On the surface, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-hyped speech on Monday, which revealed new intelligence on Iran’s clandestine work to develop nuclear weapons, was an effort to push President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
Haunting scenes of children gasping for air during the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma earlier this month have prompted calls to punish Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Often lost in the fury over the attack, however, is the fact that Assad’s war machine is entirely dependent on Iran (and, to a lesser extent, Russia).
“‘I don’t want this life’: 10 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli army on Gaza border,” read a Washington Post headline from Friday. That headline—later changed with updated figures to a more neutral: “Fifteen Gazans dead after Israeli army, Palestinians clash at border fence, officials say”—used part of a quote from 22-year-old Yahya Abu Assar, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip who added, “I want to be shot.”
Since his appointment as national security adviser last week, countless journalists, left-leaning commentators, and Democratic politicians, as well as isolationist-leaning conservatives, have castigated John Bolton as a warmonger who poses a danger to the United States, and to the world. These voices are especially vitriolic when discussing Bolton’s tough posture toward Iran, noting that he has called for military strikes to cripple Tehran’s nuclear program.