Redemption Song of the Lone Soldier

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Tens of thousands of Israelis attended the funeral of Staff Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli in Haifa Monday night. Carmeli was a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen and a “lone ‎soldier” in the Israel Defense Forces.‎ About 30,000 people attended the funeral of Sgt. Max Steinberg Wednesday. ‎Max, too, was a lone soldier who had immigrated to Israel […]

The Real Source of the Mideast Dispute: Hobbes vs. Locke

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  The conventional wisdom regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict is that peace in the Middle East hinges on the settlement of a land dispute. All that’s required for the warring cousins to lay down their arms is the cool, calm, collected presence of an objective arbitrator who is empowered by both sides to settle all lingering […]

Live from Code Red: a Letter from an Israeli Son to his American Father

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Hey Big Daddy,   All’s well here in J-town, although the most recent escalation has frayed some nerves. The Israeli government has authorized the calling up 40,000 miluimnikim, and I believe that 10,000 fathers, sons, husbands and brothers have actually received a ‘Draft 8′ notice, ordering them to report for duty. Yet despite this shift to a war […]

The Coming Collapse of the Palestinian Economy

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The Arab Spring along with chronic corruption have brought the Palestinian economy to its knees. The Palestinian economy inside of Judea and Samaria is in official crisis mode. The long-term effects of the Arab Spring as well as rampant corruption have effectively brought to an end to several years of modest growth inside the territories administered by […]

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox: Piety vs. Patriotism

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As Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day earlier this week, dozens of ultra-Orthodox (haredi) youth exploited their democratic right to freely assemble by ripping down and destroying Israeli flags, blocking roads, and protesting against the Jewish state. Such outbursts have developed into a sad phenomenon, with demonstrations against Jewish sovereignty becoming more frequent and more […]

Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege

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Tal Fortgang ’17 / April 2, 2014 There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several […]

A Case of Selective Holocaust History

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A United with Israel exclusive: The author, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic Literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, argues that the role of the founder of the Palestinian liberation movement in Holocaust history is conveniently ignored. To mark the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation and murder of over 585,000 Hungarian […]