War, and Israel’s Quixotic Search For Normalcy
November 16, 2012
The latest eruption in Gaza has returned Israel to the exceptional reality of old.
In Defense of Israeli Forces’ Social Media Propaganda
November 16, 2012
The Gaza battle has produced the first war on social media. Propaganda today is more immediate but only as effective as what it tries to justify.
Islamophobia Strikes Late in Michigan Congressional Race
November 01, 2012
A Muslim doctor's GOP opponent releases a dirty ad in the campaign's final days.
The Novel That Frightened Hamas and the Arab League
October 19, 2012
Reading the controversial novels of Algerian writer Boualem Sansal.
How a Salafi Preacher Came for my Soul
October 05, 2012
The far-reaching ambitions of Egypt’s rising Islamists.
Gaza Prepares to Declare Independence (From Palestine)
September 10, 2012
It’s no secret that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist faction that controls Gaza, has long considered exchanging its underground smuggling tunnels to Egypt for a policy of above-board trade. What has only recently begun to register is that Hamas may be contemplating a bolder political gambit still: Cutting its financial ties to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank, in preparations for declaring full independence on behalf of Gaza. Al-Hayat first reported the story on July 22.
The Fate of Syria is in the Hands of … Palestinians?
July 29, 2012
For decades, the Assad regime in Syria was the most ardent regional champion of the Palestinian cause. When the country went to war with Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973, it claimed to do so on behalf of Palestine. Hafez al-Assad stood steadfastly against the Oslo Accords, refusing to support the compromise that the Palestinians were themselves prepared to make. And since coming to power in 2000, Bashar al-Assad has been a crucial patron of numerous Palestinian terrorist groups, just like his father before him.
May 04, 2012
If you were to pinpoint one moment when it looked as if things just might work out for Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, it would probably be February 2, 2010. That day, Fayyad addressed the annual Herzliya Conference, a sort of Israeli version of Davos featuring high-powered policymakers and intellectuals. It is not a typical speaking venue for Palestinians; yet Fayyad was warmly received.
Friends of Syria: Obama, Clinton, the Saudi King, All Pusillanimous, One Worse Than the Other
February 29, 2012
I know that this is harsh. But I use the word pusillanimous in its ugliest meaning—which is the “unmanly” meaning—especially in relation to Saudi Arabia, having stockpiled weapons and trained soldiers for decades so that by now it is the only Arab country capable of taking on the monstrous regime in Damascus … and winning. I say “unmanly” because the kingdom has done nothing of the sort.