Gregg Roman


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Gregg Roman is director of the Middle East Forum, a research center based in Philadelphia.

Most Recent Articles by Gregg Roman:

Get Ready for the Trump Doctrine

Apr 8, 2017 — Gregg Roman

The Hill Originally published under the title “Trump Learned from Obama’s Mistakes and Took Action.”

When Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched the 21stcentury’s second deadliest chemical weapons attack on Tuesday, President Trump must have paged through President Obama’s playbook in responding to this century’s deadliest chemical attack less than four years earlier and resolved to do exactly the opposite. It turns out he’s onto something.

When pro-regime Syrian forces gassed the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta in 2013, a year after President Obama warned Assad that use of chemical weapons would cross a red line, the Obama administration spent three weeks preparing to do something.

Keith Ellison Reneges on Islamist Event; MEF Had a Role

Dec 23, 2016 — Gregg Roman

Middle East Forum

PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the leading candidate to head the Democratic Party, has withdrawn, under pressure from the Middle East Forum and its allies, from an Islamist convention in Chicago on Dec. 27.

Rep. Ellison was scheduled to speak at the Muslim American Society (MAS) – Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) annual convention alongside a variety of extremist speakers. On December 15, MEF and other allied organizations circulated research on several dozen speakers due to share a platform with Rep. Ellison to national media outlets. Today, MEF spoke with a representative from MAS-ICNA who acknowledged that Ellison has opted out of the event.

The Myth of Israel’s Demographic Doomsday

Dec 11, 2016 — Gregg Roman

Critics of Israel love to exploit Jewish fears and anxieties. The most extreme resort to Holocaust inversion, boycotts, blacklists, and other singling-out methods reminiscent of Europe’s anti-Semitic past. Secretary of State John Kerry likes to wave around the threat of Israel’s demographic extinction.

Acute Israeli sensitivity on this matter came to the fore in the late 1960s, when Israeli rule over the newly won Gaza Strip and West Bank was thought by many to be untenable owing to much-higher Palestinian birth rates. If Israel chose to annex the territories, it would be obliged either to disenfranchise their Palestinian inhabitants, making Israel undemocratic, or extend the vote and watch Israel’s Jewish majority turn into a minority. For Israel to remain both a democratic and a Jewish state, according to the conventional wisdom, it would have to give the territories up. “The womb of the Arab woman,” the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat famously said, was his “best weapon.”

As Trump Charts New Mideast Policy, White House Contemplates Sabotage

Nov 23, 2016 — Gregg Roman

Miami Herald

After their first meeting, with cameras broadcasting their every word across the globe, President Obama turned to Donald Trump and pledged“to do everything we can to help you succeed.” Media outlets across the spectrum fawned over his magnanimity.

Guess again. Washington DC insiders widely expect the president to launch a bold effort to constrain the president-elect’s options in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by supporting unilateral international recognition of Palestinian statehood, possibly in the UN Security Council.

The Win-Lose Solution

Sep 9, 2016 — Gregg Roman

The Hill
At his first security briefing, Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s Defense Minister, declared that Israel no longer has “the luxury of conducting drawn-out wars of attrition.” 100 days into his term, with no sign of the decades-long conflict slowing, it is clear that the time has come to apply that principle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In order for there to be peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel must win and the Palestinians must lose.

For most of human history, military victory ended wars. The Pax Romana, a period of 200 years of relative peace within the Roman Empire, began only when Augustus defeated Marc Antony in the Battle of Actium. When the North ravaged the South in the American Civil War, it caused the seemingly intractable conflict that claimed three quarters of a million lives over four years to fade away. The South, knowing it was defeated, never made trouble again. German and Japanese ill-will toward Western democracies in World War II rapidly dissipated, thanks to the bitter pill of defeat; friendship soon followed.