Israeli security forces attend the site of a rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel, October 24, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Trying to buy peace with Syria’s tyrant
The West must pressure the entire Arab world, from Syria to Saudi Arabia, to adopt a model of a free society, writes Natan Sharansky in the Washington Post.
Have the horrors being perpetrated in Syria, let alone the dismal aftermath of the revolts in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, roused Western governments and opinion makers from their blind faith in dictatorial regimes as a force for stability or reform? Both U.S. presidential candidates have spoken of the importance of tying financial and diplomatic support from the free world to evidence of democratic reform in the Arab world. One senses minds beginning to change.
Can Israel Trust Obama’s Resolve on Iran?
Yossi Klein Halevi and Jeffrey Goldberg debate in the Jewish Week whether Obama is willing to take military action against Iran if all other efforts to end its nuclear ambitions fail.
What you and other Israeli skeptics don't get about Obama is this: He is deadly serious about stopping nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. It is a core belief of his. He has enunciated on many occasions compelling reasons why he believes it to be unacceptable for Iran to cross the nuclear threshold. He also knows that the reputation of his presidency is riding on this question. If Iran goes nuclear against his wishes, he looks like Jimmy Carter. He doesn't want to go down in history looking like Jimmy Carter.
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