Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Yale Zussman's Recommendations for the New Year

Hi Folks,

Here are my first recommendations for the new year.  I hope you have all had a joyous holiday season, and are again in the mood to deal with the reality on the ground in much of the Middle East:

Saudi Academic: Arabs Should Accept Israel’s Historic Right to Jerusalem

Oh. the times they are a changing...
One sin I won't be striking my chest for this Yom Kippur
Gerald A. Honigman
December 28, 2017
Appears to be a sermon from the High Holidays but is nevertheless timeless.
This Time It's Serious
Menashe Amir
Jan 2, 2018
Israel Hayom
The current protests in Iran may be the beginning of the end of the Iranian Revolution.
Diplomacy or Driving a Hard Bargain? Lessons from the Negotiation that Led to the Iran Nuclear Deal
Emily B. Landau, Gilead Sher
INSS Insight No. 1004
January 2, 2018
The real problem with the Iran deal has always been the motivations of the two sides. For Iran, the deal's objective was to end the sanctions regime while enabling Iran to become a nuclear power. For Obama, the deal's objective was to demonstrate that he was smarter than his two predecessors because while they tried to deal with this matter, they couldn't reach an agreement, and he could. It's too bad no-one ever pointed out that had he been willing to capitulate to Iranian demands, even George Bush could have had a deal like the one Obama got.
Palestinians: Always on the Wrong Side
by Bassam Tawil
January 3, 2018
The real significance of this depends on what India does now. If India also recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, other Third World countries may follow. Actually moving its embassy to Jerusalem would take some time, and by then, it might set off a land-rush for places to put embassies.
What the Iran Protests Have Already Achieved
Sohrab Ahmari
Jan. 8, 2018
The faded Palestinian issue
Victor Davis Hanson
January 12, 2018
Another sign that the Palestinian jig is up.
The Quran Says Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews
by Saied Shoaaib
January 15, 2018
There's a religious catch to this, but the politics are clear: Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital doesn't contradict any Islamic beliefs.
The Trump Peace Plan
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gershon Hacohen
Jan. 15, 2018
Read between the lines and Gen. Hacohen is advocating that the current state of affairs is the best conceivable for the indefinite future.
Does the First Amendment Protect Warrior Religions?
William Kilpatrick
January 15, 2018
Addresses the conceptual question of whether the Constitution can be used to undermine it.

Until next time,