RAMZY BAROUD: There are a lot of confused people sitting in Washington waiting to hear how they should keep Israel happy.
JONATHAN COOK: It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book – divide and rule – but it could be the spark for another Intifada.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded on Sunday that the world community constrain Iran to change its “genocidal policy” toward Israel, in the course of a speech in which he attacked President Obama’s current round of negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.
JUAN COLE: It appears that a light foam forms on Binyamin Netanyahu’s lips when he begins speaking about Iran. Not all Israeli politicians are like him
JUAN COLE: Binyamin Netanyahu’s observations on Iranian jeans-wearing provoked much mirth but the two countries have a lot in common.
MONDOWEISS: The decision of the EU to ban all EU funding of projects in the occupied territories has certainly caught the Israeli government napping.
MONDOWEISS: ‘We do whatever we want, whenever we want’. Danny Danon injects a bit of plain speaking into the debate about the future, or not, of Palestine.
JONATHAN COOK: Here we go again with another re-heated so-called peace initiative. But the foundations on which it’s built are familiar and fragile
'Confused’ may be an appropriate term to describe Turkey’s current foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel in particular. The source of that confusion - aside from the appalling violence in Syria and earlier in Libya – is Turkey’s own mistakes.
RAMZY BAROUD: Turkey’s attempt to re-position itself as a fulcrum between East and West has come unstuck…
If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn't a better place to be than Jerusalem last week.
MONDOWEISS: If you had a desire to see the U.S.-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place than Jerusalem last week.
JEROME SLATER, MONDOWEISS: American Jews concerned about settlement expansion are wasting their breath on Netanyahu.
JUAN COLE: President Obama’s inauguration speech is sure to trigger panic among the ‘we must have war’ crowd. But does he really mean it?
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: When in office they’re ramrod straight security hawks but once they leave they suddenly become ‘seers’. But the criticism is unusual in its vehemence
PHILIP WEISS: The widely floated possibility of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defence Secretary looks a reality. Who will fight against it?
MONDOWEISS: Whispers from Washington suggest that President Obama is set to nominate Chuck Hagel as Defense Minster. There will be sparks
FRANCIS MATTHEW:Obama failed to deliver this vision in his first term, and sadly, it is unlikely that he will use his second term to re-find his sense of purpose in the world.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Previous presidents would make sure, for the sake of their own prestige and stature, that they put such chutzpah in its place. Not this president.