On the anniversary of the 1979 attack on Makkah's Grand Mosque, Arab News tells the full story of an unthinkable event that shocked the Islamic world and cast a shadow over Saudi society for decades to come
Martin Kramer“On the anniversary of the 1979 attack on Makkah's Grand Mosque, Arab News tells the full story of an unthinkable event that shocked the Islamic world and cast a shadow over Saudi society for decades.”
President Trump’s ill-advised decision to withdraw from Syria should be viewed in the context of two broader developments. In terms of foreign policy, both the Republicans and the Democrats are moving from international engagement to...
Martin Kramer“America’s turn away from the Middle East could have a significant impact on Israel’s strategic interests. Pompeo’s assurances that Washington has not wavered in its staunch support for Israel should be taken with a grain of salt.” Ofra Seliktar
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce on Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series...
Martin KramerPompeo: “Calling settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced peace. There will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”
In early 1946 in Tel Aviv, Asher Berlin got attacked in an alleyway. A gang of men with knives slashed his stomach and face. While Berlin’s blood poured out on the ground, his attackers warned passersby not to help him: “Don’t interfere. He informed...
Martin Kramer“The collaboration trials laid bare an explosive question: Could Jews be found guilty of partnering with the Nazis? Or was this accusation born from a misunderstanding of the satanic upside-down world that the Germans had created for Jews?” David Mikics
I am a young, gay, left-wing Jew. Yet I am called an “apartheid-enabler,” a “baby killer” and a “colonial apologist.”
Martin Kramer“Reasonable people recognize that conflating the Jews with being money-hungry or cheap is anti-Semitic. How is tying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to janitors not getting paid enough at an American university any different?” @blakeflayton
Martin KramerAs I’ve argued for years, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is an advocacy organization with a thin academic cover. More proof: Marc Lamont Hill, whose sole Mideast qualification is a veiled call to eliminate Israel, will give the keynote there.
In 2009, after more than 250 rockets, Israel would have been at war already. Today, there is no need for a rush to action and disproportionate response.
Martin Kramer“Gaza is a closed space. There are no surprises. Maybe anti-tank missiles and sniper fire pose some threat. But gone are the days of the Qassam threats, the tunnels and even Hamas ‘commandos’ trying to get through the sea to Israel.” @sfrantzman
Martin Kramer“Israel's support for the Kurds could end up doing them more harm than good if the Jewish state cannot meaningfully assist and help defend them in a crisis.” (Just between us, it can’t.) @pauliddon
Informal relationships between family members help explain the course of diplomacy between the White House and Turkey’s leader.
Martin Kramer“Trump is replacing formal relations among nations with family-to-family or crony-to-crony relationships,” said Eric Edelman, US ambassador to Turkey during the George W. Bush administration. “It ought to be a matter of concern to all Americans.” @ddknyt
It seems like every time former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani opens his mouth or enters the conversation about the investigations into President Trump’s questionable activities, his reputation takes another hit. Giuliani’s performance as a Trump...
Martin Kramer“Today’s fatally flawed Giuliani is not a fundamentally different man from the one who once was considered presidential timber.” @jonathans_tobin
We’re advised to shelve our angst to stop Brexit. It’s painful to be part of a community so easily cast aside, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland
Martin Kramer“That the historic party of social justice finds a little bit of racism acceptable, and that many millions of voters agree, means that what we thought about this country wasn’t quite true.” @freedland
"If you can't have Saudi Arabia as your client, the next best bet is Turkey."
Martin Kramer“Greenberg Traurig, a white-shoe law firm with a scandalous history, has recently become Turkey’s top lobbyist and a key part of the country’s massive influence campaign in Washington.” @danspinelli902
We Jews have evolved to be neurotic; so neurotic that, in certain circumstances, the Syrian border feels slightly safer than Muswell Hill. I’ll take Muswell Hill. Polls say that only 7 per cent of…
Martin Kramer“Do people really think that a far-right thug will pause before he punches a Jew and think: hang on, didn’t this rhetoric emerge from Stalin’s Russia? The left provides the script; the right, the fists.” @TanyaGold1
Damascus, SANA-President Bashar al-Assad stressed that the scenario broadcast by the US about the killing operation of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Daesh organization, is part of the US tricks and we should not believe what they say unless they...
Martin KramerAssad: “We do not recognize the legitimacy of Israel’s existence as a state. We don’t recognize the existence of the Israeli people. There is no Israeli people except the one that existed for several centuries BC.” No, Israel is real. Syria is fake.
Her opposition to an Armenian genocide resolution was a disgrace. But Trump, Obama and the pro-Israel community have also been hypocrites on the issue.
Martin Kramer“While Ilhan Omar has taken a deserved shellacking from supporters of Israel and even from left-wing outlets like The Nation, she’s not the only one who has had a blind spot when it comes to Turkey.” List includes Trump, Obama, Israel. @jonathans_tobin
Social liberalization has outpaced economic reform, but there doesn’t seem to be any turning back.
Martin Kramer“Remarkably, hardly anyone I meet here speaks of the attack on the oil fields. If pressed, almost all Saudis insist the kingdom did the right thing by not retaliating. ‘We have too much to lose’ is the typical comment.” Karen Elliott House