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The Curtain Is Falling on Bibi’s Lebanese Belly Dance

What lies beneath seven years of Israeli rhetoric about Iran?

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Creative Trauma

Two thousand years of suffering and exile help an Israeli NGO teach Syrian and Iraqi refugees to build new lives in Europe

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Russia Backs Off Blaming Israel for Downed Jet

Syrian forces shooting down a Russian jet may not be Israel’s fault after all

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Israel’s Failure to Support Syrian Rebels

A dispatch from the Golan Heights, where the Jewish state’s confounding political and military policy plays out in the lives of Syrians looking for hope of any kind

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Iran’s Two-Front Strategy

With simmering conflicts on the Golan and in Gaza, Tehran looks to strip Israel of its strategic advantages

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New Report: Iran’s Influence in Syria Far Broader Than Commonly Understood

More than just providing Assad with military support, the Islamic Republic supplies Syria with anything from blood drives to sporting events

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Trump’s Grand Strategy: Get the United States out of the Middle East, Now

Our troops in Syria are hostages to Obama’s deal with Iran, which mandates a state of perpetual war between America and the region’s Sunni majority. Donald Trump wants to withdraw from both.

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You’ll Never Guess Who’s Heading the UN’s Conference on Disarmament

Hint: They have experience using the chemical weapons they’ll now be in charge of banning

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Requiem for Syria

It is fashionable to second-guess the cost of interventions that did not deliver on all of their promises, but what we’re witnessing now is far more bloody and disastrous than timely intervention could possibly have been

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‘Ambassador Samantha Power Lied to My Face About Syria,’ by Kassem Eid

A letter from a survivor of Assad’s chemical attacks about his encounter with Obama’s chief diplomat at the United Nations

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IDF Officer Debates Former Syrian Military Officer on Al Jazeera

‘Is the Syrian pride in downing an Israeli plane after 30 years similar to the joy of a paraplegic who succeeds in moving his fingers for a few seconds?’

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The Next Israel-Hezbollah War Won’t Be an Accident

Non-military options that might prevent an ‘Israel-Resistance Axis War’ are waning

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Rex Tillerson Babbles in Beirut While Middle East War Looms

Trump’s envoy tries to make a distinction between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s government where there is none

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Josh Meyer Gets an Echo Chamber Beat-Down

Politico reporter is punished for raising the curtain on Obama’s Hezbollah policy

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Realism and the Kurds

Bernard-Henri Lévy presents his extraordinary documentary Peshmerga at the United Nations, but civilization isn’t listening

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The Beirut Echo Chamber

News of the News: How Lebanon came to host an information campaign designed to protect the pro-Iran policies of the Obama administration from the pro-Saudi policies of the Trump administration

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Lebanese PM Sa’ad Hariri Cancels His Deal With the Devil, Leaving Lebanon in the Hands of Iran

A renewed political and media circus in Beirut should not be confused with a real, serious strategy to roll back Teheran and break its long arm, Hezbollah

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‘Strange’ and ‘Strangers’

Two new studies of Islam portray recent outbursts of coordinated violence and oppression not as a reaction to Western liberalism but instead as fundamental to the religion itself

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Holocaust Museum Pulls Study Absolving Obama Administration for Inaction in Face of Syrian Genocide

Abrupt decision comes in wake of sharp rebukes, bafflement, and concern about politicization of Shoah memory

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Eleven Years After the Second Lebanon War, Is Another Conflict Imminent?

Israel’s northern border has been quiet, but the upheaval in Syria may spiral into another show-down with Hezbollah

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Is Israel Catching Up Too Late to a Major Strategic Threat from Iran?

The Jewish state confronts the possibility of a new front—or two—in its ongoing conflict with a hostile regional power on the rise

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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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Putting Out the Unwelcome Mat

As we turn away refugees, I’m reminded of my mother’s experience trying to enter England from Nazi Germany—and the lifelong scars left by a customs official’s callous rejection

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Syria and the Failure of the Multicultural American Left

Six Years of Syrian Civil War: Why Assad is the Franco of the Middle East, and why the United States has done so little to help his victims—80 years after liberal-minded Americans took up arms in the Spanish Civil War

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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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