The notion that Erdogan and the AKP are pursuing a foreign policy based on an Islamist agenda reflects a common fallacy, that ideological principles are the main driving force behind the foreign policy of Turkey.
In The March of Folly, historian Barbara Tuchman examined several governments who doggedly pursued policies counter to their self-interests. Now, that is exactly what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is doing.
As debate intensifies over the anticipated Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN in September, many column inches have been devoted to attacking the UNRWA, the Agency mandated by the General Assembly to offer education, health, relief and social services to Palestinian refugees.
Media personality Glenn Beck organized a rally this past Wednesday near Temple Mount, in one of Jerusalem's most volatile areas. Less than one thousand guests participated, which left quite a few empty seats.
The Arab League should make it clear that the Assad regime has lost whatever legitimacy it once claimed in the Arab World and promptly suspend its membership in the organization, declaring that the regime has forfeited the right to play a role in Syria's and the region's future
Until UNRWA's mandate is adjusted to conform to that of UNHCR's 'durable solutions,' Palestinian children under the agency's care will continue to be educated in a culture that promotes despair and hate in a system that works against their future.
In a June 23 column, Elliott Abrams takes to task the signatories of a letter urging President Obama to present to Israel and Palestine clear parameters to frame negotiations for a two-state peace agreement.
Nazia Masrawa, the mayor of an Arab Israeli town, and Chaim Gaash, the mayor of a nearby Jewish town described a project that is extraordinarily difficult: their townspeople are working together to solve the day-to-day problems shared by both communities.
The marathon of speeches last week cleared the view as to what is needed for Palestinians to reach their coveted independent state. Clearing the view, however, doesn't necessarily mean that getting a state will be easy or attainable in the near future.