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Mar 17, 2022, 4:31 AM
Recent Events Highlight: Saudi Arabia’s Self-Perceived Strength
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, more popularly known by the acronym MBS, once again asserted his confident worldview this past week, in two seemingly simple, and apparently contradictory, gestures. Yet, anyone who has been following MBS’ rise...
Mar 4, 2022, 12:20 AM
David (Ukraine) vs. Goliath (Russia)
An unprovoked onslaught is currently being waged by a totalitarian regime against a democratically elected government in Europe for the first time in nearly a hundred years. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine - a smaller, militarily inferior, neighbor - eerily...
May 6, 2021, 1:54 AM
Can Yair Lapid pull a rabbit out of a hat?
As the clock wound down on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition-building efforts Tuesday evening, a barely perceptible momentum shifted squarely behind opposition leader Yair Lapid. Tasked on Wednesday by President Reuven Rivlin with forming the next Israeli government, the...
Mar 3, 2021, 6:48 PM
The next prime minister of Israel should be a Likudnik
Israel heads to the polls for the fourth time in two years on March 23rd, 2021. As opposed to the last three general elections (April 9th, 2019, September 17th, 2019, and March 2nd, 2020), there is no unified Blue and...
Feb 2, 2021, 11:32 PM
Israel’s Newest Friend: The Republic of Kosovo
Monday February 1st, 2021 marked the establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Republic of Kosovo. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual signing ceremony was held between Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and...
Oct 16, 2020, 3:16 AM
Bolivia’s Upcoming National Elections
Bolivia’s Upcoming National Elections A landlocked South American country with a population of 11.5 million, controlling territory the size of France and Germany combined, is holding national elections this week for its presidency, senate, and national congress. Can you guess...
Sep 13, 2020, 12:33 PM
15 years ago in Gaza
What began as innumerable games of backgammon and a sea of Turkish coffee ended with demolishing the remnants of an Israeli civilian populace
Jul 29, 2020, 2:37 AM
The War of 48 vs. The War of 67
Before COVID-19 there was a conflict. After COVID-19 there will remain a conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue to persist as a low-intensity, existential, conflict between two competing ethno-national movements. It is national. It is religious. It is economic. It is emotional....
May 19, 2020, 12:59 AM
It’s all about the Benjamins
But really it’s all about one Benjamin: Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu. After three nail-biting national elections (April 2019, September 2019, and March 2020), Israel finally has a new government. Congratulations! Mazal Tov! For more than a year, the Israeli public witnessed a seemingly...
May 8, 2020, 5:43 PM
One Traveler’s Philosophy
Many of us want to believe that we’re irreplaceable, unique, and even ‘special.’ Obviously we’re important to our family and close friends. However, to nearly all the rest of humanity we don’t even register. As an experience-seeker, I’m a believer...
Freeman Poritz is currently traveling long-term and observing Israel from afar.