As a Protestant raised in a “politically correct New England town,” Hunter Stuart accepted the proposition that “Israel is unjustly bullying the Palestinians,” alongside other standard liberal beliefs like support for gun control and legal abortion. But after arriving in Jerusalem to work as a journalist in 2015 amidst a wave of stabbings and car rammings, and speaking with and befriending a number of Israelis and Palestinians, his views began to change. He recounts the quintessentially Israeli experience of texting his wife every time he saw a report of an attack to make sure she wasn’t among those harmed. In his telling, the decisive turning point came when a Jewish friend mentioned that one of his friends had been murdered by a terrorist:
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Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: