Fact-Checking Noah Pollak and the IDF’s Unofficial Spokespeople

By now, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attempts to spin the story of Jawaher Abu Rahmah — the Palestinian woman who died last week following a protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in, by all indications due to exposure to… Continue Reading  

Ben Smith’s Fair and Balanced Take

On Monday, Politico‘s Ben Smith ran a long piece that was advertised as a “view from the Middle East” about the Obama administration’s failures in the Middle East peace process. Andrew Sullivan quickly criticized the article for its extensive and… Continue Reading  

In the Wake of 9/11, Israel Put Iran into “Axis of Evil”

The reaction of Israeli political leaders to the news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 anticipated that the American public, as well as its policymakers, would now be better able to empathize with Israel’s vulnerability to random terrorist attacks against civilians. But a spate of Israeli pronouncements also drew upon a decade of Israeli assertions of Iranian complicity in terrorist attacks, and warnings of an imminent Iranian nuclear threat. A war of civilizations had begun, in which Islamic fundamentalist forces had launched what was just their first strike on September 11. The next might be a nuclear attack by Iran. Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for August 26th, 2010: Reuters: John Irish reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned Iran that, “If a credible agreement [over its nuclear program] cannot be reached, Iran’s isolation would only worsen.” … Continue Reading  

Anne Bayefsky Claims that the Cordoba Initiative is Part of an Iranian Plot

The Hudson Institute‘s Anne Bayefsky in an article on Pajamas Media, attempts to link the Cordoba Initiative’s fund-raising for the planned community center at 45-51 Park Place in New York (rebranded the Park 51 Community Center) to the secretary-general of… Continue Reading