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Move over, Egypt, Iraq and Syria: Iran, Israel and Turkey are now driving change in the Mideast by Aaron David Miller

Move over, Egypt, Iraq and Syria: Iran, Israel and Turkey are now driving change in the Mideast by Aaron David Miller | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

For the better part of the last century, three Arab states — Egypt , Iraq and Syria — dominated Middle East politics in matters of war and peacemaking and shaped the region's relations with the great powers. Not anymore. It's the new world of the non-Arabs — Iran, Israel and Turkey — that will now increasingly shape that stage for both good and ill. No matter how long it lasts, the eclipse of the Arabs will carry important consequences for the Middle East and the United States' interests there.

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Total Collapse [US policy on Syria] by Lee Smith

Total Collapse [US policy on Syria] by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

After a year in which Assad has made war on his own country, the Obama administration still believes he is capable of the reform that would lead to a peaceful political transition and a dialogue with those he’s raped, tortured, and murdered. The administration’s Syria policy represents a total collapse of the declared U.S. position that Assad has lost legitimacy and should leave power.

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Israel and Azerbaijan: The Odd Couple by Walter Russell Mead

Israel and Azerbaijan: The Odd Couple by Walter Russell Mead | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

As tensions mount over the possibility of Iran imminently acquiring a nuclear capability, Israel needs all the allies it can get. Including, it seems, Azerbaijan.

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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Harvard 'One State Conference'

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Harvard 'One State Conference' | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

I am deeply disturbed by the willingness of Harvard University to host a conference on the so-called one state solution. The event calls for the dissolution of the State of Israel. The speakers have, in the past, denied the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and compared Israel’s policies to those of Nazi Germany, both of which are defined as anti-Semitism by the U.S. State Department. This is not academic discourse, but pure and simple hatred, and Harvard should have no part in it.

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Taking Out Dictators by Victor Davis Hanson

Taking Out Dictators by Victor Davis Hanson | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In the past 40 years, the United States has intervened to go after autocrats in Afghanistan, Grenada, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Panama, Somalia, and Serbia. We have attacked by air, by land, and by a combination of both. In the post-Vietnam, post–Cold War era, are there any rules to guide us about any action envisioned against Syria or Iran — patterns known equally to our enemies?

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The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith

The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Hamas finally comes out against the Assad regime, its longtime patron, striking a major blow against Iran’s bid for Shia regional dominance. But rather than seeing Hamas’ defection as a reflection of the Sunni-Shia conflict, the White House will read Hamas’ distancing from Iran as a sign of moderation—and it will work tirelessly to nurture Hamas as a peace partner. If Obama wins again in November, this will be a pillar of the White House’s Middle East policy.

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Israelis, Palestinians under one flag? by Abraham H. Foxman

Israelis, Palestinians under one flag? by Abraham H. Foxman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

When Lawrence Summers rejected divestment at Harvard, he raised the question as to whether those who were unfairly singling out Israel were motivated by anti-Semitism. He assumed that some probably were and others probably were not, but either way, he reasoned, the consequences of such activity were to make anti-Semitism more acceptable and more likely. His words can be also used about a conference based on the idea that the only Jewish state in the world, the home of the Jewish people for 3,000 years, should disappear.

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Harvard's Latest Assault on Israel by Ruth Wisse

Harvard's Latest Assault on Israel by Ruth Wisse | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The avowed mission of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, host of the upcoming conference, "is to strengthen democratic governance around the world by preparing people for public leadership and by helping to solve problems of public policy." How farcical that instead of seeking to strengthen democratic governance, its students hijack its forum for "studying" how to destroy the hardiest democracy in the Middle East.

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Israel’s worst enemies often come from within by Barbara Kay

Israel’s worst enemies often come from within by Barbara Kay | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

George Orwell once said, “England is the only great nation whose intellectuals are ashamed of their country.” Orwell never met Israeli intellectuals. 

 

To students of Jewish history, with its one constant feature of internal divisiveness, it is not at all surprising that both the world’s most passionate Zionists and anti-Zionists should be found … in Zion. There is truth in the old joke that Jews are exactly like everyone else — only more so.

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Kramer on FB: Deceitful letter from Harvard conference participants

Speakers in the 'One State Conference' send a letter to Harvard President Faust and HKS Dean Ellwood: "The charge that the conference is 'one-sided' is completely and entirely baseless." Baseless! "It is wholly unacceptable for the university to distance itself from the ideas expressed in the conference," because it is "defamation" to "portray us as extremists who hold repugnant ideas." The deceit continues.

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Muslims and Christians must also serve in IDF by Moshe Arens

Muslims and Christians must also serve in IDF by Moshe Arens | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

It was not right that the attention of the Tal Law's cancellation has all been focused on the ultra-Orthodox community's absence from the IDF, while the Muslim and Christian community has been effectively disregarded; equality is indivisible.

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Rewriting history [of Israel's bombing of the Osirak reactor] by Aharon Lapidot

Rewriting history [of Israel's bombing of the Osirak reactor] by Aharon Lapidot | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Some people (such as Amnon Abrahmovich, Channel 2's senior commentator) are forgetting the facts when looking back on Menachem Begin’s order to attack the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981.

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Saudi Arabia Is Arming the Syrian Opposition by Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi Arabia Is Arming the Syrian Opposition by Jonathan Schanzer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

If Riyadh wants to arm the opposition, armed it shall be. And those who receive the weapons will likely be at least amenable to the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam that has spawned dangerous Islamist movements worldwide. Of course, a Saudi-led insurgency would not be in the cards if the Obama administration were not so opposed to empowering the opposition. But the longer Obama waits and the deeper the humanitarian crisis worsens, the more likely it becomes that other actors will tip the balance in Syria. Using history as a guide, none would be more dangerous than Saudi Arabia.

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Obama Must Act Promptly to Prevent a Nuclear Iran by Mort Zuckerman

Virtually every expert on the Middle East believes that Iran will use a nuclear weapon if it is able to gain one. When historians review this period, they will compare the performance of our leadership to that of either British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who failed to confront Hitler, or his successor Winston Churchill, who saved the West when he had the courage to stand up to the fanaticism of the Nazi regime.

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Reminder to Harvard Kennedy School: Speech by Sen. John F. Kennedy to Zionists of America Convention, 1960

Reminder to Harvard Kennedy School: Speech by Sen. John F. Kennedy to Zionists of America Convention, 1960 | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

"Israel was not created in order to disappear—Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom; and no area of the world has ever had an overabundance of democracy and freedom.

 

"It is worth remembering, too, that Israel is a cause that stands beyond the ordinary changes and chances of American public life. In our pluralistic society, it has not been a Jewish cause--any more than Irish independence was solely the concern of Americans of Irish descent. The ideals of Zionism have, in the last half century, been repeatedly endorsed by Presidents and Members of Congress from both parties. Friendship for Israel is not a partisan matter. It is a national commitment."

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Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard by Dan Diker

Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard by Dan Diker | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The implications of the “One-State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One- State Solution” at Harvard are far reaching. Conference organizers have already won a victory by holding the symposium at the university without suffering a formal university disavowal. Despite its limited protestations, Harvard’s sanction of this event provides the moral and academic underpinnings for the so-called “One-State Solution” conference to be held as mainstream academic event at universities worldwide. This would be a colossal failure of moral conduct and responsibility.

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Sex, Marxism and Fraud [re: Marc H. Ellis] by Steven Plaut

Sex, Marxism and Fraud [re: Marc H. Ellis] by Steven Plaut | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

It would be preferable if Baylor fired Ellis for being a fraud, a pseudo-academic, an imposter with no knowledge of “Jewish Studies,” someone unqualified to serve as a professor of anything. But the United States got rid of Al Capone by convicting him of income tax evasion. So I suppose Baylor could do worse than firing Marc H. Ellis because of sexual misconduct.

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There Be Dragons by Thomas L. Friedman

There Be Dragons by Thomas L. Friedman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

After the onset of the Arab awakenings, it was reasonable to be, at worst, agnostic and, at best, hopeful about the prospect of these countries making the difficult transition from autocracy to democracy. But recently, looking honestly at the region, one has to conclude that the prospects for stable transitions to democracy anytime soon are dimming. It is too early to give up hope, but it is not too early to start worrying.

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What Rules Should Harvard Have? by Alan M. Dershowitz

What Rules Should Harvard Have? by Alan M. Dershowitz | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

When confronted with choices about what kind of events can take place on campus, there are various approaches a university could take. One is called “the taxi cab rule.” Taxis must pick up all potential customers and generally do not refuse service to anyone. A university could adopt such an approach, but if it did, it would have to make its facilities available to the Ku Klux Klan, to the Westboro Baptist Church, and to other racist, sexist, and homophobic groups.

 

By funding this one-sidedly offensive conference, Harvard has essentially committed itself to the taxi cab approach. I hope it will maintain that commitment when other students sponsor equally controversial events.

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Friends Of Syria: Obama, Clinton, The Saudi King, All Pusillanimous, One Worse Than The Other by Martin Peretz

Friends Of Syria: Obama, Clinton, The Saudi King, All Pusillanimous, One Worse Than The Other by Martin Peretz | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Given the four decades of family tyranny and mass murder in Syria, the reluctance of the most powerful Arab state, the most powerful monarchy in the world, to take out these killers is pusillanimity. I’m afraid that President Obama is also pusillanimous on this matter. Now, this should not be surprising. The president is not touched, not touched at all by mass violations of human dignity. Moreover, he is not touched by mass takings of human life … anywhere. I dare my readers to challenge this dismal assertion.

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Not a Parody: Peace Now Shocked to Discover Arabs Don’t Want Peace by Jonathan S. Tobin

Not a Parody: Peace Now Shocked to Discover Arabs Don’t Want Peace by Jonathan S. Tobin | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Give Americans for Peace Now’s Lara Friedman a little credit. After schlepping to an Arab League conference on Jerusalem, she at least had the wit to notice that just about everybody else there was focused on delegitimizing Israel, denouncing its existence within any borders and denying thousands of years of Jewish history.

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A Destructive “Solution” by Joshua Lipson and Beth Drucker [Harvard Students for Israel]

A Destructive “Solution” by Joshua Lipson and Beth Drucker [Harvard Students for Israel] | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

We completely reject the premise of this conference, which runs counter to the very existence of a Jewish state as enshrined in international law. A majority of experts across the political spectrum agree that despite difficulties in reaching an agreement, a two-state solution is far preferable to a one-state non-solution. Accordingly, we ask the Harvard community and all supporters of peace to recognize the implications of this “solution” and decry such calls for the dismantlement of a sovereign state.

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Kramer on FB: At Harvard, a line so fine you can't make it out

Kramer on FB: At Harvard, a line so fine you can't make it out | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The Harvard ‘One State Conference’ is not part of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), say its organizers. But as you can see from this poster promoting IAW, it’s a line so fine that you can’t make it out.

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American Jewish Committee: Harvard's One-State Conference A Non-Starter

American Jewish Committee: Harvard's One-State Conference A Non-Starter | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

"The one-state idea is a recipe for Israel's destruction," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Those promoting this proposition, including the Harvard conference organizers, should be honest and transparent about their motives. They are not remotely offering a peace option.... The one-state idea, using language that may be deemed more palatable to Western ears, has become a favored vehicle for continuing the bitter struggle to bring an end to the Jewish state."

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Washington and Cairo: America's Bitter Awakening by Zvi Mazel

It took only one week of violent street demonstrations in Cairo for America to abandon its ally of 43 years and for President Barack Obama to tell Mubarak to go. He probably thought that freed of the chains of dictatorship, a new regime would turn to democracy and strengthen its ties with America. It was a very bad miscalculation.

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