1) The back history Returning to the Middle East, former New York Times bureau chief, Ethan Bronner reported in With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal: A number of recent Israeli military attacks were aimed at cutting the supply chain into Gaza. In late October, a munitions factory in Sudan was hit from the air. Israel […]
1) Restraining Hamas (through Egypt) David Kirkpatrick reports in the New York Times, An Outgunned Hamas Tries to Tap Islamists’ Growing Clout: Hamas, badly outgunned on the battlefield, appeared to be trying to exploit its increased political clout with its ideological allies in Egypt’s new Islamist-led government. The group’s leaders, rejecting Israel’s call for an immediate […]
1) Balancing? Or covering Max Fisher, whose recent account of the death of 11 month old Omar Misharawi has been played up on the social media, has followed up with The Israeli-Palestinian politics of a bloodied child’s photo. After a back and forth on the merits of each side emphasizing civilian casualties, Fisher writes: Implicit in these debates, […]
1) Diehl vs. Obama A few weeks ago, in A short guide to the Benghazi issue, Barry Rubin wrote: As noted above, the establishment view today is that America has been a bully in the past, acting unilaterally and not respecting the views of others. Obama has said this directly when speaking to foreign — including […]
1) Those who judge Israel The Obama administration decided Tuesday to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a decision by the Bush administration to shun the United Nations’ premier rights body to protest the influence of repressive states. “Human rights are an essential element of American global foreign policy,” Secretary of […]
On Secure Freedom Radio, Frank Gaffney interviews Professor Barry Rubin from the GLORIA Center. Israel questions the nature of the new Egyptian presidency in addition to the hidden war within the Syrian opposition. Click here to listen: Israel’s Worst Nightmare.