Jerusalem

The Israeli Prime Minister has stopped mentioning Jerusalem. This could be huge for peace.

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The End of the Two-State Solution

Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace

We're on the cusp of a generational shift that will make the dream of peace not just implausible but impossible.

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The prime minister will still win the election but could have trouble forming a new coalition.

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The Music Libel Against the JewsBy Ruth HaCohen (Yale University Press, 507 pp., $55)   IN NOVEMBER 1934, Privy Councilor Wilhelm Furtwängler, vice president of the Third Reich’s Music Chamber and conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, imprudently took to the pages of the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung to defend the composer Paul Hindemith against the charge of “Jewishness” with which Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister for propaganda and enlightenment of the people, had justified a prohibition on the performance of his work.

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If the city becomes a battleground, it won't just be Syria's loss, but rather civilization's.

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ON A SULTRY MORNING in late September, I drove for two hours on the traffic-choked roads north of Cairo to Al Adwa, a Nile Delta town of dusty alleyways, mosques, and crumbling red brick houses. This is where Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt, was raised. Morsi left nearly four decades ago, but he returns regularly to visit his younger brothers, who still work the family farm, and to celebrate Islamic holidays.

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Spy Many years ago I was sent to spy out the land beyond the age of thirty. I stayed there and I did not return to those who sent me, so that I would not have to tell them about that land and would not have to lie.   I Waited for My Girl and Her Steps Were Not There  I waited for my girl and her steps were not there. But I heard a shot—soldiers training for war. Soldiers are always training for some war.  Then I opened the collar of my shirt and the two lapel-edges pointed in two directions. And my neck rose between them— on it the crest of my quiet head bearing the fruit of my eyes.  And belo

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 Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Mobile killers: A strange, modern African murder mystery in the lawless dystopia of eastern Congo. GQ | 36 min (8,970 words) If newspapers die, will good citizenship die with them?

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The latest eruption in Gaza has returned Israel to the exceptional reality of old.

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A startling new book on the distribution of wealth in early Christianity

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