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Patrons of Jerusalem: From Montefiore to Moskowitz

June 23, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Down through the centuries, Jerusalem has known many who have sought to occupy and ravage it, from the Roman legions to the Ottoman Turks to the Jordanian military. Each has come and gone, wreaking havoc, plundering the city which has served as the beating heart of the Jewish people since time immemorial.

But despite every ruin the occupiers left behind, every building they tore down and each stone they pried loose, our adversaries could never succeed in severing the eternal Jewish bond to the place.

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The daily Palestinian terrorism you don't hear about

June 15, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

When two Palestinian terrorists opened fire last week at Tel Aviv's Sarona market and murdered four Israelis, it appeared to catch much of the country off guard. After several months of seemingly sporadic attacks, many people had begun to think that the whirlwind of Palestinian violence had largely subsided.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

The sad fact is that Palestinian terrorism is literally a daily – and sometimes even an hourly – occurrence. It is just that the media doesn't bother to report the overwhelming majority of incidents, thereby providing the public with a distorted view of reality.

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A Jewish bucket list

June 9, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Nearly a decade ago, two of Hollywood's top A-listers joined forces to make an uninspired and excruciatingly predictable film that has nonetheless left a lasting impact on society.

In The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman portrayed two terminally ill men who embark on an adventurous road trip to fulfill a list of things they always dreamed of doing before they "kick the bucket" and move on to the next world.

Though roundly panned by numerous critics, the movie popularized the idea of drawing up a catalog of experiences, ambitions and dreams for people to pursue while they still walk this earth, and the term "bucket list" quickly entered the popular lexicon.

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Time to truly liberate Jerusalem

June 2, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Even as Israel prepares to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem next week, a shameful incident took place which should serve as a painful reminder that much still needs to be done to strengthen our hold over all parts of our beloved capital.

According to a report in Wednesday's Yediot Aharonot, a busload of recruit's to the IDF Paratroopers Brigade were on their way to the traditional military induction ceremony at the Western Wall when police ordered them to close the curtains over the windows, lest Arab onlookers attack as they arrived at the Old City's Damascus Gate.

Yes, you read that correctly. Israeli soldiers were instructed to hide behind their bus curtains in the heart of Jerusalem.

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Poking a gaping hole in the Palestinian narrative

May 19, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Fifty-one years ago this week, the youthful Jewish state proposed a peace plan that could have altered the course of Middle East history and settled the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all, had it not been soundly ignored by the Arab states and the Palestinians.

And while it might seem pointless to look that far back, it is precisely now, when Israel is coming under increasing international pressure and criticism, that we need to remind the world – and ourselves – about the real underlying cause of the dispute with our neighbors.

It was May 17, 1965, when Levi Eshkol, Israel's third prime minister, ascended the podium in the Knesset to lay out a remarkably detailed plan for regional harmony.

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