Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of the recently published The Consequences of Syria.
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Burning Bush

The mass uprising in Egypt that seems set to overthrow the Mubarak regime is the latest test of George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda. The U.S. and Israel are hoping it works out better than the previous three.

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False Accounting

Hillary Clinton told Arab leaders to clean house last week, encouraging an age of accountability. But until the Arab world has democratic institutions and an engaged populace, her words may be meaningless.

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Assisted Suicide

When the Western press gives credence to anti-Israel propaganda, as it did in recent reports about a Palestinian woman killed by Israeli tear gas, it’s Arabs who are hurt most

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High Morals

A condescending moral double standard allows Western thinkers—notably Times foreign-affairs columnist Roger Cohen—to praise the Middle East’s worst regimes

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General Illusions

Two former high-ranking Israeli officers come to Washington on a misguided mission to promote peace

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The Game

The leaked State Department cables reveal the diplomatic seduction that defines relationships in the Middle East

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Deadly Fictions

The classified diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks are the Pentagon Papers of the pro-Israel right

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Twilight

The end of the Cold War, argues French writer Marc Weitzmann, was more significant to U.S. foreign policy than the attacks of Sept. 11

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Monsters Breeding

The foiled Yemeni bomb plot shows why anti-Semitism isn’t only about Jews

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The Message

Why terrorists from Yemen are trying to bomb synagogues in Chicago

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Full House

If the midterm elections give the GOP more power in Washington, that could actually help Obama’s Mideast peace plans

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Veiled Threat

In Turkey, Washington’s great example of Muslim democracy, the ruling party alleges conspiracy to attack the opposition and crush dissent

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Under Oath

Israel’s controversial new oath of allegiance reflects the reality of sectarian politics in the Middle East

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Messaging System

Iran maintains an information-warfare front—it’s called Hezbollah

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Friends, Indeed

Former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar takes sides—and chooses Israel

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Wrong Move

The key to a lasting peace, argues Israeli Nobel Prize winner Robert Aumann, is not to insist on ‘peace now’

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Premiership

A new book gives an insider’s assessment of four Israeli prime ministers—and Menachem Begin the voice he never had

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The Arab Lobby

A new book explores the ‘petrodiplomatic complex’ and Saudi influence on U.S. foreign policy

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Prolific

If Saudi Arabia gets the bomb, the rest of the Middle East is likely to go nuclear

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Lawless

‘Sharia’ is a much more abstract concept than ideologues—whether Mideast Islamists or Newt Gingrich—suggest

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Cinders of Lebanon

The United States abandoned Beirut, and Israel takes the blame

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Playing With Fire

When the comments on the blogs of Stephen Walt, Andrew Sullivan, Philip Weiss, and Glenn Greenwald turn ugly, who should be held accountable? Plus: A Jew-baiter’s lexicon.

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Mainstreaming Hate

How media companies are using the Internet to make anti-Semitism respectable

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Hollow Men

Why Israel’s enemies will always be the darlings of Western intellectuals

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Visiting Privileges

As Netanyahu arrives in Washington a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement couldn’t be further away

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Obama in the Mideast

Part 2 of 2: Ramin Ahmadi, Lokman Slim, Martin Kramer, and Jacob Weisberg consider the president’s policies in the region.

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Obama in the Mideast

Part 1 of 2: Elliott Abrams, Robert Malley, Dore Gold, and Andrew Exum consider the president’s policies in the region.

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The Next Lebanon War

A Lebanon-Israel conflict is a matter of when, not if, and the United States has an interest in the outcome

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Extreme Makeover

Obama’s Middle East policy may soon shift away from moderates in favor of extremists

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Indispensable

Michael Oren, Israel’s U.S. ambassador, says Washington will always need his country as an ally