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The Salman Principle

Jamal KhashogjiWeeks ago I wrote an article entitled "Each era has its state, its men and its foreign policy". Today, and in the aftermath of the "Storm of Decisiveness", time will prove to be more generous given us more than just that. It is the "Salman Principle". To tell the truth, the word "principle" does not explain the notion in full. The origin of this word is the English word "Doctrine", which means "a policy based on moral principles and commitments". The most prominent "principle" that acquired fame in the modern age has been "the Eisenhower Doctrine". He was the only US President who served the Arabs with justice when he "ordered" the Israelis, the British and the French to withdraw from Egypt following the tripartite aggression in 1956. However, his doctrine was famous even before then. It was built upon a U.S. Commitment to side by any country that is endangered or threatened by another country and to provide it with financial and military aid.


The Lebanese people and Iran's nuclear deal

British FM Philip Hammond (C), German FM Frank Walter Steinmeier (L), United States Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L), French FM Laurent Fabius (2ndR) and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini (R), make a statement about the Iran dealPolitical circles in Lebanon are following the turn of events in Switzerland featuring Iran, the US and European powers with great interest, as they discuss the Iranian nuclear file. This concerns the future of Lebanon greatly, so much so that everywhere you go in Beirut the first questions people ask are, what do you think of the Iranian nuclear programme talks? Will Iran and the great powers reach an agreement? What impact will these talks have on Lebanon and other countries within the region, regardless of whether they succeed or fail?


Has Iran over reached itself in Yemen?

David Hearst

When the Saudi ambassador in Washington announced the launching of airstrikes and a military intervention in Yemen on Wednesday night, the kingdom surprised everyone - not least Iran.


Palestine's one-state solution

Palestine map

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to the voters that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state should he win the latest general election. He won, and by doing so he hammered the final nail in the coffin of the peace process and buried the option of the two-state solution, for which the now-failed negotiations began.


Without concrete action, a US 'reassessment' of relations with Israel will mean nothing

Barack Obama with Benjamin Netanyahnu

In recent weeks, the relationship between Israel and its staunch ally the US has been severely strained. The initial catalyst was Israel's opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran that the US and other world powers are hoping to secure by 31 March.


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