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Israel’s Only Alternative is a Good One

Living well, as the saying goes, is the best revenge, even if it comes at the cost of international criticism.

Revolutionary Islamism Is Not America’s Friend

Middle East expert, Barry Rubin discussed the region, prospects for peace and revolutionary Islamism.

Driving in Neutral: Hillary Clinton Explains the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

We must understand how Clinton's mind and that of a large portion of the Western elite works.

Egypt’s New Constitution Laying Foundation for Sharia State

Egypt's draft constitution enshrines Sharia rule without rubbing people’s faces in it.

Reality Check: Palestine Will Remain a Non-Existent State

The non-member 'state' status will sink the Palestinian leadership even deeper into an obsession with intransigence in practice and paper victories that mean nothing in the real world.

Digging Up Arafat

For many months before he was rushed to Paris for medical attention, everyone who followed him closely knew Arafat was sick.

The Islamist Regime’s Game Plan for Egypt

Originally published at Rubin Reports. What’s been happening in Egypt this week is as important as the revolution that overthrew the old regime almost two...

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.

Middle East Crises of 2013 Already in Dress Rehearsal

If 2011 was the year of the Arab Spring, 2013 looks to be the year of the Arab Fall.

The Hamas Suicide Strategy

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

How to End the Israel-Hamas War

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...

Western Media Elites Just Don’t Get the Middle East

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.

Lessons for the World from a New Gaza War

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.

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.

Israel Facing Weak US Economy, Foreign Policy, Following Elections

With President Barack Obama reelected there is every reason to believe that he will continue the tax, regulatory, and economic policies of his first term. That means the U.S. economy is unlikely to improve quickly, steadily, or even at all during the next four years. The problem is not just Obama’s own strategy on these issues but also the lack of business confidence in his plans.

The Broader Implications of the Petraeus Resignation: Personal Behavior and Public Office

Originally published at Rubin Reports. General David Petraeus was the hero of the victorious surge strategy in Iraq. But he also has the distinction of...

What Obama Should Have Done in the Last Four Years and Won’t Do in...

Over and over again I’ve written about what President Barack Obama should do. Now the voters have given him a whole new chance. He could take it and change his policy. I don't believe he will do that but let me lay out both what he's been wrong and what he should do, just in case Obama is seeking a different approach.

The Sunni-Shia Conflict Will Be The Major Feature of Middle East Politics for Decades

Once upon a time, Arab nationalism ruled the Middle East. Its doctrine saw Arab identity as the key to political success. Some regarded Islam as important; others were secular. Yet there was no doubt that national identity was in charge. All Arabs should unite, said the radical nationalists who ruled in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere, to destroy Israel, expel Western influence, and create a utopian single state in the region. Instead, of course, the period was characterized by battles among the radical Arab states for leadership. The less extreme ones sought survival through a combination of giving lip service to radical slogans, paying off the stronger regimes, and getting Western help.

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