Appointing Abu Mazen: A Drama with Two Enactments

by Charmaine Seitz | published May 1, 2003

The Palestinian Legislative Council's approval of the cabinet of newly appointed Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on April 29, 2003 completed a political drama with two enactments: one received with cheers by the international community and the other watched warily by a sober audience at home.

On Settlement Trade, Europe Doesn't Stand Tall

by Peter Lagerquist | published April 8, 2003

The transatlantic rift over the war in Iraq, and now post-war reconstruction, builds on growing European disenchantment with muscular US unilateralism. French and German opposition to the war—echoing the sentiments of a majority of the European Union's member states—highlighted seemingly growing differences between European and American attachments to international laws and conventions, underscored by recent trade disputes and wrangling over US attempts to exempt its nationals from the jurisdiction of the new International Criminal Court. Differences between European capitals and Washington have been particularly acute as regards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Irrelevance Lost

by Marc Lynch | published March 20, 2003

Israel, the US and "Targeted Killings"

by Chris Toensing , Ian Urbina | published February 17, 2003

Six Hamas militants killed in a car explosion on February 16 were assassinated by Israel, Hamas claims. While Israel denies involvement in the deaths, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on February 17 that Israel will assassinate other members of the military wing of Hamas as part of its planned lengthy incursion into Palestinian-controlled areas of the Gaza Strip to avenge four soldiers killed when Hamas blew up a tank near the town of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. Israel’s assassination policy is openly declared.

Litmus Test

Turkey's Neo-Islamists Weigh War and Peace

by Koray Caliskan , Yuksel Taskin | published January 30, 2003