Occupy Foreign Affairs

It’s not the topic of George Packer’s latest essay that’s particularly surprising. Inequality, he writes, is undermining democracy. Progressives have been hammering home this message for years if not decades. Nor is the choice of publication...
Israel’s Quiet War with Iran

Israel’s Quiet War with Iran

The release of November’s IAEA report sighting “credible” evidence of Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons has largely played into the hands of the Israeli Ministry of Defense. As Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has sought to muster support...

A Brief History of the Number Two

Cross-posted from Tikkun. The poem is dedicated to my family friend Navenka Gritz, whose son David was killed by a bomb at Hebrew University in 2002. For Navenka Sometimes the same picture – a young man’s wave of horse chestnut hair, walnut eyes –...

Israel’s Pickle: Iran (Part 2)

3. Israeli Perceptions of Iran Will Israel succeed in creating a second coming of the anti-Iranian front and dragging the United States and its NATO allies along with it? How far is it willing to go to shift the region’s priorities back in a direction which it...

Israel Attacking Iran Is Like Kettle Bombing the Pot Black

Israel denouncing Iran for enriching uranium and working on nuclear-weapons technology is like a kettle calling the pot black. First, in the interests of clarity, this author is not an Iran apologist. But, however destabilizing, not to mention duplicitous,...
The Iranian Dilemma: Israel (Part 1)

The Iranian Dilemma: Israel (Part 1)

1. A bit odd.. a media leak reveals a conversation between Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in which the latter tells the former that he, Sarkozy is “fed up” with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and “considers him a liar.” This...

Arab Spring Takes Back Seat to U.S. Military Aid for Egypt

Some telling remarks buried in a speech (“On Ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge“) justifying renewal of the annual US$3 billion aid package to Israel by the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs: I know...
The Arab World’s Intifada

The Arab World’s Intifada

The “Arab spring” may have started in early 2011 when a young Tunisian fruit seller, in a desperate response to disempowerment and despair, immolated himself in the streets of a small town. But its origins link directly to the first Palestinian intifada,...
Iran Plot: A Pretext for War

Iran Plot: A Pretext for War

For many Iran observers, Washington’s latest accusations against Iran — implicating members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States — come off as surreal, if not wholly bizarre....

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...

A Silver Lining for Palestine?

At IPS Special Project Right Web, Samer Araabi writes: For decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been mired in stalemate. Countless peace overtures over the past 30 years have fallen apart for one reason or another, and the basis for many of these...

Gilad Shalit’s Release Emboldens Netanyahu’s Iran Mandate

“The ‘Israel will bomb Iran’ meme has been used so often that it doesn’t make much sense to take it serious anymore,” writes Bernhard at Moon of Alabama. “So why even discuss when it, as now, comes up again?” The difference is...

The Politics Behind 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...
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...