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What Would Ben-Gurion Do?

May 28, 2020

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My Middle East Forum colleague Nave Dromi disagrees with the negative view I expressed of Israel's annexing some parts of the West Bank.

My six-part argument, as spelled out here, boils down to dismissing annexation as too-expensive symbolism. It brings no rewards but creates problems everywhere one looks. Therefore, I conclude, annexation obstructs her and my goal of an Israel Victory and Palestinian defeat.

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Siraj Wahhaj Seeks My Validation

May 12, 2020

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Ironically, the same Islamists who disdain and attack infidels also seek their approbation, as shown by the lists they compile of illustrious non-Muslims – mostly Westerners – who praise Muhammad, Islam, or Muslims. The admiring views of such prominent figures as Gandhi, Gibbon, Goethe, Napoleon, George Bernard Shaw, Toynbee, and H.G. Wells are a special source of pride.

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COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Proliferate

March 17, 2020

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My article, "Conspiracy Theories in a Time of Virus," offers deep background and some current conspiracy theories about the novel coronavirus. This blog keeps up with some of the latter.


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2019's Biggest Hits at DanielPipes.org

January 1, 2020

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As I have done previously (2015, 2017, 2018), here is a roundup of the most popular articles, blog posts, speeches, and interviews on my web site, DanielPipes.org, in the just-concluded year. (The statistics below concern only DanielPipes.org, not postings elsewhere.)

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Israel Excludes Political Opponents

August 16, 2019

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The furor over a trip by Cong. Rashida Tlaib (Democrat of Michigan) to Israel (about which I wrote an article today, "How Trump Put Netanyahu in an Untenable Position"), raises the topic of Israeli policy.

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Outrageous Covers at a Saudi Book Fair

August 12, 2019

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After 250 years, the Saudi dynasty under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears cautiously to be exiting the Wahhabi hammerlock. But books on display at the 2019 Riyadh International Book Fair gave no hint of this, as suggested by the following selection of current titles with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict:

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Polish Telephone Books Reveal My Family's History

July 4, 2019

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Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw telephone directory (unpublished due to the German invasion), I now have records of my ancestors dating from 1926 and 1939.

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Making Sense of Palestinian Logic

May 4, 2019

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Palestinians do weird things: A few days ago, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules most of the West Bank, refused to accept the tax revenues it is owed by the Israeli government. Today, Hamas, which rules all of Gaza, launched more than 200 rockets against Israel.

Hamas launched missiles from Gaza against Israel on early on May 4, 2019.

Both of these are, on the surface, self-defeating steps that make no sense. Not taking the money means the PA could collapse; firing rockets means Hamas is getting battered militarily by the far superior Israeli forces.

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The Cowardice of Middle East Studies

May 1, 2019

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It's been ten years exactly since Ryan Gingeras published an extraordinary preface to his book, Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923 (Oxford University Press). I therefore quote it at length:

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Going Out on a Trump-Plan Limb

April 26, 2019

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The Trump plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has prompted enormous speculation – when revealed, what specifics, who gains? – speculation that I confess to having contributed to in a series of articles:

I have reached two conclusions that seem unique to me: (1) the essence of the deal is "The Arab states recognize Israel and Israel recognizes Palestine" and (2) the PA will accept the deal (because it also involves U.S. recognition of Palestine).

I am either right and everyone else wrong; or convenient wisdom is confirmed. The plan is now due to be unveiled in June 2019. Let's see what's in it. (April 26, 2019)

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