Following Donald Trump’s land-slide victory in the Presidential election, questions arise as to his intensions pertaining to the Middle East and Israel. An Israeli document defined Trump’s perception of this chaotic region as a “bad investment”, yet a reality in which Washington turns its back on the Middle East could bring about dangerous consequences.
1. Mr. Owen Alterman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent – i24 news.
2. Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow – Moshe Dayan Center – Tel Aviv University
In the midst of ongoing conflict within a hostile neighborhood, Israel has advance in security cooperation and coordination with both regional and international partners. The strategic value is significant both for the country’s intelligence and operational capabilities.
1. Mr. Owen Alterman, Foreign affairs correspondent and commentator i24 News
2. Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow – Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
Sudan and Syria are waiting for an American Response
The tide of anti-American demonstrations continues to swell as fervent protests spread throughout countries in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. Last week, protesters in Egypt breached the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, and in Libya protesters attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Two days later, hundreds of radical Islamists attacked the British embassy and set fire to the German embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. Then in Bangladesh, thousands of protesters burned U.S. and Israeli flags, after police prevented them from approaching the U.S embassy. Outside Jalalabad, Afghanistan, hundreds of Afghans, some shouting “Death to America”, burned the U.S. flag and an effigy of President Obama. Even in the West on the streets of London, 150 protesters marched to the US embassy chanting, “burn burn USA” as an American flag went up in flames.
An American “response” came quickly. On September 15th, the U.S. State Department ordered the withdrawal of non-essential U.S. government personnel and family members from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia and warned U.S. citizens against travel to those countries. U.S. President Barack Obama also contacted U.S. diplomats at a number of American missions in the Arab world in an effort to reassure, and has promised to send marines in to help secure embassies in the region. Continue reading “First we take Khartoum, then we take Berlin”
The Obama administration should learn the lessons of Bill Clinton’s experience in the Middle East, as expounded in Martin Indyk’s new book.
Innocent or not? Indyk’s lessons to a new American Administration
Thoughts about Martin Indyk’s new book, Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East ( Simon & Schuster. 494 pp)
Peace in the Middle East appears to be advancing, at least in popularity. The past few years have seen a flurry of published personal accounts on the troubled Middle East and with the long and winding road for peace and stability in the region. The headlines of most of them gives an unfortunate good indication to our current state of affairs: Dennis Ross, Middle East envoy under President Clinton, wrote about the “Missing Peace;” Charles Enderlin, Israel’s correspondent for French II television, wrote about “Shattered Dreams: The Failure of the Peace Process in the Middle East .” Aaron David Miller, an advisor to six Secretaries of State and a current peace activists wrote about ” The Much Too Promised Land; and Daniel C. Kurtzer, US former Ambassador to Israel and another future key player in the Obama team titled his account “Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace.” This list of former negotiators and experts is now joined by Indyk’s account, “Innocent Abroad”