October 25, 2014

Missing Barry Rubin

The late Prof. Barry Rubin

The Obama administration makes mistake after mistake in Syria and in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Unfortunately, Barry Rubin is no longer around to offer his critiques. It is hard to believe that it has been three months since Barry Rubin passed away. With all going on in the world, and especially in the Middle East, Barry’s absence is pronounced as there are few who saw things as clearly as he did. Barry’s essays and columns are not disposable, like those of some … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler – New York Times Op-Ed Index for February 2013

New York Op-Ed Index for February 2013  1) Israel's Mr. Normal - Roger Cohen - February 2, 2013 To get beyond nothingness, Lapid has at the very least to declare that he opposes settlement building outside the blocks that Israel wants to incorporate through land swaps in any peace deal. He should set this as a coalition deal breaker. He must insist that the continued undermining of the Palestinian Authority — through soldier or settler violence, military intrusions into Palestinian-run … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/28/2013

1) Water, water everywhere At the Times of Israel, editor David Horovitz writes about how Israel's dealt with its water crisis. (h/t Yaacov Lozowick) “How did we beat the water shortage? Because we said we would. We decided we would,” says Kushnir, a big man with a warm smile and a robust Russian accent. “And once you’ve made that decision, you build the tools to reduce your dependence. We’re on the edge of the desert in an area where water has always been short. The quantity of … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/27/2013

1) It's been more than 20 years  Jonathan Tobin writes in The Day the War on America Began: Exactly 20 years ago on this date, a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center took the lives of six people and injured more than a thousand others. The tragedy shocked the nation but, as with other al-Qaeda attacks in the years that followed, the WTC bombing did not alter the country’s basic approach to Islamist terrorism. For the next eight and a half years, the United States carried on with a … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/26/2013

1) Why are they staying away?  Yesterday the New York Times reported Syrian Opposition’s Complaints Shadow Kerry’s First Official Trip: Mr. Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East are scheduled to meet in Rome on Thursday with opponents of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, including Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, who leads the opposition. But they are threatening to boycott the conference to protest what they see as fainthearted international support. To try to rescue … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/25/2013

Intifada: then and now In response to a recent news program in Israel, Col. Jonathan D. Halevi wrote The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada: Its Own Damning Testimony for the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs. Even now, as Halevi writes: More than ten years after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, there are still journalists, former security officials, and pundits who raise questions about the role of the Palestinian Authority in the … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/22/2013

1) One last Hagel post In the Hagel Pinata, Marc Ambinder complains: Democrats tend to do this as well when Republican presidents nominate people. But Republicans have done it out of pique and spite. And they've abdicated their advice and consent function, which, after all, is supposed to help the president govern, and not to force people out of the mainstream who have unorthodox views. Indeed, when you do that, you push people like Chaz Freeman, an incredibly intelligent thinker who was … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/21/2013

Hezbollah's worldwide war against Israel Gen. Shimon Shapira writes about the recently assassinated Iranian Gen. Hassan Shateri in Lebanon: Shateri’s importance is indicated by the seniority of the Iranian figures who took part in his funeral ceremony in Tehran before his coffin was brought for burial to his hometown of Semnan. He was given final honors by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, IRGC commander Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, and Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani (who broke … [Read more...]

Mideast Media Sampler 02/20/2013

1) The Push for Peace Walter Russell Mead argues in As Israel goes deeper into Syria and Opportunity for Obama arises: With Al-Qaeda linked jihadis in the opposition, and Iran and Hezbollah supporting the government, Israel has much to fear and little to hope as the Syria war grinds on. In some ways, Syria is turning into Israel’s ultimate nightmare: WMDs, terrorists and arch-enemy Iran are all mixed up in it together, and there is not much Israel can do to shape events. President Obama … [Read more...]

The Last Refuge of Anti-Israel Activists

A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported Pro Palestinian speakers attract protests outside. The event at Brooklyn college was a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) event focused on delegitimizing Israel. To read the New York Times account, one doesn't get a sense of what was controversial about the event: Controversy had grown over the past week at the Midwood college, where nearly a fifth of the undergraduate population is Jewish, over the event organized by a student group, Students for … [Read more...]