In his strongly stated piece “Romney vs. Obama vis-à-vis Israel,” Daniel Pipes uses partisan posturing and highly misleading, discredited assertions to distort President Barack Obama’s strong support for Israel — and to suggest that former Gov. Mitt Romney would somehow be a better friend to Israel. This, despite effusive praise of Obama by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum — and despite the fact that Romney, for all his platitudes, has failed to offer a single tangible area where he would provide better support for Israel’s security.
The anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders reportedly received funding from a pro-Israel think tank and the founder of a network of conservative groups in the United States.
Like his father, Daniel Pipes has a reputation for bluntness and a willingness to go against conventional wisdom -- both in the academy and elsewhere. Whereas Richard Pipes sounded the alarm against appeasing the Soviets, Daniel Pipes preaches against working with radical Muslims, no matter how law-abiding, scholarly or open-minded they might appear.
Jewish and Arab leaders say President Bush's appointment of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to a federal think tank -- despite the objections of Arab groups and some congressional Democrats -- offers a window into White House thinking on Middle East issues.