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The risks of Israel's Gaza incursion

July 18, 2014  •  Fox News

While Israel has demonstrated enormous strategic patience with Hamas' over 1,500 rocket attacks which sent some two-thirds of Israelis into bomb shelters, the potential cost to Israel of even a limited ground incursion in northern Gaza -- the death of more Palestinian civilians, the loss or kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, and a further erosion of Israel's international standing -- could be high.

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A dramatic shift in Middle East alliances: Egypt, Israel and Hamas

July 17, 2014  •  Fox News

Egypt's initial failed effort to mediate an end to the latest confrontation between Israel and Hamas reflects a dramatic shift in Middle Eastern alliances since the last eruption of intense violence between Palestinians and Israelis, the third in nearly six years.

In November, 2012. Egypt was able to leverage its warm ties with Hamas to persuade the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease fire in Gaza, which it has ruled since seizing power in 2007.

This time, Egypt's plan for restoring what the Israelis call "calm for calm" was quickly endorsed by Israel, the United States, and the Arab League. But it was rejected by Hamas, which loudly complained that Egypt had not consulted the group in advance.

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Commissioner Candor

July 9, 2014  •  City Journal

Like well-behaved children in Victorian times, commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are expected to be seen and not heard. For most of its 93-year history, in fact, the Port Authority's 12 commissioners, who oversee New York and New Jersey's transportation networks, have resisted airing their often profound differences in public. But this spring, Kenneth Lipper, whom New York governor Andrew Cuomo appointed to the board last year, went off the reservation.

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Iraq's future: Will country break apart?
Why Kurds may hold the key

July 3, 2014  •  Fox News

Iraq is dead. Long live a smaller Iraq – and Kurdistan.

That was the threat delivered in Washington and in Erbil this week by the leader and two senior officials of Iraq's Kurdish region. Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, two key advisers to Kurdish Regional President Masoud Barzani declared their insistence on substantially greater economic and political rights for Iraq's 8 million Kurds as the price for joining a new government in Baghdad.

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"This Is a New Port Authority"

June 26, 2014  •  City Journal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized the release Wednesday of $159 million of insurance proceeds from private insurers to enable developer Larry Silverstein to restart the stalled construction of 3 World Trade Center without new public debt or loan guarantees. After months of often fractious negotiations, the board commissioners—who are appointed by the governors of both states—voted unanimously at a public hearing in Jersey City to change an earlier proposal that would have given Silverstein $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to help him complete the 80-story building on the 16-acre site. Patrick Foye, the Port Authority executive director, said that under the new agreement, Silverstein must raise the money privately and that the Port Authority would not be guaranteeing his loan.

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