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The political landscape of the Middle East is one hot mess. Political parties, special interests, tribes, families and whole nations vie for control and sovereignty. Then there's the violence and human suffering.

On the western edge of the region—and in the middle of the action—is Israel. For the West, it's a toehold in the region and a powerful security partner. To its neighbors, it's the last and most begrudged thorn of imperialism. To the people who live there, it's home. Its politics are labyrinthine—just ask Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.

Tonight at the Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho, Hoffman will speak about the tangled alliances, larger-than-life figures and long history of Israeli politics. The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $10.