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Lessons for Israel from Ukraine

As 150,000 Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s borders at the start of the year, Western countries warned of an impending invasion. On February 24, the troops invaded, attacking from strategic points in Ukraine’s north, east and south. After failing to capture any major Ukrainian cities weeks into the “operation,” Russia began scaling back its onslaught

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A Thousand Worlds Saved

As rumors of an imminent invasion swirled, Jerusalem implored Israelis in Ukraine to flee the looming war for the safety of Israel. The appeal extended beyond Israeli nationals. Jerusalem offered citizenship and a homecoming to the land of their promise for every Ukrainian Jew. Some heeded the call. Many didn’t. When the Russian tanks rolled

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Strength in Community

This spring, Bridges for Peace volunteers had the opportunity to visit Yad Mordechai in southern Israel. I was excited to go because I had read the illustrious history of this particular kibbutz (collective community) during the 1948 War of Independence. For five days, the heroic men and women of Yad Mordechai held off an Egyptian

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Water Innovation and Peace

Have you ever been truly, deeply thirsty? Were you in a place where you were able to find clean drinking water to quench your thirst? The reality of physical thirst is foreign to many people blessed to live in parts of the world where water is abundant. But, according to UNICEF and the World Health

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Vladimir Putin—An Enigma

At the writing of this article, war rages in Ukraine, and Europe is witnessing atrocities unlike anything we have seen since World War II. Many fear we are teetering on the brink of World War III. All eyes are fixed on Vladimir Putin, Russia’s enigmatic leader, wondering what his next move might be and praying

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A Light and a Blessing

Less than a month after Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border to unleash the worst land battle and the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, an Israeli delegation touched down in the war-torn country to open a 66-bed hospital staffed by more than 60 personnel. The Jewish state’s facility was the

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

Along with the rest of the world, we watched in horror as the simmering tensions in Ukraine erupted into the most brutal ground battle in Europe since World War II. We’ve agonized over the news of civilians perishing as missiles strike apartment buildings and prayed for a swift end to the violence. Here in Israel,

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Iran’s March toward the Nuke

Everything was supposed to be fine in 2015, when the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) reached a nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In exchange for sanctions relief for the financially crippled regime in Tehran, the 159-page document detailed restrictions to

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Bargaining Chips

Many a suspense-filled film features bank robbers and their failed attempts to escape with the loot before the police arrive. In desperation, the robbers take those unlucky individuals trapped in the bank as hostages. What ensues is usually a tension-filled negotiation as the criminals try to leverage the lives of their innocent captives to ensure

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Victims into Perpetrators

The dictionary defines a conspiracy theory as an attempt to explain harmful or difficult events as being the result of the actions or secret plots of a small or powerful group. These wild theories tend to increase in number during periods of widespread anxiety, uncertainty or hardship, such as wars, economic depressions or often in

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