Jonathan Schanzer
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The Hezbollah Time Bomb Is Ticking

June 20, 2024  •  The Dispatch

Let's not mince words: The Middle East is on the precipice of the most destructive war of the region's modern history.

This war did not begin on October 7. It actually began one day later, when Hezbollah, the most powerful proxy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, began attacking Israel. The Israelis, already on their back foot from the Hamas assault in the south of their country, struggled to gain equilibrium.

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The Policies That Are Killing Israeli Soldiers

June 1, 2024  •  Commentary

Three soldiers from Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were killed on May 28, when they encountered a Hamas booby trap in a building in Rafah. In a separate incident, three other soldiers were killed in a Hamas improvised explosive device (IED) attack on May 18.

The Hamas terrorist organization is undeniably the culprit. And the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hamas's top military patron, bears significant responsibility, too. But this is also the unfortunate result of Biden Administration policies that have put Israeli soldiers in greater danger.

To understand why the White House bears some responsibility, we need only look back upon U.S. Gaza policy over the last three months.

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Germany Stands by Israel

April 8, 2024  •  Commentary

Israel looks increasingly isolated on the world stage. But one country has stood unwaveringly by Israel's side: Germany. It stands out as a model of support. Not because it gives Israel a free pass on every controversy. But because it has not buckled on its fundamental pro-Israel positions, even when international pressure builds.

First, let's acknowledge that Germany's strong pro-Israel positions are rooted in the country's need to right historic wrongs. As Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated, "German history and our responsibility arising from the Holocaust make it our duty to stand up for the existence and security of the State of Israel."

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Preventing a Ramadan Explosion in the Holy Land

February 28, 2024  •  The Liberal Patriot

The Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins on March 11 this year. How Israel handles this month-long festival of fasting by day and feasting by night will exert significant influence on the wider conflict in the Middle East—and a possible hostage deal between Israel and Hamas that yields a pause in the current war in Gaza could help mitigate the prospects of unrest. Other players may have significant roles to play, too.

First, it is important to understand the role Ramadan has played in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over recent years.

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The UN agency that's supposed to aid Palestinian refugees has only made things worse

February 8, 2024  •  Boston Globe

A growing bipartisan group of legislators is calling to permanently end American taxpayer support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency amid accusations that it took part in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel. But there's another reason for Democrats and Republicans to unify behind the plan to replace UNRWA: The agency denies millions of Palestinians their basic human rights.

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