Friday, March 20, 2015 U.S. opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran
On 6 March, President Barack Obama's administration appointed Robert Malley as the Special White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region. Malley is scheduled to assume his new position on 6 April, succeeding Philip Gordon.
(3 comments) Thursday, December 25, 2014 Fighting 'Islamic State' is not the Israeli priority
"To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly last September.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 Gaza bombings rock Palestinian reconciliation
The hands that carried out the bombings in Gaza might be Palestinian and even Fatah or Hamas hands, but those who issued the orders could not have been Palestinian decision-makers.
(7 comments) Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The endgame of the US 'Islamic State' strategy
Conspiracy theories aside, the eventual outcome is a sectarian Sunni military & political wedge driven into the Iraqi geographical connection of the Iran-Syria alliance.
The IS was conceived & delivered in an American womb. The US-drafted & enforced current constitution produced the sectarian govt that is still trying to rule in Iraq. Sectarian cleansing & exclusion of Sunnis could not but inevitably create its antithesis
Friday, October 3, 2014 Palestinian-U.S. relations head for stormy times
President Abbas, who for decades placed his faith in U.S. good will, has finally reached the conclusion that it is futile to continue to depend on the U.S. and that now is the time to stand up to Washington and turn to the international community to sponsor his negotiating strategy.
Friday, September 19, 2014 Donors will fail Gaza again
The donors who attend the upcoming Cairo conference will probably make the same pledges they made at the two previous conferences and then once again fail to fulfil them.
Monday, September 15, 2014 Palestinian reconciliation at crossroads
Abbas has, indeed, prioritised "peace with Israel." He has devised plans for resuming negotiations, and is still banking on American support for such talks. This is the only explanation for the current anti-Hamas media campaign.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 Iraqi hydrocarbon prize of U.S. invasion in danger
The unfolding collapse of the U.S. proxy government in Baghdad has cut short a process of legalizing the de-nationalization of the hydrocarbon industry in Iraq, which became within reach with the latest electoral victory of the Iraqi prime minister since 2006, Noori al-Maliki.
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Pope's unbalanced neutrality in Holy Land
By laying a wreath of white and yellow flowers, the colours of the Vatican, on the Herzl's grave, the pope broke another historic precedent. It was an unbalanced act, 110 years after Pope Pius X met Herzl and rejected the idea of a Jewish state.
Saturday, May 24, 2014 The 'revolutionary' face of the Syrian conflict
The horrible image of the "revolutionary" performance in Syria imposed itself on the media and public opinion to an extent that it has become impossible to black it out anymore.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Israeli ties compromise Asian support to Arabs
Asian-Israeli exchanges deprived Israel of an influential incentive for making peace. They should have been at least postponed as an Asian prize for ending the Israeli military occupation of Arab lands in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon
(2 comments) Friday, April 18, 2014 Survival Is the Saudi Key Word
As demonstrated by Obama’s visit to the kingdom on March 28, the bilateral differences will remain tactical, while the strategic alliance will hold until the kingdom finds a credible alternative to its American security guarantor, although this seems an unrealistic development in the foreseen future.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Assad Is There to Stay
The war on Syria has taken a U-turn during the past year. Assad now firmly holds the military initiative. The long awaited foreign military intervention could not take off; it was prevented by the emerging multi-polar world order. Syrian and non-Syrian insurgents are now on the run. Assad stands there to stay.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Counterproductive Reactive Saudi Policies
Ahead of Obama's visit, the Saudi message is self-evident. They are looking, on their own, for alternative security guarantees, or at least additional ones. They don't trust their decades - long American security umbrella anymore.