Tuesday December 10, 2013
BBC's Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly explains the reasons for Nelson Mandela's mixed legacy among Israelis and Palestinians, rooted in Israel's history of cooperation with the apartheid regime in South Africa.
- BBC: Mandela's mixed legacy for the Middle East (Kevin Connolly, December 6)
"Mandela observed sharply that when he was finally released from prison he received invitations to visit "from almost every country in the world, except Israel". When Israel did begin issuing invitations (as many as four in the course of the 1990s) Mandela was in no hurry to accept. "
See full list of article...
Monday December 2, 2013
The initial with Iran to scale down the country's nuclear program remains the top story. The reaction in US editorial comments range from exasperation over Obama's capitulation to the Tehran regime, to excitement over the prospects of diminishing tensions in the Middle East. But America's allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia feel they've been left out in the cold by Washington, again. The Guardian and BBC explain why.
- The Guardian: Where does the Iranian nuclear deal leave Binyamin Netanyahu? (Harriet Sherwood, November 28)
"Netanyahu has made it his life's mission to protect the Jewish state from potential annihilation by Iran's Islamic regime. He has cast the threat from Tehran in terms of the rise of nazism in the 1930s, and warned against a similar failure to stop it in its tracks by whatever means necessary."
See full list of articles...
Monday November 25, 2013
A potentially historic deal between the US and Iran was the main news of the week. Iran has committed to scaling down its uranium enrichment in return for a partial easing down of international economic sanctions. The Israelis and the Saudis are enraged over what they see is the West's capitulation to Iran's bullying, but most media analysis points out that Washington and Tehran remain far from a grand bargain that would solve all outstanding issues.
- BBC: Analysis: Iran deal limited but important (Jonathan Marcus, November 24)
"Both the Americans and the Iranians appear to have come away from this interim deal smiling. Both can say that they have received concessions but their practical effect will be limited. The real success here is that the ground has been prepared for further substantive talks."
See full list of articles...
Thursday November 21, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry has made his probably most overt attempt so far to mend ties with Egypt's military-run regime. Kerry accused the Muslim Brotherhood of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi of "stealing the revolution" following Morsi's election in June 2012.
Speaking of what the 2011 uprising was about, Kerry said: "They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more." He added: "And then it got stolen by the one single most organised entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood."
Kerry's statements might go well with the majority of Egyptian population which is broadly supportive of the current government. But democracy seems a long time away. Egypt has no parliament, no constitution, and real power lies in the hands of the army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Read in more detail: