A Paradoxical Moment for the Middle East

Blink and you might miss how rapidly the Middle East is changing. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated by President Barack Obama, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, created heightened instability. But that deal, along with Obama’s desire to disengage from the Middle East, prompted a willingness among Gulf Arab states … Continue reading

An Iran that doesn’t exist

As the Biden administration eyes reentering the nuclear deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, it received a couple of reminders recently of the dangers of trusting such states.  On Dec. 23, an Argentine federal court acquitted Carlos Telleldin, who was “charged with supplying the truck that was used in the deadly terrorist bombing of … Continue reading

The Iran Protests Present An Opportunity To Teach Kids About Tyranny

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — especially where tyranny is concerned. This must be the unofficial motto of the Iranian opposition, because after 1999’s student uprising and 2009’s Green Revolution, Iran’s people are back at it. Here we are in the early stages of yet another American presidency. Unlike the last … Continue reading

What Natalie Portman Gets Right And Wrong About Jews

Natalie Portman apparently thinks Jews spend too much time talking about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. In an interview about her new movie with the British Independent, the Oscar-winner made provocative and newsworthy observations. However, they were also problematic for a variety of reasons. Portman’s most insightful comment is also her most incendiary: “‘I think a really big question … Continue reading