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U.S. Resists Iraqi Demand For A Withdrawal

Filed in Middle East by on January 31, 2020 0 Comments
U.S. Resists Iraqi Demand For A Withdrawal

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants to withdraw American forces from the “endless wars” in the Middle East, yet he resists calls by Iraqi nationalists demanding a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq. Trump’s position is not exactly contradictory. Although he has drastically reduced the size of the U.S. force in Syria, he […]

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U.S. Peace Plan Weighed Heavily In Israel’s Favor

Filed in Middle East by on January 29, 2020 0 Comments
U.S. Peace Plan Weighed Heavily In Israel’s Favor

It was the understatement of the new year. Benjamin Netanyahu described U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited peace proposal, unveiled in Washington, D.C. on January 28, as a “great plan for Israel.” As he sang its praises, he called Trump “the greatest friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.” Netanyahu, the caretaker Israeli […]

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The Prosecutor, The President And The Spy

Filed in Television by on January 28, 2020 0 Comments
The Prosecutor, The President And The Spy

Justice is elusive in Argentina. The bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires nearly 26 years ago, the worst antisemitic crime since the Holocaust and the most deadly act of terrorism in Argentina, remains murky to this day. Alberto Nisman, the Jewish Argentinian prosecutor assigned to the case, was found dead in his […]

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A Ground-Breaking Visit

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 27, 2020 0 Comments
A Ground-Breaking Visit

Mohammad bin Abdulkarim al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, an organization subsidized by Saudi Arabia, visited the former Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland a few days ago in a ground-breaking interfaith trip that could open the door to improving Muslim-Jewish relations and normalizing the discussion of the Holocaust in the Muslim and Arab […]

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Farewell, Rainbow

Filed in Commentary by on January 26, 2020 0 Comments
Farewell, Rainbow

My daughter’s dearly beloved dog, Rainbow, a Flat-Coated Retriever, died on January 24. She was two months shy of 13. Her death saddened our family immensely. I looked out my bedroom window a day after Rainbow’s passing and saw her paw prints in the snow in the garden, a place she loved. They will melt […]

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Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions

Filed in Middle East by on January 25, 2020 0 Comments
Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions

The much-maligned 2015 Iran nuclear agreement may be imperilled, but this does not necessarily mean that the Iranian government intends to withdraw from it any time soon. Last July, about a year after the United States unilaterally pulled out of the deal and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, Tehran began to scale back its observance […]

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Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 24, 2020 0 Comments
Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

The leaders and representatives of more than 40 countries descended on Israel to attend the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which took place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23, but only a handful were permitted to address the conference. The speakers represented the four Allied powers of World War II — the United States, […]

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Israel Inexcusably Snubs The President Of Poland

Filed in Commentary by on January 22, 2020 0 Comments
Israel Inexcusably Snubs The President Of Poland

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland will be solemnly marked at a Holocaust conference taking place in Jerusalem on January 23. Regarded as one of the biggest international events ever hosted by Israel, it will be attended by 41 heads of state and delegations from 49 countries. Among the […]

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A Poor Choice Of Words

Filed in Commentary by on January 21, 2020 0 Comments
A Poor Choice Of Words

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sacked one of his cabinet ministers, Roberto Alvim, not a moment too soon. Alvim, the minister of culture, was fired shortly after his delivered a six-minute speech on January 17 riddled with phrases from none other than Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s infamous minister of propaganda. It remains to be seen why […]

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Ukraine’s Nazi Collaborators

Filed in Commentary by on January 19, 2020 0 Comments
Ukraine’s Nazi Collaborators

Much to its annoyance and embarrassment, Ukraine is mired in a seemingly unending controversy over its ambivalent attitude toward the Holocaust. On the one hand, Ukraine recognizes the enormity of this unprecedented tragedy. On the other hand, Ukraine glorifies certain Ukrainian nationalists who were implicated in pogroms which unfolded during Germany’s bestial occupation of the […]

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