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July 17, 2014

We are all glued to news sources for information about Israel’s ongoing Gaza war. While there is some sense of déjà vu in the daily reports of the conflict — reminding us of a similar war fewer than two years ago — this one is different. This time, Hamas’ rockets have a far greater range CONTINUE »

July 17, 2014

In the weeks since the Israel Democracy Institute released a poll on the Israel-Diaspora connection, the Jewish state has endured the agonizing disappearance and death of three teenagers at the hands of Palestinians, the immolation of a Palestinian teenager at the hands of Israelis suspected of revenge and the renewal of deadly fighting between Israel CONTINUE »

July 10, 2014

Some 30 million Kurds live in an area that includes parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A non-Arab Sunni people, the Kurds have the distinction of being the world’s largest stateless minority. But that may be changing. The massive shifts occurring in the Middle East and the practiced moderation of Iraq’s Kurds have produced CONTINUE »

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July 10, 2014

Coming as it did on the heels of the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens, the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was assumed to be an act of revenge. Whether the six men arrested Sunday in the crime turn out to be ultra-nationalist fanatics or mere thugs, they have brought CONTINUE »

July 2, 2014

Last week, a perfect storm of sorts formed over Washington in the long campaign to win Jonathan Pollard’s release from a life sentence  for espionage. Both Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, a Pollard supporter for decades, and outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, who has a tangled relationship with the Pollard case, urged President Barak Obama to CONTINUE »