How France Became Iran’s Biggest Advocate

Sept. 24 2019

For some time, the French president Emmanuel Macron has sought to position himself as a mediator between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic. Macron’s ostensible hope is to convince Tehran to concede to a modified version of the 2015 nuclear deal and to release some of its political prisoners in exchange for an end to American sanctions. Freddy Eytan explores Macron’s motivations, and the possible results:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, France, Iran, U.S. Foreign policy

The Sinister Attacks on Israeli Offers of Aid to Lebanon

Aug. 10 2020

“The only encouraging thing” about the deadly explosion in Beirut, wrote the former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt on Twitter, “is that even Israel has been quick in offering humanitarian aid.” Had Bildt been better informed, he might have known that there is nothing new or unusual about the Jewish state offering humanitarian assistance to its Arab neighbors—or to more far-flung nations. Yet his bizarre comment was less hostile than the reactions of those who rushed to dismiss the offer as a meaningless public-relations stunt. Lahav Harkov writes:

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More about: Israel diplomacy, Lebanon