Why is Obama picking on Israel?

BY HILARY LEILA KREIGER, JPOST—  The ornate chandeliered and gilded Ben Franklin Room of the State Department, scene of US President Barack Obama’s much-hyped Middle East policy speech Thursday, has the distinction of being a significant venue for inaction rather than action. In September, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who introduced Obama’s address, hosted Prime…

Be firm in Washington

BY ISI LEIBLER, JPOST— The threats arising from the chilling empowerment of radical Islamic movements in the wake of the “Arab Spring” and the reunification of the openly genocidal Hamas with Fatah shatter any remaining dreams about the short-term prospects of reaching a settlement with the Palestinians.  Under the circumstances, rather than prostrating himself before…

A Preliminary Assessment of Obama's Speech on the Middle East

BY MATTHEW RJ BRODSKY, POLITICO In discussing his vision for the Middle East Thursday, President Obama said, “there will be times when our short-term interests don’t align perfectly with our long-term vision for the region.” A close reading of his speech reveals how big an understatement that is. In fact, in the near-term, much of…

Obama's Mistaken Palestinian and Israeli Priorities

BY ASAF ROMIROWSKY, INFOCUS— Sixty-two years after the establishment of the state of Israel, 30 years after the Camp David Accords, and almost 20 years after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel remains isolated and friendless in a hostile Middle East. While the U.S. debate over the costs…

Half of Democratic Senators urge P.A. aid cut-off

BY JTA— Half the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate urged President Obama to suspend assistance to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism. “It is imperative for you to make clear to President Abbas that Palestinian Authority participation in a unity government with an unreformed Hamas will jeopardize its relationship with…