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Peace, a Palestinian State, and the Bombing of Iranian Nuclear Facilities: All Netanyahu is Saying is Give Bombs a Chance?

Could the bombing of Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israel lead to peace in the Middle East and the establishment of a Palestinian state? That’s the curious thesis of David Samuels today in Slate. David Samuels sees an Israeli attack on Iran … Continue reading

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Intent and Opportunity

Benjamin Netanyahu, as Israel’s new prime minister, will be bringing renewed attention to Iran and its desire to produce a nuclear weapon, and he’ll be pressing President Obama to move swiftly on the diplomatic front, because if diplomacy doesn’t work … Continue reading

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Imagine There’s No Heaven in the Nuclear Equation with Iran?

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking today to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about Iran: Since the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that they’ll behave like any other … Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu to Barack Obama: Stop Iran Nukes—or I Will

Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister today, and he was interviewed by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg: In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down … Continue reading

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Kutiman Mash-Ups are Really Beautiful, and They Take YouTube to a New Level

Here’s the idea: Take already existing YouTube videos of musicians and singers, pull snippets from them, mash them, and turn them into NEW and original pieces of WORLD MUSIC. That’s what a brilliant 26 year old Israeli has started doing, bringing YouTube to … Continue reading

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Ongoing Holy War in the 21st Century

Reuters today: Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January’s Gaza offensive they were fighting a “religious war” against gentiles, according to one army commander’s account published on Friday. “Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish … Continue reading

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Yesterday, Barack Obama Sent Out a Kind Word to Iran, and Today We Get the Pleasure of Hearing the Response of Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is an authoritarian. Barack Obama is a liberal. As can be seen in the video above, Obama has recently made the gesture of sending a conciliatory and friendly message to Iran’s government and its people, and below is the response. According to … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Two Children Killed at Treblinka

The image below was taken in the 1930s. Both of these children died at Treblinka. For details on their story, see the US Holocaust Museum photo archives here.

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Israel and Palestine: Is the Two State Solution Collapsing?

In the aftermath of the Israeli elections, Stephen Walt of Harvard lays out a series of extremely bleak scenarios for Israeli-Palestinian relations: One does not need to look far down the road to see the point where a two-state solution … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Edith Bruck’s Poem, “Pretty Soon”

Edith Bruck, a concentration camp survivor, was a filmmaker, playwright, and poet. After the war, she lived in Israel and Italy. This is her poem, “Pretty Soon”: Pretty soon when people hear a quiz show expert talk about Auschwitz they’ll … Continue reading

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NOVA’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” Has Just Been Released on DVD

In The Bible’s Buried Secrets, NOVA did an exceptional job presenting the current state of biblical archeology, and now the documentary is on DVD. For more details, I gave the film (when it first aired last year) a thorough review … Continue reading

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“Turning the Wheel of Retribution”: Bill Moyers Offers Excellent Context for the War in Gaza

I am pro-Israel, and think that fundamentalist Islam is an existential threat to the hard won values of the Enlightenment (and to Western Civilization generally) but Bill Moyers, in the video below, lays out the tragic context for the war in … Continue reading

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Former NY Times Foreign Reporter, Chris Hedges, Knew the Hamas Leader Recently Killed, and Explains and Contextualizes the Gaza Situation with Admirable Clarity

Chris Hedges begins his article thus: I often visited Nizar Rayan, who was killed Thursday in a targeted assassination by Israel, at his house in the Jabaliya refugee camp when I was in Gaza. The house is now rubble. It … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin’s Pastor Problem: Palin Sat Through a Sermon, Just Two Weeks Ago, That May Hurt McCain with Jewish Voters

David Brickner may prove to be Sarah Palin’s Jeremiah Wright. Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus, was a guest preacher just two weeks ago in Palin’s home church, and according to a detailed article in Politico, PALIN WAS THERE when … Continue reading

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