No, an American Diplomat Didn’t Encourage Israel to Annex the West Bank

June 13 2019

Last weekend, news spread that David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Jerusalem, had given a green light to the Netanyahu government to annex parts of the West Bank. In the interview cited by these news stories, however, what Friedman actually said was this: “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.” Jonathan Tobin explains why such a statement, despite the hysteria it engendered, should be entirely uncontroversial:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, US-Israel relations, West Bank

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy