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

 

A U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Help Russia, Iran, and Islamic State

Aug. 21 2019

Despite the president’s declaration last year that American troops would soon begin leaving Syria, about 1,000 remain. Charles Lister argues that their presence in the country serves vital U.S. interests:

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More about: Iran, ISIS, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy