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Haaretz leaks government settlement database

Published on January 30th, 2009 | by Daniel Luban

A Guest Post by Daniel Luban: Earlier this week, I reported on the marked expansion in West Bank settlement construction in 2008, as documented in a just-released Peace Now report. This expansion occurred despite Ehud Olmert’s ... Read More


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Pat Lang Weighs in Against Ross

Published on January 25th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Ret. Col. Pat Lang, a former top Pentagon Middle East and South intelligence analyst, has weighed in very strongly against the prospective appointment of Dennis Ross to be the Obama administration’s special envoy on Iran on ... Read More


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Parsing Obama’s Words on Mitchell Appointment

Published on January 22nd, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Intelligence analysts and diplomats must be poring over Obama’s carefully scripted remarks today at the State Department where he confirmed the appointment of Sen. George Mitchell as Special Envoy for the Middle East for clues as ... Read More


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Good for Roger Cohen

Published on January 12th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

The New York Times‘ Roger Cohen weighs in on Obama’s proposed Middle East team, and he’s not enthusiastic, to say the least. I think it’s very significant that the behind-the-scenes concern about Ross (and the other ... Read More


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UPDATE: Ross Super-Envoy Post May Not be Done Deal

Published on January 10th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

I understand from various sources that Dennis Ross’ prospective status as Middle East super-envoy and, as the WINEP memo disclosed by The Nelson Report claimed, Clinton’s “top advisor on a wide range of Middle East issues, ... Read More


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Petraeus vs. Ross?

Published on January 8th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Back in July, I wrote a post on this blog with the title, “Is Petraeus Preparing to Betray the Neo-Cons?” in which I suggested that, given his expanded geographical jurisdiction as CentCom commander, Gen. David Petraeus, ... Read More


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