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From Jon Alterman A funny thing has happened in the Middle East: virtually all of the government opposition to the United States has gone away. After almost a half-century of Cold War battles to protect oil fields, deny Soviet access to warm-water ports, and commit hundreds of billions of dollars in aid, the number of […]

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In an April 16 op-ed entitled “Back to the Jordanian Option,” Giora Eiland, former head of Israel’s National Security Council, argued that an Israeli-Palestinian final status agreement is “unfeasible in the foreseeable future.” He asked: “So what should we do?” We should reshuffle the cards and try to think about other solutions as well. One […]

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America in the Middle East

From Bernard Lewis One hears a great deal in the Middle East, and to some extent elsewhere, of American imperialism. This is a term which is both inaccurate and misleading; it reveals a lack of understanding both of what America is about and of what the word ‘imperialism’ means.

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Geography of chaos

From MESH Admin This past November, Le Monde diplomatique published a map (in English) entitled “Geography of Chaos,” illustrating conflicts in the Middle East. The map shows major conflicts; areas of high tension; states or territories at war, in fragmentation, or lacking central authority; arrows indicating the possible spread of chaos; states aligned with the […]

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West Bank in maps

From MESH Admin Two recent maps are useful guides to aspects of the present situation in the West Bank. To view each map in full, click on the thumbnail (a pdf file will open).

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From MESH Admin At last week’s Herzliya Conference, Tel Aviv University geographer Gideon Biger presented a futuristic plan for land swaps and border alterations among Israel, the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Biger, author of The Boundaries of Modern Palestine, 1840-1947, proposes a map based on 1967—that is, each party would end up with the […]

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From Martin Kramer “This may be a blessing in disguise.” This is how an unnamed Israeli official greeted the destruction by Hamas of a chunk of the border barrier separating Gaza from Egypt, followed by an unregulated flood of hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians across the border into Egypt. “Some people in the Defense […]

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