Netanyahu deputy disappointed with Obama on Iran

BY DAN WILLIAMS, REUTERs— A senior Israeli official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying “election-year considerations” lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by U.S. legislators. While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran’s nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the Gulf if hit with…

Intro to the Middle East

BY YORAM ETTINGER, ISRAEL HAYOM— In the pursuit of peace, alliances and interests, Western policy-makers have tended to sacrifice the perplexing realities of the Middle East on the altar of oversimplification and wishful-thinking. Yet their attempts to implement unsubstantiated policies often have served to inflame rather than extinguish regional fires. Lebanese-born professor Fouad Ajami, the…

Gingrich comments are supported by the Quran

By TAWFIK HAMID, JPOST— Palestinian officials reacted furiously to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s assertion that they are an “invented” people. A senior Arab League official immediately condemned Gingrich’s claim that Palestinians are “invented,” calling the claim racist and a cheap stunt to get votes. Israeli Cabinet minister Uzi Landau said Gingrich was right. He…

Obama and Barak discuss dwindling anti-Iran strike options as the US exits Iraq

BY DEBKAFILE— US President Barack Obama’s half-hour tête-a- tête with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington Friday, Dec. 16, was vitally concerned with the coming steps in the Syrian showdown and the latest developments in the controversy over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, debkafile’s Washington and intelligence sources report. Their conference was urgent because key…