A Muslim Mystic’s 17th-Century Journey to Jerusalem

Nov. 13 2020

By the 17th century, the Land of Israel had been revived as a center of Jewish intellectual life, and was home to small if vibrant Jewish communities. But much of what we know about this era, writes Samuel Thrope, comes from the travelogue of the Sufi scholar and holy man Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi, who set out from his home in Damascus for Jerusalem in 1690:

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More about: Islam, Jerusalem, Ottoman Palestine

Israel’s Naval Shadow War with Iran Comes Out into the Open

April 9 2021

Wednesday night, Israeli planes struck a weapons depot outside Damascus, reportedly killing three pro-Iran fighters. While such attacks have become both routine and widely known, the IDF has also been fighting the Islamic Republic at sea, a fact only recently brought to public attention because of an explosion on an Iranian military vessel on Tuesday. Ron Ben Yishai explains:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Naval strategy, US-Israel relations