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The Lessons of 9/11

September 11, 2014

Three years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Commentary senior editor Abe Greenwald penned an essay for Jewish Ideas Daily on the lessons of 9/11. Greenwald focuses on the realization of the world’s hatred: [T]he Obama White House has issued “guidelines” setting a tone for the American government’s commemoration of September 11 at home and […]

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Israel's Long War

September 4, 2014

Is there reason for optimism in the Middle East? One of the common reasons for optimism after Israel’s ceasefire with Hamas returned the region to the less-than-ideal status quo antebellum is that the conflict between Hamas and Israel exposed the divisions in the Arab world and the common cause Israel has with states like Egypt, […]

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Law and Warfare

September 2, 2014

As part of Tikvah’s advanced institute “Liberalism, Conservatism, and the Jews,” Ran Baratz, the founding editor of Mida, argued that Israel is overly obsessed with exercising power cleanly. War is never as clean as we design. Hoover Institution scholar Peter Berkowitz expanded the claim, pointing out that the same impulse exists in other liberal democracies that […]

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Tikvah advanced institute alumnus Haviv Rettig Gur has a characteristically incisive and original analysis of the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge for The Times of Israel. Netanyahu has achieved his military objectives, Gur argues, but they were not what the Israeli people expected. Gur opens his analysis by pointing to a fundamental tension between the […]

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Tikvah advanced institute alumnus David Bernstein has a thoughtful post on the spate of hand-wringing articles about how hard it has become for self-described liberal Zionists to remain both liberal and Zionist. Writing on the Volokh Conspiracy blog, Bernstein rebuts this nonsensical meme. First, any feasible alternative to Zionism would be profoundly illiberal. Second, why […]

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What Good is Hasbara?

August 19, 2014

One of the routines of Israeli political life is the postbellum tug-of-war over Israel’s efforts at Hasbara, literally “explanation.” Where did Israel succeed at explaining itself? Where did it fail? Why? Amid this debate, Avi Woolf takes a larger view in Mida. Hasbara, Woolf argues, cannot undo the international media’s considerable biases, nor can it halt the Radical […]

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What is the proper relationship between Jews and political power? To what extent should Jews eschew worldly power for the sake of piety? How Machiavellian can Jews allow themselves to be? Two of the Jewish world’s most esteemed intellectuals, Ruth Wisse and Moshe Halbertal, examined these questions for participants in the Tikvah Fund’s Summer Fellowship […]

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Kurdistan Under Attack

August 11, 2014

Israel’s best friends in the Middle East face barbarians at the doorsteps. Guy Maayan of Mida interviewed some Kurdish fighters to learn about the Islamic State’s brutal way of war and how the Kurds view Israel: “They’re monsters, you know”, said Ari Shixani (27), a Kurdish government official living in Irbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Ari agreed […]

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Why did Secretary of State John Kerry originally present a cease-fire plan that acceded to some of Hamas’s demands and none of Israel’s? Michael Doran of the Brookings Institution tried to answer that question in a Mosaic article this week. Kerry, Doran argues, did not offer such a deal—a deal that made even the pro-Obama Israeli […]

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Over the past few years, Al-Qaeda affiliated groups such as ISIS have seized power over several territories in the Middle East. Lately, ISIS has taken Iraq’s second-largest city, persecuted its Christians, and just this weekend seized three towns from Kurdish control. As part of Tikvah’s “War and Human Nature” advanced institute, the American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick […]

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