Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

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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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Given the determination of the Islamist regime that rules Iran to develop nuclear capability, many Americans feel helpless to do anything about the possibility that Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will have access to weapons that could make good on his threats to annihilate Israel. But we aren't helpless. While there are no guarantees that anything short of military force will stop...
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The opinions of State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Disttrict 12) are rarely of interest to those who are not part of his Western Pennsylvania constituency. But Metcalfe's remarks during the discussion of a meaningless State House resolution recognizing the gathering of a religious minority showed just low some of the denizens of the Harrisburg legislature can sink. Metcalfe rose to oppose...
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Why Sympathetic About Something So Lethal? Though the Jewish Exponent typically is a stalwart defender of the Jewish state, I wish to take exception with the clearly sympathetic tone of the portrayal of the recent visit to Israel of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer to Israel in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency report you published (Israel & Mideast: "In Israel, 'Lobby'...
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Media Clippings Though you may never have heard of it, Shirim: A Jewish Poetry Journal has hit its 25th year and, appropriately, has put out a special issue to celebrate. Shirim appears semi-annually out of Long Beach, Calif., and is edited by Marc Dworkin. It has an informal look to it, with a distinct whiff of the countercultural ethic of...
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