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Morton Klein's Statement on Qatar

February 6, 2019

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During the Middle East Forum's conference on Qatar today, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote me a brief note asking, at 10:17 am asking "Why. I really don't understand. What's going on. We were good friends for decades."

I replied at 10:31 am: "This is not personal; I like you a lot. It is about you coming clean on Qatar. Send me a statement I can read out to the conference."

He proceeded to do that at 11:10 am. While I found the statement's length and specificity not suitable for reading out to the conference, it is an important document that deserves public attention. So, as Mort requested, here it is (with no edits, exactly as he sent it to me, except for deleting the two e-mail addresses):

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My Biggest Hits of 2018 - and Why

December 31, 2018

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Looking at statistics at DanielPipes.org finds that these ten are my most read writings of 2018, in ascending order:

10. Melbourne's Petite, Shy, Honors-Student Jihadi
9. German and Austrian Media Outrage Me
8. Conservatism's Hidden History
7. Venezuela's Tyranny of Bad Ideas
6. Why Israelis Shy from Victory
5. The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last
4. Poland's Muslim Ban
3. The Rise of Western Civilizationism
2. Tectonic Shifts in Attitudes toward Israel
1. Hungary: Not "Submitting to Islam"

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If Trump Wants to Divide Jerusalem into Three

December 24, 2018

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Ben Caspit in Al-Monitor has leaked details of the Trump administration's "ultimate deal" to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Citing an anonymous "senior diplomatic source," he writes that the still-secret Trump plan

includes a clear partition of Jerusalem into three sections, and "it is not about a Palestinian capital in Abu-Dis (a Palestinian village in the Jerusalem governance area) but in significant sections of East Jerusalem." According to the source, there will be two capitals in Jerusalem: the Israeli capital in West Jerusalem including control over the Western Wall and Jewish neighborhoods in the city's eastern sections, and the capital of Palestine in the eastern section. In addition will be a third region, within the Holy Basin, to be under international control.

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Harvard University Memorial Service for Richard Pipes

September 21, 2018

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Unfortunately, the requested recording by Harvard Event technicians was not made. I thank Robert Chung for recording nearly the entire service on his smartphone, with the exception of the musical prelude and the first talk, by Prof. Evelyn Higgenbotham. The recording begins with the welcome by Prof. Rawi Abdelal.

For the memorial service program, click here.

For a booklet with the tributes by the nine speakers, click here.

Memorial Church at Harvard University, with a picture of Richard Pipes.


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NYT: Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94

by William Grimes  •  May 17, 2018

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Richard Pipes in his study in Cambridge, Mass., in 1959. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard.

Richard Pipes, the author of a monumental, sharply polemical series of historical works on Russia, the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik regime, and a top adviser to the Reagan administration on Soviet and Eastern European policy, died on Thursday at a nursing home near his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 94.

His son Daniel confirmed the death.

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Enjoy the Jerusalem Embassy – But Don't Get Giddy

May 15, 2018

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Yesterday's opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem marks a peak emotional moment for anyone wanting a secure and prosperous Israel; in that spirit, Donald Trump has been hailed as "the best thing that has happened to Israel in a long time."

The old consulate, the new embassy.

Maybe. There's also reason to see the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital not as an end in itself but as one act of a three-part drama that ends badly for the Jewish state. Allow me to sketch this theory:

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Anatomy of a Media Error

March 2, 2018

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Which is worse, academic sloppiness or fake news? Hard to say, for both present a challenge to a functioning democracy. I've so often documented the outlandish errors that leftist and Islamist academics make about me, I even have a bibliography on the topic. So, here's one about the press.

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"Arabs and Muslims Will Never Accept Israel as the Jewish State"

February 2, 2018

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Mordechai Kedar, a distinguished specialist of the Middle East, recently published an article arguing that Israel can never win its neighbors' acceptance. This conclusion flies directly in the face of the Israel Victory Project I have proposed, which is about gaining precisely that acceptance. So, Kedar's analysis calls for a reply.

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No News in Republican and Democratic Views of Israel

January 31, 2018

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A recent Pew opinion survey showing 79 percent sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians among Republicans versus a mere 27 percent among Democrats has aroused a furor in pro-Israel circles. But this sort of ratio has been around through the twenty-first century with little change.

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U.S. Efforts to Defund UNRWA: Successful or Not?

January 16, 2018

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Before the Trump Administration started to stop U.S. funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); I expressed skepticism that this would have the intended effect because others would rush in to take Washington's place:

Even were U.S. funding to UNRWA ended, plenty of governments – and even individuals – could easily replace the $370 million, and have incentive to do so. Qatar could consolidate its role as protector of the Palestinians. Beijing could purchase a role at the heart of Arab politics. Moscow could reverse some of the damage of siding with Tehran. Carlos Slim, estimated by Forbes today to be worth $67.9 billion, could decide to burnish his Arab credentials. Worse yet, were any of them to fill the funding gap, the Trump administration would look ineffectual and isolated.

This blog tracks U.S. cuts and others' adding more funds to test the accuracy of that prediction.

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