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Daniel Pipes

  • Accepting Europe’s Anti-Immigration Parties
    In a typical assessment of recent European elections, Katy O'Donnell writes in Politico that "Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the continent is backpedaling toward the kinds of policies that led to ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-11-29
  • Why Palestinian Delusions Persist
    In 1974, Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army was still fighting for his emperor, hiding in a Philippine jungle. He had rejected many attempts to inform him of Japan's surrender 29 years earlier. During those long years, he senselessly ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Italy’s Apocalypse
    ROME – When thinking about migrants and Islam, Italy is not a country that comes to mind. Unlike its northern neighbors, Italy had no economic miracle that required the massive importation of labor. It lacks a deep bond to some major source of migration, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-11-01
  • Saving NATO from Turkey
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, faces an existential problem. No, it's not about getting member states to fulfill agreed-upon spending levels on defense. Or finding a role after the Soviet collapse. Or standing up to Russia's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-10-16
  • I Taught NATO to Stand Up to a Dictator
    On May 2, 2017, a polite letter arrived from the Director of the Political Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (known as NATO PA) asking whether my organization, the Middle East Forum, "might be able to host a set of meetings and discussions" ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-09-19
  • The United Nations Misplaces Israel’s Capital City
    Many media heavyweights– the BBC, Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, CTV – pretend Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. Even the Obama White House had a hard time figuring out where that capital city might be. But the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-09-11
  • Illegal Migrant Problem? Greece Offers a Solution
    ATHENS – As Western states prove incapable of deporting their millions of illegal migrants – the current crisis features Italy – authorities in Greece have found a surprising and simple way to convince them to take the long route back home. The migration ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-09-11
  • Did Theodor Herzl Make the All-Time Best Prediction?
    Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) wrote in his diary on Sep. 3, 1897, three days after the close in Basel of the Zionist Organization's First Zionist Congress that he had chaired: in Basel habe ich den Judenstaat gegründet. Wenn ich das heute laut sagte, würde ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-08-28
  • Iran vs. Turkey, the MidEast’s Perpetual Rivalry
    News that Iran's and Turkey's governments reached an accord on Idlib, a Syrian town now the focus of American interests, brings relations between two of the largest and most influential states in the Middle East momentarily out of the shadows. Their ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-08-22
  • Merkel’s Historic Folly
    Mr. Pipes, you have written that Angela Merkel's decision to open the border to over a million migrants in 2015 "will likely be seen as a turning point in European history." You are a historian, so, what do you mean by this expression? I expect that when ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-08-22
  • The Most Embarrassingly Wrong Book Ever on the Middle East?
    "The Middle East is the graveyard of predictions" notes the left-wing writer and editor Adam Shatz. That's partly because it's so volatile (no one in 2014 imagined the revival of an executive caliphate after eleven centuries) and it's perverse (Turkey's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-08-09
  • Palestinian Rejectionism is Weakening
    A recent poll showed that Israelis want a tougher policy toward the Palestinians. And Palestinians, beyond occasional rampaging and murdering Israelis, what do they want? Dan Polisar of Shalem College reviewed 400 opinion polls dating from 2000 and found ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-08-07
  • A Palestinian Victory at the Temple Mount
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party announced Saturday that the "campaign for Jerusalem has effectively begun, and will not stop until a Palestinian victory and the release of the holy sites from Israeli occupation." Fatah ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-07-25
  • Churchill, Hitler, and Islam
    Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-07-22
  • Another Turkish Ambassador Confronts Me
    In February, Turkey's ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner. The occasion was a talk I ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Foreword: Why Islam’s Reformers are Vitally Important
    My library contains a wall of books about modern Islam. But hardly a one of them covers the topic of this important study by Christine Douglass-Williams. With all the attention paid to Islamists, who has the time or energy to devote to modernizing ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-07-16
  • Israelis Want Victory
    What does the Jewish Israeli public think about convincing Palestinians that they lost their century-long war with Zionism, that the gig is up? In other words, what do Israelis think about winning? To find out, the Middle East Forum commissioned the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-07-11