Israel cannot afford to become a garrison state locked in perpetual conflict with enemies both inside and outside of its borders. The United States is the only country capable of pressuring Israel to make the difficult, but necessary, concessions for peace.
An alternative analysis of Lowry’s arguments leads to a much more optimistic view of the current dialogue between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent U.N Security Council members and Germany).
A little distance between the United States and Saudi Arabia is good, if it allows Saudi Arabia to take the lead on Syria.
In comparison with his predecessors, Rouhani seems like the breakthrough the world has been waiting for. He publicly stated that the Holocaust was a crime, and even tweeted a “blessed Rosh Hashanah” message to Jews around the world. But can this so-called “charm offensive” be trusted?
The willingness of the United States and Russia to come together to prevent further use of chemical weapons while implicitly accepting the brutal killing of civilians with conventional weapons should convince any despot that chemical weapons are not worth the trouble.