A Sloppy Hit on Israel

Menachem Begin, right, and Anwar Sadat in 1978 / Library of Congress

Go to a library and toss a coin at the Israel shelf. You’re almost certain to bounce it off a title critical of the Jewish state. The latest contribution to this death by a thousand books is Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal by journalist Milton Viorst. At the heart of this book is the assumption that Israel is wholly to blame for the conflict between Jews and Arabs.

Senator: U.S. Taxpayer Funds Potentially Diverted to Hamas Terrorists

Hamas militants of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza City / AP

A leading Republican senator is calling on the Obama investigation to launch a formal investigation into the diversion of U.S. taxpayer funds to organizations that have reportedly been infiltrated by the Hamas terror organization, according to new documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

A Failure of Intelligence

Israeli spy Ashraf Marwan, left, with Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and family / AP

The Angel by Uri Bar-Joseph is a book that should be required reading—as a terrible warning—for everyone involved in intelligence. It is the tale of how an intelligence agency, despite having the best information imaginable, can still get it wrong. Bar-Joseph recounts how, prior to the Yom Kippur War of 1973 when Israel suffered a near-fatal blow, Israel had been given detailed knowledge of Egypt’s plans thanks “to an exceptionally rare situation in the history of espionage: the direct assistant to the leader of a country preparing to launch an attack on its enemy was a secret agent on behalf of that enemy.”