Saturday Mar 08, 2014
Those who comment in international relations ought to begin with an admission that they know only part of what transpires.
Much is secret. Issues are argued, decided, and implemented in heavy secrecy by one or more agencies of one or more governments. What gets into the public sector is likely to be, at least partly, disinformation, meant to tilt the public discussion in one way or another.
Historians may know more, but they...
Thursday Mar 06, 2014
Several of my correspondents have asked what we should do in the presence of our insoluble problem with the Palestinians.
Immediately, not much.
Wait for the dust to settle, both that raised by the present flurries of John Kerry, and the larger chaos throughout the Middle East, some of which we can lay at the feet of Barack Obama and his call for equality and democracy in that prize winning Cairo speech.
Monday Mar 03, 2014
There is a Russian invasion or movement into Crimea, with threatening declarations from Kiev and Moscow, and more widespread mobilizations on both sides.
Assessments are complicated by the penisula's history, a majority of its population that is Russian ethnically and linguistically, some degree of autonomy for what is called the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, chaos throughout the Ukraine that makes any assessments of legality problematic...
Saturday Mar 01, 2014
There is another proposal for solving Israel's problem with the Palestinians.
Michael Oren, recently Israeli Ambassador to the US, has proposed that Israel recognize the impossibility of reaching a deal with the Palestinians, define its borders, withdraw from the rest of the West Bank, and hope for the best
Oren was trashed by the hosts of a popular discussion program for not being at all sure that...
Thursday Feb 27, 2014
Settlers and the ultra-Orthodox are important minorities in Israeli politics. Both are somewhere on the fringe of key decision-makers, but must be taken into consideration even if not part of the A-team.
There is no precise measure of either group.
"Settlers" are both more and less than the people living in post-1967 neighborhoods of Jerusalem and elsewhere over the 1967 borders. Many, most, or the...