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Israel, America, and the Lessons of 9/11 Israel, America, and the Lessons of 9/11
Friday, September 9, 2011 by Abe Greenwald | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Two heads belonging to the same monster: This is the way a significant portion of the world saw America and Israel on September 11, 2001. On television that day, we watched people jump to their deaths to escape the flames engulfing the World Trade Center.
Peace Treaty Troubles Peace Treaty Troubles
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

With Turkish-Israel relations at a nadir, ties with Jordan practically on life support, the push for UN recognition of a Palestinian state, and the security threats stemming from Iran and its proxies, it's no wonder that Jerusalem has been considering taking exceptional steps to preserve its cold peace with Cairo.
Libya and the Jews Libya and the Jews
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

There are reasons for Jews to view the fall of Muammar Qaddafi with satisfaction: A bizarre and dangerous enemy of the West and Israel is on the verge of defeat, and the Libyan people may be on the threshold of freedom. But, as in Egypt, the second Arab Spring in Libya looks like a mixed blessing.
Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs? Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Historians writing about Israel's 1948 fight for independence generally place heavy responsibility for the Palestinian Arab refugee problem on the Arab leaders who urged their people to flee Palestine temporarily until the Zionists were driven into the sea.
Islamism and Western Art Islamism and Western Art
Friday, August 19, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Osama bin Laden will forever be remembered spending his last days like a common shlub: sitting on the floor, wrapped in a blanket, remote control in hand, watching TV. Unlike most other shlubs, however, bin Laden just happened to be contemplating his own image on the boob tube.  
Israel and the Antipodes Israel and the Antipodes
Monday, August 15, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

During the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a boulder smashed into a car, killing 23-year-old Israeli Ofer Mizrahi.  The death toll from that earthquake was 181, including two Israelis besides Mizrahi.
The Challenge of Eilat The Challenge of Eilat
Friday, August 12, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In a country where the sky is mostly blue, the southernmost city of Eilat has nonetheless laid claim—with justification—to being Israel's sun capital. Reliably good weather does not, however, solve all problems.
The New Sinai The New Sinai
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Sinai Peninsula is known for its aura of stillness. But amid the timeless mountains and endless dunes, the great crossroad between Africa and Asia is more active today, and potentially more explosive, than at any time in history.
The Palestinian Mandela? The Palestinian Mandela?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

To his Israeli backers, Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti is the "Palestinian [Nelson] Mandela."  That image—of a principled, graying freedom fighter with the courage to move his people toward reconciliation—is promoted by political and cultural figures on the Israeli Left.
Hizballah in America Hizballah in America
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hizballah is a Shiite Muslim movement, Iranian-created and -funded, which strongarms Lebanon through threats and violence, assaults Israel with rockets obtained through Syria in contravention of UN resolutions, and is funded through massive criminal enterprises. And it has arrived in the Americas.
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Editors' Picks
Where's the Outcry over Palestinian Censorship? David Keyes, Washington Post. Hamas has arrested journalists and jailed bloggers. In the West Bank, slander of high-ranking officials is punishable by up to two years in prison. Where is the world's outrage?
The Afghani Genizah Shai Secunda, Talmud Blog. We are starting to hear about the Jewish manuscripts recently discovered in an Afghani cave. But before we learn more, someone has to buy them.
Abbas's Police State Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy. The Palestinian Authority moves to block websites critical of Abbas. The White House has sanctioned such behavior by Iran and Syria—but not the PA.
Refugees and Resolutions Lyn Julius, Haaretz. Israel is afraid to champion restitution for Jews expelled from Arab countries because of the assumed link to the Palestinian refugee issue.
What About Gantz? David Horovitz, Times of Israel. In assessing the Iranian nuclear threat, we should listen to the current head of Israel's military rather than out-of-the-loop retired generals.
Cyrus the Unappreciated Great Daniel Johnson, Standpoint. No Gentile is treated with such reverence in the Bible as Cyrus. But his example shows just how alien Iran's recent rulers are to the long history of Persia and its people.
Blurring the Line Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East Forum. How does the media whitewash Muslim persecution of Christians? One way is to evoke "sectarian strife," a phrase that conjures images of two equally matched adversaries fighting.
Arab Fairy Tales Lyn Julius, Times of Israel. In countries that ethnically cleansed their Jews, the media now hail the restoration of Jewish buildings as somehow indicative of pluralism and tolerance.
Fantasy Diplomacy Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Phillip Smyth, Haaretz. In the wake of the Arab Spring, many Israelis are hoping for a regional alliance between Israel and repressed minorities in Arab countries. But a hope it will remain.
Translate Thy Enemy Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post. A translation of the Talmud into Arabic seems motivated less by historical interest than by a desire to understand what is considered to be "the main source of Jewish iniquity."