31 July 2009 0 Comments

Just like the (good?) old days

With US diplomats roaming the streets of Jerusalem, it’s like the intifada never happened.By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM — It’s like the intifada never happened. American diplomats mobbed the streets of Jerusalem this week. Even Iran point man Dennis Ross, whose sad-sack demeanor was a frequent feature of the Oslo peace process, stopped […]

21 June 2009 0 Comments

Review: The thriller that reminds us why Euro politics matter

The Budapest Protocol, by Adam Lebor(Reportage Press) Sometimes a journalist comes across something so powerful that it seems bigger than the project he’s researching. Usually it’s put aside to serve as the basis for a future project, a magazine article or another nonfiction book. Sometimes it takes such a grip on the writer’s imagination that […]

14 June 2009 0 Comments

Netanyahu holds his line

Israeli Prime Minister ignores Obama and reiterates same policiesby Matt Beynon Rees on Global Post JERUSALEM — It’s as if Obama never happened. Less than two weeks ago President Barack Obama laid out his plans for the Middle East in a speech in Cairo. He called for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction, among other […]

4 June 2009 0 Comments

Obama’s speech: the view from Jerusalem

President Barack Obama spelled out what he expects of the Israeli government in his Cairo speech, issuing a challenge that most commentators here believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no way of meeting [I wrote on Global Post today]. Obama’s speech, carried live on all three main Israeli television stations, made clear his firm opposition […]

28 May 2009 0 Comments

Global Post: Bibi in a corner

Obama presses Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop building in West Bank settlements. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost May 26, 2009 JERUSALEM — One morning late last week, Israeli Border Police showed up at Maoz Esther, an outpost of Israeli settlers in the West Bank near Ramallah. They waited for a Bible study class […]

20 March 2009 0 Comments

A lesson in Middle East politics

On Global Post, I report on the fairly crazy mess (even by Middle East standards) in which both Israeli and Palestinian politics find themselves just now.

4 March 2009 0 Comments

Madame Secretary, when will we have peace? And bathroom breaks?

By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPostPublished: March 4, 2009 15:25 ET RAMALLAH — The further back you are in a motorcade, the more bemused the expression on the faces of the pedestrians watching you speed by. When I passed them, the people of this Palestinian city stared with slack jaws, as though they wondered if […]

7 July 2007 0 Comments

Palestinian Civil War Part II: Coming Soon

If you’re inclined to agree with the State Department that, for the time being, it’s just fine to have Hamas isolated in Gaza, so long as Fatah plays nice in the West Bank, think again. This week in Bethlehem, an old friend who’s a member of Fatah told me bitterly that the men who run […]