Middle East

UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

Filed in Middle East by on December 7, 2018 0 Comments
UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

As Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said, December 6 could have been “a historic day” at the UN. Haley had hoped that a non-binding American resolution condemning Hamas, the first of its kind to be considered by the General Assembly, would pass. “For the sake of peace, and for the […]

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Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Filed in Middle East by on December 6, 2018 0 Comments
Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Tensions are flaring again between Israel and Hezbollah, Israel’s most formidable adversary and one of Iran’s chief allies in the Middle East. On December 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Belgium to conduct talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Iran’s plans to strengthen Hezbollah — which fought a month-long war with Israel in […]

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George H. W. Bush And The Middle East

Filed in Middle East by on December 3, 2018 0 Comments
George H. W. Bush And The Middle East

George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, was at the centre of the political and military turbulence that lashed and shaped the Middle East a generation ago. Bush, who died on December 1 at the age of 94, served from 1989 to 1993, during which the U.S. liberated Kuwait in the […]

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Rouhani’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Filed in Middle East by on November 27, 2018 0 Comments
Rouhani’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric

By Iranian standards, Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, is something of a moderate. But when it comes to Israel, Rouhani is ideologically on the same page as Iran’s hard-line spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who never tires of threatening the Jewish state with destruction. Addressing the annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on November […]

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Trump And Khashoggi

Filed in Middle East by on November 22, 2018 0 Comments
Trump And Khashoggi

With a metaphorical wave of the hand, U.S. President Donald Trump has absolved Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman of complicity in the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. By shielding the crown prince from accountability and treating him so […]

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The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

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The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

The Fourth Committee of the United Nations, otherwise known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, adopted nine resolutions earlier this month condemning Israel for its refusal to cede territory captured during the 1967 Six Day War. Eight resolutions dealt with the Palestinian problem, Israel’s five-decade old occupation of the West Bank and its construction […]

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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

One more truce has ended yet another round of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip. But as we all know, none of the previous ceasefires have lasted long and have always given way to more bloodshed. The latest flareup, the most serious since the 2014 war, erupted on November 12 and petered out a […]

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on October 26 caught the Middle East by surprise, but it should not have been a surprising event, even though it was the first such trip by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years. For the past several years, Netanyahu has been saying that Israel has unofficial relations and cooperation […]

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The Palestinians’ Poor Human Rights Record

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The Palestinians’ Poor Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip paints a dismal picture on the “perilous state of human rights in Palestinian self-rule areas.” Observers of the Palestinian scene will not be surprised by revelations of arbitrary arrests and torture. Ever since the Palestinian Authority began administering Area A in […]

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The Khashoggi Fiasco

Filed in Middle East by on October 24, 2018 0 Comments
The Khashoggi Fiasco

If you believe Saudi Arabia’s constantly shifting story about the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, you’ll believe the Brooklyn bridge can be bought. Until very recently, the Saudi narrative was that no harm had come to Khashoggi and that he had left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in peace. Judging by the evidence, he […]

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