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The Hollow Ceasefire and How It Can Be Fixed

11 Kislev 5773 – November 25, 2012
The sole purpose of this ceasefire is to allow Netanyahu to survive the coming election.

There’s a New Pharaoh in Town

Morsi has assumed dictatorial powers in Egypt. Courageous Egyptians are protesting that move, but Morsi has less compunction than Mubarak did, and we can expect the protests to be dealt with effectively. Those of us who said Morsi was an Islamist extremist who would quickly reestablish authoritarianism in Egypt – with a sharia flavor – were right. There’s a new Pharaoh in town.

We Lost the War

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Israel gained no strategic asset at all.

This Ceasefire Won’t Last

Of course, everyone knows that this ceasefire won't last. The key to anything more durable is if the Egyptian government decides that it wants to avoid another war because of its own interests.

Abbas, ya Bahai, Get Lost!!

Muhammad As’ad Bayoudh al-Tamimi is a Palestinian columnist living in Jordan. In the past he has often clearly expressed the opinions of the man...

Middle East Crises of 2013 Already in Dress Rehearsal

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
If 2011 was the year of the Arab Spring, 2013 looks to be the year of the Arab Fall.

US Marines Off the Coast of Gaza?

Why are we sending an amphibious readiness group (ARG) with a Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) embarked to sit off the Levantine coast? U.S. officials say it’s to be prepared for any eventuality, including the need to evacuate American citizens, as the conflict between Hamas and Israel heats up.

Ceasefire Tonight, Same War All Over Again Day after Tomorrow

7 Kislev 5773 – November 20, 2012
Operation Pillar of Defense will only buy Israel a few months of quiet.

The Hamas Suicide Strategy

This strategy has often worked against a Western adversary or Israel.

How to End the Israel-Hamas War

5 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
Originally published at Rubin Reports. A lot of people have asked the purpose of Israel’s defensive war against Hamas. Some, including those supposedly expert on...

The Morally Reprehensible ‘Iron Dome’ – Hamas’s Best Friend

Israel and the world have become one dysfunctional family, with the crazy member being the Gaza Palestinians.

Western Media Elites Just Don’t Get the Middle East

5 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
There will be no “permanent end” to this rocket war madness or all of the other varieties of madness that are getting worse in the region.

A Ceasefire Could Be Imminent

Despite the possibility of disappointing an Israeli populace eager for a massive blow to Hamas, Netanyahu might prefer the less costly ceasefire.

Lessons for the World from a New Gaza War

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
Can Israel sustain this situation? Of course, that is basically the framework in which it has been living and prospering for 64 years. Is it preferable? Of course not. What is the world going to do to make it better? Nothing.

Israel, Hamas, PA Encounter the Paradigm Shift

No summary of today’s events would be complete without mentioning the backstory on the IDF’s operation name.

Saudi Editor: Israel Trying to Save Assad, Drown the Region in Chaos

29 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Not an entirely unreasonable foreign policy direction for the embattled Jewish state.

Next Stop: Obama Puts his Trust in Negotiations with Iran

The most important foreign policy effort President Barack Obama will be making over the next year is negotiating with Iran. The terms of the U.S. offer are clear: if Iran agrees not to build nuclear weapons, it will be allowed to enrich a certain amount of uranium, supposedly for purposes of generating nuclear energy (which Iran doesn’t need) and other benefits, supposedly under strict safeguards.

Microsoft CEO: Israel Is the High-Tech Country

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #171

Israel Under Fire: The New Paradigm

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 12, 2012
Attacks from Gaza on Israel have ramped up significantly in the last several days. An Israeli patrol was hit by what was thought to be a roadside bomb on Tuesday (three were wounded), near the border fence with Gaza. On Saturday, terrorists in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep with four infantrymen in it, as the patrol operated in the area of the roadside bomb attack. The four soldiers were wounded, one severely. More than 80 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel since the attack on the jeep on Saturday, 10 November. At least three Israeli civilians were injured in the rocket attacks. Geography is beginning to rear its head again, as Israel has also sustained incursions into the Golan from Syria in recent days.

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