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A conference in Erbil, Iraq, hosted by the Center for Peace Communications, September 2021. Source: Screenshot.

A cautionary tale about Arab-Israeli normalization

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Those picking up The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 24 got some good news about the cause of peace in the Middle East. On its opinion page was an article by Sheikh Wisam Al-Harden, an influential tribal leader...
U.S. Special Representative to Iran Robert Malley, former CEO of the International Crisis Group and former National Security Council official during the Obama administration. Source: Screenshot.

Malley: US ‘can’t wait forever’ for Iran to rejoin nuclear talks

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The United States is prepared to be patient with Iran regarding the negotiations over a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but “can’t wait forever,” according to U.S. Special Representative to...
U.S. President Joe Biden with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, on Aug. 27, 2021. Source: Embassy of Israel/Twitter.

Biden administration briefs Jewish leaders on Bennett meetings, foreign policy

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The Biden administration held a short telephone call with leaders of American Jewish organizations on Aug. 27, giving them a general outline of the meetings between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister...
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A US visa waiver for Israelis? Doubtful.

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A visa waiver is a sign of deep friendship and trust between nations. The United States has waiver arrangements with about 40 countries, including some—like Chile or Brunei—that do not enjoy the same level...
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Rescuing Biden from Afghanistan

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The obvious lesson for Israel from America’s abandonment of Afghanistan to the Taliban is that it can’t count on the U.S. to protect it from the consequences of ceding more territory. This reality, however, is...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Instead of surrendering to Taliban, Biden could have declared victory

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The humiliation of President Joe Biden by a gang of murderous thugs in Afghanistan is just revving up. The latest insult is that the Taliban is refusing to give him any leeway to continue...
AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2021. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

On first day of US trip, Bennett meets with AIPAC, top Biden administration staff

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Howard Kohr, CEO of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), on Wednesday during his first full day of a brief trip to Washington, D.C. Bennett arrived in the United...
Demonstrators in front of the White House protesting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Credit: john smith 2021/Shutterstock.

Taliban triumph in Afghanistan has Arab states and Israel hedging dependence on US

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The Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan has Middle Eastern countries deeply concerned about their dependence on the U.S. security umbrella. Elliott Abrams, who served as Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela during the Donald Trump...
U.S. President Joe Biden on the phone with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan about ongoing efforts to safely drawdown the civilian footprint in Afghanistan. Source: White House/Twitter.

Can Biden reverse course and abandon Obama’s policies?

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President Joe Biden has tried to shift the responsibility to his predecessors and to just about everyone but himself regarding the situation in Afghanistan, which is a colossal disaster. It demonstrates how ill-prepared the...
U.S. soldiers on the way back to Kandahar Army Air Field on Sept. 4, 2003. The soldiers were searching for Taliban fighters and illegal weapons caches. Photo: Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis/U.S. Army.

President Biden chose the worst options in Afghanistan

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You don’t need to be a brilliant geopolitical strategist to understand that the United States should be the best friend—and the worst enemy—any nation could have. Following the events of recent days, the United...