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Biden Threatens To Put Spanner Into Brexit Deal

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
September 16, 2020

“More pernicious nonsense was never devised by man than treaties of commerce.” Thus declares Benjamin Disraeli in his novel, “Endymion.” As prime minister, however, Dizzy set aside such literary license, leaping at any opportunity to sell English…

Abraham Accord Challenges Iran As Biden Eyes Appeasement

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
September 15, 2020

The Abraham Accords, being signed today at the White House, are widely celebrated in the Arabian peninsula and in Israel, but they’re really bad news for Tehran.

Leftists Alarmed At Trump Hopes For Mideast Peace

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
September 11, 2020

No sooner has the Arab-Israel Spring started to blossom than the Leftists are up in arms. Gulf capitals now formalizing relations with Jerusalem are, they complain, ruled by non-democratic bad guys. Exhibit A: Bahrain, where a Sunni minority, backed…

Trump’s Kosovo Coup Upstages Russians and Europeans

How Richard Grenell Played a Key Role

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
September 4, 2020

Another day, another Muslim-majority country recognizes Israel, but the trilateral America-Balkan-Israel deal announced Friday is even larger than that. The deal, largely orchestrated by President Trump’s point man on Kosovo, Richard Grenell, involves…

Boris Johnson Evokes in His Rivals a Lean, Hungry Look

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
September 4, 2020

So accustomed are we these days to baleful “breaking news” — with coronavirus dominating the television broadcasts and racial protests dominating the streets — that the “silly season” of suspicious stories that trail the dog days of summer are lost…

Trump Outside-In Mideast Strategy Takes To the Sky

By BENNY AVNI, Second Edition
August 30, 2020

President Trump’s top Mideast negotiator, Jared Kushner, and top Israeli and American officials are scheduled to board an El Al plane tomorrow to make the first direct commercial flight between Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. The historic trip will vindicate…

Khartoum Emerges As Place To Watch After Pompeo Visit

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 25, 2020

Ignore the political noise accompanying Secretary of State Pompeo’s Mideast trip. Watch Khartoum instead. The Sudanese capital is the most intriguing leg of Mr. Pompeo’s swing through the region. The press will focus on legal niceties involving an…

Could Brexit Be Confounded at the 11th Hour?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
August 18, 2020

A youthful Benjamin Disraeli, failing once more to become a Member of Parliament, told a gathering of Conservative supporters that he was neither “disheartened” nor felt “like a beaten man.” He was “used to it” and, waxing philosophical, told t…

Israel, UAE Deal Leaves the Left a Bit Flummoxed

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 13, 2020

To facilitate Thursday’s dramatic announcement of an agreement to normalize ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump played — whether intentionally or not — the old Jewish gambit of the rabbi…

Trump Begins at United Nations a Course Correction On Iran Regime

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 11, 2020

This week marks the first stage of President Trump’s attempt at dealing a final, fatal blow to President Obama’s Iran deal. America’s United Nations team expects a Security Council vote on a draft resolution mandating an indefinite extension o…

Lebanon Leaders May Have Quit — Not Hezbollah

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 10, 2020

To comprehend today’s resignation of the Lebanese government, amid country-wide unrest, it helps to think of the Who’s old line — meet the new boss, same as the old boss. In the case of Lebanon the boss’s name is Hezbollah. President Macron vis…

Beirut in the Dark As Lebanon Lurches Toward New War

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 4, 2020

The Pyongyang-Seoul gap is often depicted in night-time pictures: the darkened, Communistic North versus the well-lit, free South. Something similar can now be said of the light gap, illustrated above, between Tel Aviv (above) and Beirut (below)…

Brexit Diary: What BoJo Can Learn From Disraeli

Victorian England was not adverse to the aiding state, but with limits.

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 30, 2020

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man,” Benjamin Disraeli wrote, and he should know. He will be linked forever with the idea of One Nation Toryism, even though Stanley Baldwin coined the phrase in 1924 as a political ploy to limit Labo…

Hopes Are Rising For No-Deal Brexit As Europe Dithers

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 22, 2020

With weeks before the United Kingdom meets its self-imposed deadline to reach a midsummer trade deal with the European Union, Britain is on course for a “clean break” Brexit. “UK Close to Abandoning Brexit-EU Deal, Will Likely Leave Bloc Fully…

Covert Strikes on Iran See Success Where Diplomacy Found Failure

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 21, 2020

“Israel’s attack on Osirak was a major mistake,” the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hans Blix, told me a while back. Mr. Blix, a Swede, had then just ended his stint as top United Nations arms inspector in Iraq. Wh…

Can Tories Today Find A Leader Like Benjamin Disraeli?

Britons are more attached to conservative principles than Boris Johnson seems to appreciate

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 20, 2020

“Conservatism,” wrote Disraeli in his novel Coningsby, “assumes in theory that everything established should be maintained; but adopts in practice that everything that is established is indefensible.” Much like the Conservative Party in Britain to…

At U.N. Parley Pompeo Blinks on Iran Snapback

Security Council Seems To Reckon End of Trump Presidency Is Nigh

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2020

For the Trump presidency, the end is nigh. Or at least that’s what America’s “partners” believe as they consider the question of Iran. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council convened to contemplate that question, but rather than Iran it…

In Clangorous Era Press Is Ignoring Overseas Story

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 19, 2020

In the clangorous pre-electoral atmosphere created by the Covid 19 crisis and its economic consequences and the disorders that have followed the apparent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some important foreign policy developments have been…