Matt Duss: The Alternate Reality of Linkage Deniers

The Center for American Progress’ Matt Duss has a piece up on Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel. He points to the ample evidence in the WikiLeaks cables that Arab leaders see the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a serious impediment to… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for December 16, 2010: The Weekly Standard: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Benjamin Weinthal blogs on The Weekly Standard that the detainment of two German journalists in Iran should put call attention to… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for December 15, 2010: The Diplomat: American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael Rubin is interviewed on The Diplomat blog on “how sanctions can work with Iran.” Rubin says that sanctions are having both an economic and… Continue Reading  

Clinton Endorses “Linkage” in Major Policy Address

It’s worth noting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Middle East policy address on Friday contained yet another explicit endorsement of the concept of ‘linkage‘ between resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the long-term strategic interests of the United States in the… Continue Reading  

Gideon Levy Debunks the Myth of Israel’s “Military Option” Against Iran

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy’s most recent column applies Israel’s inability to effectively combat fires in the Carmel forest to the broader context of the limits of Israeli power. Specifically, Levy says those who push for an Israeli military strike on… Continue Reading