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Trump And The Iran Nuclear Accord

Filed in Middle East by on January 30, 2017 0 Comments
Trump And The Iran Nuclear Accord

As newly-inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump settles into his job at the White House, a host of thorny foreign policy issues are competing for his attention. How will he manage bilateral relations with China and Russia? How strong a position will he stake out in confronting the Islamic State organization? What will be his attitude […]

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Donald Trump And Israel

Filed in Middle East by on January 17, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump And Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu could hardly contain himself after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in last November’s U.S. presidential election. In a video congratulating him on his victory, the Israeli prime minister, a catch in his voice, exuded glee, calling Trump “a true friend” of Israel and expressing confidence that he and president-elect would “strengthen the special alliance […]

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Mideast Peace Conference Is Not “Rigged”

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Mideast Peace Conference Is Not “Rigged”

Contrary to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion, the forthcoming Middle East peace conference, scheduled to be held in Paris on January 15 under the auspices of France, is neither “rigged” nor “a last gasp of the past.” The conference, expected to be attended by the representatives of 72 countries, including the major powers, will […]

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Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wound

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Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wound

The prime minister of Israel doth protest too much. Benjamin Netanyahu reacted ferociously to the passage late last year of a United Nations Security Council resolution which condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank. He was particularly angered by the decision of the United States –Israel’s chief ally — to abstain, thereby allowing the resolution […]

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Assad’s Tenacity Pays Dividends

Filed in Middle East by on December 26, 2016 0 Comments
Assad’s Tenacity Pays Dividends

With eastern Aleppo back in his hands after four years of fierce fighting, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a significant victory in Syria’s five-year-old civil war. As the last civilians and rebel fighters were evacuated from there on December 22, Assad could truthfully boast that every major city in Syria — Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, […]

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U.S. Supports A Justifiable UN Resolution

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U.S. Supports A Justifiable UN Resolution

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, was demonstrably disappointed and upset by yesterday’s decision by the United States to abstain and thereby allow the UN Security Council to pass a unanimous resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. “It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance […]

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The Keith Ellison Controversy

Filed in Middle East by on December 13, 2016 0 Comments
The Keith Ellison Controversy

A battle royale has erupted in the United States over the selection of the next chairperson of the Democratic Party’s governing body, the Democratic National Committee. Ever since Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz vacated the post last July, on the eve of the party’s national convention, several Democrats have announced their interest in running  for […]

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Israel’s Relations With Turkey Enter A New Phase

Filed in Middle East by on December 12, 2016 0 Comments
Israel’s Relations With Turkey Enter A New Phase

Israel’s important but mercurial relationship with Turkey has entered a promising era after years of mutual acrimony, yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a harsh critic of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and a supporter of Hamas, continues to criticize Israel, sometimes quite stridently. Israel and Turkey — the only Muslim member of  the NATO […]

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Ecuador’s False And Odious Analogy

Filed in Middle East by on December 7, 2016 0 Comments
Ecuador’s False And Odious Analogy

In a jab at Israel, and in an ignorant and insulting assault on the historical record, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United Nations, Horacio Sevilla Borja, recently equated Zionism with Nazism. He dredged up this shameful analogy in a speech at the General Assembly to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. “We repudiate […]

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Parting Shots From John Kerry

Filed in Middle East by on December 6, 2016 0 Comments
Parting Shots From John Kerry

As he ends his tenure as U.S secretary of state, John Kerry has fired parting shots at Israel. At a forum in Washington, D.C. on December 4, he made two important points that Israel’s short-sighted leadership would be well advised to heed. He reiterated Washington’s long-held view that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are […]

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