman, an American Jewish opera singer, took place in June 1926. Benito Mussolini, the supreme […]

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Music By Max Steiner

Max Steiner practically created the language of Hollywood movie music. In a career encompassing some 300 films, he composed and orchestrated scores that riveted hearts and minds. The recipient of 24 Oscar nominations and the winner of three Academy Awards who established background music as a crucial element in motion pictures, he worked with such […]

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Middle East

Israeli-Arab Normalization Will Be A Lengthy Process

A few days after the United States announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates would normalize relations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu triumphantly spoke of a new spirit in the Middle East that would break down barriers between Israel and Arab states and eventually lead to an Israeli accommodation with the Palestinians. The new doctrine, […]