The New York Times Exposes one of the Middle East’s Two Terrible Diseases
This week the New York Times — to much fanfare — has dedicated its entire magazine to the story of “how the Arab world came apart.” Called “Fractured Lands,” the title over-promises. It offers a snapshot of a region in …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Destabilized’ Turkey ‘Feels Surrounded and Isolated’
Charles Krauthammer observes that Turkey, in the wake of a terror attack in Istanbul, is destabilized:
Well, I think it’s most likely ISIS. It could be the Kurds, who’ve carried out a lot of terror attacks, but not …
Learning from Father Bazi
‘If you are going to kill me, that is fine. It is better to be in God’s hands than in the wrong hands.”
Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest from Iraq, was recently in Washington, D.C., explaining to …
Saudi Arabia Needs to Change Course
The Middle East today is once more on the edge of implosion. The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria continues unabated, the Islamic State is on the march, and Russia remains the only great power with a serious presence in the region. …
Strategy, the Middle East, and (Of Course) Trump
Last week I posted a column critical of Donald Trump’s proposal that the United States be a neutral broker in negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The point of that column was that the two-state solution is …
Can the Dubai Model Inspire Arabs?
Dubai — At a time of civil war, anarchy, extremism, and impoverishment in the Middle East, the city-states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand out as the places where Arabic speakers are flourishing, innovating, and offering a model for moving forward.
Since last September, Israel has been suffering a wave of terrorist attacks that the press is calling the “Knife Intifada.” Palestinian terrorists have been murdering Israelis (and one teenage American tourist), mostly with knives, at a higher-than-normal rate — and …
In a Challenge to Iran, and Sidelining Obama, the Saudis Announce an Alliance of 34 Nations
‘We are committed that if Iran should try to cause mischief in the region — we are committed to confront it resolutely. And so we are looking at this agreement and we will be studying it, and we will be …
Netanyahu’s Framing of Middle East Situation Is Spot-on
Americans could learn a thing or two from Bibi Netanyahu.
The Israeli prime minister was in Washington this week to receive the American Enterprise Institute’s Irving Kristol Award. He made some controversial remarks — at least controversial at AEI, …
White House: U.S. Troops Going to Syria Won’t Be ‘Game-Changer’
President Obama is sending a small number of special-operations forces to Syria in support of the U.S.-allied groups that have been fighting ISIS and Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, but he doesn’t expect them to have a decisive effect …
The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution
In the first draft of the 2016 Republican-party platform, references to the two-state solution do not appear. CNN reports the “delegates drafting the Republican National Convention platform approved removing language encouraging a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.”
An earlier draft …
Bernard Lewis at 100: An Appreciation
National Review asked friends and admirers of Bernard Lewis to say some words about the man and his achievements to mark the occasion of his 100th birthday today.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Bernard Lewis once asked me, Is there anyone who …
Middle East Forum’s Surprising Straw Poll on Trump
The Middle East Forum sent out a questionnaire under my name on April 5 to its mailing lists asking a single question: “How do you see Donald Trump as the Republican party’s presidential candidate?” We then offered four replies:
#*# #MakeAmericaGreatAgain …
ISIS Genocide against ‘People of the Book’ — How Long Will Kerry Continue to Talk around It?
For five months, the State Department has indicated that Iraq’s Yazidi community should be declared a target of ISIS genocide but meanwhile has been less sure about ISIS’s intentions toward Middle East Christians. Tomorrow is Secretary John Kerry’…
Accept the Uncomfortable Truth: It’s Time to Support Assad
As the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis metastasize, we need a new approach for these unfolding human tragedies. To date, the Obama administration has mostly sat on the sidelines, in part because of war fatigue, but mostly because in …
The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr and Obama’s Failed Policy in the Middle East
‘Without a doubt, the unlawfully shed blood of this innocent martyr will have a rapid effect and the divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians.”
That was how Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, responded to Saudi Arabia’s execution Saturday …
Rabbis Make a Plea for Christian Victims of Genocide
Two orthodox rabbis plea the case for Christian victims of genocide in the Middle East. Will the Obama administration listen? Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, both of the Simon Wiesenthal Center write in the Wall Street Journal today:
The apparent desire of most Americans and of the majority of the Congress just to wash their hands of the Middle East and come home is understandable, but this approach is not feasible. That region is almost back to the …
How Much Will Obama Extract from Israel in His Last Year?
Much ink has been spilled blaming the state of U.S.–Israel relations on the poor personal rapport between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The fact is that huggable Barney the Purple Dinosaur could have been Israel’s elected …
Jimmy Carter Endorses Putin’s Scheme for Syria
Although unsuccessful, Operation Eagle Claw — the April 1980 effort to rescue U.S. Embassy staff from Tehran — was immensely courageous. Eight Americans gave their lives in that mission. But President Carter also showed great courage in ordering the highly …