Author Archives: Victor Rosenthal

The Czechoslovakian Option

The negotiations between Iran and the West are free to continue after the hiccup caused by a Russian demand for a “right to free and full trade, economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation.” Either the Russians got what they … Continue reading

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Iran is No Less Dangerous than Russia

Last week, Russia threw a monkey wrench into the Iran nuclear talks by insisting that any deal removing sanctions from Iran must also remove any sanctions impacting Russian trade with Iran. The talks had supposedly been on the verge of … Continue reading

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Who’s Intolerant?

The refugee crisis in Ukraine has illuminated a deep moral divide among Israelis, which I think reflects a similar division in the moral consciousness of humans everywhere. On one side we have Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who announced yesterday that … Continue reading

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The 800-Pound Gorilla of the Non-Orthodox World

The Jewish Press reports: Hundreds of members of the Reform and Conservative movements from Israel and the United States arrived on Friday morning at the Kotel plaza for the Rosh Chodesh Adar B prayer. They were met with enormous resistance … Continue reading

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Obama’s Third Term

While our attention here in Israel is on Ukraine, the US and Iran are preparing to come to some kind of nuclear agreement. Or not. I’ve been wrong about a number of things lately – I never thought Putin would … Continue reading

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Will Putin Shoot the Hostages? (Updated 1 March)

For the last few days it’s been impossible for me to think about anything other than the war in Ukraine: Full-scale warfare in Europe. Europe! I know I’m showing my “white” bias, because after all, millions have died in vicious … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu, Putin, and the Iran Deal

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while … Continue reading

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Will there be a Magic Carpet for Ukrainian Jews?

This  morning’s paper discusses the plans being made for the possible aliya of the roughly 250,000 Ukrainians who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. Several government ministries and the army are making preparations to bring them … Continue reading

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