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Biblio File: The Philosopher

Biblio File: The Philosopher Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Ben Cohen

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France's leading public intellectual, has a new book, The Genius of Judaism - perhaps the fullest expression yet of his commitment to the Jewish faith, Jewish culture, and the continued flourishing of the State of Israel. Newly-returned from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where

Asia Watch: True to form

Asia Watch: True to form Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, United Nations     Author: Michael Shannon

Support from Malaysia and Indonesia for the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2334 - which condemned Israeli settlement construction - came as no surprise, given both nations' longstanding sympathy for the Palestinian cause and concordant refusal to establish diplomatic relations with Isr

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Trump and the UNRWA farce

Trump and the UNRWA farce Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sol Stern

To make a real difference, our next president needs to understand how the United Nations' hostility to the Jewish state is rooted in perverse institutions that have been abetted by previous US administrations. The most glaring example of this is the inaptly named United Nations Relief and Works Agen

Rafsanjani the "moderate"

Rafsanjani the "moderate" Categories: Iran     Author: Michael Rubin

The whitewashing of Rafsanjani's record is akin to praising Pol Pot for improved statistics on eyesight in Cambodia, Fidel Castro for free health care, or Jim Jones for raising the prominence of the Kool-Aid brand.

Europa Europa: French Follies

Europa Europa: French Follies Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

There is no doubt that France was an enthusiastic player in the colonial era... There are few signs that France has found a role for itself in the new international environment. Or that it has learned to cope with its five-million-strong Muslim population. Little wonder, then, that it has resorted t

Syria's future depends on Russia

Syria's future depends on Russia Categories: Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The direction of events in Syria raises a number of questions about the current diplomacy of the Syrian war which have potential implications far beyond Syria itself. These relate primarily to the intentions of Russia in the Syrian conflict, and also to the stance that the new US Administration will

Bibi's media troubles become legal troubles

Bibi's media troubles become legal troubles Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Most pundits expect Netanyahu to survive these affairs legally and politically, albeit bruised - with many Israelis taken aback by the addiction to luxury living that the allegations suggest.

How Trump should deal with the Iran deal

How Trump should deal with the Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau

The debate over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration has for the most part been presented in black and white terms... But there is a growing group of experts who are critical of the deal but are nevertheless not adv

Scribblings: Was Resolution 2334 anti-Israel?

Scribblings: Was Resolution 2334 anti-Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Defenders of controversial UN Security Council Resolution 2334 - passed with the apparent connivance of the departing US Obama Administration on Dec. 23 - claim it was "not anti-Israel" but only "anti-settlement." It was merely critical of the policies of the current Israeli government, they say. T

The Protector

The Protector Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party's sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank... I asked him how long he thought

A New Administration – An Israeli Perpective

A New Administration – An Israeli Perpective Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Yaakov Amidror

As far as Israel-US relations go, the eight-year Obama Administration has painted a complex picture. On the one hand, Israel enjoyed a sympathetic ear with regard to its security needs... Still, Washington and Jerusalem were at odds on four important issues...

Editorial: A Change in Washington Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While President Trump has unarguably been a polarising figure, it's crucial to divorce oneself from the rancour of the campaign and take stock of Trump's positions on Israel and the Middle East, as well as the team he has assembled for key cabinet and diplomatic positions. In doing so, we can find

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