Weekly Review, October 5-9, 2015

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, October 9th, 2015 @ 5:06PM

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U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian ViolenceRachel Ehrenfeld – The White House latest condemnation of the escalating violence in Jerusalem is akin to that issued by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Both are talking from both sides of the mouth. Last month Abbas encouraged the Palestinians to go the attack…continue

The Palestinian Victimhood Narrative as an Obstacle to PeaceBy Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman @Besa – The false Palestinian narrative of one-sided victimhood is a major hindrance to all efforts in the direction of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Global actors need to help the Palestinians move beyond wallowing in self-pity and rituals of bashing Israel, and towards difficult compromises with Israel…continue

Palestinian Violence on the Rise, AgainRachel Ehrenfeld – Following in Yasser Arafat’s footsteps, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas used an international stage to unleash yet another round of terror attacks against Israel. As international criticism against his personal corruption mounted…continue

Russia’s Return to the Middle EastNorman A. Bailey – Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion signing huge aircraft sales to Iran, making weapons supply contracts with Egypt and particularly, injecting air, naval and land forces into the super-sensitive Syrian coastal area, where it now has not just…continue

News & Analysis

Middle East:

Underreach: The Syrian Periphery In Obama’s Grand StrategyNate Surba

America’s Fading Footprint in the Middle EastYaroslav Trofimov, WSJ

Counterterrorism: Preventing the Next ISIL: An Evolving Global Approach to TerrorismSarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Putin Views Obama as Being in “Panicked Retreat” from the World, von Eggert SaysPaul Goble

US pulling out Patriot missile batteries despite Turkey requesting they remainBGN News

Turkey’s True Intentions in the War on TerrorThe McGill International Review

Syrian Kurdish Leader: Moscow Wants to Work With UsUSNews

White House neutral on Palestinian terror attacks on IsraelisJennifer Rubin, WP

Explaining the Toxic Obama-Netanyahu MarriageThe Atlantic

Putin’s Pianos. The largest audience for Putinąs Syrian concerto isn’t in the Middle East or the U.S. but in EuropeAndrew A. Michta

The Specter of Saudi InstabilityWalter Russell Mead

Russia

Why Moldova May Be the Scariest Country on Earth. A new report details a black market in nuclear materialsKathy Gilsinan

Petrostate Politics: ‘Witnesses of Higher Oil Prices’Maria Snegovaya

Europe

Free speech loses to Islamists at UK universitiesJohanna Markind

Why Does Western Europe Seem So Determined to Commit Cultural Suicide? – Jean Kaufman

‘The Twilight of French Jewry, the Twilight of France’Daniel Halper

U.S.

NYC Police Ignore Muslim Brotherhood Assault on the Streets of New York – Joe Herring and Mark Christian

An Army of McClellans. The Syria Mess and the Pentagon’s Serial Failures – Walter Russell Mead

Iran

U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal lawFoxNews

China

China Cyberspying on U.S., After No-Hacking DealShane Harris

China Improving Its Ballistic SystemsThe American Interest

Miscellaneous

President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’. Obama’s preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigrationBret Stephens

Benghazi Committee: New Emails Show Clinton Promoted Blumenthal Interests in LibyaSteve Hayes

Islam and the West. A Call for Reformation and DialogueBrian Aull

Obama Official Says Putin’s New War Is a Sign of American Success – Tim Mak, Nancy Youssef

Russia’s Snarling Stuntman. Russia is declining, with talent and capital in full flight. Yet despite this wretched hand, Vladimir Putin is trumping the WestStephen Kotki

 

Capitol Hill

House:

Reviewing President Xi’s State VisitForeign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific – October 7, 2015

Protecting Maritime Facilities in the 21st Century: Are Our Nation’s Ports at Risk for a Cyber-Attack?Homeland Security Committee, Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee – October 8, 2015

Examining the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis from the Ground (Part I)Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa – October 8, 2015

Senate:

Russian Strategy and Military OperationsArmed Services Committee – October 8, 2015

Iranian Influence in Iraq and the Case of Camp LibertyArmed Services Committee – October 7, 2015

The Situation in AfghanistanArmed Services Committee – October 6, 2015

Ensuring an Efficient and Effective Diplomatic Security Training Facility for the Twenty-First CenturyForeign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Oprations, and Bilateral International Development – October 8, 2015

The Economic and Political Future of UkraineForeign Relations Committee – October 8, 2015

Assessing the North Korea Threat and U.S. Policy: Strategic Patience or Effective Deterrence?Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy – October 7, 2015

Threats to the HomelandHome Security & Government Accountability Committee – October 8, 2015

CRS Reports

Turkey: Background and U.S. RelationsJim Zanotti, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs – October 5, 2015

CRS Insight: 2015 Leaders’ Summit on U.N. Peacekeeping (IN10370)Matthew C. Weed, Specialist in Foreign Policy Legislation, Luisa Blanchfield, Specialist in International Relations – October 5, 2015

Legal Sidebar: FinCEN’s Money Laundering Death Penalty Temporarily Blocked – M. Maureen Murphy – October 6, 2015

The Internet Tax Freedom Act: In BriefJeffrey M. Stupak, Research Assistant – October 5, 2015

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