Egypt wants assurances Israel will keep Turkey away from Gaza

Egypt wants assurances Israel will keep Turkey away from Gaza

Special to WorldTribune.com The Egyptian government has asked Israel for clarification on talks aimed at repairing relations between Jerusalem and Turkey. Egypt is calling on Israel not to give in to Turkey’s demands on the lifting of the naval blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, senior clerks in Jerusalem told Haaretz on Jan. 7 on condition of […]

U.S. in the Mideast: From a stabilizing to a destabilizing influence

U.S. in the Mideast: From a stabilizing to a destabilizing influence

Sol W. Sanders   The Obama administration’s Middle East policies – it would be foolhardy to call them “strategy” – would be ludicrous were they not so threatening to American interests, regional and world stability. The latest permutation is Washington’s position against the Egyptian military and its satellite, hopefully provisional, civilian government. Washington’s insistence that […]

Policy battles over U.S. pressure paralyze Israel’s security community

Policy battles over U.S. pressure paralyze Israel’s security community

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been torn over a power struggle regarding responsibility for Israel’s strategic affairs. Israeli sources said the struggle has pitted the National Security Council against the Strategic Affairs Ministry amid U.S. pressure on the Jewish state. They said Netanyahu has veered […]

The Holy Land: Just another stop for the eternal campaigner

The Holy Land: Just another stop for the eternal campaigner

Sol W. Sanders   So now we know what President Obama’s trip to Israel was all about: There was more than a little puzzlement. He had waited through almost five years of his first administration to visit America’s only trusted ally in the Mideast. He had made a grand tour of the region early on, […]

After being repeatedly lectured by Netanyahu in Washington, Obama finally visits the Holy Land

After being repeatedly lectured by Netanyahu in Washington, Obama finally visits the Holy Land

Sol W. Sanders   JERUSALEM — One of the most quoted of Maynard Milord many clever aphorisms is: “You can’t push on a string”. Keynes was referring to extending credit to an unreceptive investment market. [Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are you listening?] The quip comes to mind this morning on the eve of President Barack […]

A closer look at Netanyahu’s UN speech

A closer look at Netanyahu’s UN speech

Special to WorldTribune.com By Ed Koch On Sept. 27, 2012, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel delivered a speech to the United Nations. That speech is well worth reading, if someone is interested in world events and, in particular, a discussion of why it is a matter of life and death whether Iran is able […]

No worries: Soft words and lots of them

No worries: Soft words and lots of them

Wesley Pruden Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama are men trapped in pickles. As the prime minister, Bibi’s first duty is to assure the survival of Israel. Against the prospect of another Holocaust, nothing else matters. Barack Obama’s pickle is a whopper made of his own bungling, and his stiffing the Israelis is part of that […]

Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun and Gregory Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense &  Foreign Affairs Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent challenges, the response to which will determine its viability — […]

Israel eyes completion of Egypt border fence by August

Israel eyes completion of Egypt border fence by August

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel reported that it was about to complete its barrier along the border with Egypt. Officials said the Defense Ministry expected to complete the 220-kilometer border fence with Egypt by August. They said the barrier would be enhanced with electronic and other monitoring devices over the next few months. […]

Ed Koch to Tom Friedman on the subject of throwing stones

Ed Koch to Tom Friedman on the subject of throwing stones

Special to WorldTribune.com By Ed Koch In an April 4th New York Times op ed article, Tom Friedman endorsed what he designated to be “non-violent resistance by Palestinians” against Israel. He added that Palestinians need to “accompany every boycott, hunger strike or rock they throw at Israel with a detailed map” delineating their territorial demands. […]