Israel Takes Aim at UNESCO, Again

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by Mitchell Plitnick Israel and the United States have once again turned their fire on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At issue this time is the decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to recognize the Old… Continue Reading  

The Trump Effect in Gaza

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by Mitchell Plitnick The effects of Donald Trump’s trip last month to the Middle East continue to multiply. The focus, quite correctly has been on the breach between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But the effects of the Saudis’ wooing of… Continue Reading  

After 50 Years, Time to Talk about Rights, Not Occupation

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by Mitchell Plitnick For the past year, peace groups all over the world have been working on ways to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But now that the 50-year point has… Continue Reading  

The War that Changed the Middle East

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by Mitchell Plitnick Fifty years have passed since Israel’s stunning military victory over the countries surrounding it in 1967. War transforms countries, regions, the entire planet as no other event can. And perhaps no war ever transformed a country and… Continue Reading  

Trump Wins, Middle East Loses

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by Mitchell Plitnick Donald Trump’s first trip abroad seems to have been a successful one for him. Although controversies continue to rage at home, he seems to be accomplishing what he set out to do, at least in Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading