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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…

Trump Foreign Policy Confounds the Old Guard

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Special to the Sun
October 22, 2020

President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy has been subjected to harsh criticism since before he took office. His emphasis on criticizing past American interventions in foreign conflicts and his decision to employ the term “America First” to…

Dangling Man: Harry Awaits Parley With Grandmother

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

What young man doesn’t dread confronting an irate grandmother? What, though, if you are Prince Harry and your grandmother is Elizabeth II? The New York Post reports that Harry has been summoned to Buckingham Palace to account for a video filmed with…

Chevron’s Deal for Noble Energy Marks a Major Shift in Mideast

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Special to the Sun
October 14, 2020

For many decades, one of the givens in the discussion about the Arab world’s war on Israel was the role that the American and international oil industry played as a supporter of the Arab war on Zionism. One of the most important factors in sustaining…

How True Love Won the Day With Conrad Black

The Memoir of Barbara Amiel, Who Confounded the Gossips in a Story for Our Time

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
October 13, 2020

One of the things that made me look forward to reading Barbara Amiel’s new memoir is something she said shortly before her husband, Conrad Black, departed for prison. It was at a dinner for him at the Breakers in Palm Beach, where ten or so editors…

Would Biden Do A Policy Reversal In Middle East?

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

What will happen to the Mideast’s most significant peace push in more than a quarter century if America turns its back on Saudi Arabia? As Riyadh and its Gulf allies break long-held taboos on the multi-generational Arab-Israeli dispute, the…

Erdogan Seeks To Relitigate Defeat Of Turks in WWI

By JONATHAN TOBIN, Special to the Sun
October 6, 2020

Does it matter that Turkey appears to think that it can relitigate the outcome of World War I? That’s the question observers were forced to confront last week when its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, opened that country’s parliament with a…

Does Elizabeth II Privately Fear Win by Biden?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
October 5, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have sent his “best wishes” to President Trump and the First Lady. “Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus,” said the premier who himself barely survived had a nasty bout of it. Similar sentiments were…

Netanyahu at UN Parley Sounds Wake Up Call On Lebanon

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
September 29, 2020

Never let a United Nations milestone, if at a point of failure, go to waste. That may well have been the motto of Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in addressing today the United Nations General Assembly via video from Jerusalem. Ignoring well-worn…

Is It Inevitable That After Brexit Scots Will Quit United Kingdom?

Time, Says Our Brexit Diariest, for Boris Johnson To Honor ‘Old Fashioned’ Ideas He Once Extolled

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

“Centralization is the death-blow of public freedom.” So Benjamin Disraeli declared. “It is the citadel of the oligarchs from which, if once erected, it will be impossible to dislodge them.” So why is Boris Johnson flouting this most cherished…

Canada Could Yet Emerge As a World Power 

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
September 26, 2020

Without it ever having been a matter of national debate or even public articulation, Canada’s foreign policy has evolved in the post-Cold War era to one of relatively tenuous connection to traditional allies and a nebulous pursuit of popularity in the…