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In the long term, China is not alliance material for Israel
Mind the Silk Ceiling

October 17, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Israel's leaders are not particularly fond of multilateral initiatives.

The ones coming out of the United Nations are notorious for one-sided measures that single out Israel, and even those that articulate a vision for Middle East peace usually call for Israeli unilateral territorial concessions.

But China's One Belt One Road initiative appears to be a notable exception. This is not a peace plan.

Rather, it's an economic vision that connects China to its Muslim neighbors in Eurasia and even stretches toward the Middle East, and even to Israel.

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The Potential of a Chinese Terror Threat

October 5, 2016  •  The Weekly Standard

Urumqi, China - Eighteen billion dollars in new contracts were signed during the fifth China-Eurasia Expo held in China's western Xinjiang region last week, reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The contracts are part of China's push to pursue President Xi Jinping's One Belt One Road initiative, which aims to establish a new "silk road" between China, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

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The International Community Must Focus on Palestinian Unity to Kick-Start Peace

September 20, 2016  •  Newsweek

A Palestinian court in Ramallah earlier this month suspended the local elections that were scheduled to be held in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8. This marks eleven years since the last elections held in both territories. As long as the West continues to ignore this political stagnation, the future prospects for a viable Palestinian state will only become more remote.

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The Fragile State of the Palestinian Authority

September 8, 2016  •  Wall Street Journal Europe

A Palestinian court on Thursday postponed municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 because Palestine's two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, couldn't agree on terms. The stalemate has been in place since 2006, the last time Palestinians voted, and even led to an internecine war the following year. The Palestinians, split between two separate governments ruling the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, have never recovered.

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Team Obama's Appalling Smugness on Syrian Refugees

August 31, 2016  •  New York Post

State Department spokesman John Kirby sang the praises of President Obama's Syria policy on Monday. And boy, was he tone deaf.

Kirby tweeted out proudly: "Today we reached [Obama's] goal of welcoming 10k of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the Syria Conflict . . ." He also lauded this purported milestone in a statement that appears on the State Department Web site.

Never mind that this accounts for less than 1 percent of all 4.8 million externally displaced Syrian refugees since the conflict began. The real issue here is that the White House Syria policy has been an unmitigated dumpster fire.

The death toll in Syria has exceeded 400,000 and it's still climbing. Internally displaced Syrians total 6.6 million.

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