Enemies with Benefits: How Israel and Gulf Monarchies Work Together

Amid public pressure, ties between Israel and Gulf monarchies will have to be limited to informal meetings, public denials, middlemen and foreign subsidiary companies. In 1967, when asked “what sequence of events you would like to see now in the Middle East?” Saudi King Faisal bin Abdulaziz...

Trump Is Wrong on the Golan Heights

Mar 28, 2019

If Israel is to survive in the region, it will need to eventually reach a peace agreement with the Syrians and the Palestinians. Like on many other international issues, US President Donald Trump is simply wrong when it comes to how to deal with the issue of the Golan Heights. On March 21, he...

A Death-Threat Culture that Presages the Death of Democracy

Mar 25, 2019

In a culture of competition driven by the emotion of outrage and the belief that victory must be definitive and total, the death of one’s adversary becomes an obvious goal. Democracy theoretically gives voice to all people, and the decisions it reaches will always disappoint some....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Non-Committal” to Mideast Plan

Sep 24, 2018

For his “deal of the century” in the Middle East, Trump forgot to tell us in which century it would be revealed. Reuters recently provided an update on the peace process in the Middle East, or rather the lack thereof. For any process to proceed, it must have a vague but real vision of a...

The Arab Peace Initiative Gets Another Look

Sep 21, 2017

The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states could literally reshape global international relations. In March, representatives of 21 Arab nations and Palestine met in Jordan for the 28th Summit of the Arab League. The agenda included the conflicts in Syria and...

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