November 19, 2012 |
The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there's a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors — Palestinians and Israelis — can possibly know how it will turn out. How many times must they rehash this tired plot ? Resentments build, tensions rise. A disputed border incident provides a spark. Israel reacts with sudden force. Palestinians fire rockets at civilian targets. Israel launches reprisal attacks — first justified, then disproportionate.
October 26, 2012 |
Did Syria and Israel conduct secret talks in 2010 about a possible peace treaty involving a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights? Recent news items — aimed at influencing Israel's January elections — assert as much. But such discussions, usually secret and indirect, were going on for a long time. In the four successive Israeli governments in which I served from 1996 to 2005, proposals were floated for giving up the Golan, or most of it, in exchange for peace with the dictatorial Syrian regime.
October 9, 2012 |
Imam Johari Abdul Malik is outreach director at Dar Al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., and a contributor to The Washington Post's local faith leader network . The other day, I got a ride from a very nice Syrian man. We discussed the crisis in Syria and its complexities. He explained to me that there are many factions, each fearing what will happen to them if one of the other factions seizes control . Their assumption is retribution and repression by the...
September 13, 2012 |
A handful of Republicans pushed Wednesday to cut off aid to Libya and Egypt . Fortunately, most Republicans and Democrats in Congress reject the idea. In Libya , the government is largely secular and pro-American. It is also weak and unable to preserve order against the many forces — from remnants of the Gaddafi era to radical Islamic militants — that challenge its authority . Cutting off support isn't the answer. If anything, we should be increasing assistance, especially security assistance, to...
July 16, 2012 |
JERUSALEM —With Egypt unsettled, Syria in crisis and Iran's nuclear program raising widespread fears, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conferred with Israeli leaders here Monday to reaffirm U.S. ties and allay anxieties about the rapidly changing dynamics in the region. In her first trip to Israel since 2010 and probably her last as secretary of state, Clinton met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to talk about a range of issues, the most pressing of which was probably Iran's nuclear...
June 27, 2012 |
JERUSALEM — In Israel, it has been dubbed "the cold peace" — the period of cooperative, if not warm, relations with Egypt that has lasted more than three decades despite the buffetings of regional wars, two Palestinian uprisings and political upheavals in both countries. The election of an Islamist president in Egypt has raised new questions about the future of those relations and whether the 1978 Camp David accords and the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty...