International Affairs

What two-state solution?

Tsipi Livni, Israel’s leading centrist politician, makes a strong plea for a two-state solution to the historic conflict over Palestine—two states for two people.  There’s only so much you can say in the space allotted for an op-ed, but Livni ...

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Deja Vu

GAZA CITY — The nine-day battle between Hamas militants and the Israeli military has damaged 17 hospitals and clinics in Gaza, wrecked its only coronavirus test laboratory, sent fetid wastewater into its streets and broke water pipes serving at least 800,000 people, ...

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Violence “Erupts” in Jerusalem

Some readers may have noticed that over time my posts on Israel/Palestine have become increasingly infrequent.  That relative quietude reflects not indifference but despair. I’ve come to conclude that this is one of the many instances in which, contra Martin ...

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Stephens vs. Beinart on Israel

Brett Stephens, the NY Times’ most intrepid defender of Israel, takes aim today at Peter Beinart, a long-time advocate of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine who no longer believes in that possibility.  Beinart now favors a single democratic ...

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That Bipartisan Consensus: An Added Note

I can’t help it: when a widely read pundit writes a column saying pretty much the same as what I have just said, I must point it out.  Here is Peter Beinart, who might well have read my post of ...

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“…and maybe he didn’t.”

Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to do nothing—literally, nothing—in reaction to the near certainty that Saudi Prince MBS ordered the brutal murder of the moderate dissident journalist Khashoggi. Trump’s typically dishonest, weasel-like whitewash of Jared’s soul ...

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Gaza (II)

Here is a quick update of the casualty figures I reported in my last post on this subject: Palestinians killed       100+ Palestinians injured   many thousands Israelis killed               0 Israelis injured       ...

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Gaza

Organized by Hamas, the Palestinian demonstration on Friday along the Israeli border was arguably not a model of peaceful protest: people threw Molotov cocktails and hurled burning tires toward the security barriers. According to one unconfirmed report, somebody fired some ...

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The UN, The US and Jerusalem

Most of the world opposes Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land on the West Bank, but nobody is willing to do anything concrete about it.  That’s mainly because the world’s most influential country, its only genuine superpower, stands ready ...

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What to do about North Korea?

The death of Otto Warmbier after captivity in North Korea serves as a reminder—if anybody needed one—that the regime in Pyongyang is brutal as well as bizarre. What should the United States do? Sanctions can be ratcheted up, but the ...

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