Abrams Says Iran Sends Arms Via Somalia

The notion that Iran supplies arms to Hamas is something that has become conventional wisdom in the mainstream media. I’ve been agnostic on this issue myself, although the logistical challenges of a direct Mediterranean route, given the presence of Israeli… Continue Reading  

Abrams Confirms His New Role

Elliott Abrams just confirmed that he will be official mouthpiece of Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud Party at the Council on Foreign Relations and on the pages of The Weekly Standard (and probably in the Wall Street Journal, too). In… Continue Reading  

Ross Gets An Appointment But Maybe Not Quite the One He Wanted

Dennis Ross’ appointment was finally announced today. This appeared as a “press release” on the State Department’s website late this afternoon: Appointment of Dennis Ross as Special Advisor for The Gulf and Southwest Asia Robert Wood Acting Department Spokesman Washington,… Continue Reading  

Amazing Appointment — Chas Freeman as NIC Chairman

As first reported by Laura Rozen and subsequently confirmed by Chris Nelson, it appears that Chas Freeman has been appointed chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the body that is charged by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) with… Continue Reading  

Best Analysis of Israel Elections and Implications for Obama

If you still hope for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and are worried that last week’s elections in Israel are putting it beyond reach, you should definitely read former Israeli peace envoy Daniel Levy’s detailed analysis of both… Continue Reading