Turning a Celebrated Athlete into a Pawn in Israel’s Game

July 24 2019

On Sunday, on the occasion of his induction into the Hall of Fame, the beloved baseball player Mariano Rivera was subjected to an “exposé” by one Robert Silverman in the Daily Beast revealing that “over the past three years, [Rivera has] served at the pleasure of a racist president, taken part in thinly veiled propaganda on behalf of a far-right government in Israel, and gotten chummy with outright bigots and apocalyptic loons.” After briefly praising Rivera’s skill as a pitcher, and then describing—with more than a whiff of contempt—his evangelical Christian faith, Silverman devotes nearly 1,000 words of a 2,400-word article to Rivera’s positive attitude toward the Jewish state; much of the rest is spent cataloguing other athletes who have visited Israel. Liel Leibovitz comments:

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How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy