Engagement with Syria: Time for reassessment?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was supposed to be a democratic reformer, someone who could usher in a period of peaceful, pro-Western engagement. That, at least, was the hope of many U.S. officials and observers in the Jewish community, who thought that by appointing a U.S. envoy to Syria earlier this year, Assad would turn over […]
Hamas-Fatah make nice, but what does it have to do with peace?
Former Clinton administration official Robert Malley took to the the Washington Post yesterday to explain why the “least significant” aspect of the Hamas-Fatah unity deal is its impact on the peace process. Let’s hear him out. Malley, who served as a special assistant for Arab-Israeli Affairs under Bill Clinton, says the reconcilation agreement – which […]
Reaching out Some question Obama’s call to send envoy to Syria
President Barack Obama’s appointment of an ambassador to Syria typifies the administration’s faith in engaging unfriendly nations. To some observers in the Jewish community, however, the administration is rewarding Syria’s erratic and hostile behavior. The United States withdrew its ambassador to Damascus in the wake of the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, Rafik […]