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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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"Like many Western analyses of the Middle East, they reduce Iraq’s complex internal conflicts to catchall explainers of ‘sectarianism’ and ‘tribalism’ – presuming that some groups of people are intrinsically primed for antagonism."
" he's a loser in the precise sense that his singular accomplishment in American public life has been to lose a Senate race to the stupendously unpopular Republican Ted Cruz."
"While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity."
A look at the networks that churn out nonstop, formulaic Christmas movies; the actors who star in all of them; and the fans who can't stop watching.
"The Department of Homeland Security wants to use credit scores to determine immigration cases. That sets a dangerous precedent."
"Traffic. Congestion. Pollution. Hours-long commutes. What if you could leave it all behind and trade it in for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient personal copter—all without a pilot’s license?"
"“But Qutb saw something else. The dancers in front of him were tragic lost souls. They believed they were free, but in reality they were trapped by their own selfish and greedy desires.”"
Cliches can be used as a political tool. "Prefabricated language helps everybody from prime ministers to CEOs disguise what they really want to say."
"Santa is nothing but stress for families who don’t believe in him. Trying to keep other kids from finding out the truth can cause a holiday-season-long headache."
"Umami is hard to describe in words. In the New Yorker, Hannah Goldfield defines it as “that deep, dark, meaty intensity that distinguishes seared beef, soy sauce, ripe tomato, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and mushrooms..."
"The designer babies have thus been called the “future-we-should-not-want” for each new reproductive technology or intervention. But the babies never came and are nowhere close. I am not surprised."
"Thousands of secular Israelis became newly observant and joined Haredi communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, their children and grandchildren are searching for a place of their own."