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Rafael Castro is a Yale- and Hebrew University-educated political analyst based in Berlin. His pieces on Middle Eastern politics appear regularly on Ynet.

ARTICLES BY: Rafael Castro

February 8, 2021 1:13 pm

The UAE’s School of Government Can Help the Arab World Live Up to Its Potential

The main obstacle in the way of the Arab world’s living up to its potential is not over-devotion to tradition, or overreliance on natural resources....

May 18, 2020 6:34 am

How Can We Help Foreign Journalists Understand Israel?

Israel’s traditional approach to the problem of slanted journalism -- angry letters, op-eds, and comments -- is failing. Despite the valiant and intelligent efforts of...

February 11, 2020 10:20 am

The US, Iran, and Constructive Diplomacy Vs. Self-Deceptive Diplomacy

Diplomacy can be either constructive or self-deceptive. Self-deception occurs when the more democratic party succumbs to the illusion that hostility is rooted in historical mistrust...

February 5, 2020 8:53 am

The Hazards of Holocaust Remembrance in Europe

It is ironic that French President Emmanuel Macron and the UK’s Prince Charles took advantage of their participation in an unprecedented gathering of world leaders...

October 22, 2018 8:54 am

Universalism, Particularism, and Enduring Antisemitism

Antisemitism is the world’s oldest hatred. This hatred has been justified on religious, economic, political, and social grounds. A cogent philosophical theory of antisemitism is...

July 5, 2018 10:52 am

The Chosen People and Antisemitism

I recently remarked to my six-year old daughter that I love the God of Israel. She fumed and cried out, "Not only people in Israel...

June 28, 2018 3:08 pm

The Bible, Secularism, and Antisemitism

Antisemitism is the most insidious hatred in history. Aversion to Jews has flourished under so many circumstances that it is hard to find a common...

June 12, 2018 7:18 am

How Modernity Empowered Islamism

Islamism is one of the most astonishing phenomena of the last 50 years. Whereas in the Western world and Asia, religion has retreated from the...

May 10, 2018 8:08 am

What Is Really Needed for Democracy in the Arab World

Ever since 9/11, Western leaders have pushed for democratization of the Arab world. Almost 20 years down the road, that push has had catastrophic results: With...

February 20, 2018 12:13 pm

Europe’s Populist Right-Wing Parties Are Like the GOP in America — and Jews Should Engage With Both

The surge of right-wing populism in Europe is often compared to the rise of Fascism during the 1930s. Jewish community leaders have thus rushed to...


Portugal Opens Inquiry Into Roman Abramovich’s Citizenship

The Portuguese authority responsible for nationality matters has opened an internal inquiry into the granting of citizenship to billionaire Chelsea...

Israeli Diplomat Slams Antisemitic, ‘Aggressive’ BDS Campaign Against Sydney Festival

Israel's Deputy Ambassador to Australia Ron Gerstenfeld called organizers...


UK Authorities Arrest Two Teens Linked to Texas Synagogue Hostage Standoff

British authorities have arrested two teenagers in connection with Saturday’s hostage siege in a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, as the congregation's rabbi revealed new details of the harrowing ordeal. The arrest...

Middle East

Turkey’s Halkbank Shares Jump After US Prosecution Put on Hold

Turkey's Halkbank shares climbed more than 8% on Monday after a US appeals court put its prosecution by the federal government, for allegedly helping Iran evade American sanctions, on hold...

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