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  • What Israel can learn from wave of global terror

    What’s happening in the world is far from the antiquated 'the world vs the Jews' paradigm. 'Us' and 'them' doesn't work anymore. We – Jews, Christians, Muslims and every other grouping of peaceful persons – need new categories to understand the violence. Beheadings in the desert, terror in major cities of the East and the West, racial and police shootings, mass shootings, an ax rampage in Germany and perhaps one thing – only – is clear: no part of the world is safe. The New York Times wrote that Israelis can teach France a few things about getting used to terror. But it’s…

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  • Why Obama should stay out of Syria

    It's a mission impossible. Because of the severe (and understandable) limitations it’s placing on a possible military intervention in Syria, the Obama administration would do better to pass on the idea. The U.S. shouldn’t try to play the humanitarian in a civil war like that one under such self-imposed restrictions; it’s much more likely to end up doing harm than good. Since last Wednesday’s chemical weapons attack that killed at least many hundreds of Syrian civilians, and which the U.S., Britain, France, Israel and others are convinced was carried out by Assad’s forces, Obama has been gearing up for some…

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  • Notes from Kabul: Al Qaeda defeat "within reach"

    The new US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, has just arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul. His unannounced visit comes just one week after assuming his position. Speaking with journalists shortly before his arrival, Panetta said that a defeat of Al Qaeda was quote “within reach.” Why is Panetta so confident? Kabul, Afghanistan -- Following the death of Osama bin Laden and some other key Al Qaeda figures, the American Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta now feels that the same determination used to kill them could be used to capture or kill another 10-20 righ-ranking members of Al Qaeda’s leadership. He’s referring, of course,…

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  • Oct 31: Was it the last Rabin memorial rally?

    The daily Hebrew media roundup: Haaretz's Tzvi Barel points to the similarities between Israel and the South African Apartheid Headlines: Bombs away > All four major dailies are leading with the Al-Qaeda mail bombing plots, presenting a pretty identical viewpoint in headlines and commentary. Haaretz's chief intelligence analyst Yossi Melman sounds impressed, with a commentary titled "Simple and Daring"; Maariv columnist and Channel 10 foreign affairs editor Nadav Eyal gives thumbs up to Obama's reaction to the alert, in a column titled "A president and a commander." Yedioth confines itself to charting out various details of the plot, and Yisrael…

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  • Between the lines (4 Oct): Europe on alert; IDF misbehaving

    Headlines: Europe feels like Israel >All the newspapers open with the alert to travelers in Europe, issued by the US, warning of possible terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda. Stories highlight the sense of vindication, or even schadenfreude, in seeing that Israel is not alone in facing Islamist terrorism (Ma’ariv: “London is not less dangerous than Sderot”; Yedioth: “Traveling to Europe, feeling like in Israel”). >Security Minister Ehud Barak (Labour) and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) are asking for another government debate regarding the expulsion of 400 children of illegal migrants. Interior Minister, Eli Yishay (Shas), in response, attacks Sa’ar for…

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