Just how long the current regime can keep a lid on that is anyone’s guess. Israel and the West should appreciate the cooperation they get from Jordan while it lasts. That may not be for long, and what comes next is unlikely to be so cooperative.
President Obama seems to be estranged from his own foreign and military policy. American foreign policy should project strength, resolve and predictability. Sadly, as Robert Gates confirms, Obama reflects none of these.
Troubling as America’s apparent declare-diplomatic-victory-and-get-out approach to squandering Iranian sanctions may be, it is making other countries scramble to adjust. And that may prove useful, especially to Israel. Iran and America may have inadvertently done more to advance Mideast peace than all previous peace plans, conferences and initiatives combined. Continue reading
An administration which so easily lies to its own citizens to achieve domestic political ends cannot be trusted to act faithfully towards the citizens of other countries. Continue reading
Focusing on incitement misses a more subtle, yet more fundamental part of the equation: the absence of contrary, counter-incitement Arab and Palestinian voices. Where is the Palestinian Peace Now? The Arab Voice for Peace? P-Street? The Palestinian movement to boycott and divest from Palestinian entities until terror and violence against Israelis is ended? Continue reading
This column was originally published in American Thinker.
For reasons both financial (his $100 million fortune) and ideological, a genuine peace with a Jewish Israel is the last thing Mahmoud Abbas wants, and the last thing one should expect to emerge from current negotiations.
Life is good for Mahmoud Abbas. He is not about to mess it up by reaching a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel. Continue reading
Obama’s waffling over the red line he himself painted cuts to the core of whether he can be relied upon to keep even his own commitments anywhere else–such as American peace process guarantees for Israel. Would you buy a used peace plan from this man?
John McCaslin of America’s Morning News interviews Abe about Syria on August 29, 2013
Israelis may be masters of intelligence. They may be military geniuses. But they are inept when it comes to visionary diplomatic moves—especially those whose success hinges on the misplaced belief in the good faith of others.
Preview: Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, absent major changes, is arguably the single most counterproductive act imaginable for long-lasting peace. There is no greater obstacle to peace than the perpetual temptation to launch another war against Israel from such lopsided lines.
An entire country, nine miles wide? A bicycle could easily cross it in 30 minutes — and a rocket in a matter of seconds. Nine miles is less than the distance from Barack Obama’s Chicago home to Wrigley Field. It’s the distance from New York’s George Washington Bridge to the Holland Tunnel. It’s 1½ times around the Central Park loop.