Lawrence J. Haas

Lawrence J. Haas is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and served as communications director to Vice President Gore during the Clinton Adminsitration. Readers may write to him at AFPC, 509 C Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002;

Most Recent Articles by Lawrence J. Haas:

Khashoggi’s killing despicable, but U.S. needs Saudi’s help in keeping Mideast peace!

Oct 28, 2018 — Lawrence J. Haas

Khashoggi’s killing despicable, but U.S. needs Saudi’s help in keeping Mideast peace!
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Let’s be clear: the Saudi murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was a despicable act by a regime that, even after enacting modest reforms recently, still tolerates virtually no domestic dissent.

We should all be outraged, we should demand the truth, and we should look for ways to condemn such action in the clearest terms, such as by sanctioning the regime and the individuals involved.

UN’s Human Rights Council reeks of hypocrisy; US was right to leave

Jul 5, 2018 — Lawrence J. Haas

UN’s Human Rights Council reeks of hypocrisy; US was right to leave
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Council’s recent vote to investigate Israel for its response to “protests” on its Gaza border highlights everything that’s wrong with this hypocritical body, and why the United States was right to leave it.

First, the vote reflects the council’s longstanding obsession with Israel, which has far more to do with its status as the world’s only Jewish state than with any serious council concerns about the world’s biggest human rights problems.

U.S. gives $400 million a year to group spurring terrorism

May 13, 2018 — Lawrence J. Haas

U.S. gives $400 million a year to group spurring terrorism
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Palestinian terrorist Rajaei Haddad was released from Israeli prison on April 10 after serving 20 years for the murder of yeshiva student Gabriel Hirschberg in Jerusalem’s Old City, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was there to greet him while members of Abbas’s Fatah Party hailed him “a leader, a hero, and a fighter.”

That same day, the Palestinian Authority’s TV channel aired an interview in which writer Ani Abu Zeid complained about Israelis who used to “cry about the false Holocaust in the days of Hitler,” adding that Jews “colluded with Hitler so that he would facilitate the bringing of settlers to Palestine.”

Iran soon will be able to kill 90 percent of our population.  Some deal!

Aug 17, 2015 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Just four days after U.S.-led global powers and Iran completed their nuclear deal, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reaffirmed the “Death to America” mantra that has pervaded the regime since its establishment in 1979, stating, “The entire country is under the umbrella of this great movement.”

Nuke deal makes no sense with Iran’s leader threatening to annihilate US as well as Israel

Apr 23, 2015 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, DC —“Of course, yes, death to America,” Iran’s Supreme Ali Khamenei, declared just last month, echoing the crowd Leaderchants as he marked the Persian new year.

Obama’s hesitation in Ukraine endangers Eastern Europe

Jan 20, 2015 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the United States understandably focused on Islamist threats to the civilized world, Russia’s Vladimir Putin continues to whittle away at the post-Cold War architecture of global relations by ignoring his commitment to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and boosting support for Russian-backed rebels.

CIA report encourages terrorists, betrays U.S. allies

Dec 19, 2014 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Though they preside over the world’s most important nation, our leaders in Washington can be startlingly oblivious to the audiences beyond our shores that watch and listen closely to whatever we say or do.

Putin’s aggression against Ukraine won’t be stopped by mere sanctions

Sep 25, 2014 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The President sets U.S. foreign policy but, with regard to Ukraine, Congress has an opportunity to push the United States in a more fruitful direction by approving bipartisan legislation from the Senate that would give Kiev $350 million in military aid to help it fend off Moscow’s advances.

Israel’s survival depends on destroying Hamas’ ability to terrorize

Aug 6, 2014 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Though Israel should never carelessly ignore U.S. pressure, it nevertheless must resist current U.S. efforts to impose a cease fire on the Israel-Hamas conflict while Israel remains besieged by rockets and tunnels.

Obama’s one-sided policies demonstrate total contempt for Israel

May 9, 2014 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON,  D.C. — Recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks raised questions as to why Washington invested so much in such a misbegotten venture, but they brought one salutary result — they laid bare the Obama Administration’s hostility to the Jewish state.

Boycott is academically dishonest and a triumph for bigotry

Apr 4, 2014 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. scholars’ mounting boycotts of Israeli academic and cultural institutions are ironic indeed, for they contradict everything that higher education is supposed to stand for — they are wholly ignorant and profoundly narrow-minded.

Naïve deal will make Iranian atomic warheads more likely — not less

Dec 2, 2013 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.

U.S. must stand fast with Israel to assure peace

Nov 20, 2013 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Peace — true peace — is more than the absence of war, more than a temporary respite from continual conflict.  True peace rests on trust between parties, and it’s rooted in on-the-ground conditions that ensure its viability.

Obama’s smooth, soothing words in Israel won’t pull peace from Mideast flames

Mar 28, 2013 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Put yourself in their shoes,” President Obama said of the Palestinians, imploring his Israeli audience in Jerusalem to work for peace.  “Look at the world through their eyes.”

Tide of war not receding; dangers will mount as U.S. exits prematurely

Feb 22, 2013 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON — Surveying the Greater Middle East, where chaos reigns from Egypt to Syria and where chances of war among any number of players are rising, you can hardly blame the typical American for wanting to wish it away.

Stop nuzzling new autocrats in Turkey and Egypt; start pushing freedom and democracy

Nov 1, 2012 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The next president must discard two longstanding but problematic pillars of U.S. policy in the Middle East and chart a new course that reflects both regional realities and the dynamic changes that are underway there.

Egypt’s Morsi thumbs his nose at U.S. as he accelerates down the Islamic expressway

Sep 6, 2012 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. foreign aid, which dates back to the early 1950s, is designed to support U.S. national security by helping our friends, pressuring our adversaries, and promoting a safer, more prosperous world.

Global sanctions on Iran are working; relaxing them now would be foolhardy

Jun 4, 2012 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Calls to ease sanctions on Iran to spur global negotiations over its nuclear program will backfire, making a deal far less likely and greatly raising the risk of an Israeli military strike to cripple the program.

Bold action in Syria now will save U.S. tons of grief in the Mideast later

Apr 27, 2012 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continues his slaughter, the issue is not whether more forceful U.S. action to stop him is risk-free.

Don’t go wobbly, Mr. Obama

Feb 17, 2012 — Lawrence J. Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States faces a cold reality: even stepped-up U.S. and Western sanctions of recent weeks have not convinced Iran’s radical regime, which is driving ever closer to nuclear weaponry, to shift course.