May 18, 2012

Bibi’s Choice

Richard Stengel of Time takes a look at what makes Benjamin Netanyahu tick, his ‎personal history and whether he is the prime minister who will bring peace between ‎Israel and the Palestinians. (Note: This article is for Time subscribers only, but you ‎can read a summary here) ‎

‎[Netanyahu has] a governing coalition that will not leak or collapse if he opens ‎negotiations. He will no longer have to look over his shoulder. He will not have to ‎call elections at the drop of a hat. He has not had that before, and it gives him ‎room to maneuver and room to compromise. “Now he is the emperor … he can ‎do anything,” [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] said last week. “If I were ‎him, I would do it now, now, now.”

Making the Positive Case for Israel

Supporters of Israel must always seize the opportunity to showcase its achievements ‎and contributions to the world, writes Alan Dershowitz in Algemeiner. ‎

Once people’s eyes are opened to Israel’s promise and her contributions to modern society, ‎they realize how close-minded you have to be to ignore the tremendous potential that exists ‎within this tiny nation.  In almost every modern discipline, Israeli innovators have changed ‎the world for the better.  In medicine, researchers have designed methods to better ‎diagnose and treat some of humanity’s most debilitating conditions.  In computer science, ‎Israeli inventions are integral to the vast majority of personal computers in use around the ‎world and to business, industry and even popular devices in high demand for our ‎entertainment.‎

Total Sanctions Might Stop Iran

In a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Meir Dagan, August ‎Hanning, R. James Woolsey, Charles Guthrie, Kristen ‎Silverberg and Mark D. Wallace outline ways in which ‎sanctions could make Iran rethink its nuclear program. ‎

It is still in Iran’s interest to change course and address international concerns regarding ‎possible military aspects of its nuclear program. Our rationale is based on strong ‎empirical evidence from the last few months that sanctions are having a tangible impact. ‎For example, the value of Iran’s currency, the rial, is currently in free fall.‎

Iran’s triple mistakes in Syria, Iraq and Bahrain

The Islamic Republic has made three serious miscalculations that will have an ‎adverse effect on its own interests, writes Amir Taheri in Asharq Alawsat. ‎

In Syria, the mullahs’ strategy is to portray the uprising as a Western conspiracy to punish a regime ‎supposed to be part of “the resistance”. The claim is that the United States and its allies wish to ‎exclude actual or potentially unfriendly powers such as Iran, Russia and China from the region. The ‎mullahs hope to delay the fall of the Assad regime so that they have more time to confirm their ‎foothold in southern Iraq, their second hope.‎


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