Pressure Points

Elliott Abrams discusses U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the Middle East and democracy and human rights.

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Hamas and the "Two-State Solution"

News reports that Hamas will agree to the "two-state solution" actually show an effort to protect Hamas and improve its political standing. Read More

Is the Path to a Palestinian State "Irreversible?"
Secretary of State Blinken's call for “a concrete, time-bound and irreversible path” to a Palestinian state presents serious dangers to Israel and to Palestinians as well.
The Two-State Delusion
The "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a delusion that overlooks the nature of the new Palestinian state and the threat it would represent to Israeli security. 
The Peace Processors Return
Despite conditions that make negotiations for a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible right now, inveterate "peace processors" keep pushing--and keep ignoring Israeli security.
  • Education
    U.S. Campuses and the Problem of Antisemitism
    The "DEI" bureaucracies in U.S. colleges are failing to protect Jewish students from a wave of antisemitism. The right reaction is to recognize how pernicious they are, not to plead that Jewish students too are "oppressed."
  • Religion
    What I Would Say to the Synod
    The Roman Catholic Church's Synod can reassert Church leadership on human rights--or fail to do so.
  • Venezuela
    Maduro Regime To Accept Venezuelans Returned Home: Why Now?
    The Biden administration has announced that the Maduro regime will henceforth accept the return of Venezuelans deported from the United States. Will sanctions relief will soon follow?
  • Ukraine
    100 Conservative Leaders Press Support for Ukraine
    Despite some reports that conservatives in the United States favor abandoning Ukraine, 100 conservative leaders just published an open letter of support.
  • Venezuela
    The Price of Oil and of Human Rights
    The Biden administration is promoting greater oil exports by Iran and Venezuela, weighing oil prices more heavily than human rights in U.S. foreign policy.
  • Nicaragua
    The Pope and the Church in Nicaragua
    The repression of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua continues to deepen, but Pope Francis has not responded with the levels of support that are needed.
  • Venezuela
    Venezuela: U.S. Policy, U.S. Sanctions, and Humiliation by Maduro Regime
    While the Biden administration says it will maintain sanctions on the Maduro regime unless there is progress toward free elections, there is progress instead toward lifting sanctions while repression grows.