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Iran: from cover-up to make-it-up

February 1, 2016  •  JNS

"When in Rome, do as the Iranians do."

That was the core message emerging from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Europe this week, in a bid to boost trade relations now that the sanctions related to Tehran's nuclear program have been lifted. Arriving at Rome's venerable Capitoline Museum for a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Mateo Renzi, Rouhani was swiftly escorted past the museum's priceless collection of Roman statues, including many nudes that had been covered up—yes, really—to avoid offending the sensibilities of a man frequently and falsely described as a "moderate."

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Anti-Semitism in 2016: Global Challenge Lacks a Global Strategy

January 21, 2016  •  JNS/The Tower

Another week, another litany of ugly incidents targeting Jews, along with expressions of concern about rising anti-Semitism around the globe, and even the odd solution offered up. But as we've been slowly learning since the turn of this century, not much really changes.

Let's start with France, where in the last four years Islamist terrorists have executed two massacres at Jewish sites—first at a school in Toulouse in 2012, which resulted in the murders of a teacher and three children, and then at the Hyper Cacher market in Paris in January 2015, where four people lost their lives.

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The humiliation of America

January 14, 2016  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

So numerous were the omissions, distortions, and flights of extraordinary fancy in President Barack Obama's Jan. 12 State of the Union address that you'd be hard-pressed to pick the most egregious passage. For what it's worth, then, I offer my personal selection.

"On issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight," Obama said. "That's our approach to conflicts like Syria, where we're partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace."

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Israel keeps keen eye on the four powers

January 7, 2016  •  JNS/Cleveland Jewish News

The rulers of the Arab Gulf states are, it seems, increasingly attentive to what Israel has to say about the balance of power in the region. As a rising Shi'a Iran faces off against a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the core shared interest between Israel's democracy and these conservative theocracies – countering Iran's bid to become the dominant power and influence in the Islamic world – has rarely been as apparent.

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Zionism's Philosopher-King

January 6, 2016  •  Wall Street Journal

In November 1947, as the United Nations General Assembly prepared to vote on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, two members of the British delegation in New York were overheard—via a bugging device that had been concealed in their limousine—remarking on the extraordinary oratorical abilities of one of the Jewish Agency's diplomats. "Who is that bloke? Where did he learn to speak the King's English?" asked the first. "He's a bloody don from Cambridge," replied his colleague acidly.

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