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Rubin Reports: Does Power Moderate Radicals? Where’s the Proof?

20 Tammuz 5772 – July 10, 2012
Because of political reasons and especially due to the ideological monopoly of certain forces over Western institutions, most of the academics, analysts, journalists, and politicians who speak on these issues get away with pushing the moderation thesis. They are virtually never asked to provide proof. This wrong idea thus sets current U.S. policy and creates a great risk of future crisis, instability, repression, and severe damage to U.S. interests.

Rubin Reports: Extra! Extra! World Agrees on How to Solve Syrian Civil War!

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
That’s right! The powers have agreed to a transition to a new government which will go into effect as soon as the current dictatorship agrees to be overthrown and its rulers flee for their lives and watch their supporters probably be massacred.

Rubin Reports: Who Rules Egypt? The Battle Begins

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
Lenin once reportedly said that he would get the capitalists to sell him the rope with which to hang them. But Egypt is a far clearer case of such a situation. Will the dhimmis finance the consolidation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s power in Egypt? It sure looks like that will happen though they probably will be cheap about it.

Rubin Reports:Too Bad Obama Didn’t Listen to His Rabbi About Political Islam

6 Tammuz 5772 – June 26, 2012
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf: "There is something in the grim assuredness of these Muslim thinkers, learned and gifted in Western scholarship, powerful, forthright in expression and in ideal[s] that makes my blood run cold.”

Rubin Reports: Thoughts on Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and Tehran’s Regional Role

30 Sivan 5772 – June 20, 2012
Iran’s moment in the region as a whole is over, though it can still do much damage in the Persian Gulf area. But we are now about to enter a new era in which Egypt, under Sunni Islamist leadership, has the option of assuming the leading role again. The last round of Egyptian ascendancy began almost 60 years ago with the Arab nationalist coup of July 23, 1952. Today it;s revolutionary Islamism that is sparking efforts to make some futile new effort to wipe out Israel.

Rubin Reports: Egypt – Things to Think About as We Await the Presidential Election...

28 Sivan 5772 – June 17, 2012
While one can certainly sympathize with the idea of letting an elected parliament being allowed to take office, that's not necessarily such a clear call in strategic terms. The Egyptian parliament--which will write the constitution and thus define the powers of the president--is almost 75 percent rabidly anti-American and antisemitic.

Rubin Reports: Hey, Kids! All Government Employees are Apparently Teachers, Police, or Firefighters

23 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
It is really wonderful how every day I learn something new. Now I've learned that all government employees can be divided into three professions: teachers, police, and firefighters.

Rubin Reports: Is Obama Strong on National Security? Of Course Not.

22 Sivan 5772 – June 12, 2012
The Obama administration’s portrayal of the assassination of Osama bin Laden as some courageous decision shows more than anything how weak the President is. A normal U.S. government would have taken this choice for granted, and not felt the need to stress the president’s alleged machismo.

Rubin Reports: Why Isn’t Obama Visiting Israel?

21 Sivan 5772 – June 11, 2012
By now it's clear that President Obama isn’t going to visit Israel in his term of office. And yet that’s pretty curious, isn’t it? After all, American politicians who seek Jewish support usually find a trip to Israel a pretty good way to claim pro-Israel credentials. And Obama has been desperate to do so, especially this year. Why, then, isn’t Obama going to visit Israel? Of course, we cannot definitively answer that question but here are some thoughts.

Rubin Reports: Egypt’s Presidential Election – Moderate Establishment vs. Totalitarian Revolutionaries

15 Sivan 5772 – June 5, 2012
Egypt’s fate, I think, will not be settled by the June 16-17 presidential election. It has already been set by the parliamentary election which has given a large majority to the Islamists as well as the ability to write the constitution. If Ahmad Shafiq defeats the Brotherhood candidate, Muhammad al-Mursi, the only way out would be a Shafiq-army alliance, giving the president — who has no political party and no organized base of support in parliament — some muscle.

Rubin Reports: Where Did All the Billions of Dollars Given to the Palestinian Authority...

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
The Palestinian Authority has received more aid money per person than anyone else in history and yet the results have been remarkably unimpressive. The Western taxpayers give the money, the PA leaders steal or use the money for political purposes, and the average Palestinian suffers more from this situation than from the largely extinct "Israeli occupation."

Rubin Reports: What to Say When You’re Handed the ‘Obama is Good for Israel’...

13 Sivan 5772 – June 3, 2012
Many Americans, and particularly Jews, are starting to receive mailings encouraging them to vote for or donate to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama by arguing that he is pro-Israel. Several readers have asked me to provide them with responses. Here is a brief answer.

Rubin Reports: How Can Obama’s Middle East Policy Possibly Get Worse? Answer – Look...

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
Obama's policy shows three characteristics that have wider implications for the president’s strategies: It favors Islamist enemies; it “leads from behind” by giving the initiative to those who wish America no good; and it shows no interest in helping genuinely pro-American moderates who are fighting for their lives.

Rubin Reports: Bush and Obama Together At Last – In Misunderstanding the Middle East

8 Sivan 5772 – May 29, 2012
When the Obama Administration, to quote Bush's phrase, gets "to choose what side we are on," it picks the wrong one. It argues, again to quote Bush, that Ameica "should be content with supporting...flawed leaders...in the name of stability.” But these new Islamist dictators would deliver internal stability only at the price of freedom and will dismantle regional stability altogether.

Rubin Reports: Egypt’s (First-Round) Presidential Election is a Defeat (Perhaps Temporary) for the Islamists

7 Sivan 5772 – May 28, 2012
Let’s remember that the Islamists are still headed for control of Egypt. They might win the presidency in the second round. The parliament, which they run, is going to make the rules and write the constitution. If they don’t like who becomes president, they will reduce his powers.

Rubin Reports: Egypt – If There’s No Danger of Radicalism and Islamism Why Can’t...

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
In an interview on an Egyptian television station, "moderate" Egyptian Presidential candidate Abul Fotouh said he was against “terrorism” but then explained that Usama bin Ladin was not a terrorist, that the United States only called him one in order to “hit Muslim interests,” and that the killing of bin Ladin was an “act of state terrorism.” In other words, he’s saying September 11 wasn't an act of terrorism but that Obama’s policy is anti-Muslim and terrorist.

Rubin Reports: President Obama Demands a Meeting to Discuss His Grade

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Janice Fiamengo’s brilliant article, “The Unteachables: A Generation that Cannot Learn,” fits my past experience teaching at American universities. But I realized that her account applied perfectly to…something else.

Rubin Reports: A Sentence by the State Department Sentences The World to Disaster

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
If ever I've seen a single sentence that spells disaster in the Middle East, this is it:“`People say things in a campaign and then when they get elected they actually have to govern,’ [U.S. State Department] spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.”

Rubin Reports: The Middle East – Brave New World or Scary New Master?

28 Iyyar 5772 – May 20, 2012
Why would a leading figure in Turkey's ruling Islamist party identify the era of rising Islamism as a “great shame…[in which the Middle East ] fell prey to the thirst of barbarian bloodshed”?

Rubin Reports: Turkey’s Gobble, Gobble Middle East Policy Makes Enemies of Everyone

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said that democracy was like a trolley. You ride it until you get to your destination and then get off. Presumably that’s at the point where you have consolidated power to the point you can do whatever you want and have turned Turkey into an Islamist state.

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