News from the Middle East

R.I.P. Barry Rubin

I was very sad to hear this morning of the passing of our friend and PJ Media contributor Barry Rubin following a 17 month battle with cancer. I know for many of us our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It has…

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‘Jerusalem Post’ columnist Barry Rubin dies

Veteran Middle East scholar and commentator Barry Rubin died on Monday, his family announced. A longtime columnist for The Jerusalem Post, Barry was director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA),…

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Losing the Propaganda War

JERUSALEM — On Feb. 4, 1965, as a teenager, I left South Africa, the country of my birth, for a new home in a place I’d never been — Israel. I loved South Africa, but I loathed the apartheid system.…

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The cost of peace, the price of boycott

The “usual” reasons why we should reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians have been joined recently by the economic argument. According to this argument, if we don’t reach an agreement in the near future, the economic boycotts against us…

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Boycotts do not bring peace

We must not treat lightly the European Union decision to prohibit cooperation with those residing, operating or trading in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, but we should not be overly alarmed either. Why did the wrath of this directive strike…

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Boycotting A Better Future

Abba Eban, Israel’s first ambassador to the United Nations, famously quipped that the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. It’s been 40 years since Eban made his wry observation, but the Arab states have once again proved him right.…

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Will the Middle East Lose Its Importance?

In a provocative and well executed article in the July/August issue of the National Interest, “The Fading Arab Oil Empire,” Paul D. Miller, assistant professor of international-security studies at the National Defense University, argues: The geostrategic importance of the Middle East is vastly…

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Why did peace negotiations fail?

  President Shimon Peres, as to be expected, presented Israel’s vision for peace in a dignified manner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It is only regrettable that during his conversation with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad…

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