Middle East update: January 15 2018

IRAQ At least 38 people were reportedly killed on Monday in a double suicide bombing in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square area. Casualty reports are contradictory, as they often are in these situations, but the highest count I’ve seen says that over 100 other people were injured in the attack. This is the second terrorist attack in… Continue reading Middle East update: January 15 2018

World update: October 10 2017

I’m wrapping up early tonight to see if I can’t get a decent night’s sleep for a change. See you all tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Haider al-Abadi says ISIS should be defeated entirely in Iraq by the end of the year. Considering how quickly they’ve been losing ground since Mosul was liberated, this isn’t an… Continue reading World update: October 10 2017

Middle East update: June 23 2017

QATAR Well, the long-awaited list of Saudi demands is in, and it’s quite something. If you had no knowledge of the context and you just happened to come upon this list, I think you’d probably conclude that Qatar must have lost a war: — Curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there.… Continue reading Middle East update: June 23 2017

Israel’s problems, inside and out

Remember how things in the Sinai are kind of getting worse, and how that represents a real threat for Israel? Yeah, so: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Friday. “Three Grad rockets were… Continue reading Israel’s problems, inside and out

Bibi-sitter hanging on by the skin of his teeth

Apparent Israeli election winner Benjamin Netanyahu has until midnight tonight to cobble together a 61 seat majority in the Knesset before Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has to give somebody else a crack at the job. It appears that he’s scrambling to meet the deadline: Mr. Netanyahu, who exulted in what looked like a strong mandate… Continue reading Bibi-sitter hanging on by the skin of his teeth

Here’s some crazy election drama that isn’t American, for a change

Well, kids, it looks like your Bibi-Sitter’s big trip to Washington didn’t really go as planned. Not only did his speech, contrary to its stated purpose, manage to make it less likely that Congress will take action to halt the Iran nuclear talks, but it looks like it didn’t even give Bibi the electoral boost… Continue reading Here’s some crazy election drama that isn’t American, for a change

Has Benjamin Netanyahu made a major mistake?

Benjamin Netanyahu dodged a bit of a bullet today when a former Likud MK, Gideon Sa’ar, announced that he would not run against Netanyahu for leadership of the party in its December 31 primary. Sa’ar was being pushed by Likud’s far right to challenge Netanyahu, who is somehow too moderate for them. But a potential… Continue reading Has Benjamin Netanyahu made a major mistake?