Category Archives: Middle East politics

Only Our Friends Pay Taxes

Israel is a heavily-taxed nation. There is an income tax, there is 17% VAT on all goods and services, there are customs duties on many items, there are property taxes, real estate transaction taxes, and excise taxes on things like … Continue reading

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Biden Brings Back Cognitive Dissonance Over Israel

Binyamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by prize recipient Lord David Trimble, who got it in 1998. Trimble was honored for his part in negotiations leading to the … Continue reading

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The Biden Administration and Israel

The election is over. Or not. There are anomalies in the vote counting process in several key states that seemingly can’t be explained. There are lawsuits filed, dismissed, pending. Are there serious investigations into the anomalies? Is there anyone sufficiently … Continue reading

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The Day After Election Day

It’s a rainy Wednesday morning in Rehovot, and the US election is undecided. I have made my preference for Donald Trump clear. I understand the reasons that many Americans oppose him, but they are focusing on the media-amplified and distorted … Continue reading

Posted in American Jews, American politics, Iran, Jew Hatred, Middle East politics | 6 Comments

Want Peace in the Middle East? Vote for Trump!

The end of the historic “Arab-Israeli conflict” may be on the horizon, depending on the outcome of the US presidential election. Oh, It wouldn’t mean that the Palestinian Arabs will soon give up on the idea that they can flood … Continue reading

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Trump, Biden, Bibi, and Iran

I got up a few minutes before 0400 this morning to watch the American presidential debate. Things have changed a great deal since the previous campaign, because I can’t recall anything even close in verbal viciousness from the candidates themselves. … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Iran, Middle East politics, War | 2 Comments

What’s Not in the Normalization Agreements

The most interesting thing about the normalization agreements that Israel signed with the UAE and Bahrain is not what is in the written agreements, which are sparse on detail. It is not even the speculation about the unpublicized understandings about … Continue reading

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Normalization Could Create a Real “New Middle East”

The main thing you need to know about the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is that Iran, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, and other enemies of the Jewish state oppose … Continue reading

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