Jerome Chanes


The Dark Forces Behind the Balfour Declaration — And Its Lasting Legacy

By Jerome Chanes

The Dark Forces Behind the Balfour Declaration — And Its Lasting Legacy
Why does the Balfour Declaration, written in 1917 during the darkest days of World War I, still tug at our elbow, insisting we pay attention to it even today?Read More


Cliffs' Notes on Jabotinsky

By Jerome Chanes

Cliffs' Notes on Jabotinsky
Vladimir Jabotinsky was an essayist, a leader, a writer, a Zionist. Above all, he was a polymath. Jerome Chanes tries to simplify his complicated legacy and history.Read More


The Problem With John Judis's Book About Harry Truman and the Jews

By Jerome Chanes

The Problem With John Judis's Book About Harry Truman and the Jews
Much has been made about John Judis’s history of the Middle East conflict. Jerome Chanes writes that less attention has been paid to the author’s misrepresentations.Read More


The Lessons of the 'Lavon Affair'

By Jerome Chanes

The Lessons of the 'Lavon Affair'
Sixty years ago, a burgeoning peace between Israel and the Arab world was torpedoed by the ‘Lavon Affair,’ writes Jerome Chanes. There are echoes of this sabotage today.Read More


5 Myths About Jonathan Pollard Case

By Jerome Chanes

5 Myths About Jonathan Pollard Case
Jonathan Pollard is in the news again. Whether the convicted spy is released or not, Jerome Chanes clears up commonly held myths about his case.Read More






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