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Trouble ahead for Israel, why we love art heists, and more

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted supporters at his party’s election headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted supporters at his party’s election headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.AP

Check out five opinions trending online, from the Loretta Lynch confirmation disaster on the Hill to racism in health care.

Netanyahu's one-state solution: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman warns that there's real trouble ahead in terms of American support for Israel.

"The leader in the world who is most happy that Netanyahu ran on — and won on — a one-state solution is the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Oh, my goodness. They must have been doing high-fives and 'Allahu akbars' all night in the ruling circles of Tehran when they saw how low Bibi sank to win. What better way to isolate Israel globally and deflect attention from Iran's behavior?" Read more.


Free Loretta Lynch: The GOP is in effect holding Loretta Lynch hostage as they delay her confirmation as the first African-American woman to be attorney general, writes Dana Milbank for the Washington Post.

"The very white, very male Republican Party has managed to get itself caught in another thicket in the hostile terrain of identity politics. Ashton Carter, Obama's white, male nominee to be defense secretary, was confirmed in just under 70 days. But Lynch, nominated a month before Carter, continues to languish in the Senate — 131 days and counting — even though she is by all accounts superbly qualified for the job and she got through her confirmation hearings without so much as a scratch." Read more.

The cutthroat world of cricket: Power, intrigue, and glamour. India's world of cricket has it all, writes Chandrahas Choudhury for Bloomberg View. Here's how it got that way.

"The most populous by far of the world's major cricket-playing nations, India has become the sport's financial powerhouse. Television broadcast rights, a marquee league, advertising and endorsements, sports management firms, even betting and the odd bout of match-fixing: The white and black economies of cricket today all revolve around India." Read more.


Black healthy lives matter: New York City's health commissioner writes in the New England Journal of Medicine that physicians need to work hard to reduce racial disparities in health among black Americans.

"Physicians, nurses, and public health professionals witness such inequities daily: certain groups consistently have much higher rates of premature, preventable death and poorer health throughout their lives. Yet even as research on health disparities has helped to document persistent gaps in morbidity and mortality between racial and ethnic groups, there is often a reluctance to address the role of racism in driving these gaps." Read more.

Why we love art heists: First, there are the headlines: the word "heist" is punchy and short. Art theft pits high culture against low, ethereal beauty against the brutality of a painting sliced out of its frame. Writing in the Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert analyzes why we're so fascinated.

"For as long as humans have been making art and ascribing value to it, art has been understood as a kind of currency of power and prestige, from the looting of tombs in ancient Egypt several thousand years ago to the artifacts destroyed by ISIS in the Assyrian city of Nimrud and the Mosul Museum." Read more.

Ellen Clegg is a member of the Globe staff. She tweets @ellenclegg.