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Dr. Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen is a retired colonel who served as a senior analyst in IDF Military Intelligence.

ARTICLES BY: Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen

December 10, 2019 8:14 am

Palestinian Arab Volunteers in the British Army in World War II: A Reality Check

Israel’s Declaration of Independence notes the historic role played by Palestinian-Jewish volunteers of the British Army during World War II: In WWII the Jewish Community of...

August 25, 2019 5:33 am

Revisiting the ‘Legitimate Rights of the Palestinian People’ - The Trump administration is putting together a new Middle East summit meeting for the unveiling of the political portion of President Donald Trump’s...

July 1, 2019 11:22 am

The Bahrain Conference’s Historical Parallel — Nothing New Under the Sun

At the Bahrain Conference, Jared Kushner unveiled the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century.” The sentiment about this plan among the Arab states, as well...

June 5, 2019 8:09 am

Will the US and Iranian Confrontation Lead to War?

The current crisis between the US and Iran is the most severe since the Iranian 1979 revolution and the attendant establishment of the Islamic Republic....

April 17, 2019 1:24 pm

The False ‘Nakba’ Narrative

The term “Nakba,” originally coined to describe the magnitude of the self-inflicted Palestinian and Arab defeat in the 1948 war for Israel's survival, has now...

April 8, 2019 8:50 am

Lessons from the Failed ‘Gaza Initiative’ of 1949

Seventy years ago, while the Arab-Israeli Lausanne peace talks were deadlocked, a pioneering and creative diplomatic initiative was aired to deal with the fate of...

January 28, 2019 9:03 am

Revisiting Walter Eytan’s — and Israel’s — ‘First Ten Years’

The diplomatic history of Israel as related by Dr. Walter Eytan, the first director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry (from 1948 to 1959), considered the...

December 21, 2018 2:49 pm

Can Hamas Really Disrupt Commercial Flights to Israel?

During the last short round of hostilities between Hamas and Israel (November 12-13), the Islamist organization’s spokesperson threatened to launch long-range rockets towards Tel Aviv,...

December 16, 2018 7:41 pm

When It Comes to Hezbollah and Hamas, Deterrence Is Not Everything

The recent round of hostilities between Hamas and Israel highlighted the question of whether or not deterrence remains a core factor affecting Israeli security along...

October 10, 2018 11:17 am

Despite Myanmar’s Crimes Against Rohingya Minority, UN Report Raises Troubling Questions

In her book Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy, Kelly M. Greenhill, a former US foreign policy consultant, argues that engineered migration...

August 9, 2018 7:32 am

The Absence of an Israeli Voice in Arabic

An Israeli voice in Arabic was entirely missing during the recent confrontations along the Gaza-Israel border. The media spectrum visible to Palestinians is controlled by...


Quentin Tarantino to Attend Jerusalem Screening of Documentary About His Films - American director Quentin Tarantino and his wife, Israeli singer and model...

New Trailer Released for Next Season of ‘Fauda’ Set in Gaza - A trailer for the third season of the hit Israeli TV series “Fauda” was released on Sunday. While the...


How to Fight the Cultural BDS Movement

One of the good things about the bad times of today is that people are not staying silent about rising...

‘New Hope’ in Fight Against Tay-Sachs Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are touting a possible breakthrough in the fight against Tay-Sachs disease, a...


Italian City Evacuates 54,000 People to Defuse World War II Bomb

Around 54,000 people were evacuated from the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday as experts worked to defuse a World War II bomb, authorities said. The Corriere della Sera daily...

Middle East

Security Forces Fire Tear Gas, Dozens Wounded in Beirut Protest

Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Lebanese protesters in central Beirut on Saturday in clashes that went on into the night and wounded dozens of people. Hundreds of...

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