Why Religious Policies in Israel Matter to U.S. Gentiles

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by Paul R. Pillar In recent weeks, the Israeli government has taken measures that have exacerbated tensions within world Jewry. Each measure has reflected the political power of ultra-Orthodox parties within the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One… 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  

Myth-Making and Obama’s UNGA Speech

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by Mitchell Plitnick Once again, in his speech Wednesday at the United Nations, President Obama revealed the reduced importance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on his agenda. He also revealed just how out of touch his entire country is with respect to reality.… Continue Reading  

Two Cautionary Tales

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by Henry Precht Rare is the Middle East scholar or diplomat who departs from his customary groove in analyzing events in that region. Alas, I am — or was — one of the latter. Now, however, there come two books… Continue Reading  

Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Iran

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by Marsha B. Cohen Presenting Israeli President Shimon Peres with the US Medal of Freedom on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said: …in him we see the essence of Israel itself — an indomitable spirit that will not be denied. He’s… Continue Reading