Herman Wouk: Above All, a Jewish Writer

When the American Jewish author Herman Wouk died at the age of one-hundred-and-three, David Rose hadn’t read any of his books, and decided to give one a try. Now a little over a year has passed, and Rose has read most of them—and has concluded that Wouk is a truly great, and greatly underrated, novelist:

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More about: American Jewish literature, Herman Wouk, Judaism, Zionism

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations