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  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • Sunday Reads: On General Sherman & the IDF, Saudi Arabia’s influence on ISIS, America’s ‘dirty wars’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2014 | 4:24 am

    US

    According to Russell Crandall, America has been fighting 'dirty wars' since its inception –

    America’s self-identity is that we are a reluctant nation when it comes to starting wars, but when forced we fight total wars regularly and successfully—and sometimes even leave...

  • Sunday Reads: Does Netanyahu get America?, ‘Supporting the moderates’, King David’s Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2014 | 4:14 am

    US

    Aaron David Miller imagines what the foreign policy of a Hillary administration would have looked like had she won in 2008 –

    But on substance, Clinton’s policies would probably not have diverged fundamentally from the ones the president pursued while she was his secretary...

  • Look Wendy, I can fly!

    By Marcus J Freed

    August 15, 2014 | 5:59 pm

    What happens when the funniest man on earth kills himself? We rush to make sense of out of the seemingly nonsensical. Humans like things to fit into a logical order. Tragedies confuse us. We ask ‘why?’, as if the entire universe should fit into our limited understanding.

    Can...

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  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

    July 31, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

    “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 28, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid

    July 22, 2014 | 11:53 am

    With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded...

  • U.S. commits $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza

    July 22, 2014 | 8:58 am

    The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    The money will be for “direct humanitarian assistance,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday night in Cairo at a news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    I’m back.


    Last time I was here was the summer of 2011, when I worked as an Israeli delegate at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. That summer, I felt proud of the possibility granted me by the Jewish Agency to represent my country abroad, and educate young children and fellow...

  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 2, 2014 | 9:19 am

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • Not acts of despair- Terror!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 25, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Three terror attacks were added in the past 48 hours to a record number of over 170 attacks since the beginning of November. Israeli civilians and soldiers were killed by Palestinians with vengeance in their hearts as day after day Israeli newspapers were colored in black.

    ...

  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 21, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    Amazon IL

    After years of waiting weeks for orders to come from the other side of the globe, Amazon.com will open an office in Tel-Aviv, as announced by the company’s chief technology officer this past week. The office, expected to open at the start of 2014, will support the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 14, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Fighting unemployment

    Nowadays, at a time of economic challenges, fighting unemployment is a daily struggle almost all countries face. According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel succeeds in winning this battle. From 232,000 unemployed Israelis in...

  • Netanyahu’s speech- how did we take it?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    A moment of honesty: Netanyahu’s speech yesterday confused me.  As I watched it, I truly had no idea how I felt about it. On one hand, I knew Netanyahu is a gifted rhetorician, and that his speeches, giving his previous experience as the Israeli ambassador to the UN. Are usually...

  • The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying:...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    A bitter drop

    After a Nazi-themed cafe' was discovered in Indonesia, a number of Israeli families found a Nazi-inspired liquor store. The group found this bitter surprise in the Dolomites region in northern Italy, where they discovered that some of the bottles at the liquor store...

  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • The faces of the conflict: last night’s images

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    A lot has been said about the renewal of the peace talks. In the past few weeks, newspapers were filled with commentary from Middle-East specialists, discussing the chances of failure or success. Some dismissed the possibility of an agreement; some asked us to give peace a chance....

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 12, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Contemporary Jewish art in Jerusalem

    The first ever Jerusalem Biennial for Contemporary Jewish Art will open on September 16th, just before Sukkot. This special event, meant to last many years, will provide a stage for the creative forces that are active today and relate, in one...

  • This week in power: Portugal, Poland, NFL player, Tisha B’Av message

    By Danny Groner

    July 17, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Portugal law
    A bill passed in Portugal this week that allows Jewish descendants of expelled Jews to come back, making it the only country besides for Israel with a Jewish law of...

  • Egypt welcomes U.S. remarks on Morsi; food stocks dwindle

    July 11, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Egypt's interim rulers welcomed on Thursday remarks from the U.S. State Department describing the rule of toppled leader Mohamed Morsi as undemocratic, read in Cairo as a signal that Washington will not cut off its $1.5 billion in annual aid.

    In a stark illustration of the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    TLV-Eye?

    International company Freij Entertainment‬, which built the London Eye and the world's largest mobile rides in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and other cities, will build a gigantic Ferris Wheel at Tel-Aviv port, sometimes during 2014. The wheel will be 80 meters (263 feet)...

  • When the conflict becomes a routine

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 25, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    This week, I came across a story that drew my attention: missiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. I came across this story from a Facebook status of a friend, and later noticed that it got a very minor coverage in the morning paper the following day.

    When I noticed...

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