Tag: Israel

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start...

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears today in its final August weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. The daily format returns next Monday. The Fading Horizon of US Middle East Politics US foreign policy has always sought effective metaphors intended to...

Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

On May 19, 1999, when Ehud Barak defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in the general election, tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to celebrate. Barak, the new prime minister, declared that it was the "dawn of a new day." He also had plans in mind: withdraw Israeli troops...

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

At the end of April, days before the latest conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians surged into the headlines, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington with two Israelis: the head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The...

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

On May 25, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effusive demonstration of love and mutual admiration. The show the two men put on in the aftermath of a shaky ceasefire looked like a private celebration of a threefold victory for...

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in the crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinians, including women and children, in violation of US and international law. The US...

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

AP journalist Joseph Krauss reports that “Israeli police escorted more than 250 Jewish visitors Sunday to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem.” That flashpoint was the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the scene of clashes initiated by Israeli police that earlier this month helped trigger an 11-day...

White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

Earlier this week, an Israeli military official evoked “a worst-case scenario” conducted by three Israeli infantry brigades that would amount to crushing Gaza on the ground rather than just bombarding it. Some observers have noticed that the current...

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

The rapidly-evolving geopolitical equation in the Middle East just got another layer of complexity added to it. Earlier this month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced the launch of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the...

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