Americans Love Israel more than you think

By Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center International relations isn’t a popularity contest. But public opinion polls can be useful in countering myths and examining the impact of policymaker, elite, and media campaigns on the masses. Which brings us to Gallup’s latest poll measuring how Americans feel about different countries. The more one examines the results, the…

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Israel Apartheid Week Comes to Town

By Honestreporting.com The false analogy between apartheid South Africa and Israel – particularly since the UN’s racist 2001 Durban Conference – has played a key role in the campaign to delegitimize Israel and threaten its existence. The strategy of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is based on convincing the public that Israel is no more…

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Golan Residents on the Alert

By Hillel Fendel, Israelnationalnews.com Though Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he “knows nothing” about reports of Syria’s “willingness” to accept the Golan in stages, Golan residents are taking no chances. Uri Heitner of the Golan Residents Committee says Israelis must be aware of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s true intentions: “It’s enough to see him…

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Israel's latest sin–honoring its heritage

By David Hornik, Frontpagemag.com When the Israeli cabinet announced the other day that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, would be included in a list of Israeli “heritage” sites, it touched off a wave of Palestinian violence and threats—along with diplomatic protests that were all too concordant with the…

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Pieces of rare biblical manuscript reunited

By Karoun Demirjian, Associated Press Two parts of an ancient biblical manuscript separated across centuries and continents were reunited for the first time in a joint display Friday, thanks to an accidental discovery that is helping illuminate a dark period in the history of the Hebrew Bible. The 1,300-year-old fragments, which are among only a…

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When It Comes to Analyzing the Middle East, We Live in an Age of Idiocy

By Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center After more than 30 years of watching people write dumb things about the Middle East, I believe that in the last month I’ve seen more nonsense than at any previous time. The problem arises from ignorance, lack of understanding of the region by those presented as experts; plus arrogance, treating…

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