Going big: With Palestinian state offer, Egypt enters Middle East’s new strategic game

Interesting times.

Like a boss. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi with military leaders in 2013. (Image: AFP via dtnews)
Like a boss. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi with military leaders in 2013. (Image: AFP via dtnews)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

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In a post-American world, no one cares about ‘Palestine’

Death rattle.

 

Hamas rockets head for Israel, July 2014. (Image: Hamas, YouTube)
Hamas rockets head for Israel, July 2014. (Image: Hamas, YouTube)

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There’s a new Pharoah in town

So let it be written.

Eyes on the ball, folks.  In strategic terms, the most important thing that has happened in the last 10 days is that Mohammed Morsi has assumed dictatorial powers in Egypt.  Courageous Egyptians are protesting that move, but Morsi has less compunction than Mubarak did, and we can expect the protests to be dealt with effectively.

So, those of us who said Morsi was an Islamist extremist who would quickly reestablish authoritarianism in Egypt – with a sharia flavor – were right.  Those who said Morsi was a moderate were wrong.

And his Napoleonic self-crowning event changes the calculus for Gaza and Hamas, among other things. Continue reading “There’s a new Pharoah in town”

Fatah-Hamas: A Modest Proposal for Resetting the Palestinian Statehood Proposition

Election first.

The auguries for the latest Fatah-Hamas unity accord suggest it will probably go the way of the last one.  Fatah and Hamas concluded a previous unity agreement (the “Mecca Agreement”) in February 2007, and by June 2007 Hamas was in a shoot-out with Fatah in the streets of Gaza (see here and here). (H/t: My Right Word)

Still, no one doubts that the 2011 reconciliation is intended to set the stage for the push on a Palestinian statehood resolution in the UN in September.  What is less clear is what to do about it.  And that’s where the modest proposal comes in.

This proposal was made at a panel presentation last week in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Fatah-Hamas: A Modest Proposal for Resetting the Palestinian Statehood Proposition”