Egypt’s Escalating War on Hezbollah

After months of relative passivity, Egypt effectively declared war in mid-April on Iranian-backed terrorist groups operating in its backyard, executing an unprecedented wave of arrests of alleged terrorists, smugglers and arms-makers linked to Hezbollah and Hamas.

Remake: The first German staging of Mel Brooks?s ?The Producers? will debut in Berlin next month.

Mel Brooks’s ‘Nazis’ March On Berlin

A Berlin theater that once housed a special viewing box for Hitler is getting ready to mock the Nazi dictator with the first German staging of “The Producers.”

Stephen Colbert Misses The Sunrise

‘You know, I have been waiting my entire life to witness an event of biblical proportions,” Stephen Colbert said on the April 8 episode of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” referring to the recitation of Birkat Hachamah, the Blessing of the Sun. The event, which occurs every 28 years, was observed this year on the morning of April 8, which was also the Eve of Passover. It celebrates the sun’s return to its original place in the cosmos as when the world was created, according to tradition.

Take One: Films submitted to the unusual competition will focus on a topic connected to Tel Aviv.

Filming a Masterpiece, in Five Days or Fewer

It will be a race to the editing room. Israeli filmmakers will face off next month to claim an honor given neither at the Oscars nor at the Golden Globes: the distinction of having made the best documentary in five days or fewer. Organizers of DocAviv, Tel Aviv’s annual documentary film festival, are currently accepting applications from filmmakers for the unusual contest, which starts to unfold — presumably frantically — on May 4.

Amplified Ambitions: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at microphone, explains his plans while surrounded by his cabinet, the largest in Israeli history.

In Bibi’s Crowded Cabinet, Health Ministry Shelved

Rarely has so much political interest been focused on a single piece of furniture. The extra table now standing in the Knesset chamber has come to symbolize Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government, a supersized — and poorly constructed — behemoth. In fact, wags note, the table is more solidly built than the government that will sit around it: At least the table has no holes in it.