Israel

Weekend Thinking: Mideast Public Service Announcement

For those interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Corey Gil-Shuster, a Canadian-born peace activist, has done the public a great service. Through his YouTube page, he accepts provocative and inquisitive questions about the conflict, and then goes and interviews random Israelis and Palestinians on their thoughts. Continue reading “Weekend Thinking: Mideast Public Service Announcement”

Peace

A Significant Defeat for Moderation and Tolerance

It was announced yesterday that Bitterlemons, an online newsletter which has run for eleven years and has provided unique commentary from Palestinians and Israelis, will cease to operate. Continue reading “A Significant Defeat for Moderation and Tolerance”

Links

August 22-27, 2012 Links

Attacks Raise Specter of Radical Islam In Russia” NPR
Settler Violence Against Palestinians Raises Alarm In Israel” Washington Post
Hamas Declines Invite To Iran Summit, Citing Palestinian Unity” Reuters
This Week In History: The Arab League’s Three No’s” Jerusalem Post
Palestinians From Syria Twice Displaced” Voice of America
Syrian Spillover Violence In Lebanon Rattles Residents” PBS
France Says It Would Recognize Provisional Syrian Government” New York Times
Visit By Egypt’s Morsi To Iran Reflects Foreign Policy Shift” Washington Post

Israel

Weekend Thinking: Israel-Iran

Reuters reports that both the Israeli prime minister and defense minister want to eliminate Iranian nuclear sites before U.S. elections in November. These threats seek to achieve two aims: to scare Iran into abandoning its nuclear program (a prospect which seems unlikely) and to explore the possibility of attacking Iran while Americans are preoccupied with choosing their next president. Continue reading “Weekend Thinking: Israel-Iran”

Egypt

MB, Hamas and Hezbollah Sinai Conspiracy

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah (indirectly) blamed Israel for Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in Sinai which left sixteen Egyptian soldiers dead.  They have not produced a shred of evidence to support their egregious claims. Continue reading “MB, Hamas and Hezbollah Sinai Conspiracy”

Egypt

More Danger in Sinai

A group of unknown Islamist jihadis are believed to be responsible for yesterday’s deadly attack in Sinai which left 16 Egyptians dead.  The Islamists allegedly entered Egypt via Gaza and were perhaps joined by other Bedouin in eastern Sinai.  Their goal was to ultimately infiltrate Israel and kill or kidnap soldiers and civilians.  Hamas for its part has denied any involvement. Continue reading “More Danger in Sinai”

Syria

Olmert: Aleppo and the Future of Syria

Josef Olmert writes in a guest column for Levantine Routes

The battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, is not “the decisive last battle” of the Syrian civil war.  The conflict is clearly leading to the removal of the current leadership from Damascus, as well as Aleppo, but not necessarily from Syria.  The Assad-Alawite –Ba’th regime is preparing the mountainous Alawite region of North-West Syria to be their last bastion, and they can fortify themselves there for a while, even if, as seems inevitable, they will lose control of the main Sunni-dominated regions. Continue reading “Olmert: Aleppo and the Future of Syria”

China, Israel, Russia

Weekend Thinking: Israel, China and Russia

In case you missed this week’s important stories from the Middle East and beyond.

Israel

Jonathan Tepperman’s bold essay in The Atlantic argues that while Israel is in a position of strength, it should control its own destiny with the Palestinians.  Although bilateral negotiations have failed to achieve a political settlement, Israeli unilateral actions in the West Bank may be the only pragmatic solution, as a continuation of the status quo in the unpredictable climate of the Middle East coupled with demographic trends could have grave consequences for the sustainability of Israel’s national identity. Continue reading “Weekend Thinking: Israel, China and Russia”