Jonathan Schanzer
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Mike Pompeo just gave the Iran speech Kerry should have given

May 21, 2018  •  New York Post

In his first major speech as secretary of state — a searing 20-minute stemwinder — Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out the new US strategy toward Iran, following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Pompeo unveiled Washington's plan to deploy intense economic warfare against the Islamic Republic until it halts a wide range of nuclear and non-nuclear activity. But the speech was more than just that; it was the one Pompeo's predecessor, John Kerry, should have delivered in 2013.

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For Gaza's suffering, blame Hamas

May 17, 2018  •  New York Post

Predictably, the recent unrest on the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip has given way to a banal debate over the "desperation" of the people of Gaza.

There can be no doubt that the people of Gaza are miserable. They have been living under Hamas rule since 2007. Israel has no choice but to treat the territory as hostile, given that Hamas has stated repeatedly and unequivocally that it seeks nothing less than the destruction of the state of Israel.

And it has backed up its words with deeds, launching multiple rocket wars against the Jewish state, accentuated by attempted commando raids by sea or by tunnel.

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Palestinian Nationalism Is at Its Lowest Point Ever

May 15, 2018  •  Tablet

The riots on the border of the Gaza Strip could be the beginning of a new round of Middle East violence. Yet, they are also an indication that Palestinian nationalism is at its lowest point since the "Nakba," the Israeli victory in the 1948-1949 War of Independence.

Palestinians still dream of statehood. But that dream appears increasingly distant, with a divided and feckless Palestinian leadership—Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority in the West Bank—that have both recently suffered debilitating defeats.

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The delicate balance of the US-Saudi relationship

May 10, 2018  •  The Hill

Change is in the air in Saudi Arabia. Women wander the streets freely, some with their hair loosely covered by a scarf, others with no head covering at all. Last month, the curtain went up on a showing of "Black Panther" — the first movie to open in the country in 35 years. Gone are the mutawa, the feared religious police, with their bearded hordes of young men who zealously patrolled public spaces to ensure appropriate behavior.

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Elections in Lebanon Pump Up Hezbollah

May 8, 2018  •  Washington Times

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran's local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group's dangerous domestic and regional agendas.

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