The Vanishing Jews of Transnistria

Sept. 24 2019

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a small sliver of land on the east bank of the Dniester River broke away from the newly independent republic of Moldova and declared itself an independent state. A brief war established the new borders of Transnistria—as this new country styled itself—and since then it has functioned independently even if neither the UN nor any of its members recognize it as such. Supported by Moscow, it serves as a pro-Russian outpost on Ukraine’s western border. Transnistria’s Jews suffered extreme brutality during the Holocaust, and now the remnants of the Jewish community are leaving, writes Cnaan Lipshiz:

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More about: East European Jewry, Russia, Ukraine

How Israel Helped Win the Cold War

Oct. 20 2020

When Harry Truman announced that he was inclined to recognize the fledgling Jewish state, George C. Marshall and other eminent foreign-policy advisers urged him not to, arguing that the new country would be a severe liability to American interests—a way of thinking that persists to this day. But, to the contrary, Israel has proved itself time and again to be an invaluable ally. Joshua Muravchik describes some of its important contributions to fighting the cold war:

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More about: Cold War, Mossad, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations