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 oneContinue Reading »
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,” whichContinue Reading »
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 inContinue Reading »
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-stateContinue Reading »
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 youContinue Reading »
“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 asContinue Reading »
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 areContinue Reading »
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 ministerContinue Reading »
Monday, 01 July 2019 | Israel and the Hamas terror group in Gaza may have reached a renewed cease-fire agreement, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that his country is still keeping its options on the table if Gaza terrorism resumes—and that includes a “wide-ranging military operation” in Gaza. Addressing critics of his government’sContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | In extraordinary comments on Friday, a top-ranking Saudi diplomat said that “the blood conflict” between Israel and the Arab world “had lasted too long” and that the time for normalization has come. “Us Saudis and all Gulf states plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to warContinue Reading »
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