Meir Jolovitz

Taqiyya and the Art of the Deal

Maximize the options: “I never get too attached to one deal or approach… I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.” Donald Trump, Third principle, The Art of the Deal. , 12/27/2018, 7:50 AM

Crashing on the rocks of Middle East realities

While the Trump Administration recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem., 5/30/2018, 2:02 PM

Jerusalem, the State Department and the UN

The good, the bad and the ugly. In the Middle East, facts, and the truth, don’t really matter. Nuance matters., 12/28/2017, 7:05 AM

The iconoclastic firebrand that was Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hy"d

For his yahrzeit, 18 Cheshvan., 11/7/2017, 10:30 AM

US Diplomacy: When failure became an accepted option

Future historians will judge the North Korean crisis as the less significant one of our generation because the more formidable and dangerous threat is the nuclearization of Iran. , 8/15/2017, 10:08 PM

Trump has not accepted Middle East reality - yet

This political chess game has just begun, and the opening moves have given the Muslim world an advantage. Israel, beware., 5/25/2017, 7:05 AM

The Middle East: Where the improbable is usually the truth

President Trump must come to understand that unless the belligerents facing Israel in the Middle East miraculously eschew their own ideologies, peace in the Middle East is not only improbable, it is impossible. , 5/4/2017, 12:32 AM

Those who speak of peace are living a lie

Frank Zappa: “Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” Same for evil., 1/1/2017, 6:31 PM

Trump’s election consequences: Fears, hopes, and expectations

The Republicans will inherit a government where they control the executive office, the Senate, the House, the governorships, as well as the state legislatures. How’s that for the Obama legacy of hope and change?, 11/29/2016, 10:34 AM

Beyond the accolades: A sobering retrospection of Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, with his fondness for a universalism – an offshoot of his socialist, and later global, inclinations – that was the hallmark of the Left, offered us a New Middle East where both sides were wrong. Murderer and victim alike., 10/5/2016, 8:15 AM

The Middle East: Where words speak louder than actions

Pushing a false and deceptive narrative, words count. Actions do not matter., 8/10/2016, 4:22 PM