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Israeli University Beats Out Harvard

Israeli University Beats Out Harvard

Tel Aviv University, one of the strongest academic institutions in Israel, surpasses the top U.S. institutions in a key metric for universities — citations by other researchers. TAU Prof. Carlo Strenger writes in Haaretz: Tel Aviv University has been ranked number 11 worldwide in citations per faculty in 2010 – a truly staggering result. TAU […]

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Where's the Teeth?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli radio that the attack on Israeli settlers leaving five dead is “inhuman” and “immoral.” That condemnation is not nearly strong enough, as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Abbas for not making his position clear. For example, Abbas could have spoken directly to the Palestinians through their media […]

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Condemnation

Condemnation

The White House issued a stern call for the Palestinian Authority to condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack that left left five Israeli settlers dead, including two children and a baby. However, hours beforehand PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed his outrage against the attack, although those words still leave a lot to be desired. The White […]

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The Fallacy Behind the Kidnapping

The Fallacy Behind the Kidnapping

The United Nations accused Israel of kidnapping a Palestinian engineer while in Ukraine, with his wife contending that the abduction occurred to hinder work at an electrical plant in the Gaza Strip. According to Ynet: Abu Sisi’s Ukrainian wife, Veronika, 32, alleges the Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage […]

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It's Officially Shapiro

The White House officially nominated Hebrew-speaking, Middle East expert Dan Shapiro to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, the White House announced today. Speculation swirled last month that Shapiro would get the nod to replace James Cunningham in Tel Aviv. Shapiro is  a trusted White House aide who serves as the National Security […]

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Easing the Blockade is a Choice

Easing the Blockade is a Choice

The Sufa border crossing between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel was opened today, in an unexpected move that could signal an ease of the blockade that keeps construction materials used to fortify terrorist infrastructure out of Hamas’ hands. Israel began an embargo on the Gaza Strip to prevent bomb- and rocket-making supplies from reaching […]

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No Better Than Hamas

Hamas is a terror organization that targets civilians via any available vehicle. Since seizing the Gaza Strip over five years ago, Hamas as launched thousands of rockets and mortar shells at Israeli civilians, not the military. Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations have sent suicide bombers — including handicapped persons — to attack Israeli civilians […]

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Israeli Intelligence

For those curious about whether Israel is more of a liability than an asset to the United States, consider what we have to lose. Aside from the shared values, the stability of having the only democracy in the Middle East as an ally and Israel as a foothold for the United States in the region, Israel provides more intelligence […]

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Peace Process and Marriage

Peace Process and Marriage

The Israelis and the Palestinians often interact like a crotchety elderly couple, sniping at one another and dismissing their shared future. The New Yorker has another spin on this relationship in a rather good editorial cartoon:

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Gazans Playing With Fire

Gazans Playing With Fire

Several rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel this week, as extremists continue to attack civilians even though a substantive IDF reaction will likely eviscerate terrorist infrastructure and go well beyond the destruction and casualties from Operation Cast Lead. Immediately following Christmas 2008, Israel launched a military campaign to stop attacks on […]

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Israeli Version of 'What Would You Do?'

Just like in the ABC News show “What Would You Do?,” the results of the Israeli version of the show demonstrate the complexities of society and competing internal values. In this episode, an (actor) coffee merchant refuses to serve Arabs, with some Israelis lambasting the seller while others sympathize with his views. To add further […]

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"They weren't being persecuted anymore"

"They weren't being persecuted anymore"

On the Joy Behar show, Helen Thomas defended her blatantly anti-Semitic remarks telling Jews to leave Israel and go back to Germany and Poland where six million of their ancestors were systematically murdered based solely on their religious beliefs. Thomas makes the ignorant remarks that Jews were no longer persecuted after World War II and […]

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Bibi's Gamble to Keep Power

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu proposed a sweeping economic package late last week to appease criticisms that his government assists the rich more than the struggling middle class, although the reforms really represent his effort to retain power after the next round of elections that will be held in 2013 at the latest. The recent […]

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Pals.-Egyptians Unite On Rafah

Pals.-Egyptians Unite On Rafah

Hosni Mubarak’s fall has been widely feared as providing an opportunity for the anti-West Muslim Brotherhood to turn Egypt into a foothold of radical Islam, but a far graver threat could emerge in the very near future — hostile joint Palestinian and Egyptian organization, which today materialized as opposition to the Egyptian embargo on the […]

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Dire Straits of the Middle East

The cramped bathroom at this week’s Herzliya Conference sums up the Middle East situation quite nicely — Dire Straits. The 1980s rock band has not been a major player in peace process negotiations or efforts to thwart the Iranian nuclear program, but a Dire Straits concert montage continuously streamed into the facilities immediately outside the […]

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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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