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Johnson’s Days Look Numbered Unless He Can End Lockdowns

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
January 18, 2021

Is it time to be canvassing for the next leader to take up the conservative banner? Americans are already maneuvering over who will carry the GOP banner in the next presidential contest in 2024. The query is no less pertinent to members of the…

Trump UN Envoy Cancels Visit To Free China

Bows To Impending Transition to Biden Administration

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 12, 2021

The State Department announced today the cancelation of international travel to all diplomats, citing the ongoing transition to the incoming Biden administration. Too bad, at least for friends of Free China. Hours earlier America’s ambassador to the…

Can Nigel Farage Reform the Tories After Brexit?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
January 11, 2021

No one will accuse Nigel Farage of letting the grass grow under his feet. Now that the United Kingdom is free from subservience to the European Union, a fact of independence largely due to Mr. Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement is taking the…

In Fear of Iran, Arabs Bring Qatar In From the Cold

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 6, 2021

How can America top its success helping Arab countries make peace with Israel? Well, witness Tuesday’s Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. Although details are murky, a new pact opens sea, land, and air borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar…

Why Does Israel Pace the Globe on Covid Vaccines?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 4, 2021

Why is Israel, of all countries, so far ahead of the rest in terms of getting its population vaccinated against Covid-19? As I write the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” chart shows Israel with a pace-setting 14 doses administered for each…

Israel’s Election Could Well Be Different for Bibi

A Challenge Gathers From Former Netanyahu Allies

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 24, 2020

This time it’ll be different. Like the last time. And the time before that. Like it or not, Israel is headed for yet another national election in March 2021, the fourth round in less than two years. Will this time end Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as the…

Biden Embracing Obama’s Failure In Foreign Policy

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 22, 2020

As sane Americans reluctantly resign themselves to the approach of an unimaginable Joe Biden presidency, the unrelenting blitzkrieg of media Trump-hate is occasionally, but each week more frequently, punctured by glimmers of recognition of what the…

Moroccan Envoy Marks Hanukkah With Israel

A Bitter James Baker, Who Failed on the Western Sahara, Urges Biden To Rescind the Deal

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 18, 2020

As the Moroccan ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, lit candles Thursday alongside his Israeli counterpart, Gilad Erdan, some in Washington tsk-tsk’d about the Western Sahara. Like the Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes, the fight…

Times Cry Out For Consensus On Foreign Policy

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 7, 2020

Those of us who remember the years before Vietnam remember when, in foreign policy matters, “partisanship ended at the water’s edge.” There wasn’t much foreign policy in the United States until a rending national debate over participating in the…

Biden Might Find U.N.’s Moved On After Obama Era

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 7, 2020

When members of Joe Biden’s incoming foreign policy team chant their mantra — policies will be anchored in “multilateralism” and based on respect for allies — their objects of desire are the United Nations and Western Europe. Or do I repeat myself? In…

Obama on Israel: Broken Promise, Full of Falsehoods

By DOV LIPMAN, Special to the Sun
November 30, 2020

I have never criticized former U.S. President Barack Obama publicly — neither during my time in the Knesset nor anywhere else — despite my having disagreed with many of his policies. I am of the strong opinion that Israelis should not engage in or…

Et Tu, Labor? UK Opposition Backs Deal With Europe

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 27, 2020

Is the fix in for Brino, as your correspondent likes to call Brexit in name only? Britons fervent for their nation’s independence from the European Union must give pause in the face of news that the Labor leader, Sir Keir Starmer, announces that his…

The First Brexit-Era Trade Deal: Hold the Champagne

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 24, 2020

Reports from London that the United Kingdom has secured a bilateral trade deal with Canada ought to bolster Brexiteer morale. Despite all of the setbacks of the last year toward finalizing an agreement with the European Union, surely this is a step in…

Message to Biden Via Saudi Parley: No Turning Back

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 23, 2020

How the story of today’s first known American-Israeli-Saudi summit was first reported is significant — and suggests that it was calculated to influence Vice President Biden and the foreign policy team he is preparing to put in place in Washington. The…

And Now ‘Brino’: Brexit In, Alas, Name Only

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 13, 2020

News from Downing Street tonight — that prime ministerial chief adviser Dominic Cummings has left Downing Street — alarms friends of British liberty. Mr. Cummings was the dynamo behind the “Vote Leave” campaign that saw Brexit triumph at the 2016…

Will Democrats Be Safe Party For Israel’s Friends?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Special to the Sun
November 13, 2020

Not everybody in the Democratic Party is in love with “The Squad.” Even as they celebrated their apparent victory in the presidential election, some Democrats spent the days after the voting complaining about the role that Reps. Alexandria…

Trump’s ‘Bad Cop’ Sets Up Biden As ‘Good Cop’ On Iran Deal

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 12, 2020

If it turns out that Joe Biden is truly the president elect, one of the first things he might do is thank President Trump for planning new sanctions against Iran in the post-election period. Elliott Abrams, Mr. Trump’s envoy for Iran and Venezuela, is…

Brexit Diary: Mr. Barnier Gets Ahead of His Skis

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
October 26, 2020

Whatever else one might say about Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, he certainly has some brass. He’s reported by Breitbart London as asserting that the EU and the United Kingdom have a “common responsibility” to agree on a deal and…