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  • London theater will host Jewish film fest after all

    August 15, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    A London theater that refused to host a Jewish film festival because of the event’s Israeli government funding has reversed course.

    The Tricycle Theatre decided to continue serving as a venue for the UK Jewish Film Festival after the theater’s initial refusal earlier this month...

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:08 pm

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • December 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 21, 2012 | 12:40 am

    In-depth

    The fire is getting closer

    As Syria's rebels make significant ground against the Assad regime, writes the Economist, some in the West begin to worry the about the influence of the opposition's Islamist fighters. 

    Some European governments are pondering whether to...

  • December 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2012 | 12:28 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu's Christmas Present

    Writing in the National Interest, Akiva Eldar examines possible U.S. responses to Israel's announcement of construction in E1. 

    The decision to build 3,000 units in area E1 is described as a "punishment" for the UN General Assembly's...

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  • December 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 1:07 am

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    Legal Implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine

    The vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state of the UN will only make it harder to reach a two-state solution, writes Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax.

    If all the territory captured by Israel in its defensive...

  • Gaza war and Obama: What do Israelis really think of them?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 1, 2012 | 11:29 am

    A new Brookings-MDU survey of Israel opinion was released Friday, with some numbers of interest and some – as usual (I haven't always praised the Shibley Telhami polls) questionable.

    Interest: Who won the Gaza war?

    According to the new poll, 44% of Israeli Jews believe that...

  • Gordis vs. Brous is not about ‘values’, and other notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 8:52 am

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    If Israel is indeed somewhat nervous about a Secretary of State Susan Rice – as you can see here – it would be far more nervous about a Secretary of State or Defense Chuck Hagel. Josh Rogin reports that "Hagel is being vetted for a possible top national security post" and that...

  • November 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 3:02 am

    In-depth

    ‘We’re Learning How to Be Free’

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi talks to Richard Stengel, Bobby Ghosh and Karl Vick of Time about changes in the Mideast, the Israel-Gaza ceasefire and his time in the United States. 

    President Obama has been very helpful, very...

  • November 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 27, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Shame on Anyone Who Ever Thought Mohammad Morsi Was a Moderate

    The Egyptian president's new power grab is hardly unexpected given the modus operandi of the Muslim Brotherhood, writes Eric Trager of the New Republic.

    The Brotherhood, in other words, does not...

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • November 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2012 | 2:09 am

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    Middle East shifts may weaken Iran's influence with Palestinians

    Hamas' reliance on Egypt as a interlocutor with Israel and the ongoing conflict in Syria are taking their toll on Tehran's sway in the region, write Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim in the Los...

  • You don’t ‘win’ or ‘lose’ a battle like the one in Gaza

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 5:13 am

    The number of commentators having an opinion on the losing or winning situation is multiplying by the hour, and if you're interested, some of them appear at our daily Must Read digest. Truly, though, it is a question one can't answer today. The real test will be two weeks away, two...

  • November 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 12:14 am

    In-depth

    Winners & Losers

    Elliot Abrams of the Weekly Standard looks at the gains and losses of the parties in the newly ended Gaza conflict. 

    Israelis have appreciated that Netanyahu avoided bombastic statements, and used the days of conflict to reach out to President...

  • Should Israel have agreed to a cease-fire? The complex answer

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I moderated a conversation last night between two book authors whose books were published fairly recently by the Publishing House for which I work as head of non-fiction. The host was Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, the crowd surprised and showed up, disregarding the rockets (why are...

  • Hamas winning? Wish I knew

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 7:24 am

    There's a chance that a cease-fire will soon be agreed upon by Israel and Hamas. But before you do like everyone else and jump to conclusions as to who's winning and who's losing in this round of violence – consider the following paragraphs from the story I wrote for the Jewish...

  • November 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 2:33 am

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    Is an Israeli-Syrian War Next?

    One cannot ignore increasing signs of friction on Israel's border with Syria, writes Benedetta Berti for the Institute of National Security Studies

    Lately, even the ceasefire line with Syria, after decades of calm, has become an...

  • November 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 2:04 am

    In-depth

    The Israeli Assault on Gaza: How Surgical Are the Strikes?

    Karl Vick of Time Magazine takes a look at Israel's efforts to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza. 

    In Operation Defensive Pillar, as the ongoing assault is officially known, specific efforts are made to...

  • A call from the shelter, and other stories

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A. Worried father in Santa Monica

    Here’s a link to my IHT-NYT article from Friday:

    My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be...

  • November 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 2:25 am

    In-depth

    Emergency Routine

    Neri Zilber of Foreign Policy takes a look at how Israelis try to maintain normal life under rocket fire. 

    In a sports kiosk in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a few hardy regulars watched the basketball game on one television. A second...

  • 27 things to consider about Gaza (including a short dictionary of useful clichés)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 16, 2012 | 9:27 am

    1. On the one hand: been there, done that. This round of violence is not much different than previous ones.

    2. On the other hand: nothing stands still in the Middle East. During the 2008-9 Operation Cast Lead, Egypt was still under Hosni Mubarak; today it is not. In fact,...

  • November 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    Is it Already Too Late to Stop Iran?

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary raises the question that if Israel no longer has the capability to halt Iran's nuclear program, how long before the same true is of the United States. 

    Yet if it is now too late for Israel to stop...

  • November 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 11, 2012 | 2:48 am

    In-depth

    Steel sanctions cut deep into Iran's economy

    The ever-tightening sanctions on the Islamic Republic are taking a heavy toll on the country's industries. write Silvia Antonioli and Jonathan Saul for Reuters.

    Short of major currencies, some Iranian steel buyers have...

  • November 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 12:51 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Rebels for Romney

    Disappointed by Obama, those fighting the Assad regime is hoping that a President Romney would intervene in Syria, writes Anna Therese Day in the Daily Beast

    With the Assad regime escalating its aerial bombardments of “liberated” Syrian...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • October 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 2:46 am

    In-depth

    How Iran Plays the U.S.

    The Islamic Republic has never been swayed from its policies by the decades-long conciliatory attitude of American administrations, writes Sohrab Ahmari in Commentary Magazine

    The notion that U.S.-Iran tension is rooted in a failure of...

  • October 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 3:28 am

    In-depth

    Who Threw Israel Under the Bus?

    Every time the U.S. has forced Israel to make a tough decision, it has been under a Republican administration, writes Efraim Halevy in the New York Times.

    Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney has repeatedly accused Mr. Obama of...

  • October 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2012 | 2:33 am

    In-depth

    Does Iran Have an "Inalienable Right" to Enrich Uranium?

    Emily B. Landau of the Institute of National Security Studies takes a close look at a long-held Iranian claim. 

    The right of Iran – or any other nonnuclear state – to pursue nuclear energy, including uranium...

  • October 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 9, 2012 | 12:48 am

    In-depth

    Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy

    Writing for Arab News, Abdullatif Almulhim bemoans the lives and resources the Arab world has wasted fighting Israel, to its own detriment. 

    The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list....

  • August 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 15, 2012 | 2:03 am

    In-depth

    Israel Should Retake Philadelphi

    Daniel Mandel of Algemeiner argues that Israel should take dramatic action in Sinai to stem the wave of violence emanating from there.

    [T]he case is strong: without having to clash with an internationally recognized regime holding...

  • Alice Walker gets a celebrity pass

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 4, 2012 | 9:44 am

    There’s a debate going on about Alice Walker’s true motivation behind ‎her decision not to let an Israeli publisher translate her book into ‎Hebrew. ‎

    Her logic is quite lopsided:‎

    I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. ‎Indeed, many South Africans who...

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