Regions / Israel
Each year Conn Hallinan looks aghast at news stories and newsmakers that beggar belief.
With or without nuclear weapons, Iran and its allies are the chief impediments to Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
Israel’s well-being depends on the good will of a shrinking number of countries, whose patience with Israel is running out.
The six-month interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers will echo through the decades if it can bring Washington and Tehran in from the cold.
“I’ll show them,” Netanyahu may be thinking.
Palestinians should not lend their name to a charade of endless negotiations while historic Palestine disappears.
China’s good relations with states at odds with each other could yield results at the negotiating table soon.
As in the 1940s in Palestine, some opposition recruits have gone to Syria motivated by extremist ideologies and with the intention to commit acts of terrorism. But most have more prosaic reasons for fighting.
As unrest simmers in the Middle East and the United States edges toward detente with Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to ride out the storm together.
Ironically, a negotiated settlement between the United States and Iran could trigger yet another war in the Middle East.