A Tale of Two Speeches

A Tale of Two Speeches

Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly was as much about trying to reclaim his dwindling support among Palestinians as it was designed to outline Palestine’s intention to move for a new status at the UN. The...
The Futility of Seeking “Strategic Clarity” on Iran

The Futility of Seeking “Strategic Clarity” on Iran

Three recent reports highlight the appeal (and folly) of demanding greater clarity in the case of Iran’s nuclear capabilities in the hopes that an equally obvious US/Israeli policy response can be devised. Seeking such clarity in inherently ambiguous situations...
Netanyahu Has Little to Fear From Kadima’s Desertion

Netanyahu Has Little to Fear From Kadima’s Desertion

Give Netanyahu a cubic centimeter of wiggle room, and he will carve out a square mile of new apartments beyond the Green Line. Cross-posted from Mondoweiss. On Tuesday evening, Shaul Mofaz, leader of the Israeli political party Kadima, convened his fellow...
The Real Lion of Zion: Netanyahu Consolidates Power

The Real Lion of Zion: Netanyahu Consolidates Power

Cross-posted from Mondoweiss. The opposition party Kadima, which has the largest number of Knesset seats of any single Israeli political party, will join in a national unity government with second-seated Likud and its main partner, third-seated Yisrael Beiteinu. This...

A Bromance Made in Hell: When Mitt Met Bibi

“We can almost speak in shorthand. … We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.” Thus does Michael Barbaro quote Mitt Romney in a New York Times article titled A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012....
The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

The U.S. war in Afghanistan (the current version, that is – the U.S. had just a bit to do with the horrific anti-Soviet war of the 1980s and its brutal aftermath in the 1990s…) is well into its 11th year. The U.S. is still losing. We never did have a...
Bribing Israel

Bribing Israel

The bully came to Washington. The American president told him in no uncertain terms that the United States would not support a military attack on Iran at this moment. The bully met with 13,000 of his U.S. supporters in an effort to pressure the White House. It...

How Does Netanyahu Think He Can Get Away With Bombing Iran?

Leaders of states are less often voted out of office for initiating a war gone wrong than for exhibiting good sense and drawing the brakes on the war-fever express when called for. Or that’s the assumption on which Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin...

Israel vs. Israel: Right-wing Activists Arrested

Haaretz on the December 29 arrests: Security forces arrested prominent right-wing activists in the West Bank early Thursday, over suspicions they had been monitoring Israel Defense Forces in the region. To say that Palestinian measures have come to Israel proper would...
Obama Ad Condemns Israel Aid Opponents

Obama Ad Condemns Israel Aid Opponents

An ad on my Facebook page from barackobama.com reads, “Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich say they would start foreign aid to Israel at zero. Reject their extreme plan now!” This struck me as odd for two reasons: First, it is disingenuous and...

Israelis Beginning to Understand the Consequences of Attacking Iran

972Mag devotes itself to reporting and commentary on Israel and the Palestinian territories. On Friday, October 28, one of its columnists, Larry Derfner, posted about the explosive op-ed that Israeli Nahum Barnea, who he calls “the best-connected, most...
The Prisoner Swap

The Prisoner Swap

Like so many other diplomatic and political initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the recent announcement of a new prisoner release is based on the same solution that has been proposed dozens of times before – only to collapse because the time, and...

Israel’s Anti-Egypt Posturing a Boon to Eilat Attackers

Following the 8/18 terrorist attacks near Eilat, the IDF launched air strikes at Rafah, Gaza, killing at least six Palestinians (including members of the Popular Resistance Committees, who Israel alleges are behind the attacks). Further IDF action in Gaza, apparently...