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October 2, 2012

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Obama's Mideast Missteps

The president's actions have made tense situations in Israel and Egypt even worse, writes Dov S. Zakheim in the National Interest.

Netanyahu’s inserting himself and his country into the middle of the American presidential election understandably has annoyed President Obama. But the president has not helped matters at all. Despite his soothing verbiage about standing by Israel, his less well-rehearsed comments betray a clear coolness not only toward Netanyahu but also toward the Jewish state.

 

Hizbullah, Hamas, and the “Arab Spring”— Weathering the Regional Storm?

Benedetta Berti of the Institute for National Security Studies examines how well the radical Islamic organizations have adapted to recent changes in the region. 

Hizbullah’s stance on the Syrian crisis has not only exacerbated the existing political and sectarian cleavage with the Sunni community and the March 14 movement, but has also weakened the group’s relations with its own political allies within the government … The possibility of Hizbullah losing its current political backing and of the current governing coalition collapsing threatens the group’s political power and its role within Lebanon.

 

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