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Gaza, Israel, and Netanyahu’s Latest Coalition Crisis

December 21, 2018

By Lauren Mellinger 21 December 2018   This past tumultuous month in Israeli politics challenged two key assumptions about Israel’s long-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. First, despite speculation in recent months that the Netanyahu-era is drawing to a close, it is certainly not over yet. Perhaps of greater significance is the second element to emerge … Continue reading “Gaza, Israel, and Netanyahu’s Latest Coalition Crisis”


Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in

June 30, 2016

By: Lauren Mellinger On June 20, 2016, NBC Universal (Universal Cable Productions) filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against its insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company. At first glance the case appears to be a typical dispute over a contract – a Hollywood production company is suing its insurer for failure to pay the … Continue reading “Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in”


Financing Terror, Part IV: Charities and terrorism in the Middle East

February 2, 2015

By Drew Alyeshmerni: In Judaism, it’s tzedakah. In Islam, it’s zakat. In Christianity, it’s tithing. Each major religion sees the importance of giving charity, whether for the sake of doing good or as a religious obligation. Other influences on an individual’s propensity for charitable donations include political affiliation, religion, race, sexual orientation, country of origin, … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part IV: Charities and terrorism in the Middle East”


Israel vs. Hamas: Undermining deterrence

July 4, 2014

By Charles Kirchofer:   Israel’s military response to the abduction and murder of three teenaged Israeli citizens, which has included a massive deployment of Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian territories, is understandable. But, this response has threatened to undermine what had been a relatively stable deterrence relationship with Hamas, however. The border with Gaza had … Continue reading “Israel vs. Hamas: Undermining deterrence”


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