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Essay: Spreading the Hate

Sociopolitical developments of the last decades have led to new arguments that have become part of hate discourse – namely, that European culture and traditions are being endangered by immigrants who will replace it.

Behind the News – October 2019

In a press conference on Sept. 9, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made public a previously unknown Iranian nuclear site in Abadeh, South of Isfahan, showing photos of the site. 

Deconstruction Zone: The elections and the peace process

All the talk about Israel’s latest election deciding the future of the peace process isn’t just wrong but ignores the fact that this question was actually determined in an election held 14 years ago.

Standing up to oil market terrorism

At times, previous administrations have tolerated the Islamic Republic’s provocations in the Gulf, hoping restraint would prevent a direct conflict. It never worked then and is not working now.

The Last Word: From Rites to Rights

Many religious people I have spoken to are fully aware of the vast spectrum of beliefs and practices within, let alone between, different religions. They shudder at the suggestion that a civil official will be given authority to determine what is or is not a reasonable way to observe the tenets of their faith.

Scribblings: Abbas and the “ethnic cleansing solution”

What many Palestinians are seeking is actually an “ethnic cleansing solution” – a belief that justice demands that the Jewish inhabitants of Israel largely or entirely be expelled from all of what is regarded as land belonging only to Palestinians. 

Oil Shock

The September 14 attack on Saudi targets in Abqaiq and Khurais was the most comprehensive blow against the global energy sector since Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent destruction of both countries’ energy infrastructures. Now, as then, US and international commitment to the security of global energy supplies is being tested.

Bound for Unity?

The experience of the 1984 and 1988 unity governments provides insight into what such an arrangement might produce for Israel today, as well as lessons of what pitfalls can be avoided

Bibi’s very bad day

In the summer of 1982 a little-known marketing executive arrived at the Israeli embassy in Washington and assumed his new position as deputy ambassador. He thus launched a remarkable political career that in due course included 13 years as prime minister, more than any of Israel’s 12 other prime ministers. 

The options for a ruling coalition

The final results of the Sept. 17 elections establish that no candidate or party has a straightforward path to forming a governing coalition of at least 61 lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset.