Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine asks four experts how the president, post-November, should prioritize his Mideast policy.
The United States needs to start a race to the top in the Middle East, incentivizing creative approaches in modern education and modern democratic institution-building. Now that we have finished the fun part—bringing down nasty dictators—here’s where the really difficult part begins, in building a new model for consensual politics.
Egyptian-Iranian relations have been slowly developing, but this in itself may not guarantee normalisation, writes Dina Ezzat in Al-Ahram.
Egypt has still been reluctant to accept an Iranian offer of what would otherwise be much-needed investment in the country. The decline was prompted by an Egyptian decision to avoid going too far in soliciting rapprochement with Iran at the expense of US discomfort.
- Times of Israel: Israeli warplanes trigger sonic booms over Lebanon in possible response to drone
- Haaretz: Report: Iran pulls elite army unit from Syria in wake of Tehran protests
- Jerusalem Post: UK think tank takes EU to task on Hezbollah stance
- Ynet: Blanks fired at French synagogue
- New York Times: Citing U.S. Fears, Arab Allies Limit Syrian Rebel Aid
- Washington Post: Mixed reviews as Egypt’s new president hits 100-day mark in office
- Wall Street Journal: The Specter of Turkish-Syrian War