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The Prime Minister of Israel on Barry Rubin: ‘He Will Be Sorely Missed By Everyone Whose Life He Touched’

Benjamin Netanyahu sends his condolences for a man "who dedicated both his intellect and his energies to the challenges facing the Middle East in general and Israel in particular."

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Dave Swindle

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February 18, 2014 - 11:35 am

Shared today on Barry’s Facebook page:

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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I already miss his intelligent, knowledgeable and insightful column. sad. we need barry rubin more than ever now.
30 weeks ago
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I first encountered Barry on the Israellycool blog when he was doing real time commentary on the 2009 elections. He was so accurate and knowledgeable that I have been a regular reader since. For me his finest hour came when he correctly predicted the likely outcome of the Arab Spring in Egypt. He pointed out the democratic idealists were weak and split, and that the likely outcome would be a Muslim Brotherhood government but that ultimately the military held the real power.He never fell for a moment for the Western fantasy that the young demonstrators had any chance of founding a democracy or that the MB was moderate or would at least moderate in government. He politely and persistently shot down all the Kabuki theater over the peace process. Farewell, my friend - you have lived a significant life and I am better for having been exposed to your work.
30 weeks ago
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While Barry was not the only columnist at PJM with knowledge of the Middle East, I wonder if PJM will be looking for someone of similar caliber to fill his shoes? Or will we just have to make do with the other Middle East experts already on staff?

I've heard very good things about Caroline Glick. Is there any chance of getting her or someone of equal reputation writing at PJM?
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Caroline Glick currently writes at the Jerusalem Post as well as Front Page Mag. Rubin's shoes will be hard to fill, but we have to try. Some names to consider: Jonathan Spyer, Dore Gold, Martin Kramer and Efraim Karsh.

Another very different kind of writer I appreciate is Sarah Honig, who also writes for the Jerusalem Post but is hardly known here. Less focused on the details than the broad strokes, providing a historic context too often missing in political writings.
30 weeks ago
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I gained a solid education on the Middle East and Israel, thanks to Barry's writings over the years. He will be sorely missed.
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