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Israel's deal with Pfizer - Should your privacy be for sale?

January 14, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Beneath the justifiable pride over Israel's unrivaled success in rapidly vaccinating a large portion of the population against COVID-19 lies a highly troubling secret that warrants further scrutiny.

Indeed, even as planeloads of hundreds of thousands of vials of Pfizer's miraculous anti-coronavirus vaccine make their way to Ben-Gurion Airport each week, the Israeli public is nonetheless being kept in the dark as to the terms of the deal signed between the Jewish state and the pharmaceutical giant. If media reports are accurate, it appears that Israel is trading something far more precious than money in exchange for the inoculations: the privacy of each and every one of us.

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2020: What were the positives of the past year?

December 30, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

What a difference 12 months can make. Up until this past year, mention of 2020 generally evoked either perfect eyesight or, at worst, a long-running ABC News television program.

Now, after just 365 days, the term has taken on a whole new meaning, bringing to mind various nouns, adjectives and even a few adverbs that are simply unprintable in a respectable publication such as The Jerusalem Post.

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The arrival of the Bnei Menashe is a Hanukkah miracle

December 17, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

After a long and tiring flight throughout the night, the band of new immigrants emerged from the El Al plane and made their way slowly down the stairs, their senses heightened by the early-morning chill as well as the knowledge that their cherished dream was coming true.

As they reached the tarmac, setting foot on the land of their ancestors after centuries of exile, many knelt and passionately kissed the ground, vocally thanking the Creator for bringing them home to Zion. Surely even the hardest of hearts could not help but be moved by this powerful visual image as a scene wrought with Biblical overtones that has come to life.

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Jewish valor at Pearl Harbor

December 3, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

This coming Monday is December 7, the date US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorably described as one "which will live in infamy" after the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941.

The outlines of the assault are well-known. The Japanese caused grave damage to the US Pacific Fleet, sinking four battleships, destroying 188 aircraft and killing 2,403 Americans, including 68 civilians. The following day, Congress declared war on Japan, and within a few days Nazi Germany and the US were officially at war too, marking a turning point in the global conflict.

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Trump's remarkable Middle East legacy

November 26, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

Over the next few weeks, US courts will find themselves in the unenviable position of having to adjudicate challenges to the integrity of the presidential election process, a matter fraught with immense political and civic controversy.

Allegations of widespread voter fraud will be put to the test as President Donald J. Trump and former vice president Joseph Biden, as well as the rest of the country, seek some finality to the outcome of the balloting.

Regardless of how it plays out, this would seem to be a fitting time to look back at what the Trump administration has accomplished in the Middle East over the past four years. Simply put, it is nothing short of extraordinary.

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