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The Pollard Chess Match

The Pollard Chess Match

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been a thorn in the sides of U.S. and Israeli administrations for 25 years. Since his conviction of sending classified information to Israel when working for the U.S. Navy, the Israeli public and politicians have repeatedly called for Pollard’s release, with their request falling on …

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Spineless on Syria

Spineless on Syria

As tension mounts after Syria’s alleged—though clearly evident—use of chemical weapons to systematically slaughter civilians, outreach against the regime emerged most vocally from the White House and State Department, as well as their counterparts across Europe.
Some voices — namely those from China and Russia — are, as expected, silent or …

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Respecting Prayer in Jerusalem

Respecting Prayer in Jerusalem

A turning point may have been reached in Jerusalem with the development of a recent plan to offer a sacred area each to two separate groups. Alas, even before implementation of that plan could occur, though, a riot and violence erupted.
That paradigm has torpedoed peace processes …

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Repurposing Anonymous’ #OpIsrael

Repurposing Anonymous’ #OpIsrael

The hacker collective Anonymous this week launched a massive cyber attack against thousands of Israeli webpages–including sites for the Prime Minister’s Office and the Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem. Despite the efforts of hackers around the world to deface Israeli websites and the social media accounts of the country’s citizens, …

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Israelis Show the Truth about Obama

Israelis Show the Truth about Obama


Up until President Obama touched down in Tel Aviv earlier this week, the headlines roared for years
about new tensions between the United States and Israel, not to mention the sour relationship between bout countries’ head of state.
During the last U.S. election, Republicans and their …

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North Korea Catches Up on Rhetoric as Iran Strives for the Weapons

North Korea Catches Up on Rhetoric as Iran Strives for the Weapons

The news media lit up late Thursday on news that North Korea threatened to use preemptive nuclear warfare against the United States and canceled its non-aggression pact with South Korea. The regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, equipped with nuclear capabilities, seems …

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Israel and the Washington Monument

Israel and the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument–a massive obelisk within sight of both the White House and Capitol — and Israel, a small democracy wedged in between its enemies — are not often mentioned in the same article or newscast.
However, with the $1.2 trillion sequestration cuts set to slash funding across the federal government …

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Double-Edged Support

Double-Edged Support


Bill Kristol. Caroline Glick. Barry Rubin. Dennis Prager. Jennifer …

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Obama v. Bibi

Obama v. Bibi


News reports are awash with an alleged “open feud” between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over an Iran strike. Even though the United States repeated said that …

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The UN Chums the Water

The UN Chums the Water

The United Nations has a long history of, what some have called, anti-Israel bias. Many factors contributed to that, including several lop-sided human rights conferences that disproportionately condemned Israel and a high profile report on Israel’s operations against Hamas  in the winter of 2008-2009.  That report was subsequently delegitimized after its …

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Could Unilateral Actions be the Panacea?

Could Unilateral Actions be the Panacea?

Jump-starting Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations with unilateral declarations of statehood have long been considered a highly controversial and dangerous step that could ignite the conflict even further.
Generally, a unilateral declaration of statehood from the Palestinians has been expected to emerge from West Bank leadership and not Jerusalem. That dynamic might be …

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No Different

No Different


Israeli politics more so than in many other countries tends to focus on larger than life characters and individuals placed in larger than life situations.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a war general at the heart of a major controversy in the …

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Former Bibi and Ahmadinejad Advisers Square Off on CNN

Former Bibi and Ahmadinejad Advisers Square Off on CNN

A debate this week on CNN between Naftali Bennett, former chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Hooman Majd, a former adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, included no new talking points or information.
But it was certainly remarkable nonetheless.
As evidence by a major narrative in the news …

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A Safe Economic Bet?

A Safe Economic Bet?


Even as the European and U.S. economies slid over the past few years, Israel’s financial footing remained fairly stable. In fact, last year protests erupted to lower housing prices in the Gush Dan area, even though prices reflected demand for Tel …

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A Familiar, Unproductive Anti-Media Refrain

A Familiar, Unproductive Anti-Media Refrain

Israeli and American politicians alike are using the same playbook — attacking the media and often diverting attention from the real problems at hand.
In U.S. politics, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gave a stunning rebuke to CNN anchor John King during …

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About the Author

Ben Moscovitch
Ben Moscovitch

Ben Moscovitch is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter and has covered Congress, homeland security, and health care. He completed an intensive two-year Master's in Middle Eastern History program at Tel Aviv University, where he wrote his thesis on the roots of Palestinian democratic reforms. Ben graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in English Literature. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Twitter follow: @benmoscovitch

Areas of Focus:
Middle East; Israel-Palestine; Politics

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