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“The Mossad must be Israel’s most high-profile export after Bar Refaeli. Its long arms extend everywhere (the “Institute’s,” not the supermodel’s). And judging by the number of dramas about it on Netflix, business is clearly, well, booming.
It must be the only espionage agency that needs its own talent agent.
Next year, for example, Sacha Baron Cohen will play the Mossad’s most famous agent, Eli Cohen (aka “Our man in Damascus”), in a six-part drama titled “The Spy.” “Operation Finale” – about the abduction of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Israel – reaches Netflix in October. And “The Angel,” Israeli director Ariel Vromen’s film about Israel’s most contentious asset, just dropped on the streaming website.
Much ink has been spilled in Israel over the years about Ashraf Marwan. He was the Egyptian diplomat widely credited with tipping Israel off about the pending attack by Egypt and Syria in October 1973 – which kick-started the 20-day bloodbath that became known as the Yom Kippur War.”
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"Now I’m starting to wonder how I can go at all. And I’m also wondering why more Muslims don’t question the powers that control our most sacred site—and how the Saudis have already twisted it to their own political and financial ends."
"It's going to be a letdown. Not only is it likely that the final report will not reveal that the president has been a KGB agent since the late '80s, as at least one mainstream liberal columnist fantasized."
"The JFNA GA may say they want to talk, but there are some parts of Israel which have the feeling that this American Jewish organization is not really interested in hearing what they have to say."
“What responsibility do you think young, famous women have today to be activists?” I asked Bateman. “Are you tempted to leverage your fame for political reasons?”
"For nearly 40 years, the GOP has relied on cutting taxes as an easy way to win votes, even when their plans—like the most recent package—benefit only the rich. "
"On its face, voting by phone makes sense. Nearly ninety-five per cent of American adults own mobile phones, and rely on them for all sorts of secure transactions."
"Allegations of sexual harassment brought down Bill Gothard, a leading figure of the Christian right. But his fall also revealed the diminished influence of fundamentalism in the Trump era."
"Literature — the top-shelf, award-winning stuff — is positively ectoplasmic these days, crawling with hauntings, haints and wraiths of every stripe and disposition."
"Kids have a habit of imitating their parents’ criminal behavior. It’s no wonder, then, that by one measure, 10 percent of families account for two-thirds of criminals."
"SFAH doesn’t make an argument for local or slow food per se, but that’s what we see. The dishes are simple, with few ingredients, made traditionally and with pleasure."
We think of archeological finds as being clues to the ancient past. In a new book from Ulrike Sommer, archeology's effects on present-day national narratives are excavated.
"That the highest God speaks for six days and then has to rest from fatigue at the seventh is a patent absurdity: ‘It is not fitting for the first God to be tired or to work with his hands or to give orders,’ he writes."