Elliott Abrams

Pressure Points

Abrams gives his take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues.

Iran’s Syria Policy, and Ours

by Elliott Abrams Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Today’s news dramatizes the contrast between Iran’s Syria policy and that of the United States.

American policy is devastatingly described in a Washington Post editorial today as “reprehensible” and “morally indefensible” for its passivity. The editorial must be read in full for the anger behind it to be fully understood. (Parenthetically, it raises the question of whether the Post will endorse for re-election a candidate whom it has described in this manner.) Read more »

The Non-Aligned Movement, Iran, and Human Rights

by Elliott Abrams Monday, August 27, 2012

The so-called “Non-Aligned Movement,” a relic of Cold War days, is now meeting in Iran. Iran is a dictatorship where freedom of thought, press freedom, academic freedom, and free elections are non-existent. But we can be sure that these inconvenient facts will be ignored by the delegates gathered in Tehran. Read more »

Tunisia’s Shame

by Elliott Abrams Saturday, August 18, 2012

The existence of “World Jerusalem Day” is itself a source of shame to all its “celebrants”, for it has now become a day when orgies of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric are produced.  In Iran this past week, the day was “celebrated” by President Ahmadinejad with his usual vicious speech about Israel. While the crowd shouted “Death to Israel,” Ahmadinejad called Israel among other things a “cancerous tumor.” Read more »

Morsi’s Tests: Hamas and Sinai

by Elliott Abrams Monday, August 13, 2012
Egyptian soldiers stand guard at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza after Egypt closed the crossing following the deadly attack on its soldiers on Sunday, August 6, 2012. (Courtesy REUTERS/Stringer). Egyptian soldiers stand guard at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza after Egypt closed the crossing following the deadly attack on its soldiers on Sunday, August 6, 2012. (Courtesy REUTERS/Stringer).

Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, acted with unexpected energy and speed to remove the top ranks of Egypt’s military this weekend. But he has not yet disclosed what his policy will be toward the linked tests of Hamas and Sinai.

After the terrorist attack that killed 16 Egyptian border police, Morsi reacted with strong words and visited northern Sinai with Field Marshal Tantawi–then the head of the Egyptian military, now cashiered by Morsi. Several days of strong military action followed, including the first use of jets and helicopter gunships in Sinai since the 1973 war. Read more »

A Reminder From Hamas

by Elliott Abrams Thursday, August 2, 2012
View of the Auschwitz Museum's main gate near the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim January 18, 2010. (Courtesy REUTERS/Eric Gaillard). View of the Auschwitz Museum's main gate near the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim January 18, 2010. (Courtesy REUTERS/Eric Gaillard).

What are the beliefs of the terrorist group Hamas and how likely is it any peace can be negotiated with Hamas?  Hamas is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the advent of an MB government in Egypt–with which American officials at the level of the Secretaries of Defense and State are now dealing happily–may lead some analysts to suggest that we, and Israel, should overcome our refusal to deal with Hamas. Read more »