Israel, Palestine and the Greatest Deal Ever

December 20, 2017

In order to get the Israelis and the Saudis on the same page in a united front against the Iranians, the Palestine question needs to be resolved. For Donald Trump, it was a carefully constructed and nuanced announcement: “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Nikki Haley and the “Simple” Act

December 20, 2017

The world has been warned. Nikki Haley is taking names. In a 14 to 1 vote at the United Nations Security Council on the long-standing matter of the status of Jerusalem — in response to Donald Trump’s decision to establish the US embassy in that disputed city — the one nation to vote...

Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

December 19, 2017

Trump's effort to project American interests in the Middle East has been a disaster — to Russia's benefit. Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is infinitely more perceptive and successful than the incoherent American effort. President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit is a good example of...

Palace vs Street in Wake of Jerusalem Comments

December 14, 2017

Arab leaders need to be seen as being on the right side of public opinion while not rocking the boat. A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at...

Playing with Fire in the Middle East

October 03, 2017

Israel’s growing alliance with Arab countries could easily shift from an asset to a liability. There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that's its sixth year of transition. It’s a transition that is likely to take up to a quarter of a century. It’s a transition that is...