The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called for a “Day of Rage” to protest the opening of the American Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. “Days of Rage” actually date to the 2011 uprising in Bahrain and have been seen in Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Arab world, focused on governmental corruption and ineptitude. They serve a different purpose in the West Bank -- driving a stake into the heart of the “peace process.”
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Shoshana Bryen has more than 30 years of experience as an analyst of U.S. defense policy and Middle East affairs, and has run programs and conferences with American military personnel in various countries. The former Senior Director for Security Policy at JINSA, Mrs. Bryen was fauthor of the widely read and republished JINSA Reports. After serving as JINSA’s Executive Director, she focused on planning and running national security related programs and conferences in the U.S., Israel, Jordan, Taiwan and elsewhere. She has worked with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, and lectured at the National Defense University in Washington.
Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Sun and Defense News, among other outlets, as well as in JINSA Reports.
Mrs. Bryen has created and run travel programs in the Middle East for military professionals, allowing more than 450 American military officers to engage in professional discussions of issues that both unite and divide the United States, Israel and Jordan.She also created a program to take the cadets and midshipmen of America’s service academies to Israel for a three-week work/study program that has been incorporated as a formal internship in all three service academies and permitted hundreds of future officers to have a positive, in-depth experience in Israel. She has taken Turkish and Israeli military officers to speak at the academies and has lectured in the service academies as well.
She is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Aleethia Foundation that provides opportunities for wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and is a Member of the Board of the Naval Academy Jewish Chapel.
Mrs. Bryen is married to Dr. Stephen Bryen. They have four children – including a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army – and four grandchildren.
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s declared position is that it does not want nuclear weapons and never has. Which is good, because the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) contains language declaring that “under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop, or acquire any nuclear weapons.”
It was either very brave or very foolish to adopt the “Mission Accomplished” slogan that hung behind President George W. Bush as he stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in the early days of the Iraq war. Although the President never used those words, they were indelibly linked to the fortunes of the United States in the course of the Iraq war. For President Donald Trump to have tweeted it is a poke at the very principle of conventional wisdom.
“Never Again” was a rallying cry for Jews after the Holocaust. Never again would Jews be defenseless – force-marched, starved, and gassed, waiting to be rescued by an indifferent world.
President Trump’s “peace process” envoy Jason Greenblatt hosted an odd and auspicious “problem solving meeting” at the White House to discuss the “humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” Among the 19 countries at the table were Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. And Israel. The Palestinians declined to attend and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was not invited.
The primary goals of American foreign policy is to make our citizens, friends and allies secure and to make our adversaries think twice. There are moments in history when well-timed, well-placed military action will have the effect of causing fear -- and moments that, if allowed to pass by, ensure the opposite. President Barack Obama’s failure to uphold the international conventions against chemical weapons worked against American interests in what is perhaps the ugliest battlefield of the 21st century. President Donald Trump’s decision to attack the Syria’s Al-Shayrat Military Airbase from which the Assad regime launched chemical attacks in 2017 was a welcome reversal, though with limited results.
There are lessons to be learned from Iran firing a drone into Israeli air space and Israel’s destruction of about half of Syria’s air defense capabilities in response:
Chemical weapons have been outlawed since the Hague Declaration in 1899 because the world had generally agreed that they are uniquely hideous and terrifying. The 1919 Treaty of Versailles and the 1925 Geneva Protocol were reiterations of what had been one of the world’s few consensus points. German use of chemicals in the Nazi Holocaust was so profoundly loathsome that to this day Nazis are prosecuted and punished. In 2016, Reinhold Hanning, A 94-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard was convicted as an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people. In 2017, 96-year-old Oskar Groening, a former Nazi guard and SS officer, was deemed fit to serve jail time for his crimes.
Nikki Haley, America’s formidable ambassador to the United Nations, has done it again. The Iranian uprising has been hard to “see,” and cell phone videos, photos, Facebook posts and Twitter allow us only sporadic peeks. And even those are being shut down in places, as the Islamic regime works to close Iranian access to the wider world. Ambassador Haley used her microphone to spread the slogans of the protestors:
The vote in the United Nations General Assembly concerning Jerusalem on Thursday wasn't really about Jerusalem -- or even so much about Israel.
Here’s How Trump’s Pledge To Move The U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem Changes The Palestinian-Israel ‘Peace Process’
President Trump’s decision to have the United States recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was not taken in a vacuum. It was another step in changing the moribund Palestinian-Israel “peace process” into something else. What else is not clear, but the intention and the antecedents are.
On a recent panel discussing support for Israel as a “bipartisan issue in Washington,” I stretched the boundaries a little and talked about Israel in Virginia. In the Pentagon, to be precise. One of the few points of unbounded bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill is that US-Israel security cooperation is right, good, mutually beneficial and worth every nickel we spend on it.
Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn't be a member of any club that would have him as a member. The same is true of the Paris Climate pact.
Americans tend to think of a 501(c)(3) tax exemption as the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” from the U.S. Government, indicating that the organization does work of which the government approves. Not necessarily.