Palestinian Terms Leave Little to Talk About

The silence couldn’t last forever. The one thing that was conspicuously successful about the peace negotiations initiated by Secretary of State John Kerry was the way the Israelis and the Palestinians managed to keep their mouths shut about what’s been discussed since they agreed to start meeting again in July. While some reports have surfaced indicating that there has been no progress, today’s scoop by Israel’s Channel 2 gives us a lot more insight as to where the parties stand. And what we’ve learned makes it obvious that the meetings are every bit the fool’s errand that most observers thought they would be all along. According to the Israeli TV station, a “disgruntled Palestinian official” has leaked the Palestinian proposals offered for peace. As the Times of Israel reports:

0
Shares
Google+ Print

Palestinian Terms Leave Little to Talk About

Must-Reads from Magazine

The War on Bathroom Privacy

One young woman has had enough.

The transgender movement expects Americans to deny the most basic truths about bodily sex and human nature, and whether out of fear or apathy, most acquiesce. But 19-year-old Alexis Lightcap won’t go along. She insists that male and female bodies are different, and that the difference has important consequences for the privacy and dignity of men and women alike. She’s prepared to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to make the point.

60
Shares
Google+ Print

A Beautiful Mind

Anthony Bourdain, 1956 - 2018.

Over the last decade, the culinary arts have become something of a spectator sport. Cooking on television was once the province of daytime chat shows geared toward homemakers with a focus on simplicity, but the last ten years have seen a proliferation of programs dedicated to revealing the secrets of great chefs who cook in small kitchens for customers paying hundreds of dollars per table. Cooking on TV has become an escape; we watch people make wondrous creations that delight all the senses but that we, in all likelihood, will never experience ourselves. From Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” to Fox’s “Master Chef Junior,” consumers seek out radiant plating, molecular technique, and elevated fare.

26
Shares
Google+ Print

The Cheapening of War

Disfiguring the language.

Since modern progressive liberalism has existed, its adherents have longed to see the flexibility afforded to political leaders during wartime extend to matters off the battlefield as well. When President Jimmy Carter told Americans to forego certain luxuries and prioritize fuel production amid an energy crisis, he was explicitly saying the same thing that the pacifist William James argued in 1910. We must “inflame the civic temper,” James insisted, to construct houses like we build battleships. Both advocated a new outlook on American civic affairs: “the moral equivalent of war.” In war, passions are excited, minds are focused, and paths are cleared to achieve great collective works without the legal impediments that preserve a democratic republic’s lawful character.

16
Shares
Google+ Print

Please, COMMENTARY Podcast, Enlighten Me

Podcast: The Enlightenment and North Korea.

The revelations of backchannel Iranian-Obaman efforts to skirt sanctions and worries about what might happen at the summit with North Korea next week begin our podcast. Then we enter the virtual dorm room with a long conversation about the Enlightenment and its enemies. Give a philosophical listen.

5
Shares
Google+ Print

Anything for the Ayatollah

The law is no obstacle.

The full history of the Obama administration’s nuclear dealings with Iran has yet to be written, not least because many of the details remain shrouded in secrecy. The bits of the story that do seep out into the public sphere invariably reinforce a single theme: that of Barack Obama’s utter abjection and pusillanimity before Tehran, and his corresponding contempt for the American people and their elected representatives.

155
Shares
Google+ Print