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The Fire of Kabbalah & A Political Firestorm
 
Survey: A Party Led by Ya’alon, Sa’ar, Kahlon, Could Defeat Netanyahu

May 27, 2016 - 4:01 PM
 
Sunday Off? Israel’s Unions, Employers, Clash over Shorter Work Week

May 27, 2016 - 11:37 AM
 
New Defense Minister Facing Challenges Within and Without

May 27, 2016 - 9:58 AM
 
Israelis Are ‘Like a Rash,’ Says Irish Member of European Parliament

May 27, 2016 - 8:20 AM
 
Israel Rocked by Anti-Semitic Rape of Mentally-Handicapped Woman and Police Coverup

May 27, 2016 - 8:14 AM
 
MK Glick’s First Act Is Complaint About… You Guessed It

May 26, 2016 - 9:25 PM
 
Trump the Republican Nominee with 1,237 Delegates

May 26, 2016 - 9:03 PM
 
Haifa U Study: Educators Should Watch for High-Functioning Autistic Children with Handwriting Difficulties

May 26, 2016 - 6:08 PM
 
New Report: 22 Israeli Academics in the Service of BDS

May 26, 2016 - 5:30 PM
 
State Dept. Says Liberman Appointment ‘Raises Legitimate Questions’ About Direction of Israeli Govt

May 26, 2016 - 3:57 PM
 
More Competition for Israel’s El Al Airlines

May 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM
 
Analysis: Jews Vs. Arabs May Yet Blow Up the DNC Convention this Summer

May 26, 2016 - 3:15 PM
 
Rabbi Yisrael Rosen: No More Ethiopian Immigrants

May 26, 2016 - 1:14 PM
 
Tens of Thousands Rejoice in Lag B’Omer Celebration at Rashbi’s Tomb on Mt. Meron [video]

May 26, 2016 - 12:44 PM
 
Smuggled Rocket/Mortar Parts Shipment From Hebron to Gaza Foiled

May 26, 2016 - 11:30 AM
 
Female Border Guard Police Wounded in Jerusalem Night Terror

May 26, 2016 - 10:21 AM
 
Israeli Air Force Strikes Gaza After Midnight Rocket Attack

May 26, 2016 - 10:04 AM
 
Family of Bezeq Terrorist’s Victim Suing Company [video]

May 26, 2016 - 8:41 AM
 
Lag B’Omer Rocket Attack on Southern Israel

May 26, 2016 - 12:46 AM
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Dr. Mordechai Kedar appearing on Al Jazeera TV

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USS Iwo Jima in the Persian Gulf

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Analysis
UNRWA food aid
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

By now, most of the original refugees have passed on, leaving UNRWA to maintaining their children, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren. The UN, in fact, currently counts as "refugees" entire generations furious at being punished for a war their ancestors started but lost, and who are now asking the international community to reward them diplomatically with what they were not able to seize militarily.

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Alan Dershowitz
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

It would appear to be ironic that when it comes to Iran, so-called "doves" favor a mutually assured destruction policy that threatens the deaths of millions over a preventive policy that targets military nuclear facilities. But it is not at all ironic, since such doves would be against actually carrying out the threat that is central to any credible policy of deterrence. For them, deterrence is a bluff—a hollow threat and the Iranians would see right through it.

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

In 2012-2013, the vultures in the Middle East are coming home to roost. Of course, the main cause of developments in the region is the long, failed legacy of radical Arab nationalism which is now being replaced by what we’ll be calling in 20 or 30 years the long, failed legacy of revolutionary Islamism. But the secondary cause is the mistaken policy of President Barack Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama escorts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of the Oval Office
 

Posted on: March 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

True, sanctions are hurting Iran but this regime is hardly delicate and gives every appearance of using negotiations only as a stalling tactic. Anybody who thinks the Iranian regime will crack under sanctions is living in wishful-thinking world. No matter how many chances Obama gives Iran, it’s still going to go full-speed ahead toward obtaining nuclear weapons and matching them up to long-range missiles.

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal welcomes Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to their meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
 

Posted on: March 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The Dutch government is on a collision course with the EU over Israel, and some critics warn that the position of the Dutch will isolate their country in Europe. It is, however, also possible that the Dutch are pioneers, whose example will soon be followed by others.

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Palestinians hurl stones onto the Israeli side of the separation barrier
 

Posted on: March 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

From time immemorial, security fences have been built around the world - often in disputed territories to disrupt terrorists, drug smugglers, and illegal immigrants from entering. No doubt, these fences often cause difficulties for native populations in the vicinities they are built. Yet it is only Israel's barrier that arouses the conscience of sanctimonious hypocrites around the world.

President Barack Obama
 

Posted on: March 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

If Syria and Egypt have nothing to fear from the President of the United States, what will Iran fear?

PM Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah II
 

Posted on: March 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Turning Jordan into Palestine would mean the loss of a moderate and rational Arab leader at a time when Islamists are rising to power in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya.

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Iron Dome anti-missile system.
 

Posted on: March 17th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

When this farce began, only a limited rural area near the Gaza Strip was being hit. Each time the range was extended there was talk that a red line had been crossed. But it is now clear that these lines in the sand had no meaning. Today over a million Israelis are in range of the weapons already launched from the Gaza Strip.

Last February, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (r.) held a joint press conference with his ALBA-member nation Nicaragua's FM Samuel Santos López in Tehran.
 

Posted on: March 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Five years ago, the SWIFT clearing system ban on Iranian banks would have yielded results, but nowadays Iran is relying on rogue financial systems created by South-American countries, and on its trade with India, China, Russia, Brazil and Turkey, to maintain the flow of money, goods and services for which it continues to pay with oil. It's business as usual for Iran.

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Palestinians carry the body of the Popular Resistance Committees leader Zuhair al-Qaisi during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip
 

Posted on: March 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The Gaza Strip is no different from the rest of the Arab world, so tribal culture is alive and kicking there. Ever since the Hamas movement took control of Gaza trip in 2007, it has transformed itself from a gang of jihadists into a ruling government, a standard Arab state. The minor movements - Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Resistance Committeess - function like tribes, challenging the authority of the state. Today, these groups are doing to Hamas what Hamas did to the PLO twenty years ago when it was in power.

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An Israeli reading about the ongoing confrontation over Iran's nuclear program
 

Posted on: March 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

A war between Israel and Iran is not something that may or may not occur in the future. It is in progress now.

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Anti-Israel protest in Egypt
 

Posted on: March 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

Reality: Those who are, or will soon be, governing Egypt view themselves as being at war with Israel for all practical purposes. It matters relatively little that there is still a peace treaty. In Cairo, there are no thoughts of peace.

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US President Barack Obama meets with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu
 

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The threat and the ominous effects of an air attack against Iran is the pull and tug of sovereignty versus suzerainty. Is Israel an independent nation free of American influence? Does the president of the U.S. have a veto over Israeli military actions? Or is Israel free of outside influences, a state enjoined by what it believes to be its self interest?

Terrorist mastermind Marwan Barghouti receives monthly "salary" while in jail
 

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

In our Palestinian culture, it is much more important if one "graduates" from an Israeli prison than from the most prestigious university in the world.

Demonstrations for Syria
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

A solution in which the Syrian people are empowered to operate more freely in a true multi-party government, under the aegis of multinational protection against both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, would be the most desirable, achievable outcome. It is not possible to broker this outcome while ignoring Russia.

An Israeli F-16 jet fighter gets air refueling as it accompanied by two additional F-16 jets
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

While war with Iran might eventually be inevitable and necessary, that’s not true at this moment - when Iran is far from being able to build nuclear weapons, much less deliver them on missiles. And such an operation does genuinely pose serious problems for Israel and also - even if it does not participate directly in any way - for the United States.

An Israeli soldier standing near the Iron Dome anti-rocket system
 

Posted on: March 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The Iron Dome is another, hi-tech manifestation of the siege mentality that guides Israel's cultural and political narrative. From media to academia to politics, Israel’s celebration of this so-called “strategic” weapon system - that neither neutralizes its threats nor enhances Israel's geo-political position – is an indictment of the degree to which Israel has accepted this siege mentality, and of its resignation to a permanent defensive posture.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh flashes the victory sign as he returns from a meeting with Egyptian leaders
 

Posted on: March 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

In the past, Hamas has proven that when it wants to, it can prevent attacks on Israel. It would be a mistake to allow these governments to have it both ways -- on one hand claiming they are legitimate and sovereign governments, while on the other hand avoiding responsibility for terror attacks.

Aftermath of a grad rocket attack on the Israeli city of Ashdod
 

Posted on: March 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Planning timelines of days and weeks are very comforting for policy-makers seeking to avoid costly decisions. But the purpose of the exercise is not to indefinitely postpone what is best done today. The decision-makers owe it to their constituents to look beyond the next weeks and even months.

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