Israel Is in the Middle East, Israelis Are Middle Easterners, and Don’t You Forget It

July 30 2019

Why does Israeli Judaism not resemble our Judaism, ask American or European Jews? Why are Israelis so different in their politics, in their culture? Well, replies the noted journalist and author Matti Friedman in an interview with the Times of Israel, it’s because Israelis live in the Middle East, and “without understanding the Middle Easternness of this country, you can’t get anywhere.”

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Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Israel & Zionism, Middle East, Mizrahi Jewry

 

Why Qatar Is a Problematic Ally

Sept. 29 2020

On September 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart met and signed an agreement on cultural exchange, followed by an official statement from Foggy Bottom about “shared ideas of tolerance.” Since then, there have also been reports that the U.S. is considering awarding the peninsular monarchy the status of a major non-NATO ally, and even that Doha will be next in line to normalize its relations with Israel. The fact remains, however, that the Qatari educational system is rife with anti-Semitic indoctrination. Moreover, argues Efraim Inbar, it would be strategically foolish for Washington to reward Qatar with upgraded relations:

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Read more at Jerusalem Post

More about: Al Jazeera, Anti-Semitism, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy