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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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Olmert's Minority View
An interview with former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert

January 3, 2024  •  City Journal

During an hour-long telephone interview, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert warned that time is running out to free the Israeli hostages in Gaza and urged President Joe Biden to tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that, to save them, Israel must start political talks with the Palestinians, "the sooner the better." Olmert called negotiations leading toward a two-state solution—a state for both Israel and the Palestinians—"the only possible avenue for a different Middle East."

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I used to work for the New York Times. Former editor is right about paper becoming a 'culture of intolerance'

December 20, 2023  •  Fox News

Revenge is best served cold, as James Bennet's blistering takedown of our former newspaper, The New York Times, shows in riveting detail. Bennet, the Times' former editorial page editor now at the Economist, waited three years after being forced out of the paper in 2020 before describing how the Times has abandoned its commitment to objective reporting, blurred the boundary between news and opinion, suppressed conservative views and shifted from being overtly "liberal" to an "illiberal" paper all too willing to "shut debate down" and embrace a "culture of intolerance and conformity."

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Books by Judith Miller

Cover of The Story: A Reporter's Journey Cover of Germs Cover of God Has Ninety-Nine Names Cover of Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf Cover of One, by One, by One

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