Giving Pyongyang a “Bloody Nose”

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Washington’s “bloody nose” strategy against Pyongyang forces South Korean President Moon Jae-in to strike a delicate balance between the American demand to end the North Korean nuclear and missile programs and Pyongyang’s insistence on keeping these programs intact.

There is fresh talk in Washington about a new military strategy for containing Pyongyang. This will reportedly include the intensification of the economic sanctions against North Korean companies and officials linked to the missile and nuclear industry, as well as their extension to foreign entities and individuals assisting Pyongyang to bypass the sanctions. The new element in the discussed strategy is a tactical military strike on North Korea’s strategic sites that will give Pyongyang a “bloody nose” and send an unmistakable message that Washington will not tolerate nuclear threats against its homeland. Will Kim Jong-un get the message, or will he choose to retaliate for the “bloody nose” attack?

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Why Palestinian Arabs Will Never Accept a State

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There are an almost countless number of reasons for why but perhaps just the top few is all which will be required to set the record straight and perhaps show people the reality which they have thus far failed to seek out. We are not trying to claim that people are blind, willfully or otherwise, simply that people are busy individuals and will often take the most immediate explanation set before them, especially if it is one echoed endlessly by those supporting one side with funds to soak media with their version, one we call out as lies. We promise that we are not going to go into the history of who came first or who conquered whom and all the other usual Zionistic arguments, we will use modern real life reasons. These are reasons which can be recognized by studying the history of negotiations and statements by Palestinian Arab…

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President Trump and Middle East Peace

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Seemingly forever, we have listened to what we are going to call Middle East poker. They have been playing five-card stud where you are dealt one card face-down and two face-up then bet, another face-up then bet and a final card face-up followed by final bets. This has been one of the slowest games of poker having started with the initial deal at the onset of the Oslo Accords. Apparently, according to Mahmoud Abbas, he has made his final bet and may be retiring from the table. For the sake of brevity, allow us to quickly review the dealt cards before discussing the final deal which apparently came recently. There are five hands at the table, the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas, United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and Israel with the United States dealing the cards. We know very little about the down-card, as it is face-down, but the three…

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Is It Really about Jerusalem?

The protests that have swept the West Bank, Gaza Strip and large parts of the Arab and Islamic world in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital show that most Arabs and Muslims still have not come to terms with Israel’s right to exist.

The protests also provide further evidence that many Arabs and Muslims, including, of course, the Palestinians, continue to view the US as an enemy and “big Satan” because of its support for Israel. Trump’s announcement is just another excuse for Arabs and Muslims to vent their long-standing hatred for Israel and the US.

For the Palestinians, Trump’s announcement simply provided the latest opportunity to step up their violent and rhetorical attacks and threats against Israel. As such, there is nothing new about the Palestinian protests that erupted after Trump’s announcement.

Palestinian terrorism against Israel is one of the oldest stories in the book. The many shapes it takes, from rock-throwing to stabbings to shootings to suicide bombings and rockets, began long before Trump’s announcement and will continue long after it. Hardly a day passes without an incident of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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