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New Israeli Intel Chief Failed to Predict Egyptian Riots

“Israel is waking up to a new reality in the Middle East; one that’s becoming less stable, more dangerous – a reality that isn’t encouraging at all,” former Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz said Sunday of the violence sweeping Egypt

An Elegy for Columbia

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;” Growing up among sleepy citrus groves near Clearwater, Florida in the 60’s and 70’s, I spent many hours immersed in stories and images of the

Israel: 'Can You Do This Where You Live?'

Recently I blogged elsewhere about a telling – and moving – experience I had during my daily hitchhiking commute to and from work between Jerusalem and the community of Efrat where I live, south of Bethlehem. In it I mused

New Israeli Intel Chief Failed to Predict Egyptian Riots

Israel’s incoming of Military Intelligence (MI), Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, failed to recognize the imminent threat to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government on his first briefing before a crucial parliamentary committee – the same day that the unrest erupted in Cairo

Israel Wary as Egypt Teeters Towards Anarchy

Saturday evening Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Israel’s top military and intelligence brass into an emergency session to evaluate the chaotic situation engulfing their neighbor to the west, and its ramifications for relations with the Jewish State. Both Prime Minister

Slow Learners to Set Sail on 'Freedom Flotilla 2' to Gaza

The title of this article refers to pro-Palestinian groups that organized last May’s six-ship bid to breach Israel’s anti-armament maritime blockade of Gaza. The so-called humanitarian mission ended with nine passengers dead and dozens of other injured. Seven Israeli naval