Emotions are running high over the present Israeli-Hamas conflict. Many pro-Palestine protestors in a number of Western cities seem to question the legality of Israel’s existence and actions. But what does history say about the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East? Continue Reading »

Part Two: Genesis and Ideology of the Cold War

After Hitler’s tyranny was crushed, the world did not enter onto those “broad, sunlit uplands” that Winston Churchill had foreseen. Instead, the world found itself in another war: the “Cold War”. Continue Reading »

This essay is brilliantly timed so as to be read as “UN Secretary-General calls, “With Gaza on knife’s edge, for restraint, urges parties to avert ‘full-blown war.’ ” (www.un.org/News, July, 13, 2014) – which, being translated, means that the world is again demanding that Israel surrender its right of self-defense against its terrorist neighbours. Dr. Crouse has put his finger on the reason why Israel always wins its wars, at enormous cost, and invariably loses the peace that follows these wars. He proposes that this cycle can be broken, but only if Israelis finally take to heart the central message of the life and work of Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1880-1940.) Continue Reading »

Israel is receiving much news coverage. Always has. Usually the focus was on Israel’s security as she faced wars and periodic acts of terrorism since her birth on May 14, 1948. The murder of three young Israeli teenagers is the latest cycle of violence between Israel and those determined to defeat the “Zionist enemy.” Continue Reading »

Essay One: “A Brief History of Relations between Israel and Russia During the Years of the Cold War”
In a previous essay (“Israel Finds Opportunity in the Ukraine Crisis,” http://www.thebayviewreview.com, June 5, 2014), I reviewed Israel’s efforts over recent weeks to triangulate between Russia and the United States on what the Americans (but not the Israelis) regard as the geopolitical issue of the day – Russia’s intrusions into Ukraine and its implications for NATO. Many commentators in America and perhaps even more in Israel have suggested that Israel’s behaviour in this matter amounts to violation of sacred commitments undertaken by Israel on behalf of the Free World during the Cold War. Others allow that, while there may be cynicism in Israel’s phoning in sick when its longtime ally needed its vote at the UN, account must be taken of recent provocations coming from the American side. Continue Reading »

Winning a Pulitzer Prize and nominations for Tony and Oscar awards, he is someone the Hollywood crowd approved. His movie successes include The Verdict, The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Continue Reading »

I begin with a news bulletin, announcing a tentative tactical victory for decency.

The Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday canceled its plans for a live, global broadcast of next season’s “The Death of Klinghoffer,” amid concerns that it could fan anti-Semitism. The company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said Tuesday that he had received hundreds of emails over the past 10 days calling on him to cancel the transmission of the controversial opera by American composer John Adams. “The Death of Klinghoffer” depicts a 1985 cruise-ship hijacking and the murder of a Jewish passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, by Palestinian terrorists. Mr. Gelb said he didn’t believe the 1991 opera was anti-Semitic but added that he was aware of “great concern, which I think is justified,” about “anything that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as pro-terrorist.” (“Met Opera Cancels ‘Klinghoffer’ Broadcast, “The Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2014.)

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