“This is what change looks like,” President Obama said last week about his Cuba policy shift; and the words seem pointed at reestablishing relations with Iran. We need “partners” in the region to fight Islamic radicals, Obama said yesterday.
Category Archives: Middle East
“I have three words of advice for you,” Netanyahu told Oren in one of their first meetings. “Media. Media. Media.” Any criticisms of Israel that got traction, Oren had to call the Congress or the major press
As the P5+1 push ahead to make a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister has published his latest cartoon to try and stop the deal. This cartoon equates ISIS, the Islamic state, with the “Islamic State of Iran” and suggests that the west is going to allow ISIS […]
Frightened by the progress of the boycott movement, BDS, four hardline Israel supporters have called for changes in Israeli policy, freezing outlying settlement activity to improve Israel’s image. They are Yair Lapid, Ari Shavit, Abe Foxman, and Michael Oren
During Israeli parliamentary debate of a law that discriminates against Palestinian, Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz called on Palestinian lawmakers to return Israeli identity cards. “We are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here – terrorists won’t be allowed to sit here.”
AFP reports: An announcement by a [Palestinian] lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class. Basel Ghattas, an Israeli MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around the world in the latest attempt to reach Gaza by ship later this month.
After being repeatedly asked to name her father’s father (Edmund) at an Israeli checkpoint, writer Sarah Carr was confronted by a soldier: You want the bad news or the good news first? “Just a dickhead toying with someone he knows is powerless, or a dark commentary on his society?” she asks
Omar al-Bashir of Sudan gets out of South Africa despite ICC charges against him, and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says it’s because African leaders see a double standard in ICC prosecutions, with Bush, Blair and Netanyahu having immunity
A story reported last week by Inside Higher Education read like a McCarthyist nightmare: A Brazilian university administrator urgently requested “names of Israeli students and teachers” in order to comply with a request from “pro-Palestinian groups”. But anybody who could take the time for a little internet research could easily find out there was a somewhat different story.
Jeffrey Goldberg falsely tied Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda and fabricated a moral case for invading Iraq, Ken Silverstein writes at the Observer, seeking to give Goldberg a “pundit reckoning” for this disastrous judgment, no his career has soared
Zavi Kang Engles writes: As a Korean-American concerned about the influence of the United States on other countries, I’ve begun to wonder something — do Korean people have more in common with Israelis, as the official story would have us believe, or with Palestinians?
Yousef Munayyer says BDS campaign has reason to single out Israel: because the international state system is incapable of sanctioning Israel for conduct it sanctions in other states, and because Israel will not allow him to live with his wife in the town he was born.
On Monday, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Gaza Strip and “expressed harsh criticism”, as German media outlets put it, after witnessing the destruction of Israel’s last attack in summer 2014. “Life in Gaza is unbearable”, Steinmeier said, adding that the status quo is unsustainable. After hearing such news, one might think that this politician is a bold truth teller and critic of the occupation, a remarkable role for a German Secretary of State. But a closer look shows that Steinmeier has behaved with just as much hypocrisy as many other European politicians who support Israel without reservation. In fact, he may be an even greater enabler of apartheid than any of his peers.
Read an excerpt from Richard Falk’s new book “Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring.” This section follows the cycle of revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
Dore Gold likens Lebanon to Gaza, and suggests Israel will have to “cut the grass” there this summer; war with Hezbollah could be Israel’s hole card on the Iran deal, as US legislators are sure to side with Israel, maybe with the help of the New York Times