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Why Netanyahu’s War Cabinet Is Existentially Divided

Tweet Share Share Comment The Israeli war Cabinet is in raucous disarray. One of its three members, who is also the minister of...

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Why Israel and Hamas Still Do Not Have a Cease-Fire

Tweet Share Share Comment The problem with all the peace plans for Gaza that U.S., Egyptian, and other foreign diplomats have offered in the past...

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There’s One Part of Brittney Griner’s Account of Life in Russian Prison That Really Stands Out

Tweet Share Share Comment I would watch a show where Tucker Carlson interviews Brittney Griner. It might be fun to see the...

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Mike Johnson Is No Hero

Tweet Share Share Comment Before House Speaker Mike Johnson basks too deeply in the praise he’s received for bringing the...

22.04.2024 30

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A Rare Bit of Calming News About Israel and Iran

Tweet Share Share Comment A rare bit of calming news from the Middle East: It seems that neither Israel nor Iran wants to widen...

19.04.2024 10

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How Israel Can Respond to Iran Without Escalating the War

Tweet Share Share Comment Here’s an idea for how Israel could respond to Iran’s massive missile-and-drone strike without...

15.04.2024 10

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Iran Is Planning to Strike Back Against Israel. There Are a Few Ways This Could Go.

Tweet Share Share Comment This stands to be a particularly tense week in the Middle East, even by the standards of an already...

08.04.2024 10

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The Real Reason Biden Is Finally Tying U.S. Policy to Israel’s Behavior in the War

Tweet Share Share Comment Some find it telling—and disturbing—that it took the killing of seven World Central Kitchen...

06.04.2024 10

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The World Central Kitchen Killings Are a Tragedy—and an Important Sign

Tweet Share Share Comment Two Israeli air strikes on Tuesday—one killing seven food-aid workers on a convoy in Gaza, another...

04.04.2024 20

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Have Helped Netanyahu Stay in Power. That May Be Changing.

Tweet Share Share Comment Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could soon be ousted from power by a controversy over the...

03.04.2024 40

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Why Netanyahu Is Deliberately Alienating His Strongest Allies

Tweet Share Share Comment U.S.–Israel relations have hit an all-time low, and the main cause is the refusal of Prime Minister...

27.03.2024 10

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What the Deadliest Terrorist Attack in Russia in 20 Years Means for Putin and His Grip on Power

Tweet Share Share Comment It should have been no surprise that the terrorist group known as ISIS was behind Friday night’s...

26.03.2024 10

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What Trump Really Means When He Says He Would End the War in Gaza “Quickly”

Tweet Share Share Comment Donald Trump on Sunday said Israel should quickly end the war in Gaza and “get back to the world of...

19.03.2024 10

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A Key Fact That’s Being Overlooked Amid Calls for a Cease-Fire

Tweet Share Share Comment Amid all the calls for an Israeli cease-fire in the war with Gaza, a few key facts are getting short...

15.03.2024 9

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Why Chuck Schumer’s Break With Netanyahu Seems Like a Turning Point

Tweet Share Share Comment Sen. Chuck Schumer’s call for new elections in Israel marks a startling turn in the spiraling...

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What’s in Biden’s $1 Trillion (Yes, Trillion) National Security Budget

Tweet Share Share Comment President Biden requested more than $1 trillion for national security in the budget that he submitted...

12.03.2024 10

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Biden Turned His Biggest Weakness Into His Strength at the State of the Union

Tweet Share Share Comment It’s unusual for a president to start and finish a State of the Union Address on foreign policy, but...

08.03.2024 10

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Four Things That Will Have to Happen for the Israel-Hamas War to End

Tweet Share Share Comment President Joe Biden had hoped to strike a diplomatic deal in the Middle East by this past Monday—an...

07.03.2024 9

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Let Biden Have His Ice Cream!

Tweet Share Share Comment As the old ditty has it, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” It’s a lyric of...

28.02.2024 10

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Why a Trump Presidency Would Be Very Bad News for Europe

Tweet Share Share Comment Fearing that Donald Trump will pull out of NATO if he’s reelected president, and alarmed that the...

28.02.2024 4

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Why We Should All Hope the U.S. Doesn’t Manage to Extradite Julian Assange

Tweet Share Share Comment I am not a fan of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. If he’s not a Russian spy, he has certainly...

22.02.2024 40

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Alexei Navalny’s Death Makes Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview Even More Dreadful

Tweet Share Share Comment Is Tucker Carlson still in Moscow? I wonder if he was lounging in a café with his FSB handlers,...

16.02.2024 20

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The Real Takeaway From the “National Security Threat” Panic

Tweet Share Share Comment If the Russians are developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon, as leaked reports from the House...

15.02.2024 20

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The Biggest Problem With Trump’s NATO Remark

Tweet Share Share Comment Did Trump just encourage Russia to invade U.S. allies in Europe if they don’t spend more on defense?...

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Everything That Was Wrong With Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview

Tweet Share Share Comment It is legitimate, in principle, for a journalist to interview a murderous dictator. The uproar over...

09.02.2024 10

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What Biden’s Actually Doing With Those Drone Strikes in the Middle East

Tweet Share Share Comment Four months into the war between Israel and Hamas, the combatants, their allies, and their neighbors...

06.02.2024 20

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Does the U.S. Really Need to Spend $131 Billion on New Nukes?

Tweet Share Share Comment Maybe it’s because of the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, but few gasps were heard, no jaws...

02.02.2024 8

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How Biden Can Avoid Broadening the War in the Middle East

Tweet Share Share Comment President Biden has been walking a politico-military tightrope since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel...

31.01.2024 10

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The Truth About Ukraine’s Decision to Give Up Its Nukes in the ’90s

Tweet Share Share Comment Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many politicians and commentators have rued the day, back...

26.01.2024 6

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There’s a Solid Plan to End the War in Gaza. Can Biden Get Bibi to Take It?

Tweet Share Share Comment The U.S., Egypt, and Qatar have devised a multistage plan for ending the Israel-Hamas war. One problem...

23.01.2024 30

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This Biden Move Only Encourages the Houthis—and Iran

Tweet Share Share Comment It’s a fool’s game to predict how the array of wars in the Middle East will evolve or end, but one...

19.01.2024 5

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The Real Reasons the Middle East Is Blowing Up Right Now

Tweet Share Share Comment The Middle East is blowing up. More militias and militaries are launching attacks against more...

19.01.2024 30

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This May Be the Only Way to Avoid a Broader Regional War in the Middle East

Tweet Share Share Comment After the U.S.-British air and naval strikes on Yemen on Thursday night, the Middle East is even...

13.01.2024 20

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After the ISIS Attack in Iran, Is the Terror Group Reemerging as a Global Threat?

Tweet Share Share Comment When the terrorist group ISIS took credit for killing 84 Iranians in a two-man suicide bombing last...

11.01.2024 10

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The Secretary of Defense Disappeared for Days. That’s Not the Only Problem.

Tweet Share Share Comment Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin might well be gone from the Pentagon by the end of the week. A good...

08.01.2024 5

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America Is Struggling on the World Stage. There’s a Very Bad Lesson to Take From That.

Tweet Share Share Comment An article by Philip Zelikow in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, titled “The Atrophy of American...

05.01.2024 20

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How the State Department Wants to Use Music to Change the World

Tweet Share Share Comment It was three months ago—though it feels like three years—when Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

28.12.2023 10

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Another Temporary Gaza Cease-Fire May Be on the Horizon—but That Won’t End the War

Tweet Share Share Comment Two sets of talks are going on—one in Cairo, one in New York—that might restart a cease-fire in...

21.12.2023 20

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Is Israel’s War in Gaza Strengthening Hamas?

Tweet Share Share Comment A new poll shows that Palestinian support for Hamas has grown significantly in the West Bank since the...

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Republicans Are Sending a Dangerous Message to the Rest of the World

Tweet Share Share Comment It was like the breakup scene in a bad rom-com. “It’s got nothing to do with you,” Sen. Lindsey...

13.12.2023 4

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Republicans Are on the Verge of Delivering Putin a Big Christmas Gift

08.12.2023 10

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The Alabama Senator Who Was Punishing the Military for Being “Too Woke” Has Ended His Cursed Crusade

Tweet Share Share Comment Sen. Tommy Tuberville dropped his hold on the promotion of more than 400 senior U.S. military officers...

06.12.2023 20

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Extend the Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire

Tweet Share Share Comment The United States and Israel are about to have their biggest, most consequential disagreement in many...

30.11.2023 10

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Israel Agreed to a Temporary Cease-Fire. What Happens Now?

Tweet Share Share Comment The Israel-Hamas hostages-for-prisoners exchange is a more generous deal for Hamas than Prime Minister...

22.11.2023 2

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What People on TikTok Are Missing About That Osama bin Laden Letter

Tweet Share Share Comment In what may be the most stunning case of antisemitic distortion and disinformation in the last six...

17.11.2023 10

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Good News About Biden’s Meeting With the President of China

Tweet Share Share Comment Wednesday’s meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping went as well as anyone could have...

16.11.2023 5

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Biden Is About to Have One of the Most Consequential Diplomatic Meetings in Years

Tweet Share Share Comment President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will meet this Wednesday for what could...

14.11.2023 7

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Three Reasons Why There’s No End in Sight for the Israel-Hamas War

Tweet Share Share Comment One month has passed since the Israel-Hamas war began, and no end seems to be in sight. There are...

07.11.2023 10

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Israel Must Loudly Arrest the Settlers Who Are Killing West Bank Palestinians

Tweet Share Share Comment At a press conference in Tel Aviv on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Israeli...

04.11.2023 40

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This Shows the Senate’s Rules Need to Change

Tweet Share Share Comment Even as the U.S. military faces threats in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Tommy Tuberville—a...

03.11.2023 50

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