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Afghanis run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 plane as it departs from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 16, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

The cost of disgrace is not cheap

For those old enough to remember the images of the last days of South Vietnam, recent events in Afghanistan are shockingly familiar. In each case, a flawed American ally facing a determined foe quickly...
A cedar forest in El-Arz, Bsharri, Lebanon, Dec. 1, 2006. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Lebanon and the geography of Arab change

In a summer of brewing crises, from Havana through Caracas to Tehran (and other Iranian cities), Lebanon’s descent into crisis tends to be overlooked. And yet, it is part of a larger picture in...
Rabat, Morocco, site of an Israeli liaison office. Credit: Pixabay.

Lapid inaugurates liaison office in Morocco, reveals opening of mutual embassies within months

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Israeli liaison office in Rabat, Morocco, on Thursday, formally re-establishing ties between the two nations. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lapid was joined by Moroccan...
The former U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, July 19, 2009. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US pressures Israel to open Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem

U.S. administration officials have worked to delay a bill proposed by Knesset member Nir Barkat (Likud) which, if passed into law, would essentially prevent the reopening of a de facto U.S. embassy to the Palestinians in...
Chanan Weissman has been tapped to serve as the White House liaison to the American Jewish community, August 2021. Credit: WhiteHouse.gov.

Weissman well-suited for Jewish liaison, say those familiar with position

The White House’s announcement on Aug. 5 that Chanan Weissman, a career government staffer and former Jewish liaison under President Barack Obama, was chosen to become the White House liaison to the Jewish community was welcomed...
American historian Deborah Lipstadt. Credit: YouTube.

Envoy will first need to root out anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party

U.S. President Joe Biden’s choice of Emory Professor Deborah Lipstadt as America’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism has not been greeted with the unqualified approval that might have been expected for such...
The WhiteHouse, Washington, D.C. Credit: Credit: WhiteHouse.gov.

White House makes internal selection for Jewish liaison after months of pressure

The Biden administration has chosen a former White House Jewish liaison to resume the position on Thursday after months of pleading from Jewish communal organizations to name someone to the post. Chanan Weissman, 37, who...
Deborah Lipstadt. Credit: Courtesy.

Biden nominates Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt as next anti-Semitism envoy

After months of pressure from Jewish communal organizations to appoint someone to the position, the Biden administration on Friday nominated Deborah Lipstadt to serve as the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Lipstadt,...
The former U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, July 19, 2009. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US reportedly to delay reopening Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians

The United States is expected to delay reopening the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem until the new Israeli government passes a budget, likely by November, reported Axios. According to a report, “the decision shows how invested the...
Palestinians come to receive food aid from a UNRWA distribution center in the Khan Younis camp in the southern Gaza Strip, March 7, 2020. Photo by Fadi Fahd/Flash90

US transfers $135 million in aid to UNRWA

The United States transferred $135.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Saturday, after signing a framework agreement with the refugee agency on July 14. UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe...