Analysis & Commentary


10th June 2010 - Slate

Disrupt Iran’s Oil Trade, Aid the Green Movement

Benjamin Weinthal, Mark Dubowitz

Conventional wisdom has it that imposing harsher energy sanctions on the Iranian regime will have little effect on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the entity largely responsible for Iran's illicit nuclear program

10th June 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

German Jews: Break Gaza Blockade

Benjamin Weinthal

Edith Lutz, a member of a fringe group of anti-Israeli German Jews, announced on Thursday in German radio (Deutschlandradio) that members plan to deliver musical instruments and other goods aboard a vessel destined for Hamas in Gaza.

10th June 2010 - National Review Online

Re: Coulda Fooled Me

Clifford D. May

Yes, Mark, it is improbable for Erdogan to say "It is not possible for those who belong to the Muslim faith to carry out genocide."

That is especially the case now, as Erdogan is supporting Hamas and cozying up to Iran. As I note in my NRO column today:

Abdallah Jarbu, Hamas's deputy...

9th June 2010 - Jerusalem Post

German Nuke Tech Reaching Iran via Dubai

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN – Dubai's free trade zones continues to be used to smuggle sophisticated German technology that can be used for Teheran's nuclear program, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph. "The deal was negotiated with a prominent Dubai trading

9th June 2010 - Pajamas Media

Well, That Just Bought Iran Another 2 Hours and 54 Minutes’ and Counting

Claudia Rosett

At least that’s my rough count of the time elapsed for the meeting at which the United Nations Security Council just passed its fourth sanctions resolution against Iran’s rogue nuclear projects.

9th June 2010 - National Review Online

Re: Hezbollah Stands with Helen Thomas

Dan, any word from the Obama administration’s counterterrorism czar, John Brennan, about whether Mr. Moussawi (“Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs”) is one of those many Hezbollah moderates he’s been searching for?

8th June 2010 - Fox News

Mr. Obama, Mr. Abbas Does Want the Siege of Gaza to End

Jonathan Schanzer

President Mahmoud Abbas will ask President Obama to convince Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip when the two men meet Wednesday, the Maan News Agency reports.

8th June 2010 - Wall Street Journal

The German-Israeli Special Relationship

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration is widely considered to be Israel's most reliable and stalwart ally on the European continent. Israeli-German relations-as enshrined by their own so-called "special relationship"-should not adhere to fluctuating weather patterns.

8th June 2010 - NOW Lebanon

Erdogan Makes Turkeys of The Arabs

Tony Badran

As the dust begins settling after the Gaza flotilla affair, it has become increasingly clear that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) resorted in a premeditated way to populist demagoguery during the episode in order to serve narrower political goals.

8th June 2010 - The Long War Journal

Taliban overrun Frontier Corps outpost in northwest Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a Frontier Corps outpost during an assault today in the Arakzai tribal agency. The attack took place just seven days after the top Pakistani military commander declared an end to military operations in Arakzai.

7th June 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Israeli Envoys Slam German Pols for Joining Flotilla

Benjamin Weinthal

Israeli Ambassador to Germany Yoram Ben-Zeev and Emmanuel Nahshon, the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, took the unusual step last week of publicly criticizing Left Party members of parliament who were aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships that attempted to break the Israeli blockade...

7th June 2010 - The Weekly Standard

German Members of Parliament Were Aboard Mavi Marmara

Benjamin Weinthal

Two members of Germany's "post-communist" Left party, Inge Höger and Annette Groth, were on the Mavi Marmara last week and apparently used tax monies to fund their terror raid on Israel.

7th June 2010 - National Review Online

About Those Somali Terrorist Arrests in New Jersey

On Sunday, Dan noted this New York Times report by Will Rashbaum about two men arrested in New Jersey on terrorism charges. As is her wont, the Gray Lady also included a companion spin-the-news fable by Eric Schmitt, wanting you to understand that al Qaeda-connected al-Shabab's recruitment...

7th June 2010 - National Review Online

My Letter to Hearst

Clifford D. May

Dear Mr. Swartz, More than 30 years ago I cut my teeth as a foreign correspondent for Hearst Newspapers. Indeed, I believe I was the last "roving foreign correspondent" Hearst would ever have.

7th June 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Cleric Encourages Arab Cooperation with Turkey, Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

There have been pro-flotilla rallies throughout the Muslim world and some of them have been attended by especially notorious figures. Consider the rallies in Yemen. On June 1, thousands gathered to denounce Israel. Another rally, where the attendees sang chants praising Turkish Prime...

6th June 2010 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Year of Lost Chances by Obama in Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Saturday will mark one year since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole a second presidential term in a rigged Iranian election. The response last year was shocking: Hundreds of thousands of angry Iranians flooded the streets. It was the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. It was also a chance to turn...

6th June 2010 - Pajamas Media

And Now, Ahmadinejad Goes to Istanbul

Claudia Rosett

Yes, on Monday Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to touch down in Turkey. Seems like the Turkish and Iranian governments just can’t get enough of each other these days. This visit follows the Turkish-led furor of the past week over the Gaza Flotilla, complete with its terror-linked...

6th June 2010 - Pajamas Media

Iran Joins the Flotilla’NOT

Michael Ledeen

The Iranians have announced that “if the Supreme Leader gives the word,” the Iranian Navy will accompany future flotillas to Gaza.

5th June 2010 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq is ‘broken,’ cut off from leaders in Paksitan, says top US general

Bill Roggio

Iraqi and US forces have hit al Qaeda in Iraq hard over the last several months, crippling the terror group's senior leadership and disrupting its communications with al Qaeda's top leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the top US commander in the country said.

4th June 2010 - Forbes

Turkey’s Two-Faced Aid For Gaza

Claudia Rosett

From the fury with which Turkey's leaders are demanding carte blanche access for aid to Gaza, you might suppose the Turkish government had exhausted every available route for pouring its own bounty into the Palestinian enclave. Think again. While Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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