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 Nuclear Weapons Program Confirmed

by Elliott Abrams Friday, December 4, 2015

The nuclear deal with Iran requires that it tell the truth–the whole truth–about its previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

As Sen. Mark Kirk said this week,

senior Administration officials repeatedly told the American people that Iran should come clean on all nuclear weapons activities as part of any final deal: Read more »

The Sad Case of Lori Berenson

by Elliott Abrams Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Twenty years ago Lori Berenson, a young American, was convicted of assisting a terrorist group in Peru in a plot to assault and seize the Congress in Lima. Soon she will be coming home, her sentenced served.

In The Weekly Standard, I discuss this old case and the likely treatment of Berenson as a martyr and heroine. But all the evidence suggests she did assist the Tupac Amaru group, which both the United States and the EU viewed as a terrorist organization and which committed many acts of violence. There is a certain sadness about this life ruined by a commitment to an ideology that made Berenson back terrorists, but that does not make her someone to admire or honor. The full text of the article appears at the Standard web site here.

The UAE Model for Arab Women

by Elliott Abrams Friday, November 20, 2015

Combating ISIS and Islamist terrorism more generally requires bullets and bombs, but it requires far more–including changing the social practices that have marginalized so many Arabs in their own countries. It is unlikely to be a coincidence that the country where women (and, it’s worth noting, trade unions) have advanced the furthest, Tunisia, is also the country that has advanced furthest politically. Read more »

Saving Middle Eastern Christians

by Elliott Abrams Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In remarks yesterday from Turkey, President Obama called a refugee policy that singled out Middle Eastern Christians for help “shameful.”

I don’t agree. Middle Eastern Christians (and other minorities, such as the Yezidis) face exceptional violence and discrimination, and deserve special treatment. That is not an argument for barring Muslim refugees, just a realistic assessment of the risks Christians face. I made the argument first in an article in The Weekly Standard a month ago entitled “Why Do We Not Save Christians?” Given the President’s comment that helping Christians would be “shameful,” I wrote in the Standard again today in an article called “Obama’s ‘Shameful’ Policy Toward Middle Eastern Christians.” Read more »

Israel, “Racism,” and “Apartheid”

by Elliott Abrams Thursday, November 12, 2015

One of the most common Palestinian attacks on Israel is that it is building a racist and “apartheid” society.

Here is a minor but standard example from Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian official who is actually chief negotiator with Israel and a reliable voice of PA propaganda: In March of this year he said Netanyahu’s election victory was based on “a campaign platform based on settlements, racism, apartheid and the denial of the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people.” Read more »