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Middle East  // Posts tagged as "Middle East"

02 Dec Posted by | 4 comments

Eretz Israel: Keeping Zion in Zionism


The State of Israel is nine miles wide at its most narrow point. Its area is a total of 8000 square miles (enough to fit inside Florida eight times). It takes less than seven hours to travel by car from Israel’s northern border all the way down to the southern city of Eilat. Israel is one of the only countries in the Middle East that does not have oil resources. It has a limited water supply, and the dubious honor of being surrounded by enemy countries (as well as a few precarious allies). These facts don’t make Israel seem like an appealing place to visit, let alone live. The location of the Jewish State is not to be envied-on top of all of the previous statistics, members of the global community routinely accuse Israel of “occupying” land and the Jewish...

08 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

Regional Relations Matter


Almost immediately following the release of Gilad Shalit rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza resumed. Over the last couple of weeks, it has begun to feel like a major scuffle between Israel, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad is on the horizon. Sunday night at the Jewish General Assembly in Denver, Colorado, I had the opportunity to briefly discuss with Haaretz editor-in-chief, Aluf Benn, his thoughts on a possible Israeli invasion of Gaza. Like all Israeli reporters, he feels that anything can happen at anytime. I also asked him to what extent regional influences currently play a part in Israel’s decision-making process in engaging Hamas and its break-off cronies in a full on conflict. To my surprise, he said that it did not. To paraphrase, he stated that Israel does what it wants, and its behavior and relationship with Hamas is...