Friday, 11 May 2018 | Recent remarks by public figures—both official and unofficial—in the Arab world signal a process of realignment in the Middle East, in which Israel is more accepted, and Iran is increasingly isolated. In a sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab countries, Bahrain has backed the Jewish state’s right toContinue Reading »
Thursday, 10 May 2018 | Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist group that exerts political and military control over Lebanon has won a “decisive” electoral victory and emerged stronger as the result of the first parliamentary elections held in that country in nine years, Reuters reported Monday. A coalition constituting Hezbollah and allied parties—including Amal, another ShiiteContinue Reading »
When term limits threatened to end the reign of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2008, he deftly changed his title from president to prime minister while still giving himself the most powerful position in the country. When he was legally allowed to hold the presidency again, he used that position to maintain control. Yet, hisContinue Reading »
“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”—Elie Wiesel In January 2018, Poland passed a controversial bill making it a crime to blame Poland for the atrocities of the Holocaust. The bill, proposed by the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), calls for up to three years in prison or a fineContinue Reading »
In a global climate that often sees Israel isolated and maligned on the international stage, there is a country that has consistently shown itself to be Israel’s friend. Some may be surprised to learn that the country is the small Latin American nation of Guatemala. Scarred by civil war, numerous coups and drug violence, GuatemalaContinue Reading »
In March 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held its 37th session in Geneva, Switzerland, with the purported goal of identifying human rights violations around the globe and making recommendations to UN member states on how they should be addressed. When looking at the world situation, one would think the Council would haveContinue Reading »
In 2017, ISIS had plans to blow up a passenger plane flying from Australia. However, with the scheme nearing completion, the suspects behind the plot were instead arrested—and the key piece of intelligence that foiled the bombing came from Israel. The Ha’aretz newspaper, in reporting on the prevented attack, said a high-tech Israeli intelligence unitContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 | While all eyes are set on the weekly demonstrations organized by Hamas and other Palestinian factions along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, as part of the so-called March of Return, a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus is facing a wide-scale military offensive and ethnic cleansing by theContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 | On April 18, 2018, two young men, both wearing Jewish skullcaps, were insulted by a group of Muslims and whipped with a belt in a clearly anti-Semitic attack in Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s most fashionable neighborhoods. The violent assault, partly filmed by one of the victims, sparked national indignationContinue Reading »
Monday, 23 April 2018 | The nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers intended to increase the time it would take Iran to develop nuclear weapons if they ever chose to “break out” and move full speed towards nukes. There are many steps in that process, but a key step is developing the nuclearContinue Reading »
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