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Michael Freund

Where is the Tomb of Mordechai and Esther?

March 9, 2009, by

A few months ago, the normally hostile Iranian regime took the rather unusual step of adding a Jewish holy site to its National Heritage List. On December 9, 2008, Iranian news outlets reported that the tomb of Mordechai and Esther, heroes of the Purim saga, would now be under official government protection and responsibility. The

A Landslide in Israel

February 19, 2009, by

The votes have been counted, the official results are now in and there is no doubt as to the outcome of Israel’s February 10 elections: it was a clear and decisive victory for the right. Sure, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s Kadima party may have come out just ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in terms