Religion, Not Poverty, Encourages Muslims to Join Islamic State

Feb. 24 2015

The Obama administration famously refuses to identify radical Islam by name, preferring such nebulous terms as “violent extremism.” And the president himself routinely denies or downplays the religious nature of the ideology behind Islamic terrorism, instead depicting the attraction to Islamic State (IS) as a result of joblessness or “bad governance” in countries from which many jihadis hail. Ayaan Hirsi Ali points to the disconnection between this view and reality:

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More about: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Barack Obama, ISIS, John Kerry, Politics & Current Affairs, Radical Islam

Now Is the Time for the Gulf States to Make Peace with Israel

Aug. 11 2020

In the event that Joe Biden wins the upcoming presidential elections, there is a good chance that the U.S. will revert to the Obama-era policy of realignment with Iran, and to distancing itself from traditional Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia. Richard Goldberg argues that Riyadh, along with the United Arab Emirates, can buy itself some security by establishing official relations with Jerusalem:

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More about: Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israel-Arab relations, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates