A Quiet Revolution

A bill passed by the Knesset weakens the chief rabbinate’s grip on marriage registration; it was thought politically impossible only a year ago—and the reforms are just beginning.

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More about: Israel, Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Knesset, Marriage

 

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy