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Daniel Pipes

  • 2017’s Top Hits at
    Looking over the past year's statistics, my ten most-read articles of 2017 (ignoring articles from prior years) were: 10. Merkel's Historic Folly9. Historians Run Amok8. Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey7. No to Bombing Syria6. Florida Museum Celebrates ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-31
  • Beauty and Nausea in Venice
    "On or about December 1910, human character changed," wrote British novelist Virginia Woolf in 1924. "I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered, or that a hen had laid an egg. The change was not ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-27
  • Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital – What Does It Mean?
    Question: On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump made a statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declaring that his administration will immediately begin the process of building an embassy in Jerusalem. What does Trump's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Dhimmis No More
    A new strain of thought has developed in Sunni Muslim thinking: ethnic cleansing. It's not genocide, but it involves expelling non-Sunni populations. Its spread means that non-Muslim minorities have a grim future in Muslim-majority countries; and some ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The Dubai Miracle Has Become Real
    The Great Recession of 2008-09 convinced me, like many other observers, that the city-state of Dubai's razzmatazz – Go skiing in the boiling heat! Gawk at the world's tallest building! – was but a desert mirage. I lambasted Dubai in a 2009 article for ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-07
  • 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