The Delusions of Washington-Riyadh Ruling Elite and the Journalists Who Feed Them

In the aftermath of Trump’s disastrous recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the spin from Washington and Riyadh–and the journalists and think tank analysts only too eager be spun–has been outrageous. The level of sheer delusion is stupendous. This post will offer an anatomy of delusion and why it means only more suffering and bloodshed …

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Trump Must Pay a Price for His Jerusalem Decision

The world media is full of coverage of Wednesday's announcement by President Donald Trump that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We're hearing from governments throughout the world about their disquiet at the prospect of a conquered city becoming a national capital, in violation of international law and two generations of diplomatic precedent. Strong …

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The Curious Case of Jared Kushner and the Israel Lobby

Even before he assumed office, Donald Trump had appointed Jared Kushner to be his point-person on US relations with the Middle East. The latter was specifically charged with forging an Israel-Palestine peace plan, which Trump, in typical flamboyant fashion, called "the ultimate deal". Leaders throughout the region and analysts who’ve devoted much of their lives …

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In August 2017, Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a military parade by Saudi security forces in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca (AFP/Saudi Royal Palace)

A Saudi Prince in Israel? An Alliance Born of Failure

Israeli media is awash with rumours that a Saudi prince visited Israel last week and held consultations with senior Israeli officials. A few outlets and journalists have alleged that the prince in question was none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS, in common parlance), the most powerful figure in Saudi Arabia. An Israeli …

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Netanyahu Wants Russia to Break With Iran. No Chance

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completed an unprecedented state visit to Russia in late August, his fourth during the past year. The main subject on the agenda, according to media reports, was Iran and its role in Syria. With the growing likelihood that Bashar al-Assad and his Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies have vanquished Islamic …

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