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Ari is a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, specializing in the Middle East. Currently, he is splitting his time as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation (PON), an intern at the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs (an Israeli-based think-tank) and a journalist at the Canadian Jewish News.


August 7, 2017 12:41 pm

It’s Not the Settlements, Stupid

You probably have never heard of Khaled al-Mughrabi. In 2015, Mughrabi, “one of al-Aqsa’s top preachers,” told worshippers at the Temple Mount that during the...


Feeding Body and Soul: Terror Victims Get Servings of Food (and Hope) - Try spending $60,000 for chicken, $31,000 for wine, $15,800 for eggs, and...

Zionism Meets Feminism: Talking Shop Over a Glass of Chardonnay - In a quintessential “only in Israel” moment, nearly 60 women (and a few dozen men) gathered on a breezy...

Brooklyn Man Hopes to Open a New Chapter of Jewish Dating

At many recent Passover seders, sometime after the four questions were asked, a fifth one was posed by a parent...


Pompeo Becomes US Secretary of State as Iran, North Korea Issues Await

The US Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Thursday, putting the former CIA director in a pivotal role to handle US foreign policy challenges such as...


Nine Teenagers Dead, One Missing in Southern Israel Flash Flood

At least nine teenage seminary students died after they were swept away by a flash flood in the Negev Desert in southern Israel on Thursday, an ambulance service said. Military helicopters and search...

Middle East

Israeli UN Envoy Exposes Iranian Military Base Near Syrian Capital

In an address to the Security Council on Thursday, Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon revealed new information about Iran’s military activities in Syria. Presenting an aerial image of what he called...