In my latest piece for Souciant, I look at what President Obama can do to create a more positive view of the United States in the Arab world, and how some steps that need to be taken in response to the Arab Spring can actually help move the politics around Israeli-Palestinian peace forward. In turn, that forward motion would also, obviously, help enhance the US’ standing in the Arab world, a pleasant symbiosis that I highly doubt Obama will pursue.
Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’
Posted in Arab Spring, Barack Obama, tagged Bahrain, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Democrats, Iran, Islam, Israel, John Boehner, Middle east, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Qatar, Religion, Republicans, Secularism, Sheikh Khalifa, United States on November 9, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Democrats, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Antonio Villaraigosa, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Democrats, Golda Meir, Israel, Israel Lobby, J StreetPAC, Joe Biden, Lyndon Johnson, Mitt Romney, Palestine, Republicans, United States, West Bank, Yitzhak Rabin on November 2, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In my latest piece for Souciant, I look at the opportunity for change that exists right now. In the attempt to change US Mideast policy, we get opportunities from time to time, though they are rarely great opportunities. This one isn’t that dramatic, but it is the sort of starting point we have regularly bypassed. If we had taken one such years ago, we would be in a very different place today.
Posted in Avigdor Lieberman, Bibi Netanyahu, Iran, tagged AIPAC, Aluf Benn, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, democracy, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Labor, Likud, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Netanyahu, Obama, Palestinians, Yisrael Beiteinu on October 27, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Israel, Likud, tagged Aryeh Deri, Atzma'ut, Avigdor Leiberman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Iran, Israel, Kadima, Knesset, Labor, Likud, Mitt Romney, Palestine, Reuven Rivlin, Shelly Yachimovich, Turkey, Tzipi Livni, United States, Zehava Gal-On on October 5, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Ok, maybe not forever, but in this week’s piece at Souciant, I examine Bibi’s strategies in his latest political shenanigans. His goal is the same as always, to strengthen his position and hold on to the Prime Minister’s office as long as possible. But it is troubling that so many factors are lining up to enable to do just that for a long time…
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged Al Gore, Ariel Sharon, Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Beltway, Chris Dodd, Colin Powell, Democratic Party, George W. Bush, GOP, Guantanamo Bay, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kyoto Protocols, Mitt Romney, Neocons, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Republican Party, Richard Cheney, Saddam Hussein, Tea Party on September 28, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Something different in this week’s piece at Souciant. I take on the argument that voting for third party candidates helps bring about change, or at least shows you are not supporting the certainly awful policies Barack Obama has followed, which have little connection to his campaign rhetoric. I argue that unless we have a credible alternative we have no right to risk putting in someone who is far worse than Obama. There is a little bit of Mideast content if you were wondering…
Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, tagged AIPAC, Arab Spring, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Camp David II, democracy, Egypt, Gaza, George H.W. Bush, Great Depression, Hezbollah, Iraq, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish State, Jews, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Muslim Brotherhood, Netanyahu, Oslo Process, Palestine, pro-Israel, Syria, United States, Yitzhak Shamir on September 21, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In this week’s piece at Souciant, I start taking a look at what Barack Obama’s second term may look like in terms of Middle East policy now that Mitt Romney has bungled himself into a position where he will need an unprecedented comeback to defeat the incumbent. Yet, while I see serious trouble for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has actively worked for Obama’s defeat, I don’t see a lot of fundamental change in Washington’s attitude in the region for the next four years. At least, not at the instigation of the White House; change will come from the region itself, if it comes at all.
Posted in Democrats, United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benghazi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chris Stevens, Dan Shapiro, Dermocrats, Ehud Barak, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jews, Lyndon B. Johnson, Middle east, Mike Rogers, Mitt Romney, Palestine, Palestinians, Republicans, Sheldon Adelson, Shelly Yachimovich, United States on September 14, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In my latest piece for Souciant, I look at the potential for change that Mitt Romney, Sheldon Adelson and Benjamin Netanyahu have created by trying to break the bipartisan consensus in the US on Israel. It will come to nothing if people don’t take this and run with it from within the Democratic Party, but there is a chance, if time, energy and lots of money get to work on it, that there could be a sufficient change among Democrats toward a US policy that is more sensible.