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Book Review: Simon Sebag Montefiore’s ‘Jerusalem: The Biography’

This blithely written book presents Jerusalem as the home of all monotheistic faiths, disregarding the unique bond between Jews and their ancient capital.

GOP: Polls and the Hinge Points of History

There may no longer be a unifying “center” to hold the GOP together.

Educational Scandal: What Kids Are Learning in School Right Now

Just to make the point clear, I did not cherry-pick these examples. These are the first 11 which constitute the first page.

Explaining Everything in Washington in 600 Words (Really)

If you have never understood U.S. Middle East policy here it is: The (wrong) response to September 11.

The Speech of his Life and Ours

Netanyahu's Bar Ilan Speech was not an attempt to emulate Obama by spreading false hope of an agreement with the Iranians.

Forgotten Zurich Synagogue and the Day the Jews Were Expelled

I had accidentally happened upon the Jewish ghetto, where Jews were banned from most occupations and their dwellings restricted.

Survival Skills 101 for Israel

Israel has not really convinced the world that Iran is a danger.

What Will Happen Now with US Middle East Policy?

Not much progress—which is really moving backwards—will be made on the Israeli-Palestinian front.

Leading Israeli Analysts Can’t Agree on PA Strategy

Netanyahu should formulate an interim solution to the "West Bank."

Arab Spring Officially Over

It’s over; it didn’t work; democracy failed.

On the Job but Not Getting Paid?

As happy as I am to see the EPA and other agencies off the job, I’m concerned about morale among the hard-working law enforcement and essential-services folks.

O’Bagy’s Road to Success: Lie for Obama, Kerry, and McCain on Syria

She wrote two articles, one calling the Syrian rebels radicals, another saying they're moderates.

You Say Thermopylae, I say Alamo

Was Cruz’s Stand an “Alamo” moment?

How to Turn a Campus Into an Indoctrination Center

Georgetown was getting Arab money for teaching about the Middle East, but none of it could be used to teach about Israel.

Egypt is Boiling

Al-Jazeera again appears to be promoting Islamic violence these days, in Egypt and in Israel.

Why Ted Cruz Speaks for Me

He gets that we can’t just sit still, paralyzed by bad press and Democratic talking points.

‘Moderate’ Holocaust Denial in Iran?

From the 1990s onward, Iran has gone further than any Arab country in hosting and officially endorsing Western Holocaust deniers.

The ‘Iran is Now Moderate’ Joke

The NY Times is lying. Netanyahu cannot "block" an initiative and if Obama wants talks he will have them.

Back in the USSR

Today's anti-democratic glue is apparently better than the glue of Slavic identity that formed the "Warsaw Pact" because it is a world view and a cultural perspective.

The Solution: How to Deal with Obama Middle East Policy

Countries must be ready for a higher level of potential friction with the Obama Administration.

Al Qaida Dominates Much of Syria

The report warned that U.S. efforts to arm Sunni rebels could help Al Qaida militias in Syria.

Parallels: Obama Appeasement and British Intelligence Files on Hitler

One of the factors in British policy was a hope that if the Germans were flattered and treated properly, they would not be aggressive.

The Saudis are Trembling – Quietly

If chemical weapons had not been used, Damascus would have been overcome by the rebels.

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