One-and-a-Half-Cheers for an Amazon Series about Nazi Hunters

March 18 2020

Set in 1977, the television series Hunters depicts a Holocaust survivor (played by Al Pacino) who leads a gang of vigilantes in their quest to stop a plot by former Nazi officials to establish a Fourth Reich in the U.S. Hunters has already attracted much criticism for its saturation with comic-book and B-movie clichés, its myriad inaccuracies, and Pacino’s scenery-chewing. To A.E. Smith, “seeing post-Holocaust family trauma reduced to a series of superhero tropes, listening to bad Yiddish accents and mangled Jewish phrases, . . . and watching a seemingly endless parade of leering Nazis straight from central casting,” can be cringe-inducing. And there are more substantive problems as well:

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war