Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

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by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

What Do the Midterms Mean for U.S. Mideast Policy?

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are still a few races to be decided, but the overall results of the 2018 midterms are clear. The hoped-for “blue wave” turned out to be a blue trickle, but Donald Trump’s era of completely unfettered… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu Chooses Trump over U.S. Jews…Again

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by Mitchell Plitnick On Saturday, Robert Bowers, a right-wing gunman strode into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and began shooting. When he was finished, he’d murdered 11 people. Donald Trump led the quick march to bizarrely… Continue Reading  

Beating War Drums at the UN

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by Mitchell Plitnick Just a few sentences into Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, the entire world was laughing at the President of the United States. Reactions to the rest of his speech might have… Continue Reading  

Lessons from Oslo’s Failure

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by Mitchell Plitnick September 13, 2018 marks 25 years since the historic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasir Arafat on the White House lawn. Like many people who have spent these years… Continue Reading