Posted on: October 5, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

The Latest Cutting Through Newsletter

The latest edition of the Cutting Through newsletter is out. In it, I look at Mike Pompeo’s horrific last few days in office. And, as always, I update you on my latest and offer some suggestions for further reading. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here and please tell your friends and colleagues to do the same. You’ll get exclusive content only available through the newsletter, recommendations…

Posted on: January 21, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Biden Must Face the Facts: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime

B’Tselem, a major Israeli human rights group, issued a position paper declaring that Israel is an apartheid state. In a new piece at The Nation, I examine their case and what led them to make this declaration and why they did this now. I also look at what this means for the Biden administration and how progressives might capitalize on this to push the Biden team in a more positive…

Posted on: January 21, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Israel and Saudi Arabia Set To Push Biden Away From the Iran Nuclear Deal

In my latest piece for¬†Responsible Statecraft, I look at the implications of the United States moving Israel from its European command to CENTCOM, putting together with regional Arab states and advancing the formation of a coalition to confront Iran. I also look at how Saudi Arabia and Israel are working to overcome the considerable disadvantages they have hampered themselves with regarding the Biden administration. I examine the conditions they are…

Posted on: January 19, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

A New Book, and Goodbye to Trump and Pompeo!

In this episode of the ReThinking Foreign Policy Podcast, I spend a little time on the initial reaction to my upcoming book, co-authored with Marc Lamont Hill,¬†Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics. Then I look at the waning days of Mike Pompeo’s bumbling reign over the State Department and his scorched earth departure. Finally, I weigh in on the debate over whether Trump’s support is rooted in white…

Posted on: January 14, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

J Street’s Modest Recommendations for Biden on Israel-Palestine

For the past four years, far right-wing pro-Israel groups such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Middle East Forum have enjoyed unprecedented influence on the White House. More mainstream pro-Israel groups like AIPAC have still been influential, but less so than in the past as the administration of Donald Trump has charted its own course, led largely by supporters of the Israeli settler movement such as Mike Pompeo,…

Posted on: January 10, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Impeachment and the 25th Amendment Won’t Work, But There Is Something That Will

Outrage at what happened at the U.S. Capitol this week is overflowing. But while the House can impeach Trump, the Senate is, once again, almost certain not to convict Trump and remove him from office. The 25th Amendment is a dead letter, because it depends on Mike Pence, who was just threatened with death by MAGA lunatics, having the courage to initiate the process. But there is a realistic, and…