Would Israel start a war to try to scuttle an Iran deal?

Trita Parsi and Paul Pillar (who is not inclined toward conspiracy theorizing, to say the least) suggest the possibility that Israel might start a war with Iranian proxy Hezbollah in order to move Congressional opinion toward rejecting a nuclear deal: If a Congressional vote on a resolution rejecting the nuclear deal were held today,President Obama… Continue reading Would Israel start a war to try to scuttle an Iran deal?

Israel, Hamas agree to do this all again sometime

Well, this was worth busting in on vacation to mention: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to an Egypt-brokered, open-ended ceasefire agreement. The terms reportedly include the easing of the blockade on Gaza, reduction of the buffer zone that Israel imposed inside Gaza’s borders, an extension of Gaza’s permitted fishing zone in the Mediterranean from… Continue reading Israel, Hamas agree to do this all again sometime

What if Gaza ends where it began?

Gaza continues to be immolated. Israeli airstrikes killed another 8 people overnight, which means nearly 2100 people there have been killed since the fighting began, and it’s becoming clear that the IDF is systematically targeting what little economic infrastructure Gaza has actually developed. Hamas executed 18 alleged spies yesterday, and one of their rockets killed… Continue reading What if Gaza ends where it began?

With us or against us, ad absurdum

Jonathan Schanzer is the VP for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the folks who think the Iraq War was so nice, they’d like to do it twice (just swap that “q” for an “n”). He’s got a new piece in Foreign Policy, which is often most useful as a window into what… Continue reading With us or against us, ad absurdum

The line between “appalling” and “crime against humanity”

If there is a line, Israel has crossed it. For the sixth time since fighting in Gaza began, the IDF has dropped ordinance on a UNRWA school where thousands of displaced Palestinian civilians had sought shelter. Today’s attack killed at least 10 people, and Sunday’s total of 71 Palestinians killed brought the Operation Protective Edge’s… Continue reading The line between “appalling” and “crime against humanity”

To be fair, getting through 1/36 of a ceasefire is progress

The big news yesterday evening was that Israel and Hamas had agreed on a 72 hour “humanitarian” ceasefire, which is better than nothing, but let’s not kid ourselves; the only real “humanitarian” thing that can be done here is a full and indefinite stop to the violence. But 72 hours gives you time to get… Continue reading To be fair, getting through 1/36 of a ceasefire is progress

At what point are we allowed to ask if it’s deliberate?

I mean, there’s kind of a pattern emerging: The United Nations and the White House on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a United Nations school in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip overnight, which killed 16 people. … The United Nations Work and Relief Agency, which runs the Abu Haseen school, issued a… Continue reading At what point are we allowed to ask if it’s deliberate?