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Middle East Affairs

Dec 30, 2009: The Question Israelis Don’t Want To Ask
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel & Palestine , Middle East Affairs , Opinion & Analysis
Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner raises an important question for Israelis in a December 30, 2009, post headlined “Rattling the Cage: A taboo question for Israelis.” He writes: There's a question we Israelis won't ask ourselves about the Palestinians, especially...

Dec 27, 2009: Operation Cast Lead One Year Later
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Jeremy R. Hammond, “an independent journalist and editor of Foreign Policy Journal, notes in a December 27, 2009, article in The Palestine Chronicle that, “One year ago today, Israel launched 'Operation Cast Lead', a murderous full-scale military assault on the...

Dec 27, 2009: Negotiations Have to Start With Respect
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Aviad Glickman, writing at ynetnews.com, December 27, 2009 -- “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been calling on the Palestinians now and again to return to the negotiating table, but Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman views them as "terrorists who are not...

Dec 27, 2009: Japan Speaking Out On Israeli Settlements
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“Japan has been speaking out recently on the matter of Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank Palestinian territory,” asserts John McGlynn, “a Tokyo-based independent foreign policy and financial analyst and an Asia-Pacific Journal associate in an article in...

Nov 6, 2009: The U.S. House of Representatives for Israel
Comments: 0 | Categories: Middle East Affairs , U.S. Middle East Policy
I highly recommend Nation columnist John Nichols’ November 5, 2009, post headlined “House Adopts Know-Nothing Approach to Middle-East.” It’s about the U.S. House of Representatives 344-36 vote to reject any consideration of the the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact...

Nov 6, 2009: Is Turkey’s Erdogan a Model for Middle East Leaders?
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Aijaz Zaka Syed, opinion editor of The Khaleej Times of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has an article in the November 5-11, 2009 edition of Egypt’s Al-Ahram Weekly Online in which he asserts that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan exhibits...

Apr 3, 2009: Will Obama's Visit to Turkey Lead to Improved Relations?
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Yigal Schleifer, a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, reports at EurAsia.Net that, "Turkish and American observers are hailing President Barack Obama’s upcoming three-day visit to Turkey as an important step in repairing a significant - though troubled - strategic alliance."...

Feb 8, 2009: Biden: U.S. Determined to Set New Tone in Relations Around the World
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Christian Science Monitor Correspondent Scott Peterson noted in a February 5, 2009, dispatch from Iran that, "The Obama administration [raised concerns in Iran about improving relations when it] announced this week that it will retain Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department...

Jan 19, 2009: There Was No One to Stop Israel’s Attack on Gaza
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel & Palestine , Middle East Affairs
On January 18, 2009, Gershom Gorenberg made the following observation at Haaretz.com about Israel’s war on Gaza: The diplomatic timing for the war looked lovely. The U.S. president who loved military action was still in power, though fading into the...

Jan 6, 2009: Did Israel Take Obama’s Statement on Gaza As A Warning?
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel & Palestine , Middle East Affairs
Haaretz correspondent Aluf Benn reports in a January 7, 2009, article in the Israeli paper Haaretz headlined “Obama's warning to Israel: Israel's governing "troika" met yesterday in order to find a way out of the conundrum Israel finds itself in,...