January 30, 2009

Who Really Won the Second Lebanon War

Israel

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 8:01 AM | Permalink | 8 Comments »

January 27, 2009

The Mother of All Quagmires

I've just returned from a week-long trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Israel's border with Gaza, and I'm reminded all over again of what has been beaten into me during my many visits to the Middle East: there is no solution to the problems that vex that region right now. Most Americans are inherently optimistic and think just about any problem in the world can be solved. We put a man on the moon before I was born, but that was easy compared with securing peace between Israelis and Arabs.

The American Jewish Committee brought me and seven of my colleagues to Israel and set up interviews with Israeli military officers, politicians, academics, and journalists on the far-left, the far-right and at every point in between. One of my colleagues asked the eternal question during one of our meetings.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 7:43 AM | Permalink | 33 Comments »

January 26, 2009

The Mood in Israel Now

The mood in Israel during the immediate aftermath of the Gaza war is markedly different from the mood in the wake of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Things felt precarious and vulnerable then. Confidence in both the government and the military disintegrated. When Hezbollah

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 8:56 AM | Permalink | 29 Comments »

January 25, 2009

Back from Israel

Okay, I

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 8:42 AM | Permalink | 19 Comments »

January 22, 2009

2008 Weblog Awards Winner

For the second year in a row I won the 2008 Weblog Awards in the Best Middle East or Africa Blog category. Many sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me, and congratulations to Professor Juan Cole for a strong second place showing.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 3:14 AM | Permalink | 13 Comments »

January 19, 2009

In Israel

I'm in Israel now and have been here since Saturday afternoon. I have one more day with a packed schedule and then I should be able to squeeze in some time to write. Stay tuned for several short analysis pieces and a long dispatch from the border with Gaza.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 1:27 PM | Permalink | 26 Comments »

January 15, 2009

On My Way to Israel

At the last minute I was invited to Israel by the American Jewish Committee and will leave first thing tomorrow (Friday) morning. I

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 1:19 PM | Permalink | 17 Comments »

January 14, 2009

Child Abuse in Gaza

This is horrendous:

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 6:00 PM | Permalink | 54 Comments »

The Oldest Hatred

Europe is convulsing with anti-Semitic hatred and violence again. I hardly even know what to say. Marty Peretz at The New Republic should be required reading right now: "If you are not shocked by the replenishment of the oldest hatred you are shocked by nothing."

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 2:37 PM | Permalink | 31 Comments »
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