Itamar Rabinovich
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2016
Shimon Peres, Israel's last founding father
Shimon Peres was an Israeli leader with a vision and a message.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2015
Netanyahu's surprise victory
The Israeli election results represent an impressive personal comeback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reflect the sense among Israeli voters that, more than ever, they feel threatened by numerous enemies.
Apr 27, 2014
Israel's dilemma over Putin's move on Ukraine
Israel worries about America's gradual withdrawal from the Middle East, a policy shift that has allowed Russia to regain lost influence there. And Russian President Vladimir Putin's move on Ukraine presented a dilemma for the Netanyahu government.
Aug 14, 2013
Defusing Syria's ticking time bomb
he most appropriate response by the U.S. and its allies in the Syrian conflict would be to make a bigger investment in the secular opposition and to articulate clear goals.
Jan 28, 2013
A weakened Bibi will moderate Israeli politics
The surprising setback suffered by the right in Israel's recent general election will have important ramifications for Israel's domestic politics and foreign policy alike, particularly its Middle Eastern diplomacy.
Aug 20, 2012
Four competing Sinai powder kegs
The crisis in the Sinai Peninsula seems to have been dwarfed by the drama in Cairo. But Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's civilian coup, in which he dismissed General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the leader of the army's supreme command, has not diminished the importance of the trouble there.
Aug 1, 2012
Syria's tipping point to desperation
During World War II, Winston Churchill famously drew a distinction between "the end of the beginning" and "the beginning of the end."
May 9, 2012
Feared anarchy has arrived in Syria
The failure of the Obama administration, its Western allies and several Middle East regional powers to take bolder action to stop the carnage in Syria is often explained by their fear of anarchy.
Mar 30, 2012
Forging a Syrian opposition worthy of support
Syria's crisis is now a year old, with close to 10,000 people, mostly civilians, dead — and no end in sight. The country is at a stalemate: The opposition is unable to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, and Assad's forces are unable to quash the resistance.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan