Fear of an Irish Settlement Boycott

Settlement and separation wall (Dominique Landau via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick The Irish Senate passed a bill last week that would criminalize doing any business, in goods or services, with Israeli settlements. As with most legislation that concerns Israeli settlement activity, the bill is already highly controversial. Supporters… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Scorched Earth Tour of Europe

Theresa May and Donald Trump (White House via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Like many other US citizens, I get very nervous every time Donald Trump goes to meet with foreign leaders. Whether they are friend, foe, competitor, or ally, it seems almost inevitable that Trump will find a creative… Continue Reading  

Black Cube Crosses Another Line

Viktor Orban (European People's Party via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The private Israeli intelligence firm, Black Cube, is back in the headlines. This time, ex-employees have spilled the beans on a program to throw shade on non-governmental organizations in Hungary to help ensure the electoral victory of… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan: Doomed to Failure

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The regional tour of Donald Trump’s primary Middle East envoys—his lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner—has concluded. So, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of the peace plan the Trump team seems to be… Continue Reading  

The US Quits on Human Rights

Nikki Haley addresses the UN Human Rights Council (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick In a move that seemed very likely when Donald Trump was elected president and was cemented when he appointed Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights… Continue Reading