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  • Sunday Reads: Netanyahu’s loss of leverage, Saudi Arabia’s quest for ‘total victory’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    US

    Ilan Goldenberg and Robert Kaplan examine the geopolitics of the Iranian nuclear deal:

    One thing is a near certainty, though. The only way to make a nuclear accord work in our favor is if the United States and its partners employ both intense pressure and intense...

  • The US-Israel Relations exchange, part 1: Should Israel vote Republican?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2015 | 4:07 am

    Jonathan Rynhold is the director of the Argov Center for the Study of the Jewish People and the State of Israel in the Political Studies Department at Bar-Ilan University, where he is also a senior researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Dr Rynhold's research...

  • Sunday Reads: Death of a Polish Giant, ‘Egypt’s Pinochet’, Netanyahu’s economic vision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2015 | 4:24 am

    US

    Ann-Marie Slaughter argues in favour of President Obama’s attempts at bilateral engagement with isolated countries:

    Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’...

  • Sunday Reads: ISIS destroys historical artifacts, Dilmmas of Russian Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 8, 2015 | 6:49 am

    US

    Carol Morello writes about Kerry's visit to Riyadh, emphasizing Saudi concerns about Iran:

    Kerry’s one-day visit to Riyadh underscores that Israel is not the only country in the Middle East leery of how a deal with Iran may upend the balance of power.

    “We see Iran...

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  • Waze angers US cops, comic gadget brought to life and more - this week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 2, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Buy more in Israel with your dollars

    It’s a good time for American tourists to visit Israel – flights, especially those going through Ukraine or Moscow cost less than $500 round-trip. Once you get here, everything from falafel to T-shirts are cheap, thanks to an exchange rate of...

  • In Sick Heart Patients, Less is More!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 23, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    In the year 2000, Israeli physicians had a major labor strike during which thousands of elective visits and surgeries were canceled, but paradoxically mortality rates fell dramatically during the same year.

    This week in JAMA, Harvard Medical School researchers published a study...

  • Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 4, 2014 | 7:39 am

    I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

    C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  Children live in joy, encouraged by those who nurture them to see beauty and...

  • Grateful for an Imperfect World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 26, 2014 | 9:33 am

    “Did you know teenage smoking is at all time low?”  My ten-year-old daughter announced unexpectedly.

    Imagine a tiny tear in a magnificent painting.  Most eyes naturally shift to the defect, bypassing the masterpiece.  We seek perfection.  We wish to mend.

    The news, from riots...

  • The Case for Judaism for Jews Who Don’t Care About Being Jewish

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 12, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I was in high holiday services this year next to the same friend I always go to high holiday services with. We were with our families back at the temple we had both gone to elementary school at, repeating the yearly tradition.  When we go back every year and see our old principal...

  • Iron Dome under the sea, the e-tree, night run in the While City and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Iron Dome – under the sea

    Israel’s high-tech defense system – Iron Dome, is about to make a splash. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the defense system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies...

  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the...

  • Sunday Reads: On Jewish DNA, the IDF and ISIS, America’s 14th Middle East campaign

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 5, 2014 | 4:27 am

    US

    Columbia professor Andrew Bacevich argues that whatever the outcome against ISIS, America will lose the bigger war in the Middle East (judging by its previous 13 campaigns in the region):

    By inadvertently sowing instability, the United States has played directly into the...

  • U.S. resumes sending Hellfire missiles to Israel

    September 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel.

    “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told JTA on Monday.

    The interruption of delivery of...

  • Sunday Reads: Is the peace process off the table?, Freud & the Nazis, On yielding to Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 28, 2014 | 4:16 am

    US

    David Frum doesn’t think yielding to Iran (to gain its support against ISIS) is necessary –

    Little has come of all these attempts, for the uncomplicated reason that the rulers of Iran are not much interested in them. Or, to put it a little more complexly, the rulers of...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2014 | 8:54 am

    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...

  • 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.

    ...

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