Conflict update: January 10 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow It’s possible I’ll be able to formulate some thoughts about this as soon as I’m done laughing about it, but for now let me just say one thing. While I have absolutely no problem believing that the Russian government has dirt, possibly serious dirt, on our president-elect, the story that Buzzfeed ran… Continue reading Conflict update: January 10 2017

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

Speaking ill of the dead

Shimon Peres, who died on Monday at the age of 93, spent much of the last couple of decades of his life paying lip service to the idea of making peace with the Palestinians, and so it’s much easier for world leaders to eulogize him as a “man of peace” than it was to do… Continue reading Speaking ill of the dead

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

Welcome to 2016: are generators pretty inexpensive these days?

(fifth and hopefully last in a series; see parts one, two, three, and four) Today’s 2016 crisis isn’t as acute as yesterdays crises, and it’s a bit of a long-shot, but it’s potentially pretty big: if you’re a fan of the Palestinian Authority, you may need to start preparing yourself for a future in which… Continue reading Welcome to 2016: are generators pretty inexpensive these days?

Dammit, why won’t this bell stop ringing?

Peter Beinart: On Wednesday, I asked a senior Obama administration official whether there was anything Benjamin Netanyahu could do to repair the damage done by his comments late in his reelection campaign. The official’s answer: “You can’t unring the bell.” Other officials, off the record, put it far, far more harshly than that. You may… Continue reading Dammit, why won’t this bell stop ringing?