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What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Broader aims on Middle East realignment led the outgoing president’s efforts at two-track diplomacy. One track was misdirection. The other handed the region to Russia and Iran.

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Israelis Have Crowdfunded a Million Shekels for Syrian Children in Less Than a Week

Israel’s government is also exploring ways to bring injured Syrians to its hospitals

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‘It Is a Holocaust’

Watch Israeli-Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish’s passionate speech about the ‘genocide’ in Syria: ‘Nobody is doing anything to stop it’

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As America Grapples with Trump’s Election, Syria Burns

The Obama administration’s neglect of Syria is one of the rare policies of his predecessor that Trump can be expected to continue.

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Obama Tries to Pin His Syria Policy on Trump

But the current humanitarian and geopolitical disaster under Assad is the result of specific decisions in the last six years

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How the Syria Echo Chamber Works

Tablet Annotates the News: Is it really time for a new Syria policy?

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Taking Dictation From a Dictator

Tablet Annotates the News: How Syria’s Assad played the U.S. media

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Hezbollah’s Women Aren’t Happy

As their sons and ‘temporary husbands’ are ripped from them to fight a proxy war in Syria, grieving mothers and brides are compensated with only a promise of spiritual redemption from Sayyeda Zaynab, a granddaughter of the Prophet

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Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

America’s Moral Collapse in Syria: Why hasn’t the administration done anything about Syria, and won’t? Because the Iran Deal.

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Obama’s Syria Policy Isn’t a ‘Mistake.’ It’s Deliberate.

How the Iran deal explains the administration’s inaction in Syria

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Newly Declassified CIA Briefings Show the U.S. Didn’t Really See the Yom Kippur War Coming

One report claimed ‘neither side seems bent on starting hostilities’

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Assad’s ‘Machinery of Cruel Death’

Amnesty International’s report about the regime’s prison system, in which 17,723 people have reportedly died, is jaw-dropping. So why has the Syrian Civil War lost much of it political resonance?

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Do We Really Want To Be Members of a Tribe?

Sebastian Junger’s fascinatingly wrong-headed ‘Tribe: on Homecoming and Belonging’

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Why Bibi’s Visits to Moscow Mean Bad News for Israel

The geopolitics that links Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and the Jewish State

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Against Abnormalization: BDS Targets a Major Lebanese-Born Writer

An interview with Israeli television lands French citizen, novelist, and essayist Amin Maalouf in a bizarre and ignorant thought-crime hell

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Throwback: PingPong, Israel’s Disastrous Eurovision 2000 Entry

After entering the contest as a joke, PingPong was disavowed by Israeli authorities after a controversial performance

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A Masterful Account of Humiliation and Despair

Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’ brings the broad disappointments of the Arab Spring to the human level

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Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Barack Obama’s Syrian endgame and the new alliances that are shaping it

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Why Ted Cruz Broke With U.S. Foreign Policy to Say Israel Should Keep the Golan Heights

The Texas Senator’s position that Israel should retain the contested territory is a longstanding one, and a reflection of his foreign policy iconoclasm

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Is Syrian Intelligence Working With ISIS in Europe?

An Interview With Abdul Halim Khaddam, the former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Syria

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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The Pax Americana Is Dead. Welcome to the Age of the Godfathers.

The post-American Middle East being born in Syria is an irretrievably changed land of sectarianism and new foreign hegemony

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On the Fifth Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War, a Stateless Refugee Says Thank You

Reflecting on the long sad march out of Homs, and the people along the way

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Like Advil for Cancer

Jewish and Arab Israelis are working together to aid Syria’s refugees. Does it matter?

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What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tag-teaming with Russia and dumping regional allies and NATO, the White House tells the rest of the world to go take a hike

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Why is Sanders Taking Foreign Policy Advice from Someone Who Suggested Israel—Not Assad—Gassed Syrians?

The Democratic presidential hopeful set out to assuage doubts about his foreign policy expertise. Instead, he may have reinforced them.

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Want the Syria Ceasefire to Mean Anything? Bring Back Hadar Goldin.

Goldin, the fallen Israeli officer, was kidnapped just hours into an American-brokered ceasefire in 2014. If American credibility in Syria and beyond is to mean anything, Goldin’s body must be returned to his family.

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The New Danger to Europe Isn’t ISIS. It’s Assad’s Thugs.

Are suspected war criminals, forged in the crucible of Syrian bloodshed, heading West as ‘refugees’?

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Love the Stranger

How Canadian synagogues started sponsoring Syrian refugees

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