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Uncertainty About Yair Lapid and the Peace Process

Uncertainty About Yair Lapid and the Peace Process

There are misconceptions that the rise of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which is now the second biggest party in the Knesset, will somehow result in a renewed liberal conviction in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Onlookers should be cautious. It is a good thing that a strong center party is …

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Exclusive Interview: Yesh Atid’s Rabbi Dov Lipman

Exclusive Interview: Yesh Atid’s Rabbi Dov Lipman

The upcoming Israeli election, scheduled for the 22nd, has Jews, observers, and government officials all over the world nervous.  Polls suggest that the ultra-right wing is projected to be given a significant boost, in particular the new radical Habayit Hayehui party and its young charismatic leader

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Likud Openly Trying to Kill the Two-State Solution

Likud Openly Trying to Kill the Two-State Solution

Anyone trying to justify that Likud sincerely wants two states for two peoples, Israel for the Jews and Palestine for the Palestinians, is lying through their teeth. Several senior Likud ministers who attended the Jerusalem conference “Application of Israeli Sovereignty of Judea and Samaria” on Tuesday night openly called for …

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Israel Can Only Rely On Itself

Israel Can Only Rely On Itself

Alan Dershowitz made a profound statement Wednesday night at an event I attended in New York City. He said Israel could never rely on another country for its defense and security. He was, of course, talking about the situation with Iran and the United States. The last year and a …

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If Western Leaders Weren’t Worried About Turkey Before, They Should Be Now

If Western Leaders Weren’t Worried About Turkey Before, They Should Be Now

Over the decades the opportunistic Turkey has dictated its Middle Eastern relations based on shifts in the regional balance of power. In the early 1990s up until around 2006, Turkey was finely enmeshed in Western sentiments and policies. But beginning in 2006 it recognized a leadership vacuum in the Middle …

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Is There a Real Reason Israel Would Get Involved in Syria?

Is There a Real Reason Israel Would Get Involved in Syria?

As most media outlets are reporting, over the last month several errant mortars have been fired into Israel’s Golan Heights from Syria.  The IDF has determined many of them can be traced back to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Showing restraint the Jewish state chose not to respond …

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The Start of a New Trend? Saudi Writer and Former Royal Naval Officer Urges Arab Population to Re-Consider Stance on Israel

The Start of a New Trend? Saudi Writer and Former Royal Naval Officer Urges Arab Population to Re-Consider Stance on Israel

Three days ago Adulateef Al-Mulhim, a writer at ArabNews.com and a former Royal Saudi Naval officer, wrote a ground breaking op-ed called the “Arab Spring and the Israel Enemy.” In it …

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Jerusalem Court’s ‘Innocence’ Petition Rejection and Thoughts on Accountability

Jerusalem Court’s ‘Innocence’ Petition Rejection and Thoughts on Accountability

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
The Jerusalem District court last Thursday rejected MK Taleb al-Sanaa, of the United Arab List party, and others’ petition calling …

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A Conversation on Iran with Israeli Brigadier Gen. Eliezer Hemeli

A Conversation on Iran with Israeli Brigadier Gen. Eliezer Hemeli

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Israeli Brigadier General (res.) Eliezer Hemeli, who spent a large portion …

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Avigdor Lieberman: Lame Duck Diplomacy

Avigdor Lieberman: Lame Duck Diplomacy

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
On Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman re-emphasized his belief that the Palestinian Authority should hold general elections, and continued …

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The Super Coalition Not So Super Anymore

The Super Coalition Not So Super Anymore

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
It is official, Israel’s super coalition experiment was a failure. After just 70 days, Shaul Mofaz and the Kadima party …

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Could Ehud Olmert Return to Politics?

Could Ehud Olmert Return to Politics?

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
On Tuesday, for the first time in a while, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was able …

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Developments Suggest Turkey May Realign With Israel

Developments Suggest Turkey May Realign With Israel

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs. 
With all of the turmoil and uncertainty going on in the Middle East right now, …

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Understanding Israel: A Different Look Into Evangelical Christianity

Understanding Israel: A Different Look Into Evangelical Christianity

Understanding Israel is a video-interview series created by Rob Lattin for the Foreign Policy Blogs.  By speaking to the people on the inside and on the ground, each episode seeks to intimately expose viewers to the important and controversial topics affecting Israel today.  
Evangelical Christians make up one of America’s …

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A “Little America” in Afghanistan

A “Little America” in Afghanistan

I just watched a fascinating video from Reuters TV about a tiny town in Afghanistan named “Little America.”  Located in the Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan, “Little America” was the largest development project in Afghanistan’s history.  First populated by Americans during the Cold War, it was developed to counteract Soviet influence in …

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About the Author

Rob Lattin
Rob Lattin

Rob Lattin recently completed his Master's in International Affairs at the City College of New York, where he won the Frank Owarish prize for graduating at the top of his class. His thesis explored Democratic Peace Theory and its applicability to small powers, and used the relationship between Turkey and Israel as its case study. Rob received his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Political Science, graduating from the University of Arizona with honors.

Rob has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived in Haifa, Israel. In addition to blogging for FPB, he is the Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Jspace.com. He currently splits his time between Washington D.C. and New York City.

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