2 years of Trump: Personal foibles? Yes; Policy success? More so

2 years of Trump: Personal foibles? Yes; Policy success? More so

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: Countdown: Top stories of 2018 Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey President Donald Trump’s administration has been characterized by personal failings and policy successes. Donald J. Trump has been president of the United States for almost two years. He is currently beset with multiple problems having to do with his […]

The Khashoggi murder in perspective

The Khashoggi murder in perspective

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was a heinous crime, but Israel’s rapprochement with the Gulf states is far more significant. Two events have taken place within the last few weeks. One is potentially of immense significance and the other is not. The first consists of the many indications that […]

Trump triumphant on first foreign tour to the disappointment of his many enemies back home

Trump triumphant on first foreign tour to the disappointment of his many enemies back home

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Donald Trump may be his own worst enemy, but he has a great many others. The entire Democratic Party, the professoriat, the talking heads, the professional leftists and almost the entire media in the U.S. loath him and in cooperation with the “deep state” of career bureaucrats and Obama […]

Trump’s first 100 days: A view from Israel

Trump’s first 100 days: A view from Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The first hundred days of the Trump Administration have passed, and although the figure is arbitrary, this is in fact a good time to comment on the new government in Washington since PA President Abbas has visted Washington and reports indicate a Trump visit to Israel in the near […]

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The post-election period in the U.S. has been every bit as weird as the election itself, with the exception of one important fact: so far president-elect Trump has made a number of unremarkable and generally highly-qualified appointments. The weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of […]

Something significant is going on in Saudi Arabia

Something significant is going on in Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey A recent report from the kingdom indicates that dropping hostility to Israel is part of the Saudi regime’s far-reaching reform plans. Israel should respond. In the Sept. 14 issue of POLITICO magazine, retired U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad published a report on his most recent trip to Saudi Arabia and […]

In a world of surging technology and incompetent governance, Israel’s success stories are not being told

In a world of surging technology and incompetent governance, Israel’s success stories are not being told

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey It is widely recognized, almost to the point of being a cliché, that, in the past half-century, astonishing scientific and technological advances have far outpaced the political, economic and social structures within which they take place. Indeed, as millions of Syrians and others can testify, there has not only […]

The art of survival: Basher Assad’s secret message to the ‘czar’ in Moscow

The art of survival: Basher Assad’s secret message to the ‘czar’ in Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey HAIFA, Israel — In a recent secret visit to Moscow, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told Vladimir Putin that he would assure quiet on Israel’s border. I am constantly amazed how the mainstream media [even here in Israel] can ignore the most interesting things that are happening, while concentrating on […]

With Turkey out of the Mideast power equation, what next for its neighbors, including Israel?

With Turkey out of the Mideast power equation, what next for its neighbors, including Israel?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey HAIFA, Israel — In 2015 column on Turkey, I wrote: “At the point that chaos threatens, the army will step in and take over”. Well, the army stepped in nine months later, but did not take over. The recent coup attempt was so badly planned and executed that it […]

There are a few serious problems with the Israel-Turkey deal

There are a few serious problems with the Israel-Turkey deal

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Israel has conceded Turkish demands and betrayed allies in return for illusory gains. After years of a hostile political relationship, Israel and Turkey have decided to restore diplomatic relations, apparently on the following bases: Having already apologized to Turkey for the passengers on the Turkish blockade runner Mavi Marmara […]