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Thinking Aloud: The Palestine Delusion on College Campuses

March 14, 2016 by Darius  “From the river to the sea, our country will be free!” That’s heard constantly at pro-Palestine protests and posted on social media. As a slogan, it’s pithy, quotable, and even catchy—and also something that should … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet”

“Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet” The Economist, March 14, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21694715-gaza-has-become-new-civil-military-flashpoint-israels-generals-and-their-troubled “All is not well between Israel’s cabinet and the generals who supposedly report to them. Major-General Herzl Halevi arrived at the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.”

“Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.” The New York Times, September 4, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/opinion/sunday/israeli-terrorists-born-in-the-usa.html?_r=0 “On July 31, in the West Bank village of Duma, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in a fire.  All available evidence suggests that the blaze … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel”

“Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel” The Independent, July 22, 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-nuclear-deal-satirical-website-the-onion-accidentally-breaks-story-about-the-us-offering-missiles-to-israel-10404684.html “A satirical website has accidentally broken a real news story – by revealing that America offered Israel ‘a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Khirbet Khizeh”

July 5, 2015 by Darius  In the American Jewish community, there are few topics more controversial than Israel’s purported expulsion of Palestinian villagers in 1948.  This controversy has led to, among other things, the cancellation of an Israeli play dealing … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “My Promised Land”

June 22, 2015 by Darius  I recently read My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Israeli journalist Ari Shavit.  My Promised Land was much heralded when it first came out and attempts to chronicle the entire scope … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “France Seeks Bigger Role in Mideast”

“France Seeks Bigger Role in Mideast” The Washington Post, June 22, 2015, p.A10 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/france-wants-bigger-role-in-israeli-palestinian-peace-efforts/2015/06/21/06c635c6-182e-11e5-bed8-1093ee58dad0_story.html “France’s top diplomat traveled to the Middle East over the weekend to take a crack at solving the seemingly unsolvable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, offering a new way … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Darius’s Rules of International Engagement, #4

June 21, 2015 by Darius  [If you study international relations and political science, it’s impossible to avoid coming across Carl von Clausewitz.  While Clausewitz’s credentials may have been a bit thin in his primary specialty, military theory, he has given … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife and Reopening of Border With Egypt”

“Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife and Reopening of Border With Egypt” The New York Times, June 20, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/world/gaza-welcomes-break-from-strife-and-reopening-of-border-with-egypt.html?_r=0 “For much of the past year, Gaza has sat in frustrated isolation as it struggled to recover from a devastating war with … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Gaza Public Opinion Poll

June 15, 2015 by Darius  Remember back in the immediate aftermath of the latest war (if you can call it that; “bombing fish in a barrel” isn’t as catchy) between Israel and Hamas, when despite the fact that more than … Continue reading

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