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  • Syrian wake-up

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Yes, America, we’ve heard: You’re war-weary.

    It’s at least something our divided country can agree upon: Americans across party lines oppose sending troops, weapons or air support to the rebel fighters in Syria. “War-weary Nation Wary of Syria,” the centrist Washington Post...

  • Hamas rejects Arab League’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

    May 3, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Islamist Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip on Friday rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians.

    In meetings this week in Washington, Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace...

  • April 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 3:05 am

    The US

    Headline: Abbas to meet Kerry Sunday in Jordan: Palestinian source

    To Read: Aaron David Miller takes a look at President Obama's lack of control over his Middle East legacy:

    Had the Arab Spring moved in the right direction, Obama would have been hailed as a...

  • Should Israel fear “the king which knew not Josef?”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    As Passover lays upon us, I asked Adi Grady, a teaching and research assistant in Tel- Aviv University’s Political Science department, and a Political Science grad student, to write a little bit about Israel, Egypt, and recent years. Here's an analysis of Israel-Egypt relations,...

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  • Leader of the free word

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Words matter, especially when spoken by people of power. I once read a book that dissected the 271 words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Would that speech have become historic if, instead of phrases like “a new birth of freedom,” he had used phrases like “a reaffirmation...

  • With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

    March 19, 2013 | 6:31 am

    Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Two weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of an increase in jihadist activity there.

    Last week, a rock thrown by a West Bank Palestinian critically...

  • Hagel’s other problem

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    As any news junkie will tell you, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, didn’t do very well at his Senate confirmation hearings last week. Our own political editor, Shmuel Rosner, not known for hyperbole, called his performance “terrible.”...

  • Can Lapid and Netanyahu make common cause?

    January 24, 2013 | 11:21 am

    This week’s election in Israel was a watershed -- but not in the ways you might think.

    In almost every election cycle, the campaign has been about one thing. To adapt James Carville’s famous adage: It’s about security, stupid.

    Except this time, it wasn’t.

    The reason is...

  • Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot

    January 3, 2013 | 9:48 am

    They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes.

    The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated Labor party that polls...

  • December 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 23, 2012 | 2:18 am

    In-depth

    How Jordan’s King Hangs On

    Joseph Braude of Tablet Magazine takes a look at Abdullah's strategy to deal with the Arab Spring when it arrived on his doorstep. 

    The king’s response to the protesters, meanwhile, was carefully calibrated. Whereas last year’s despots...

  • Egypt’s opposition protests draft constitution

    December 9, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Egypt's opposition said it would continue to protest an upcoming referendum on a draft constitution even after President Mohammed Morsi cancelled decrees that gave him virtually unlimited power.

    Late Saturday night Morsi withdrew the decrees that gave him immunity from judicial...

  • Obama expresses deep concern to Egypt’s Morsi about violence

    December 6, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday to express his "deep concern" about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt and said dialogue between opposing sides should be held without preconditions, the White House said.

    "The president...

  • Morsi’s decree leaves U.S. in hot seat

    November 29, 2012 | 10:45 am

    [Cairo] As a staunch advocate of democracy, the American administration’s position was brought into question when Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers in a game-changing constitutional declaration announced last week.

    The declaration, which rendered the...

  • November 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 3:02 am

    In-depth

    ‘We’re Learning How to Be Free’

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi talks to Richard Stengel, Bobby Ghosh and Karl Vick of Time about changes in the Mideast, the Israel-Gaza ceasefire and his time in the United States. 

    President Obama has been very helpful, very...

  • Abbas needs an exit ramp from the U.N.

    November 27, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    The Middle East is boiling over with crises. We've had the missile conflict between Hamas and Israel. We're in the midst of the quintessential post Arab Spring domestic conflict over how much power President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt should have, even in the short-term. And now ......

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • How to turn crisis into diplomatic promise in Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The crisis over Gaza was triggered by a Hamas escalation of missile attacks against Israel, which resulted in Israeli retaliation, the killing of Ahmed Jabari -- the Hamas military chief, and the destruction from the air of major Hamas missile emplacements. The question now is how...

  • The case for President Obama’s reelection

    October 30, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    The Obama administration has strongly supported Israel’s security by helping to construct the Iron Dome, by backing Israel’s responses to rocket attacks from Gaza and by coordinating closely with its military.

    The case for the reelection of President Barack Obama is compelling...

  • October 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 28, 2012 | 1:07 am

    In-depth

    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...

  • October 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 1:08 am

    In-depth

    In Saudi Arabia and Israel, Signals That Iran Has Retaliation in Works

    With the drone over Israel and a cyberattack on a Saudi oil company, Iran is sending a clear message to its foes, writes Bruce Riedel in the Daily Beast.

    Iran’s capabilities to inflict...

  • October 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 2:46 am

    In-depth

    How Iran Plays the U.S.

    The Islamic Republic has never been swayed from its policies by the decades-long conciliatory attitude of American administrations, writes Sohrab Ahmari in Commentary Magazine

    The notion that U.S.-Iran tension is rooted in a failure of...

  • Obama faces tough call on Iran oil sanctions

    October 22, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Just weeks after the election, President Barack Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision on oil sanctions on Iran, in which he will have to balance the need to stay tough on Tehran without pushing oil prices too high.

    In considering whether to extend a new series of six-month...

  • October 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2012 | 2:33 am

    In-depth

    Does Iran Have an "Inalienable Right" to Enrich Uranium?

    Emily B. Landau of the Institute of National Security Studies takes a close look at a long-held Iranian claim. 

    The right of Iran – or any other nonnuclear state – to pursue nuclear energy, including uranium...

  • Foreign policy: In favor of Romney

    October 17, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    [Related: In favor of Obama]

    Mitt Romney likes to recount a conversation he had with Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, back when he was governor of Massachusetts. Peres told him that “America is unique in the history of the world for its willingness to sacrifice so many...

  • Western troops in place to protect Jordan from Syrian spillover

    October 15, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Ahmed Thiabat sits on his balcony in Jordan overlooking the Syrian town of Tal Shehab just over the Syrian border. This once tranquil farmland has become a battleground for troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and rebels fighting to unseat him.

    Thiabat, a farmer and...

  • Syrian clashes intensify near Turkey border

    October 9, 2012 | 9:22 am

    NATO said on Tuesday it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary against any further spillover of violence from Syria's border areas where rebels and government forces are fighting for control.

    Rebel suicide bombers struck at President Bashar Assad's heartland, attacking...

  • October 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 9, 2012 | 12:48 am

    In-depth

    Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy

    Writing for Arab News, Abdullatif Almulhim bemoans the lives and resources the Arab world has wasted fighting Israel, to its own detriment. 

    The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list....

  • October 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    In-depth

    America’s Future in the Mideast

    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...

  • Israelis look nervously across to Syria

    October 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria is a favorite holiday destination for Israelis, and thousands were hiking and picnicking there during the recent holidays. But the Israeli army asked some visitors to leave after a group of 50 Syrians, some of them armed,...

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