Sundown: Has Obama Lost Mideast Cred?

By Tracy, Marc | Tablet Magazine, January 28, 2011 | Go to article overview

Sundown: Has Obama Lost Mideast Cred?


Tracy, Marc, Tablet Magazine


Feel like an extra-long round-up for the weekend? Me too.

* The Palestine Papers keep on giving: In 2009, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told U.S. envoy George Mitchell that President Obama lost "credibility throughout the region," adding, "people in the Middle East are not taking Barack Obama seriously. They feared Bush, despite everything." [JPost]

* The Qatari emir told Sen. Kerry about a year ago that now is the time for the United States to engage Syria, and that Hamas will accept a deal along the 1967 borders, though won't say so publicly. This one's WikiLeaks. [WikiLeaks]

* Her intentions aside, Anthony Grafton condemns Sarah Palin's invocation of the term "blood libel" for the damage it does to history and to the memories of countless Jews who suffered because of it. [TNR]

* A new entry in the "who sucked more, Hitler or Stalin?" debate from Bloodlands author Timothy Snyder. Turns out that Stalin was more motivated by ethnicity than was thought but that Hitler really did kill significantly more innocents. [NYRB]

* Tablet Magazine contributor Nicholas Noe argues that U.S. policy toward Lebanon since the 2005 Cedar Revolution was a colossal failure, only helping Hezbollah, and that the one way to head off a really bad confrontation with Israel would be to push Israel to make peace with Syria. …

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