July 22, 2020

Palestinian Magical Thinking

Palestinian Authority Lead Negotiator Saeb Erekat faces U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah, 2013.

Palestinian Magical Thinking PJMedia, April 30, 2014. So April 29th has arrived, and the nine month period allotted by the current US Administration for its effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has come and gone.  Entirely predictably, it has failed, in its entirety. What can be learned from the failure? And what may be expected to happen now? The failure of the talks was predictable first and foremost because of the irreconcilable positions of the sides.  This is not … [Read more...]

Now U.S. Policy Is Really, Truly Going to Make Middle East Peace, No Kidding!


Ridicule is often the best response to U.S. Middle East policy. Example: Secretary of State John Kerry is supposed to restart the Israel-Palestinian peace process. How? By having Israel release Palestinian prisoners. The number 120 has been mentioned. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happier if Kerry spends all of his time doing that then: On the somewhat positive side, U.S. policy will focus on economic development of the West Bank which means giving the Palestinian Authority more money. This … [Read more...]

Who Is the “Imperialist Tool” in the Middle East?


Let's examine claims from the radical academia currently hegemonic in North America and Europe. What is fascinating is that a well-informed observer can easily demolish such claims. That's precisely why such people are not being trained today and those who do exist must be discredited or ignored to keep students (and the general public) relatively ignorant. To paraphrase George Santayana’s famous statement, those who fail to learn from history make fun of those who do. I know that the … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Looming Disaster; U.S. Government Supports Islamism There More Than Do Egypt’s People


Western observers, including the U.S. government view the situation in Egypt as improving. Actually, it's getting worse, partly due to U.S. policy. In April, that will become even more obvious. Egyptian parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 22. Supposedly, the Muslim Brotherhood faces a setback. But that either isn't true or doesn't matter. On one hand, the Islamists as a whole are likely to emerge even stronger and more radical. On the other hand, if the non-Islamist coalition … [Read more...]

Why, As President, Obama is a Disaster and Why, As a Country, Israel Should Applaud Obama


On the eve of President Obama's first visit to Israel as chief executive, I have just returned from briefing a high-ranking official of country x about the Middle East. We kept coming back to a vital theme: the incredibly shrinking power of the United States. Try to explain American behavior to neutral, open-minded third parties for whom U.S. policy activities have become just plain bizarre! One of my recent articles for example, published here, shows how terrorists, including the murderers … [Read more...]

Why Chuck Hagel is Really So Scary: He’s Typical of the Current Rulers


“Joab came to the king [David] in his quarters and said, ‘Today you have humiliated all your followers, who this day saved your life, and the lives of your sons and daughters … by showing love for those who hate you and hate for those who love you. For you have made clear today that the officers and men mean nothing to you.’” — II Samuel, 19: 6-7 If Chuck Hagel is so much dumber than you are, why is he the one being nominated by President Barack Obama to be secretary of defense? … [Read more...]