August 4, 2020

Lebanese Leader Condemns Prof. Rubin’s Nazis, Islamists Book; British Telegraph Disagrees

Walid Jumblatt

In his condemnation of the Israeli response to the situation in Gaza, prominent Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has spoken out against the late Prof. Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz's latest book, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press:  2014). From an article in the Lebanese Daily Star: In response to the book “Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Jumblatt condemned … [Read more...]

The Main Battle in the Middle East is Among Muslims, Sunni vs. Shia; Arabs vs. Persians

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The Arab-Israeli conflict has been largely replaced by the Sunni Muslim-Shia Muslim conflict as the Middle East’s featured battle. While the Arab-Israeli conflict will remain largely, though not always, one of words, the Sunni-Shia battle involves multiple fronts and serious bloodshed. Shia Muslims are a majority in Iran and Bahrain; the largest single group in Lebanon; and significant minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. While the ruling Alawite minority in Syria is not Shia—as almost … [Read more...]

Breaking News: President Obama to Visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan In March

President Obama and PM Netanyahu (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan in March. Political Analysis I’m not against this visit but I think it is a mistake on Obama’s part. Here’s why. While such a visit would resolve previous criticism that Obama never visited Israel as president, it is a mistake, especially given the timing, for a number of reasons. --Obama will have a new foreign policy team which won’t have much time to evaluate the situation and what it wants … [Read more...]