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Iranian Military Brass Meet to Discuss “Preparedness” and “Surprise Capabilities”

Friday, 26 July 2019 | On July 22, 2019, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary-general of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made a surprise visit to the Khatam-al Anbia military headquarters. The Iranian media linked the visit to “the security situation in our region.” According to Tasnim, the news agency affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

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Mideast Tensions Soar as US Downs Iranian Drone, Iran Seizes Tankers

July 22, 2019

Monday, 22 July 2019 | Tensions between Iran and the international community escalated last week as an Iranian drone was shot down after threatening an American warship and multiple civilian foreign ships were seized by Iran, including one belonging to the United Kingdom [UK]. The drone incident occurred on Thursday, with United States President Donald

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Heightened Tensions Simmer on the Gaza Border

July 15, 2019

Monday, 15 July 2019 | The situation on the Israel–Gaza border is yet again on the verge of combusting following the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shooting of a Hamas operative, which the army later apologized for and attributed to mistaken identity. Hamas, the terror organization in control of the Gaza Strip, fired at least one

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Anti-Semitism: The Chilling New Normal

Historian Paul Johnson has said, “What strikes the historian surveying anti-Semitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than malaria or meningitis make sense.” It goes by many names: bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, intolerance. Most often, it falls in that broad category of “racism,” which

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Unlivable: Israel’s Efforts to Prevent a Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

In August 2012 the United Nations (UN) published a report painting a picture of the dismal future awaiting the people of Gaza. Come 2020, the document said, the coastal enclave would be unlivable. In the seven years since the UN tabled its report, the situation deteriorated almost beyond predictions. Some 2.1 million people live in

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A Singular Solution: A One-state Approach to the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

The two-state solution sounds final—the long-sought answer to the Middle East’s most intractable riddle. But what if it’s not the only “solution” to the problem? What if it’s not even a plausible one? What alternative can there be to the “solution”? There is another possibility, hovering as both a promise and a threat: the one-state

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Life on the Frontlines: Coping under Fire

The siren sounds. You have 15 seconds to reach the bomb shelter. How fast can you run? One, two, three…Were you eating dinner with your family? Driving home from work? In the shower? Perhaps you were asleep? Four, five, six…Run! Run to the nearest bomb shelter. Do you know where it is? Of course you

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Breaking the Barrier: How Israel and Hamas Communicate

“Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims.” So reads Article 28 of the charter of Hamas, the terror organization in political and military control of the Gaza Strip. The charter also reads, “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as

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Would You Name a Kids’ Summer Camp after a Murderer? 

July 11, 2019

Thursday, 11 July 2019 | Would you name a kids’ summer camp after the perpetrators of 9/11, the New Zealand mosque shooter or the Pittsburgh synagogue killer? You wouldn’t, right? But the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] readily names kids’ summer camps after murderers of Israelis. At least two PLO summer camps for Palestinian children are

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Netanyahu: Iran and Nazis Share Commitment to Murder Jews

Monday, 8 July 2019 | As Iran strides further away from its limitations set in the 2015 nuclear deal, the world debates the seriousness of the situation. The Washington Post called Iran surpassing the 3.67% enrichment of uranium limit “a small step.” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “dangerous step.” The prime minister

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