Weekend Thinking: Israelis and Palestinians

The failure to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have produced a surge of commentary among analysts and pundits advocating various alternatives.  The primary scenarios proffered include maintaining the status quo and refusing to compromise, a one-state bi-national option, a two-state option in which a Palestinian state lives next to Israel, and a three-state option in which … More Weekend Thinking: Israelis and Palestinians

Assad’s Chemical Revenge

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has faced intense sanctions and international pressure from the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states, for the nearly 20,000 deaths since the anti-government uprising began sixteen months ago.  In spite of the atrocities and grave violations of human rights, pro-Assad and opposition forces appear to have reached a deadlock. However the tide … More Assad’s Chemical Revenge

The Egypt-Gaza Nexus

A gradual yet significant shift in Egyptian policy toward Gaza has occurred since Mohamed Morsi won the presidency in democratic elections in June.  Hosni Mubarak enforced a blockade of Gaza with Israel since 2007, severely limiting the freedom of movement for Palestinians.