Avoiding Another Mistake in Lebanon

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by Mitchell Plitnick No one has ever complained that the United States doesn’t pay enough attention to the Middle East. In recent years, however, one country that hasn’t gotten much attention in Washington is Lebanon. But on Tuesday, the Senate… Continue Reading  

North Korea Is Not Iran

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by Mitchell Plitnick The drama around North Korea and Donald Trump took another bizarre twist last week, with the sudden announcement that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would meet sometime before May. Reaction was as swift as it… Continue Reading  

False Confession, Misleading Headline: That’s Occupation

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by Mitchell Plitnick The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, is widely seen as Israel’s lone mainstream left-of-center daily. It has a low circulation inside Israel, but its English edition is read much more widely by Israel observers outside of the Middle East.… Continue Reading  

The Scorched Earth of Netanyahu’s Israel

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by Mitchell Plitnick The recent police recommendation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for various acts of corruption may well have started the countdown to the long-awaited departure of the man who has spent more time in the… Continue Reading  

Israeli Fear of Qatari Outreach to US Jews

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by Mitchell Plitnick On January 31, the Israeli embassy in the United States stated that Israel did not approve of several right wing, pro-Israel American Jewish leaders meeting with senior officials, including the emir, of Qatar. “We oppose this outreach… Continue Reading