democracy in the Middle East

Election 2012: Election Won’t Alter U.S.’s Mideast Policy

Will the historic alliance, and the push for Israeli-Palestinian accord, become second-tier priorities?

10/16/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel is — once again — a hot issue in presidential politics, at least in the narrow confines of the Jewish community, but U.S. policy in the region is unlikely to change dramatically no matter what the Nov. 6 outcome. And what changes do occur will be shaped by broader U.S. interests — foreign and domestic — and by an unprecedented environment of upheaval in the region, not by the pro-Israel rhetoric both parties now regard as politically mandatory on the campaign trail.

No matter who wins the Nov. 6 election, a host of factors will likely keep policy in the Mideast on the same track. Getty Images

Threats To Israeli Democracy

03/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The irony is as painful as it is obvious: while democracy is spreading in the Arab world, in Israel, “the only democracy in the Middle East,” it is shrinking.

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