Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

By:
Andre Oboler
The influence of the Internet on our lives is increasing. The online world allows the creation of a virtual reality that at times bears only passing resemblance to facts on the ground. The gap between reality and virtual reality is further exploited by political activists promoting what we term "replacement geography," a means of controlling the virtual representation of land...
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By:
Barry Rubin
Hamas celebrated its first anniversary of power in the Gaza Strip amidst massive misinterpretations regarding the situation there. Ironically, Hamas' victory and survival have less to do with Israel than the rotten strategy of the late Yasser Arafat. He ruled the Palestinian movement for 35 years by establishing a weak, anarchic, corrupt and factionalized structure, which he played like a...
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Between 1980 and 2003, suicide attacks accounted for only 3 percent of terrorists acts worldwide, but they resulted in 48 percent of the casualties -- a grim statistic that, at least in part, explains why so many more terrorist groups have adopted the tactic, noted Michael Horowitz, a recent addition to the political-science faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. "You...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Iran is destabilizing the Mideast, from Gaza to the Persian Gulf, declared former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold this week to a local audience. "Iran," he added, "is a threat to both Israel and the United States." About 120 people gathered in the auditorium at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine streets in Center City on the evening of June...
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Aaron Pasman
After this particular war, the bumper stickers read, "I stayed in Tel Aviv." Leah Goldman was 14 years old during the first Persian Gulf war in the early 1990s, and living through it is one of her strongest memories of growing up in Israel, especially the message on that sticker. Unlike many others in Tel Aviv, her family stayed in...
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