The Importance of the Iran Agreement

by Paul R. Pillar A dominant reaction to the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, based especially on the State Department’s fact sheet about the deal, is that it is remarkably detailed and thorough. The lead article in the New York… Continue Reading  

A Tragedy of Errors: U.S. Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks, Part II

by Mitchell Plitnick In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s more here, and the image is one of the United States as the… Continue Reading  

A Tragedy of Errors: U.S. Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks, Part I

by Mitchell Plitnick On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off the failure of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of… Continue Reading  

Martin Indyk: Israel “cried wolf”

Having pulled all the stops to avert an Israeli attack against Iran last spring that never happened, has the Obama administration given all that it has to Israel’s hawkish leaders only to learn that it has been played? If so,… Continue Reading