Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.
Calls for an immediate ceasefire notwithstanding, Israel will press on with its bombing in Gaza in the hope that it can achieve a level of deterrence with Hamas that will last far longer than the 18 months that came after its November 2012 air operation.
The rise of Shi'ite-Sunni sectarian warfare has its roots not in the distant 7th century, but in Saudi Arabia's response to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the Saudi regime as a matter of policy began to counter Iran's revolution by financing anti-Shi'ite Islamists across the Muslim world.
Afghanistan has become entirely too fluent in the language of Lesser Jihad, which it famously fought and won in the 1980s. But as that pivotal year of 2014 approaches, let us define who we are in peacetime and be even better at winning at that.
Recent geopolitical developments across the Middle East and Africa have added momentum to Iran and Sudan's strategic partnership, an alliance driven primarily by an interest in weakening the power of Israel, and by extension the U.S., throughout East Africa.
If progressives cannot see Israelis as people, if they -- we -- cannot summon up the same compassion and concern for unarmed combatants on both sides of a battle front, it's time they checked their ideology for holes.
If the coming year will witness the birth of the state of Palestine, we need to see from now what kind of state it will be. Programs that can give concrete answers to this question will undoubtedly do better than generalities.
We Jerusalem teachers continue on regularly with lessons, as terror continues to strike at southern Israel. The transition from relative quiet to unrest can engulf cities in different parts of this country within a day.