Jewish Journal

Douglas M. Bloomfield

  • Opinion: Is Assad next?

    October 25, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Bashar Assad must have felt a chill when he saw the pictures of Muamar GadHafi’s final moments and knowing that Syrian crowds were chanting, “Assad is next.”

    There are differences between the uprisings in Libya and Syria, but the outcome will be the same: one more tyrant...

  • Opinion: Is Bibi bluffing on borders?

    August 16, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Leaks from unnamed aides to Benjamin Netanyahu claim he has shifted positions on another critical peace process issue –borders—but so far there’s no official confirmation.  It appears to be a tactical move to derail the Palestinian strategy for a UN statehood resolution next...

  • The Al Jazeera document dump and you

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Map making seems to be an increasingly popular pastime in the Middle East these days.

    The Palestinians claim they prepared their mapped vision of the two-state solution but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to look at it. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly...

  • Pandering is no substitute for leadership

    July 27, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    With less than 100 days until the Congressional elections, Republican dreams of taking control of both the House and Senate are giving nightmares not only to Democrats but also to those who want to see the Israelis and Palestinians make peace.

    As the GOP tries to out-Israel the...

  • Low hopes for Bush in Israel

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If there is one thing the Bush White House excels at it is lowering expectations, and the administration spin machine was operating at full speed in the days leading up to President Bush's Middle East trip, which at press time on Tuesday was expected to begin on Wednesday.

    As Bush...

  • Bush, DeLay Views on Israel at Odds

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are the two most powerful Republicans in Washington playing a version of the old good-cop, bad-cop game with Israel and its friends in this country?

    President Bush and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) appear to be on different sides of the Middle East policy game. Both...

  • The Last Revolutionary

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat has a dilemma. He can't decide whether he wants to be the father of his country or the godfather of terrorism.

    President George W. Bush gave Arafat a chance to answer that question before the whole world last weekend at the United Nations, and the Palestinian leader...

  • Sharon’s New Fan Club

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to know how things have changed in the Middle East, try this one: even State Department Arabists are saying nice things about Ariel Sharon. And they're taking the name of Yasser Arafat in vain.

    The hawkish former general they once feared has surprised critics who were...

  • Coup DeLay

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. George W. Bush claimed his birthright Sunday night after his Florida campaign co-chair and ambassador-in-waiting Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state, brushed aside requests for a few more hours to continue counting votes.

    W immediately began naming retreads from...

  • Hafez al-Arafat

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By turning the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur into bloody Days of Rage, Yasser Arafat may have sounded the death knell for the peace process.

    But was it intentional?

    That question is being asked increasingly in Washington and Jerusalem. Did he play his...