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How Hamas Saved Egypt

May 15, 2024  •  Tablet

Last fall, Egypt was on the brink of economic collapse. A decade of debt-fueled spending on a pharaonic-scale had emptied its Central Bank coffers. By February, Cairo's public debt was 89% of its gross domestic product. External debt had soared to 46% of GDP. The pound, its currency, was one of the world's worst performing. Unable to import supplies and repatriate profits, foreign companies were leaving, or threatening to leave Egypt in droves. Annual inflation was over 35%, and double that for some food staples. Egypt seemed on the verge of a sovereign default—its first ever.

Then came Oct. 7.

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An Extraordinary Attack
Iran's strikes on Israel Saturday changed the complexion of the Middle East.

April 15, 2024  •  City Journal

Iran has claimed that its drone-and-missile strikes against Israel this weekend were a justified response to "the Zionist regime's crimes"—in particular, Israel's attack on Iran's embassy complex in Damascus, which it claims as sovereign soil. On April 1, an Israeli air strike had killed several senior members of the Quds Force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps unit that oversees covert operations in the Middle East, and General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a top commander. While diplomatic facilities are generally viewed as sovereign and off-limits to attack, Israel claims that the complex did not have diplomatic status and was a legitimate target.

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Saving Sinwar

March 19, 2024  •  Tablet

The Palestinian in the clinic at one of Israel's highest security prisons near Beersheba had a persistent pain in the back of his neck. He trembled and had trouble walking. Yuval Bitton, then a 28-year-old dentist just a year out of medical school, suspected that his patient might be suffering from a C.V.A., an ischemic cerebrovascular accident, resulting from a life-threatening brain tumor. "He needs to be hospitalized, immediately," Bitton advised the prison doctors.

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A Clear Blue Sky Over Israel
What one survivor of Hamas's October 7 atrocities saw at the Nova music festival

February 21, 2024  •  City Journal

The contrasts are what haunt Millet Ben Haim when she thinks about Hamas's October 7 attack. As she lay on the ground, hidden in brush, with the sound of bullets and rockets growing ever closer, she looked up at the sky. It was clear blue—and then she saw a butterfly. "It was so beautiful," she said. "I thought I was going to die, but that the world would go on. There was beauty around me, along with the butchery."

She was panicked but occasionally calm. She wanted to live but prayed that a rocket would hit her. "I had been in the army," she said. "So I knew what would happen to us if we were caught—rape, torture, a slow death."

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Ehud Olmert's Missed Shot at Hamas

January 9, 2024  •  Wall Street Journal

As Israel seeks to "decapitate" Hamas by killing or capturing its leaders, a former Israeli prime minister told me he had to pass up an opportunity to do so in 2007.

On June 25 of that year, Ehud Olmert recalled in a phone interview, he took a call from his top security official who said Israel had located a house in Gaza where Mohammed Deif, Hamas's military commander, and 10 other top Hamas leaders were meeting. "An Israeli F-16 fighter jet was in the air with 1,000 kilos of explosives and missiles," Mr. Olmert said. "All I had to do was OK the hit."

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