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Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated

Yesterday, a young Iranian nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, was killed while on his way to work in north Teheran. The car in which he was driving exploded; a bomb had apparently been attached to the car with a magnet by a passing motorcyclist. Roshan was identified by the Mehr News Agency as the deputy […]

Merry Christmas from Israel!

I’m a big Christmas fan — I love Christmas carols and twinkly store windows and holiday movies (ever see The Bishop’s Wife, with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven?). It’s a beautiful holiday, and I always feel a bit of a pang this time of year. I’d love to share the day with you, but […]

California Anti-Circumcision Activists Get Their Nazi On

Over the years I’ve lived in Israel, many people — both Americans and Israelis — have asked me how I can possibly feel good about living in a perpetual war zone when I come from a land so notable for its comforts, strategic depth, and general lack of jihadist death cultists in the immediate vicinity. […]

Fasten Your Seat Belts, Folks

The word over here — as yet unconfirmed — is that the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will indict not only members of Hezbollah for carrying out the killing but also Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for ordering the hit. Sources close to the tribunal have allegedly said that “Iranians […]

Bashar, We Didn’t Know You Had It In You

It appears that Bashar al-Assad, mild-mannered ophthalmologist, genetic cousin of Beaker and accidental president of Syria, was the mastermind behind the wave of Muslim rioting that followed the publication of the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in 2006. If the Wikileak cable that revealed this information is to be believed, Bashar kicked off the demonstrations with a […]

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Whoa. Well, you’ve got to give them points for chutzpah. The developers of the Ground Zero Mosque — sorry, Park51 — have applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund set up to redevelop lower Manhattan after 9/11. This shouldn’t concern you, though. According to the Daily Beast, developer Sharif El-Gamal “is motivated more by real […]

“A Fellowship of Steel”: An Inside Look at Israel’s Armored Corps

On the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem there’s a turn-off to Latrun, the site of some of the most shattering and historic battles Israel ever fought. From its high ground you see the Ayalon Valley, lovely and vulnerable, spread out before you. Latrun is where Joshua asked God to halt the sun’s progress […]

Inter-Species Love

No, I’m not talking about Tea Partiers in Park Slope. This is a slideshow of animals that have adopted animals of different species. I serve it up to you as a tonic from some of the vitriol being splashed around the news of late. I just finished reading that Obama’s first act on arrival in […]

UN Reaches New Low

This is vile even by UN standards. The board of UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has decided that Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs — both of which are ancient Jewish holy places — should be removed from Israel’s list of national sites. And that’s not all. According to UNESCO, […]

Thank you, Hannes

Many years ago (it was during the first Gulf War, and doesn’t that seem a lifetime ago now?) I spent a year living on French Hill in Jerusalem. Several of my friends at the time were German exchange students, and I spent more time than I ever had before listening to the German language. To […]