Jordan Threads the Needle Between Moscow and Washington

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by Shehab Al-Makahleh and Maria Al-Makahleh King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Moscow on February 15 to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials as well as clergymen. Jordan feels isolated because of the Jerusalem issue and… Continue Reading  

Israeli Annexation and a Silent International Community

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by Mitchell Plitnick In December, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced his intention to move the US embassy there. Condemnations abounded, with great hand-wringing and troubled emotions. The United States had to veto an… Continue Reading  

Does Menendez Owe a Debt to Adelson and Trump?

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by Eli Clifton Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), freshly cleared of corruption charges following the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against him, is set to return to his job as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez… Continue Reading  

Pence Goes Over the Water’s Edge

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by Paul R. Pillar As recently as a generation or two ago, the mainstream of American politics observed an important limit whereby domestic politics did not operate beyond the nation’s boundaries. This did not mean that there weren’t sharp differences… Continue Reading  

Cutting Aid to the Palestinians

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by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, 21 global aid organizations issued an open letter to the Donald Trump administration pleading with them to reverse their decision to cut off aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees… Continue Reading