I have discovered an article of mine from 2006 still online. It is a review I wrote for the journal Global Understanding of William Quandt’s book, Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab–Israeli Conflict since 1967. Despite being eight years old, it is striking how much of this piece remains relevant. It will also serve as a preview of some more current work I am doing. I hadn’t seen the piece since its initial publication, so I’m happy to share it with you here. I hope you find it as valuable as I do.
Posted in United States, US-Israel Lobby | Tagged Ariel Sharon, Cold War, Gaza Withdrawal, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, intifada, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, PLO, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, US-Israel relationship, William Quandt, Yasir Arafat | Leave a Comment »
Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood continues on the diplomatic front with the opening of two sets of talks this week in Cairo. One set will have Egypt brokering discussions with Fatah and Hamas on the future of governance in the Gaza Strip, while the other will see Egyptian and Palestinian Authority (PA) representatives shuttling between Hamas and an Israeli delegation.
Although Egypt brokered the ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel that ended 50 days of rockets flying out of Gaza and Israel, which devastated the tiny strip, it cannot have escaped Hamas’ notice that Egypt has an agenda of its own—and it is shared with just about every other party involved. Read more at LobeLog.
Posted in Egypt, Fatah, Hamas, Israel | Tagged Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Cairo, Fatah, Gaza ceasefire, Gaza peace talks, Gaza War, Hamas, Hamas Fatah Unity Agreement, Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, Israel-Hamas talks, Khaled Mesha'al, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian reconciliation deal, Qatar, US Aid to Egypt | Leave a Comment »
Once upon a time, it seemed that the Obama Administration had held off opponents in Congress as well as pressure from Israel in order to press forward with negotiations with Iran. It seemed that President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy was finally bearing fruit and that the United States and Iran were coming to the table with a sense of determination and an understanding that a compromise needed to be reached over Iran’s nuclear program.
These days, the story is different. Almost halfway through the four-month extension period the parties agreed to in July, the possibility of failure is more prominently on people’s minds, despite the fact that significant progress has been made in the talks. Right now, both sides have dug in their heels over the question of Iran’s nuclear enrichment capabilities. Iran wants sufficient latitude to build and power more nuclear reactors on their own, while the United States wants a much more restrictive regime. Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Iran | Tagged Arms Control Association, Barack Obama, Farideh Farhi, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Iran and the P5+1: Solving the Nuclear Rubik’s Cube, iran nuclear enrichment, Iran nuclear negotiations, Iran sanctions, Iranian Hardliners, Iranian Politics, ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Obama administration, P5+1, Russia, Wilson Center | Leave a Comment »
Folks, I neglected to put the link to my actual review in teh previous post. It can be found here.
Posted in Hamas, Israel, Palestine | Tagged Christian ZIonism, Gaza, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Islamophobia, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Occupation, Right wing, Shin Bet, Son of Hamas, spy, The Green Prince | Leave a Comment »
after the university’s chancellor faced strong pressure from major donors objecting to Salaita’s tweets about Israel’s massive military campaign in Gaza, issued this warning: “As the Center for Constitutional Rights and other groups have been tracking, this is part of a nationwide, concerted effort by wealthy and well-organized groups to attack pro-Palestinian students and faculty and silence their speech. This risks creating a Palestinian exception to the First Amendment and to academic freedom.”
At Ohio University, we recently saw the disturbing reality of the different treatment accorded to pro-Israel, as opposed to pro-Palestinian views which supports Salaita’s statement. Read More at LobeLog
Posted in Free speech | Tagged ALS Ice Bucket Challenge blood, Anti-Defamation League, anti-semitism in American universities, B'Tselem, BDS, Boycott Divestment Sanctions, Chechnya, First Amendment, Gaza, GazaUnderAttack, Gisha, Hamas, Homeland security, Israeli human rights groups, Megan Marzec, Ohio University, Phyllis Wise, Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Russia, Steven Salaita, Vietnam War, Women’s Liberation, Yesh Din | Leave a Comment »