Middle East

Crimea River Of Complexity

Ukraine conflict has ripple effect on Mideast crises, given Russia’s key role.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Russia’s military takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea couldn’t seem more distant from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through Washington this week for White House talks with President Obama, many officials and analysts back home see the potential for fallout in places like the Middle East.

The Russian incursion into Crimea, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, is complicating the Mideast picture.Getty

Runner-up Story of the Year: The Ties That Strain

12/30/2013 - 19:00

You could feel the fabric fraying from Jerusalem to Pennsylvania Avenue. Thanks to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, the ties between the U.S. and Israel were under more strain in 2013 year than in any year in recent memory. As the Obama administration pursued negotiations with Iran in an attempt to defuse the Islamic republic’s nuclear intentions, Bibi Netanyahu cried foul — long and loud. A nuclear Iran is an “existential” threat to Israel, he said, and a dangerous prospect as well to moderate Arab states like Saudi Arabia. He blasted the interim deal hammered out in Geneva as “a historic mistake.” And he put American Jews squarely in the middle of the fight at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he urged participants to lobby against their own country’s diplomatic position.

President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Getty Images

Muddy Waters

10/01/2013 - 20:00

I love the music of Pink Floyd, as well as Roger Waters. Much to my dismay,
he has placed me in a dilemma, now
making it difficult for me to appreciate his talents.

He is asking musicians to boycott Israel, which makes no sense, even for someone with anti-Israel views. Yes, “anti-Israel” is the new “anti-Semitic.” Israel, one of the
only countries in the Middle East where Waters could play and be safe, he
kvetches about. Let us not forget that his band, Pink Floyd, couldn’t stand
him. The world’s top rock and roll band gave him the boot.

Fresh Fear In Israel Over Chaos In Egypt

Growing concern over a failed economic state as Morsi falls from power.
07/02/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — When the revolution against President Hosni Mubarak broke out two years ago, Israel feared that Egypt would suffer the fate of Iran and fall under the sway of an extremist Islamist rule.

At an opposition rally in Cairo this week. Getty Images

Obama Scores Points In Israel

03/27/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

There was only so much President Barack Obama could accomplish in a brief trip to Israel this past week, but he made the most of it.

Suburban Sprawl Or Peace Killer?

E-1 move threatens to become the first major stumbling block between Israel and the re-elected Obama.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Maaleh Adumim, West Bank — The hilltop range to the northeast of this sprawling suburban Israeli settlement is barren save for a fortress-like police station, a multilane access route, electric lines, and water mains — infrastructure for a new neighborhood.

The exit sign from the highway points the way to “Mevaseret Adumim,” envisioned as an expansion of Israel’s third-most populous Jewish settlement, but the world knows it as “E-1,” a highly sensitive tract of land some believe could determine the fate of a two-state solution.

Building in a Jewish suburb against the hills of Jerusalem. Getty Images

Pope Calls For Peace Efforts, End To Persecution Of Christians In Middle East

11/26/2012 - 19:00

 At a gathering in Rome with Lebanon’s new cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new appeal for peace in Syria and the Middle East, the Associated Press reported.

“The church encourages all efforts for peace in the world and in the Middle East, a peace that will only be effective if it is based on authentic respect for other people,” Benedict told the gathering, which included several Lebanese pilgrims.

The First War Played Out On Social Networks

Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn't have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war.

Pushing The Candidates On Mideast Policy

10/09/2012 - 20:00

With the final two presidential debates coming up in the next two weeks, foreign policy will be a key issue in each, though polls show only about 5 percent of the electorate consider the issue a top priority. That’s a disturbing figure because while Americans are warranted in their deep concern about the economy, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the fate of the world may well rest on the mantle of the next American president.

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama

Will Iranian Nukes Re-Elect Netanyahu?

The Tehran threat could yield political gains for Israel’s PM — or it could blow up his campaign.
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For weeks the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran threatened to upend the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But now, it looks more likely that Iran will figure prominently in Israel’s elections next year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the cloud of possible war with Iran from the U.S. election when he told the United Nations last week (with the help of his by now famous bomb chart) that it would be take at least until spring 2013 to reach the “red line” for a military attack.

Netanyahu with his UN prop: Red-line diagram could be green light for campaign. Getty Images
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