Michael Totten

Around the Internets

While I’m wrapping up my long and complicated essay on Jerusalem for City Journal, here is some recommended reading for you.

James Kirchick returns from Erbil and reports on the affinity Iraq’s Kurds and Israelis feel for each other.

Walter Russell Mead returns from the Caucasus and compares the Georgia of today with the Georgia he visited during the Soviet era.

Benjamin Kerstein—whom I interviewed in Tel Aviv a few months ago—says the Middle East peace process is a farce that is wholly the creation of the president of the United States.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas admits on Israeli television that what Kerstein says is correct.

Lee Smith reports in Tablet that Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is behaving more and more like a dictator.