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Looking for Options: The Israeli Establishment and the Syrian Conflict

Israel’s National Security: What’s at issue? Since its foundation, Israel has based its defense calculations on two concepts: existential security and current security. Existential security ...

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The American Mainstream Media is Focusing on the Wrong Crisis

The real tragedy in this ‘propaganda’ campaign of the unsubstantiated allegations that the Kremlin hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and its interference in the ...

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What the West Can Learn From Austria (& Italy)

While the Italian Referendum is being passed as part of the alt-rightwing wave that is sweeping Europe, the Austrian Presidential Election is being perceived by the media ...

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Is Lebanon Ahead of the ‘Identity Game’?

It seems that Lebanon has (again) ended a political gridlock. This time it was a gridlock to end its two and a half year search ...

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Behind The Russian-Israeli Détente

Israel can be criticized for many things, such as its lackadaisical attempts at negotiating for a two-state solution along the 1967 borders and its questionable ...

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Identities of Conflict: The Jews of Lebanon

Imagine the United States was at war with Israel. As an American Jew, this would no doubt be a paradoxical matter. An improbable scenario, but ...

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Between Hamas and a Hard Place: Israel’s Deadly Dilemma

TEL AVIV — As we here mourn the mounting death toll — and sprint for cover when the sirens sound — we’re all engaging in ...

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The Seven Lost Years of Peace in the Middle East

TEL AVIV — As the war rages on and the civilian casualties mount, those of us living here are often haunted by thoughts of opportunities ...

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Israel is Taking a Deadly Gamble in Gaza

Israel has expanded its military operation in Gaza and has begun a ground invasion for the second time in five years. This will be a ...

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How Hamas Fell Into The Arafat Trap

The current war of attrition between Hamas and Israel proved one thing to the average citizen of the region beyond all doubt: Hamas is weak. ...

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