Comments From the Boiling Middle East

1. Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to speak tonight. He will respond to President’s Obama Cairo speech – and to the administration’s pressure on the Israeli settlement issue.…
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Re: Bibi Can’t Help Being Bibi

Writing for Foreign Policy, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations argues that Israel will not attack Iran. Cook, repeating a theme familiar to many writers, highlights “the importance…
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Mistrusting the President

With all this talk about Obama engaging the masses in the Middle East, there’s one crowd he failed to engage effectively — or maybe didn’t care to at all. While…
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Can Bibi Hold it Together?

In the AP report that Abe quoted the other day, President Obama says that he “recognize[s] the very difficult politics in Israel of getting that [stoping construction of settlements] done”,…
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Lieberman’s Bluff

What Israel’s foreign minister is trying to do is quite interesting. Not that I expect him to succeed, but he deserves credit for the creativity of this stylish attempt. Avigdor…
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Does Obama Favor Regime Change?

One might be tempted to dismiss Israeli talk that the Obama administration is trying to bring down the Netanyahu government. However, when Robert Kagan reaches the same conclusion using sheer…
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Freezes, Then and Now

In the course of writing an article for an Israeli newspaper (Hebrew only), I went back to reading Ronald Reagan’s September 1, 1982 speech on Middle East peace (the Reagan…
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Cat Got Their Tongues?

A number of good writers have already commented on “Obama and the Middle East,” a new essay by Hussein Agha and Rob Malley in the New York Review of Books.…
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Linkage One Way or Another

So — is there a connection between Palestine and Iran? Is there “linkage”? Defense Minister Ehud Barak says no, and also believes the Americans should better understand this: “It’s not…
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The Unlucky Number Seven

Adding to Rick’s fine points regarding “two state solutionism,” note that former Israeli general and National Security Advisor Giora Eiland has written a short-but-sharp compilation of “America’s seven false assumptions”…
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