Middle East  (Page 3)

After 7 Years of Failure, Obama Plans One More Push for Mideast Peace

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30am 3/9/2016 at 11:30am

Ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the White House is considering new efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

The internal discussions are aimed at offering a blueprint for future Israeli-Palestinian talks in a bid to advance a critical...

Read More...
 
 
 

Palestinian Bassem al-Tamimi lead plaintiff in suit against dozens of Americans for supporting Israel

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 2:15pm 3/8/2016 at 2:15pm

A group of Palestinians led by professional provocateur and propagandist Bassem Al-Tamimi has filed suit against a slew of Americans, American businesses, American organizations, international businesses and Israeli entities.  The Complaint is embedded at the bottom of this post.

Altogether nineteen Plaintiffs have brought claims against fifty-three defendants.  Plaintiffs’ attorneys are Martin...

Read More...
 
 
 

Why Abbas Doesn’t Want Peace or Statehood

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:30pm 2/24/2016 at 1:30pm

One the best commentaries I’ve seen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was published last week in Haaretz.  The article by Israeli author, Gadi Taub asked, Does Abbas Really Want Israel to Withdraw From the West Bank?

Unsurprisingly the answer Taub suggests is “no.”

Taub’s column can be reduced to 5 main points as to...

Read More...
 
 
 

HSBC Shuts Down Terror-Linked Account

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00am 2/24/2016 at 10:00am

British banking giant HSBC shut down accounts held by Islamic Relief Worldwide (“IRW”) last month.  IRW has long been suspected of funnel...

Read More...
 
 
 

The Foreign Policy Conversation Democrats Would Rather Not Have

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30am 2/22/2016 at 8:30am

If you receive Morning Insurrection, you would have seen Prof. Miriam Elman’s recommendation to read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the importance of foreign policy in the upcoming election. (If you don’t currently read Morning Insurrection see the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of Legal Insurrection.)

Goldberg wrote:

We can debate how...

Read More...
 
 
 

A Disaster called Obama’s Middle East Policy

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00am 2/18/2016 at 10:00am

With each passing day, it gets more and more difficult to ignore the monumental disaster that Obama’s foreign policy actually is. Nowhere is its utter failure more glaringly evident than in the Syrian Civil War.

But first, let us not underestimate the pathologies of the Middle East that have led to the present disaster in...

Read More...
 
 
 

Escalating Iranian provocations leave John Kerry practically giddy

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:21pm 2/3/2016 at 7:21pm

Three weeks ago, ten American sailors on two naval boats were seized by Iran.

One of the first readouts of what happened came from the State Department with this tidbit:

Now, the Secretary then got on the phone with Foreign Minister Zarif for the first time – I think the first of at...

Read More...
 
 
 

UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm

As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

Read More...
 
 
 

Vox Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Middle East History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBtrTHEQoKg
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00am 2/1/2016 at 10:00am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBtrTHEQoKg

In the middle of January, I dissected Vox video purporting to distill the Arab-Israeli conflict into 10 minutes. But those ten  minutes were littered with countless errors and omissions. I wasn’ t the only one weighing in, of course.

Elder of Ziyon, one of the longest running pro-Israel bloggers has taken the...

Read More...
 
 
 

Obama Tough On Israel, Pushover For Iran

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am 1/4/2016 at 8:30am

Two ongoing news stories that broke this past week show the Obama administration’s contrasting styles towards America’s top Middle East ally and a rogue nation that continues to flout international law. Obama and his top officials have no problem playing hardball with Israel, but become like Rex the dinosaur in Toy...

Read More...
 
 
 

BDS’s Economic Impact Isn’t The Point

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00am 12/30/2015 at 10:00am

A recent article from Adrienne Yaron has an important kernel of truth surrounded by a myriad of analytical errors and false conclusions.  The central point that BDS is a cover for defamation of Israel and development of a critical mass of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred on false pretenses is sound.  The...

Read More...
 
 
 

When will NY Times Break the Silence about its implicit anti-Israel bias?

https://www.facebook.com/BreakingTheSilenceIsrael/photos/a.373724555983127.97069.163056727049912/946578635364380/?type=1&theater
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 12/26/2015 at 12:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/BreakingTheSilenceIsrael/photos/a.373724555983127.97069.163056727049912/946578635364380/?type=1&theater

Anti-Israel bias in The New York Times isn’t news. But an article this week once again highlights how the Times promotes those who criticize or demonize Israel pretty uncritically, Israeli Veterans’ Criticism of West Bank Occupation Incites Furor.

The report in question w...

Read More...
 
 
 

Iran’s Bad Week In Syria

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:30pm 12/20/2015 at 6:30pm

Iran and its allies have taken a beating in Syria according to recent reports.

Perhaps the most spectacular was the airstrike overnight that killed the notorious child killer, Samir Kuntar and eight other terrorists in a Damascus suburb. Prof. Jacobson rightly called Kuntar “among the most notorious and vicious terrorists,” for shooting...

Read More...
 
 
 

Russia’s Focused Brutality Trumps US’s Gentle Touch In Syria

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:45pm 12/17/2015 at 3:45pm

Russia’s policy of bloody deterrence and intimidation is reaping battlefield victories, and exposing US fecklessness in Syria.  President Obama has decided the risk of alienating the Syrian population and providing propaganda fodder for ISIS and other anti-Western organizations outweighs the benefits of a substantive military intervention, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’...

Read More...
 
 
 

Obama’s Lack Of Clarity On ISIS Confounds DOD And Critics Alike

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ray-odierno-destroy-boots-on-the-ground/2015/12/09/id/705150/
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 5:30pm 12/15/2015 at 5:30pm
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ray-odierno-destroy-boots-on-the-ground/2015/12/09/id/705150/

President Obama and the Defense Department are warning of the dangers of deploying ground troops to Syria without first answering whether ISIS can be defeated without them.

Critics say the status quo is not doing the job.  Max Boot wrote in the Wall Street Journal on December 8 that air power alone...

Read More...
 
 
 

Pompeo, Cotton Poke More Holes in Iran Nuke Deal

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12:00pm 11/27/2015 at 12:00pm

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R – Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R – Ark.) have a lot in common. Both are army veterans and both are graduates of Harvard Law School. And both have been doing a great job of exposing aspects of the nuclear deal with Iran that the administration would...

Read More...
 
 
 

Is Peace Really Up To Israel?

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:00am 11/4/2015 at 10:00am

Former President Bill Clinton’s said last week in Israel in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, that peace is up to Israel.

As the Associated Press reported:

“He refused to give up his dream of peace in the face of violence,” Clinton, who formed a close bond with Rabin...

Read More...