On September 23, 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an application for full membership. In the application President Abbas wrote, “the State of Palestine affirms its commitment to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security.”… [Read more]
Just last week, on November 29th, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state and grant it non-member observer UN status.
This, of course, is not the first time that a Palestinian Arab state has been proposed and it probably won’t be the last, for the UN vote was largely symbolic, at least as things stand today.… [Read more]
Once again the Israeli government under the misleadership of Benjamin Netanyahu has shown it has no desire or intention on establishing any semblance of peace between its Arab neighbors. In a move that has received sharp criticism from the international community, Israel snubs its nose in the face of its “closest” ally as well as the rest of the world.… [Read more]
It is not spoken of much today but I vividly remember the Summer of 2005; Israeli soldiers physically removed Jewish settlers from the Gaza territory. The settlers, resisting with screams and kicks, cursing the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) soldiers. One memory will never escape my mind; it is that of a settler holding his infant out of the window from the top floor of his home threatening to drop the baby if the soldiers took another step towards his home.… [Read more]
Electoral politics generally involves promising the impossible. During the 2008 election, Obama promised stabilization of Afghanistan, improved relations with Iran, and justice for the people of Darfur, Sudan. And before him, numerous other presidential candidates and politicians have promised results that were, by most measures, highly unlikely to be reached. It’s the nature of beast.
However, we may have reached a new high in outlandish foreign policy promises with Mitt Romney’s latest speech at the Virginia Military Institute.… [Read more]
All over the world, from Morocco to Indonesia, the Muslim world is protesting and rioting in the wake of a disturbing anti-Muslim film, produced by the misguided, for who knows what reason. When you look at the problem it sounds so simple, so unbelievable to the average American: people rioting, killing and storming American embassies because someone disrespected the prophet Muhammad.… [Read more]
It seems Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t be content until F-16 bombers are flying over Tehran and U.S. navy ships are storming the Strait of Hormuz. In a recent interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, when asked of the idea of a “containment strategy” in response to Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons Netanyahu retorted “I think Iran is very different (from the Soviet Union).… [Read more]