Monthly Archives : April 2017

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Turkey and Trump’s unpredictability


According to Michael Anton, one of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy aides, the chief characteristic of Trump’s foreign policy is unpredictability. On the surface, unpredictability is a great advantage. Keeping US enemies guessing, at least to some degree, about how the US will respond to hostile acts expands Washington’s maneuver room. But one of the consequences of Trump’s desire…

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General Mattis and the Fatah tautology


On Friday, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Israel as part of a tour of the region that will bring him to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Djibouti. The declared purpose of Mattis’s trip is to “reaffirm key US military alliances, engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing…

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Israel and Obama’s political war


Eli Lake from Bloomberg set off a firestorm in the US this week with his revelation on Monday that in the last six months of the Obama administration, Susan Rice, former president Barack Obama’s national security adviser, requested that the US intelligence community enable her to use foreign intelligence collection as a means of gathering information about Donald Trump’s advisers.…

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Leaving the big tent


The divide between Israelis and American Jews seems to be growing. Indications of the widening gap came last week with reports of a confrontation between an American Jewish activist and four members of Knesset, from across the political spectrum, at a synagogue near Boston. As reported at The Algemeiner, at the end of a forum at Brookline’s Congregation Kehillath Israel,…

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