Category Archives: Middle East politics

“Everyone knows” … but everyone’s wrong

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Judea and Samaria referred to as “occupied Palestinian territories,” and Jewish settlements there called “illegal under international law.” But the territories are not “Palestinian,” they are not “occupied,” Jewish communities there are … Continue reading

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Trumping the Golan

By recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, President Trump struck a blow against the idiotic principle of “land for peace,” when he tweeted, After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over … Continue reading

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Our Strategic Balagan

Balagan: chaos, total disorder, huge mess. Borrowed from Russian. The incendiary and explosive balloons continue to be sent across our southern border, and the Hamas special “night unit” continues to burn tires and throw explosives over the fence, as well … Continue reading

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A “New Middle East” — maybe in 500 years?

News item: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah [Al-Sisi] said last night at the Munich Security Conference that “the failure to achieve a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the main source of instability in the Middle East,” according to a report … Continue reading

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Friedman’s Lens and Sisyphean Mud

Matti Friedman explains what should be obvious when he says that there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict: There isn’t an Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the way that many outsiders seem to think, and this perception gap is worth spelling out. It has … Continue reading

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