Pressure Points

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

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The "Two-State Solution" as Panacea Never Fades Away

President Biden showed strong support for Israel during his recent visit, but never explained how the "two-state solution" would be possible without damaging Jordanian and Israeli security. Read More

The Partisan Gap in Support for Israel Seems Permanent
Polls taken in 2021 and 2022 show a significant gap between Republicans and Democrats in their levels of support for Israel and for the Palestinians.
Human Rights
Human Rights NGOs: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
International human rights NGOs are important champions of basic human rights, but must be subject to careful assessment themselves.
The Ukraine War, China, and Taiwan            
What lessons will Xi Jinping learn from the war in Ukraine?
  • Russia
    The Heroism of Vladimir Kara-Murza
    The Russian democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been imprisoned, and his heroism must be saluted.
  • United Nations
    The Biden Administrations Flirts with Dangerous Moves to Weaken U.S. Veto Power in the United Nations
    The U.N. General Assembly is debating a move to weaken veto power in the Security Council, and the Biden administration is supporting the draft. But weakening the veto is clearly against U.S. interests.  
  • United States
    The New Cold War
    Putin's invasion of Ukraine and partnership with Xi have forced the United States into a new Cold War. Can the United States gain victory this time?
  • Israel
    Amnesty International Joins the Anti-Israel Jackals
    Amnesty International's 278-page report on Israel is a farrago of bias, double standards, and assaults on the very existence of the Jewish State.   
  • Israel
    Israel, Iran, and the Archbishop of Canterbury
    In recent weeks the Iran nuclear talks restarted, and the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered himself of a statement criticizing Israel's treatment of Christians. Herewith, comments on both matters.  
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends
    The Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States issued statements on December 14, and both tell us much about the Palestinian issue as 2021 ends.
  • China
    The Uighurs and the Question of Muslim Solidarity
    Facing genocide by China, the Uighurs, who are Muslim, benefit from near zero solidarity from their co-religionists.