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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Aggressive Surge in Israeli Settlement Activity Under Netanyahu Imperils Trump Peace Push (Not)

Because there is no aggressive surge—in fact settlements have not grown in years

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Mother Land

Revisionists (but not Richard Spencer) want the equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee removed from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, my hometown. What they don’t realize is that it’s not the only memorial there.

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Stop Donald Trump From Colonizing Your Brain

Like a Libyan dictator of old, the leader is everywhere, including inside your head

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Is the Odessa Mafia’s Angel of Death Actually Dead?

Ill and now missing from the scene, Alexandr Angert leaves a volatile power void in the Russo-Ukrainian underworld

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Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I

Newly unsealed classified documents reveal: Jerusalem conquered almost by accident; Israel’s National Religious Party, forerunner to the settler movement, lobbied for military de-escalation at every turn; and nobody in Israel’s security cabinet seems to have seen the country’s most momentous war coming.

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Free Iran’s Mandela, Ayatollah Boroujerdi

The prominent cleric spent 11 years in prison for preaching religious tolerance, equality, and non-violence inside the repressive theocracy

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Will Israeli Bedouins Choose the Army Over the Islamic Movement?

Israeli Arabs at a Crossroads: The tug of war between state-sponsored clerics and soft-spoken Islamists over the hearts and minds of the young now includes the IDF

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Israel Provides a Third-World Education for Bedouins

Israeli Arabs at a Crossroads: high dropout rates and low achievement leave many children at a dead end

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Fighting the ‘Patriarchal Deal’ Between the State of Israel and the Bedouin

Israeli Arabs at a Crossroads: How one woman in the Negev stands up against polygamy, abuse, and ignorance

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Mahmoud Abbas Is History’s Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdout

And Donald Trump knows ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Who will blink first?

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The War For the Negev Comes to Um al-Hiran

In the first of a series of dispatches from Arab society in Israel, where—and how—should the Bedouin live?

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The New Normal

Someone is trying to use email to blackmail me. Nothing can be done about it.

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Fifty Years of Occupation

Can anything change the status quo in the territorial dispute between Israelis and Palestinians?

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Clean Your Room

Our spiritual ecology is messed up. Time to put things in order.

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Can Jonathan Greenblatt Fill Abe Foxman’s Shoes at the ADL—and Does He Want To?

The new leader of the storied civil-rights defense group tries to navigate Trump, the alt-right, Obama’s legacy, rising anti-Semitism, Israel, and the long shadow of his predecessor

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My Struggle for Soviet Jewry, and Kate Shtein

The epic story of how one American Jew became ‘twinned’ with a coreligionist in Soviet Russia he eventually helped bring to freedom—and why it taught him so much about true resistance and activism

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Foreign Policy Is Wrong

How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington

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Fanaticism and the New York State Parole Board

The case of Judith Clark

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Gorka

The campaign against Trump’s adviser teaches us why we should never, ever flatten our history to score cheap political points

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How ‘The Deranged Ones’ Are Reshaping France

In the recent case of an Orthodox woman who was attacked and killed at home, French authorities seem to have a hard time differentiating the insane impulse from the intentional act, refusing to see the anti-Semitism that co-exists with terror

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Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Today

A daughter of the resistance notes the true inspiration of the survivors: their refusal to disconnect from the past

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To Make America Great Again, Let’s Bring Back the Draft

To deal with the PC crazies on college campuses, and to heal the rifts between red and blue America, just make military service mandatory

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Free Marwan Barghouti’s Op-Ed Bio

The Times concedes one to the outrage trolls, and history weeps

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Sid Gillman, My Coach

As the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visit Donald Trump’s White House today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman remembers the character traits he learned from his leader

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Obama’s Ghosts

An accounting of the Democrats’ legacy in the Middle East, and where they can go from here

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The Ukrainian MP Who Leaked Paul Manafort’s Secrets Speaks to Tablet

Serhiy Leshchenko publicized documents allegedly revealing an effort by Trump’s former campaign manager to cover up payments he received from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine

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Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?

One clue: The Russia story is a replay of how the former White House smeared pro-Israel activists in the lead-up to the Iran Deal

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Do Haredim Deserve the Right to a Functional Modern Education in Israel?

A lawsuit argues that men and women who left the ultra-Orthodox world without basic math, history, and language knowledge to live secular lives were neglected by the state. The state counters that it’s the parents’ fault.

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