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Albert Wachtel is a professor at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges whose editorials have been published and syndicated by the "Los Angeles Times,","The Wall Street Journal" and "San Francisco Chronicle," among other newspapers. He is also the author of "Critical Insights: James Joyce" (Salem Press, 2013).

ARTICLES BY: Albert Wachtel

May 27, 2015 10:45 am

Never Forget – But Don’t Stay Trapped in the Past

Films that reawaken the horror of the Holocaust are an unfortunate necessity. They introduce that time of despicable inhumanity to the uninformed and misinformed, and...

November 18, 2014 8:01 pm

Prayer on the Temple Mount Isn’t Necessary

The rebirth of Israel, 2000 years after Rome undertook to destroy the nation by calling it Palestine, deserves celebration. And now, in the face of...

October 26, 2014 1:06 pm

Explaining the Roots of Islamic Terror

War is hateful, but when pitted against murderous aggressors, war must be fought. Northwestern Europe has not learned the lesson of the Chamberlain path to World...

October 13, 2014 7:35 am

Jihad, Cancer, and World War III

We are engaged in a third world war without knowing it. Unlike the 20th century wars, it is sprinkled across the globe in relatively small...

October 2, 2014 12:53 am

IS and Other Terror Groups Thrive on Mideast Oppression

The Islamic State is a flare up - certainly the most vicious - but just one of a swirling range fueled by Arab discontent. IS...

September 23, 2014 11:36 am

Israel’s Unspoken Problem: Money, Oil, and Influence

These days, money doesn't have to talk in the war of words. It pays others to talk for it. The most recent example of how that...

September 14, 2014 6:20 pm

Peace in the Middle East is Possible

The unthinkable is happening, and it's time to build on it. After Israel traded Sinai for "cold peace" with Egypt, quietly entering a warm alliance on...

September 4, 2014 6:53 am

The Limits of Democracy in the Middle East

Programmatic do-gooders, people who think themselves morally bound to leap to the side of those who seem to be underdogs, unwittingly are asking Israel to...

August 29, 2014 9:58 am

Physical Violence and the Violence of Words: Israel’s Wars Against Hamas

In Israel's neighborhood, sticks, stones, and name calling are adult problems. The old children's adage says that the first two are dangerous, but argues incorrectly...

August 21, 2014 12:13 am

Israel’s Opponents Are Irrational

Belief in itself is by definition not reasonable. What facts and reason demonstrate leave no room for belief. The people of Israel had and still...

August 11, 2014 11:18 am

There is No Israeli Genocide

Inadvertently, the Obama Administration has acknowledged that Israel's conduct in the war against Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza is right. But the road to...

August 3, 2014 12:31 pm

Gaza is Out of Joint: the Wages of War in Israel/Palestine

There is no moral high ground during a war. The wages of war, to adapt John Milton, is death. But the reason for fighting and...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated...


Host Jokes About Jewish Supporters of Catholic Charities at Al Smith Gala W...

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may have stolen the show at Thursday night’s Al Smith Dinner in New...


Report: Presence of Russian Aircraft Carrier in Eastern Mediterranean Will ...

The impending arrival of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier -- the Admiral Kuznetsov -- off the coast of Syria has the...

Middle East

Turkey Expands Military Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington,...