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How the Bible pushed a man to flee North Korea

October 13, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

As he strides into the room and sits down in a plush chair across a small table from me, it quickly becomes apparent that my interlocutor, a prominent defector from North Korea, spent a great deal of time in the military. Despite his ready smile and slightly mischievous sense of humor, Mr. Shim, as he asks to be called, has ramrod straight posture and fluid motions that readily reveal his army background.

After briefly glancing at me, with my kippah perched on my head, he grins and turns to the translator and says, with an unconcealed smile, "This is a first for me. I have never sat down and spoken with a Jew before."

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Start-Up Nation vs Blow-Up Nation

October 10, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

With its decades-old track record of murder and mayhem, Hamas has already secured itself a place in the annals of infamy. From bus bombings to underground terror tunnels to the indiscriminate firing of thousands of rockets and projectiles at Israeli towns and cities, the Islamic extremist group has repeatedly found new ways to sow widespread death and destruction. But just when it seems that their injurious impulses cannot possibly sink any lower, the organization's terrorist masterminds somehow manage to come up with novel methods that would make even the devil blush.

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The lesson of the Oslo Accords

September 13, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Over the course of the past 70 years, Israel has committed its fair share of grave miscalculations, many of which continue to haunt the country and harm our national security. From the failure to annex Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, to the refusal to believe that Egypt would dare attack in 1973, and on to the inconclusive 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Jewish state's indecision has often proven to be costly in both blood and tears.

And yet, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords with the PLO this week, it is clear that even these blunders pale in comparison with the capricious capitulation that took place on the White House Lawn on September 13, 1993.

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The muck of the Irish

July 15, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

The Emerald Isle lost a lot of its luster this past week when Ireland's Senate chose to adopt a bill that can best be described as obtuse but, more accurately, as profoundly antisemitic at its core.

Passed by a vote of 25 to 20, with 14 abstentions, the legislation would criminalize the import or sale of items produced by Jews, and only by Jews, in Judea and Samaria. It even goes so far as to impose a sentence of up to five years in prison, and fines of €250,000, on those who violate its terms.

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Much ado about something

July 8, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

For years, Israel's Right has asserted that the Supreme Court tilts sharply Left, treating Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria in an unfair and even unjust manner. Time and again, politicians and pundits have argued that behind their pronouncements of principle, the justices were in fact often motivated by political agendas.

Now, at last, thanks to a comprehensive report recently released by the Regavim organization, this anecdotal observation is backed by an array of cold, hard and deeply troubling facts.

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