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Grand Strategy

Contrary to Washington wisdom, Israel is a clear strategic asset to the United States, says a new study by a bipartisan pair of veteran diplomats

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What’s ‘Saddam’ Spelled Backwards?

New files show Hussein’s paranoia regarding Israel

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Blowback

Obama’s unsuccessful foreign policy in the Mideast is based not on idealism or realpolitik but anti-colonialism, a legacy of the collapse of the European empires

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You Got a Lotta Nerve

Unofficial Dylan tablature site boycotts Israel, despite songwriter’s beliefs

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In Plain Sight

The recent arrest of Pakistani nationals in the aftermath of Bin Laden’s death reveals that the operation was the result of internal Middle East politics—and no coup for U.S. spycraft

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By the Numbers

Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this week, filled with falsehoods and untruths, defies the spirit of this week’s parasha, which urges us to be diligent with numbers and facts

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Committed

Western public intellectuals have a bad habit of supporting unsavory regimes like Muammar Qaddafi’s not for money or intellectual rigor but because of vanity

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Certainty Principle

Donald Rumsfeld was discredited when he left the Bush Administration in 2006, but the recent Middle East uprisings might be vindication for both Bush’s Freedom Agenda and the man who helped shape it. The former Defense secretary talks to Tablet Magazine.

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Daybreak: U.S. Applies Pressure to Syrian Point

Plus Iraqi church massacre, the Tea Party (Israeli), and more in the news

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Asia Minority

The Turkish prime minister is losing control of his country’s Kurdish problem, even as rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan sits in prison

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Premiership

A new book gives an insider’s assessment of four Israeli prime ministers—and Menachem Begin the voice he never had

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Daybreak: After Hamas Attack, Massive Arrests

Plus ambition we can maybe believe in, and more in the news

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Dangerous People

A recent book takes a detailed look at the A.Q. Khan network, which helped supply Iran’s nuclear program

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Obama in the Mideast

Part 2 of 2: Ramin Ahmadi, Lokman Slim, Martin Kramer, and Jacob Weisberg consider the president’s policies in the region.

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Ten Years After

A decade after the IDF left Lebanon, lessons for the U.S. from that withdrawal

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David’s War

A haftorah of discipline and death

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Silent Right

How Jewish conservatives blew it on Iraq and Iran

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What Petraeus Actually Said

General thinks Israel is merely one factor in region

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Talking to Terrorists

In a new book, Mark Perry argues that groups like Hamas will behave rationally if the U.S. engages with them. He’s wrong.

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Far From Home

On the eve of the Iraqi elections, the daughter of Iraqi Jews mourns the destruction of Baghdad’s once-vibrant Jewish community

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Damascus Conversion

Why peace with Syria is more urgent than ever

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Iraq To Build Mosque Over Prophet’s Tomb

And wants its Jewish archives back

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Iraq Wants Compensation For Osirak Attack

Plans to sue Israel over raid on nuclear site

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Onward, Jewish Soldiers

Like generations of Jewish service members, my husband, a Navy pilot, will spend the High Holidays overseas

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Sundown: Forget the Loch Ness Monster

Jews should return to Iraq, and other unconventional wisdom

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Figure in AIPAC Case Changes Story

Now says he was spying ON AIPAC for the FBI

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Daybreak: Gates Goes to Israel

A visit from the Defense secretary, and more in the news

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Will Israel Bomb Iran?

All signs point to yes

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Neo-Nazis Joining U.S. Army

Use training for nefarious purposes, Salon says

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Eastern Exposure

A new book examines the world of Israel’s ‘Arab Jews’