February 24, 2013

The Cyrus Cylinder and the Jews

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine


One might think his discussion of Cyrus, the Persian conqueror that defeated the Babylonians and allowed the Jews to return to their homeland after their first exile, would be uncontroversial. But any attempt to identify that historical figure with present day Iran is absurd.

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February 24, 2013
Palestinians in America's Back Seat
James Zogby, The National
Previous maiden voyages to the region by presidents and their top emissaries have focused on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. I hope that I will be proven wrong, but I do not believe that we will see any serious new US effort on... more ››
February 15, 2013
Israel's Sad Prisoner X Media Censorship
Aluf Benn, The Guardian
The media gag on the death of Mossad agent Ben Zygier relied not on coercion but on public support for a high-security state. more ››
February 17, 2013
Palestine Cannot Build Democracy While Occupied
Jim Zogby, National
In what can only be described as chutzpah, David Keyes, the executive director of a group called Advancing Human Rights, penned a column in The New York Times last week called Palestine's Democracy Deficit. more ››
February 13, 2013
Much Ado About Israeli & Palestinian Textbooks
Michael Felsen, CGNews
Like so much else that touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a just-released three-year-long study of how textbooks on both sides portray the "other" has provoked a firestorm of controversy. The fruit of a seed first... more ››
February 13, 2013
Iran Is Losing Its Covert War with Israel
Karl Vick, Time
Slumped in a Nairobi courtroom, suit coats rumpled and reading glasses dangling from librarian chains, the defendants made a poor showing for the notorious Quds Force of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Ahmad... more ››