Category Archives: Middle East politics

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

Posted in Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Israeli Politics, Middle East politics, US-Israel Relations, War | 3 Comments

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

Posted in 'Peace' Process, Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Middle East politics | 2 Comments

Boycotting Israel, on the airwaves

I have a confession to make: I’m a “ham.” Not a poor actor (although I’m that as well), but an amateur radio operator. I’ve been one since the age of 13, when I used my paper route earnings to buy … Continue reading

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Puncturing the Palestinian Refugee Myth

The World Bank says that the “economy” of the Gaza Strip is collapsing. This is or should be about as shocking as the discovery that there is gambling at Rick’s café. The word “economy,” which implies at least some productivity, … Continue reading

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