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Gaza, Iran and Israel’s Never-ending War with Reality

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Farideh Farhi

Okay, it seems I spoke too soon. Hamas is now back in the “Iranian-supported” camp according to this editorial in the New York Times, which identifies Hamas as both “backed by Iran” and pathologically “consumed with hatred ... Read More


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Israel Uses Social Media To Defend Its Assault on Gaza

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Mitchell Plitnick

The current Israeli onslaught against Gaza contains many echoes of the assault four years ago. In one regard, however, it is clear that Israel learned some lessons from its experience with “Operation Cast Lead” and is ... Read More


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Dershowitz, Aslan & Perry debate Israel vs. Gaza on CNN

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

Mark Perry — who recently explained that the “chance for calm” has been assassinated by Israel in the past — on the current potential for a ceasefire (via CNN’s transcript): MARK PERRY, MIDDLE EAST EXPERT: I would have said six hours ... Read More


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Gregory D. Johnsen: John Brennan is the wrong man for the CIA

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

Gregory D. Johnsen, a Princeton scholar who has emerged as a key Yemen analyst, explains why promoting John O. Brennan to CIA director following David Petraeus’ resignation is counterproductive: Mr. Brennan is the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser ... Read More



Walter Russell Mead Should say what he Means

Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Daniel Luban

This weekend, Ariel Sharon’s son Gilad published an instantly-notorious op-ed in which he called for Israel to abandon any attempt to distinguish combatants from civilians and “flatten all of Gaza” — a proposal of genocide or ... Read More



The Proportionality Of A 33-To-1 Casualty Ratio

Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Eli Clifton

The House of Representatives, the State Department, and various pro-Israel organizations in Washington have all issued statements expressing support for Israel’s recent actions in the Gaza Strip and reaffirmed Israel’s right to act in “self-defense.” Indeed, ... Read More

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