Author Archives: Michael Desch

About Michael Desch

Michael Desch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He was the founding Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and the first holder of the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 2004 through 2008.

What comes next: Why secularism fooled me into thinking the two-state solution was likely

Scholars have tended to ignore the importance of religion in modern conflicts. The Israel Palestine conflict demonstrates its persistence, Michael Desch argues, and has the two-state solution obsolete. Or not.

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‘Haaretz’ undermines a foundational myth: FDR abandoned Europe’s Jews

Zionist historiography has distorted US policy during the Holocaust to exaggerate Jewish peril in the diaspora and the supposed indifference of the Gentiles to Jews’ plight

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Why hasn’t Jonathan Pollard applied for parole?

Eliot Engel only exposes Pollard’s depths of betrayal in mounting his defense

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Holocaust consciousness-raising = harming Palestinians

Netanyahu’s manipulation of the Holocaust perpetuates an ‘existential’ crisis legitimizing anything Israel wants to do, from occupation to attacking Iran

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Netanyahu cuts his deals with Hamas, not Fatah, and here’s why

Great editorial in today’s New York Times asking the obvious question: If Benjamin Netanyahu can cut a deal with Hamas of the magnitude he did to win the release of Gilad Shalit, why can’t he pursue a more comprehensive deal … Continue reading

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Former head British spook says Israeli intelligence couldn’t be trusted

Here is a very important piece in today’s Ha’aretz quoting former British MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove saying that his service did not trust the Israelis because they “play by different rules.” This sentiment is shared in the U.S. intelligence … Continue reading

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Follow the money

Did you see the Washington Institute for Near East Policy book prizes for this year? And the winners are: The 2010 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust by Meir Litvak and … Continue reading

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali misuses Samuel Huntington

This WSJ piece by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the late Harvard political Scientist Samuel Huntington and his widely discussed “Clash of Civilizations” thesis get’s Sam only half right: She is correct that Huntington thought that the future of world politics … Continue reading

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The disconnect

There’s a very important piece in Haaretz today: Pre-state Jewish undergrounds enjoy a renaissance among settlers. In recent years, interest in the pre-state Revisionist underground movements has grown among West Bank settlement youth. By Chaim Levinson Dozens of people crowded … Continue reading

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It’s not India

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Beinart and Mearsheimer now closer to one another than Frum (and wait–Who’s Jewish?)

I was struck watching a Canadian television broadcast of John Mearsheimer, David Frum, Peter Beinart, and Derek Penslar (University of Toronto, Jewish history) called "Israel’s Newest Critics," that the real outlier in the four was not Mearsheimer but Frum who … Continue reading

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The myth of Israeli strategic genius

The botched Israeli naval commando raid on the Gaza Freedom flotilla has a lot of people scratching their heads. How could Israel have made such an ill-advised decision to try to storm the ship the Mavi Marmara with 600 peace … Continue reading

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Liberal Zionism, oxymoron

The biggest flaw in Peter Beinart’s admittedly very important NYRB piece is his failure to recognize that Liberalism and Zionism are at root inconsistent. There are two reasons for this: First, like all nationalisms, Zionism privileges the group over the … Continue reading

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Desch: Bloom misses the historical shift re anti-Semitism

Harold Bloom’s review of the new Anthony Julius book on Antisemitism in England in the New York Times book Review is a landmark in the increasing absurdity of the whole concept of anti-Semitism. To conflate classical anti-Semitism, which was based … Continue reading

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Status quo is not OK

There is an interesting symmetry between Tom Friedman’s NYT column saying the Peace movement died in Israel in part because the status quo is “ok” and the Israeli press reporting that Syria’s Bashir al-Assad is telling the PA that that … Continue reading

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