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Better Than They Are

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
After Muslims killed thousands of Americans we did everything we could to learn about their religion, to celebrate it and soothe their ruffled feathers.

Libya Fast Becoming the New Iraq

23 Elul 5772 – September 9, 2012
Unlike Iraq, Libya is a back-burner issue, even if the oil-rich country is beginning to look a lot like Iraq. In defending U.S. military force there, President Barack Obama said that "To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are." But with armed militias, car bombs going off, destruction of religious shrines, and Salafi violence, what does the current state of Libya say about who we are?

The Sectarian Genie: The Sunni-Shi’ite Struggle Released by the Arab Spring

18 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
A more important and stronger phenomenon than Islamization is the escape of the factional genie from the bottle in which it was confined while dictators controlled the region.recognized the "factional genie" well , whether in the Shi'ite version or the Sunni version. The dictators took every means at their disposal, principally torture chambers, in order to deal with the factional jihadism which has no boundaries of law or ethics. Today, dictators are taken down one by one, and jihadism is flourishing.

The Trouble with Tunisian Values

15 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
There is no doubting the Islamist revolution in Tunisia.

The Arab Spring: A Blessing for Hamas

7 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
By meeting separately with Khaled Mashaal and Mahmoud Abbas, Mursi has created the impression that the Palestinians have two legitimate leaders. Even more, Mursi has put Mashaal on an equal footing with heads of state, thus granting legitimacy not only to the Hamas leader, but to his entire movement.

Former Mossad Chief: Arab Spring ‘Incredible Opportunity

1 Tammuz 5772 – June 20, 2012
Dagan and Ashkenazi made their comments on a panel at the 2012 Presidential Conference that included former Presidential adviser Dennis Ross. Dagan said in Egypt it matters not who votes but who counts the vote.

Variations on the Theme of The Arab War Against Israel

22 Sivan 5772 – June 12, 2012
Israel has been threatened since birth by Arab politics in all its forms. Sometimes they send their armies to do battle. Sometimes they use terrorism. Sometimes rockets. Sometimes BDS. Sometimes what threatens Israel is the instability or potential fallout from internecine Arab warfare – as in 1970, when Palestinians threatened King Hussein; and 1991, when Saddam used rockets against Israel during a war in which Israel was not involved.

Jordan and the ‘Arab Spring’

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
From the outset of the revolts in other Arab countries King Abdullah was very concerned that a similar revolt could threaten his regime. He was therefore quick to announce reforms. He has also been trying to divert the attention towards Israel by blaming the Jewish state for the shortcomings and failures of the Jordanian government, just like other Arab leaders have been doing for years.

Khaled Abu Toameh: Arabs Are Beginning to Miss the Dictators

14 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
The "Arab Spring" is anything but a "great revolution." It is a spring of massacres, destruction and violence, as Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, the head of Lebanon's Maronite Church, put it. "We are with the Arab Spring but we are not with this spring of violence, war, destruction and killing," he told Reuters. "This is turning to winter. We cannot implement reforms by force and arms. How can it be an Arab Spring when people are being killed every day?"

Will Netanyahu Call Early Elections?

7 Shevat 5772 – January 30, 2012
Israeli national elections are scheduled for November 2013.

Jordan’s Queen Orders Solid Gold Shoes as King Pushes Two-State Solution

27 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan has commissioned a jeweler in Calcutta, India to make shoes for her out of gold.

The Rise of Hamas & “Death to Jews!”

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
Until recently, most of the Arab countries had boycotted Hamas. But now many Arab leaders are competing who will embrace Hamas stronger than the other.

Syrian Leader Assad Defiant in Speech to Nation

15 Tevet 5772 – January 10, 2012
Syrian President claims he still has his people's support.

Hamas PM Insists that the Armed Struggle Against Israel Will Continue

14 Tevet 5772 – January 9, 2012
Ismail Haniyeh receives a warm welcome in Tunis.

Soldiers Defecting En Masse in Syria

26 Kislev 5772 – December 22, 2011
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s popularity continues to slide, with at least 10,000 soldiers in the army defecting.

Pain And Martyrdom After The Arab Spring

12 Kislev 5772 – December 8, 2011
Soon, at least meteorologically, the Arab Spring will become an “Arab Winter. It will also be an apt change of metaphor. After all, from the standpoint of civilizational vulnerabilities to jihadist terror, nothing will have been improved.

Protests Erupt in Egypt, 37 Dead

26 Heshvan 5772 – November 23, 2011
Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s de facto head of state since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, has failed to quiet raging protests which have now claimed 37 lives across the country.

Eyes To See

13 Sivan 5771 – June 15, 2011
Some years ago, I came across a Polish-Jewish newspaper published in the early thirties. It was a time when the winds of anti-Semitism were blowing throughout Europe, with particular force in Poland. I searched through every page of the paper and was appalled to find not even a hint of the tragedy that was looming for the Jewish people.

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