Aaron David Miller

Bibi's Hardline Speech ‘Lifts Veil On The Wolf’

Leaders, analysts largely agree on that Netanyahu had no choice but to take a tough stance in speech on Iran.

10/01/2013
Staff Writer
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Jewish leaders and analysts here largely applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sobering speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, although some were critical.

Netanyahu speaking Tuesday at the UN: No softening of his position. Getty Images

Pace Of Diplomacy Quickening

Talks in D.C., French proposal come amid nonviolent Palestinian strategy as September statehood bid looms.

06/07/2011
Washington Correspondent

With the September target for Palestinian statehood action at the United Nations looming ever larger and new border clashes hinting of a change in Palestinian tactics, the pace of diplomacy aimed at restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations picked up this week.

On Monday Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were in Washington for separate talks with U.S. officials in a last-ditch effort to find a formula for resuming direct negotiations before a UN vote officials here fear will further isolate Israel and undermine U.S. interests.

Israelis forces Sunday try to disperse Palestinians massing at the border with Syria. getty images

Yoffie: For Israel, casting blame is not a plan. Miller: bluffing won't improve Obama's hand.

I was struck by the good sense of Rabbi Eric Yoffie's blog in Sunday's Jerusalem Post headlined “The Palestinians are at fault, but so what?”

Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, argues that although the Palestinians are “responsible for the absence of peace,” ultimately what matters is whether Israel has a plan for dealing with that reality – a plan beyond simply clinging to the current status quo and saying it's the other side's fault.

Obama's speech: where's the followup?

Days after President Obama's big Middle East speech at the State Department, the Jewish left is caught between skepticism and hope, the right is on the warpath – and I suspect most American Jews are wondering what the fuss is all about.

Yes, President Obama uttered the words “1967 borders” on Thursday along with “mutually agreed swaps,” all of which has been more or less U.S. policy for a long time even though that particular rhetorical formulation hasn't been used.

New 'Israel Peace Initiative' by former defense, intel chiefs: just talk?

Jewish groups that support a more active Middle East peace process are applauding a new plan conceived by a group that includes former Israeli military and intelligence chiefs and revealed by Ha'aretz on Tuesday.

Egypt: Miller on Israel's fear of Arab democracy, Kristol blasts Beck and more

 With questions about exactly how and when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will leave the scene and who will replace him still up in the air, today's papers and blogs are full of interesting writing on the subject.

Administration Middle East policy: clever, desperate or just clueless?

 I confess: after interviewing a lot of experts and reading countless news reports for this week's story, I still don't have a clue what the Obama administration's new Middle East strategy really is.

Renewed Talks Seen Carrying Big Risks

‘Huge stakes’ for region, Obama administration if expectations unmet.

08/25/2010
Washington Correspondent

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet at the State Department next week for their first direct negotiations in 20 months, predictions of quick breakthroughs and swift progress will be in short supply.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell.
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