Conflict update: December 28 2016

In the rarest of rarities, I might actually get to go on a date with my wife this evening, so I’m getting this out there early. If anything big happens later I’ll come back and update. Israel-Palestine John Kerry’s speech on the Israel-Palestine peace process was perhaps (though perhaps not; see below) the biggest story… Continue reading Conflict update: December 28 2016

A Real Festivus Miracle

There’s nothing like being pleasantly surprised for the holidays: The U.N. Security Council will vote on Friday on a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as well as Israel and several U.S. senators who urged Washington to use its veto. The United States is likely to abstain… Continue reading A Real Festivus Miracle

Sisi lets Obama off the hook

As it turns out, President Obama isn’t even going to get a chance to cave to Benjamin Netanyahu one last time before he departs the White House, because that UN Security Council resolution on halting Israel’s annexation/ethnic cleansing of the West Bank isn’t coming to a vote today after all. Why? Because Egyptian President Abdel… Continue reading Sisi lets Obama off the hook

Conflict update: December 21 2016

Israel-Palestine The UN Security Council will vote tomorrow on a resolution, authored by Egypt, demanding a stop to the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This will not be the first time the Security Council has taken up the issue of Israel’s illegal, slow-rolling annexation of occupied Palestinian territory, and… Continue reading Conflict update: December 21 2016

Abbas and Fatah keep on keeping on

Shortly after the year 2016 went live, I wrote about how one of the growing fears related to the Middle East was that the Palestinian Authority might fall apart. This is not because anybody has any great love for the Palestinian Authority–seriously, does anybody?–but because of the potential for chaos that could follow the PA’s… Continue reading Abbas and Fatah keep on keeping on

Nobody could have seen this coming

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Obama administration on Wednesday castigated the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank, three weeks after it signed a lucrative military aid package with the United States and a week after President Obama traveled to Jerusalem for the… Continue reading Nobody could have seen this coming

Today in words and their meanings

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on YouTube. A video that may shock, anger, and possibly horrify you. Here it is, and please don’t say I didn’t warn you: Oh wait, no, that was a campaign ad from last February. Still, horrifying. This was last week’s video: Netanyahu’s attempt to conflate… Continue reading Today in words and their meanings