Elor Azaria and the Army of the Periphery

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by Edo Konrad An Israeli military court handed down a guilty verdict Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of Elor Azaria, an IDF soldier who shot and killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in March of last year. The high-profile trial polarized the country,… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu at the UN: Frozen Bodies, Blatant Lies, and Imaginary Children

Statement by His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel 
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Continuation of the General Debate

by Samah Salaime “Ahmed was the victim of a horrible terrorist act perpetrated by Jews… No words can bring comfort to this boy or to his family. Still, as I stood by his bedside I told his uncle, ‘This is… Continue Reading  

Regional Impact of Russia’s Drawdown from Syria

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by Mark N. Katz Just as it does for the Bashar al-Assad regime and its internal opponents, Russia’s announced drawdown of forces from Syria raises uncertainties for regional powers with stakes in the ongoing conflict there. Some in Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading  

Interpreting Putin’s Surprise Move in Syria

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by Mark N. Katz Putin shocked the world last September when he sent Russian forces to intervene in Syria. He shocked the world again this week when he announced that he was withdrawing the main part of those forces.

Netanyahu’s Coalition of the Unwilling

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by Mitchell Plitnick After Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprising victory in Israel’s national elections in March, he took until the last possible minute to complete the process of forming the government for his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister. For all the… Continue Reading