Tony Badran is Tablet magazine’s Levant analyst and a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He tweets @AcrossTheBay.
In a move from the Obama playbook, the U.S. is advancing a stealth agenda in the Middle East at the expense of its allies
Israel backpedals, while Hezbollah grows bolder
Fifteen years of U.S. aid to ‘state security’ arms like the LAF and ISF have cost American taxpayers billions while harming Israel and strengthening Hezbollah
Far from being uncooperative, Saudi Arabia under MBS is playing precisely the regional role that Obama and Biden have long demanded—only more so
Herod the Great’s alignment with the Roman empire led to both the high-point of Jewish power and the destruction of the Jewish state.
Not content with fueling street demonstrations against Bibi in Tel Aviv, the Biden administration looks to ‘Lebanonize’ Israel with a new, U.S.-funded terror army
As Netanyahu tries to manage relations with a fracturing American empire, he would do well to read Isaiah
Bibi wants peace with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis probably want it, too. But the White House has other ideas.
Israel’s political iron man inherits a hatful of tsuris
Yair Lapid trades Mediterranean gas fields claimed by Israel to Hezbollah in exchange for a line of rusting buoys
The Obama-Biden doctrine means that our Mideast allies don’t have to like the Iran deal. They just have to pay for it.
Israel’s caretaker government is unequal to the strategic challenges posed by Team Obama’s policy of punishing friends and rewarding enemies
The country’s recent election was a masterpiece of counterfactual Kabuki theater—and there wasn’t a dry Western eye in the house
The administration’s horror over Putin’s war is not merely performative, but functional—in the service of realigning with Iran
The brilliant jazz pianist and conservator ventures into Steely Dan territory—and that’s a compliment
An unprecedented new salary assistance program for the Lebanese military is ‘cleverly’ structured to evade U.S. law
Is Israel finally bringing its public posture toward Hezbollah closer to reality?
The reeling regime in Beirut would like some of that magic Jewish money, please