Jeffrey Goldberg

An American General Warns the Israeli Right

Last weekend, Marine Corps General James Mattis, the recently retired leader of U.S. Central Command and a man known inside the White House for his sharp opinions (which is one reason he’s no longer leading Central Command) issued a very sharp opinion about Israel’s future. Speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, Mattis warned… Read more »

Want Peace? Get Rid of Hamas.

A few days ago, I wrote that John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, might be running a fool’s errand if he thinks he can bring the Israelis and Palestinians to a final-status agreement. I argued that neither side is ready for the necessary compromises — the Israelis don’t have the political will to reverse… Read more »

Kerry’s Mideast Fool’s Errand Ignores Reality

Veteran Middle East peace processors are arguing that naysayers are in bad odor this week, now that John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, has seemingly defied the skeptics. Kerry has actually achieved what so many American officials have achieved before — which is to say, getting the Israelis and Palestinians to agree, provisionally, to… Read more »

Why Does Al Jazeera Love a Hateful Islamic Extremist?

So, it hasn’t been the best week for Al Jazeera, the television network owned by Qatar’s despotic ruling family, for the same reason that it hasn’t been a great week for the despotic ruling family itself: the ouster of Egypt’s president, Mohamed Mursi, the bumpkin fundamentalist. Qatar pumped a lot of money into Mursi’s Muslim… Read more »

Cutting Off Egypt’s Aid Will Only Worsen Chaos

Two men I admire, U.S. Senator John McCain and Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, have recently argued that the U.S should suspend aid to Egypt after the army coup last week that ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. “We cannot repeat the same mistakes that we made at other times in our… Read more »