Speaking truth to our ally Israel
The Washington Post
| December 31Brent Scowcroft served as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Thomas R. Pickering is a former undersecretary of state and served as ambassador to the United Nations and Israel, among other places. Scowcroft and Pickering are chairman emeritus and the current chairman, respectively, of the U.S./Middle East Project.
In recent days, the Obama administration has undertaken two significant actions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue. It refrained from vetoing a resolution at the U.N. Security Council that, among other things, detailed ...
Has Obama "Betrayed" Israel at the UN?
The National Interest
| December 28Has Obama "Betrayed" Israel at the UN?If there has been a betrayal in this latest chapter of America's relations with Israel, it is Netanyahu who has betrayed President Obama.
Has America’s president betrayed Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government bitterly accused after President Obama failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel for its settlements in the West Bank?
True, President Obama told the international community in his address to the UN General Assembly in 2011 that an ...
Rex Tillerson's Many Challenges
| December 20
Rex Tillerson, assuming he is confirmed as secretary of state, will immediately face an unusually broad array of challenges. Some of these derive from the unusually disordered state of the world, others from the unusually wide uncertainty about the new American president's intentions.
Among the challenges which would face any American secretary of state at this juncture of history are the half-dozen large and small wars in which the United States is currently engaged, the competition with other major powers, notably China and Russia, the threats from hostile regional powers like N...
Donald Trump’s Israel Ambassador Pick Is Hazardous to Peace
The New York Times
| December 16
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of David Friedman as United States ambassador to Israel is a serious mistake that should be rectified. Spoken and published statements by Mr. Friedman, a 57-year-old bankruptcy lawyer in New York, about Israel and American policies in the Mideast suggest he is unsuitable to represent America in one of the most high-pressure diplomatic positions in the world. This call to withdraw Mr. Friedman’s name also reflects a sober assessment of the damage that could be caused to American interests and to Mr. Trump’s presid...
The Cynical Horror of Assad and Aleppo
| December 16
I just returned from the Syrian-Lebanese border, a mere 150 miles from Aleppo, where unspeakable savagery is underway.
The Assad regime is committing horrific war crimes — from mass murder and industrial-style torture to forced starvation and barrel bombs, even the systematic rape of women, children, and men in detention centers. Thus far, 500,000 Syrians have been slaughtered, 6 million people displaced internally, and another 5 million forced to flee as refugees across the border. This is the textbook definition of genocide.
Aided by the Russian army and Iranian militias, th...
What President Obama Must Tell Israel Before January
Henry Siegman - The National Interest
| November 4th 2016
There has been much speculation during the electoral campaign season whether there is still something President Obama could do before the end of his term to change the course of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Most of this speculation has focused on the possibility President Obama would finally support a UN Security Council resolution that spells out terms of reference for a two-state agreement, ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
The critical moment of decision for such a presidential intervention is now, as Israel is about to cross a line with its illegal settlement project ...
Now is the moment for us Palestinians to renew our national movement
Salem Barameh l The Guardian
| November 30
Anti-establishment sentiment has just produced two shockwaves: Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Millions used the polls to protest against their economic marginalisation and political alienation. Elites were firmly told: no more business-as-usual.
The Palestinian national movement is similarly on its deathbed, and the symptoms that are leading to its demise run parallel to events taking hold in the rest of the world. Palestinians feel marginalised by their broken political system, feuding political parties and lack of economic opportunities. They are frustrated by the Palestinian el...