Richard Silverstein
Approved Writer

About me

I blog about the Israeli-Arab conflict, and expose secrets of the national security state.

My recent articles

GOP, Increasingly Party of Corporate Elites, White Males, Evangelicals and Israel Lobby
GOP, Increasingly Party of Corporate Elites, White Males, Evangelicals and Israel Lobby
Has the Republican Party sentenced itself to permanent political irrelevance? I realize a sentiment like this is a dangerous one to consider. After observing American politics for a few decades one begins to realize that, as in life, there is no such thing as permanence. You can have a decade or more ...
Armenia-Israel-Palestine: the ‘Continuum of Destruction’ to Genocide
Armenia-Israel-Palestine: the ‘Continuum of Destruction’ to Genocide
I listened today to an NPR interview with Peter Balakian, an Armenian-American poet and historian of the Armenian genocide. Friday will be the centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide. Coincidentally, yesterday was Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day and today is Israel Independence Day, ...
Deported-to-Death: Israel Sent African Refugees to Their Eventual Death at ISIS’ Hands
Deported-to-Death: Israel Sent African Refugees to Their Eventual Death at ISIS’ Hands
NOTE: Middle East Eye just published my latest contribution, which recounts the legacy of lies regarding Israel’s early nuclear weapons program, which has contributed to the distrust that pervades the Iran nuclear negotiations. Please circulate it as widely as you can via social media and other resources. Before ...
IDF Censor Seeks Possible Phantom Leaker
IDF Censor Seeks Possible Phantom Leaker
Haaretz’s managing editor, Aluf Benn, published a series of articles (this is the main one) about an ill-fated Israel-Iran oil venture, the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC), that began in 1968 and ended in 1979, just after the Iranian Revolution. The most criticial part of the project was a pipeline ...
Breaking: Senior IDF Officer Sacked for Media Leaks Identified
Breaking: Senior IDF Officer Sacked for Media Leaks Identified
There are Israeli reports that the new IDF chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkrot, has sacked a senior officer (Hebrew) for repeatedly leaking sensitive military information over a long period of time to the media. I can’t say why these reports refused to name the officer. But I will: he is Lt. Col. Eitan ...
IDF Intelligence Officer Leaks Secrets to Settlers, Who Attack Soldiers and Trash West Bank Army Base
IDF Intelligence Officer Leaks Secrets to Settlers, Who Attack Soldiers and Trash West Bank Army Base
” Back in 2014, the IDF destroyed illegal building in the radical settlement of Yitzhar. Each time they arrived they were met with a pitched battle (Hebrew and English): a hail of rocks and curses. Six soldiers were lightly wounded. Their vehicles were vandalized. Even their own military outpost ...
Iranophobia and Anti-Semitism: a Double Scourge
Iranophobia and Anti-Semitism: a Double Scourge
Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, as usual, took advantage of Jewish historic suffering to score a few cheap political points (the video of his Hebrew remarks is above). In this case, instead of speaking directly about the meaning of the Holocaust or plumbing the depths ...
Shin Bet Extracts Palestinian Confession to Crime that Never Was
Shin Bet Extracts Palestinian Confession to Crime that Never Was
Israel’s Shin Bet is famous for extracting Palestinian confessions to terror attacks. It’s infamous for extracting false confessions as well to crimes suspects didn’t commit. Now the security police have done themselves one better: they extracted a confession to a crime that never even happened. It ...
Israel Exposes World’s First (Alleged) Facebook Espionage Ring, Claims Golan Druze Spied for Syria
Israel Exposes World’s First (Alleged) Facebook Espionage Ring, Claims Golan Druze Spied for Syria
This is a slightly expanded version of a report that ran in Middle East Eye this past Monday. I am seeking to translate this piece into both Arabic and Hebrew. If you can help, please be in touch: In 2012, Israel released the longest-serving Arab security prisoner, Sedki al-Maket, from prison. He ...
Israel and Friends Buy Senators and Seek Death of Iran Deal
Israel and Friends Buy Senators and Seek Death of Iran Deal
Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reports that Israel plans to destroy the recently completely Iran nuclear framework by pursuing two tracks. On the first, it will propose unrealistic and previously rejected demands for “improvement,” which allow opponents to slam the deal for its alleged flaws. Examples of this ...
Shin Bet Insiders Lobby Against Favored Candidate for Next Chief
Shin Bet Insiders Lobby Against Favored Candidate for Next Chief
I’ll tell you something that no Israeli will ever read or watch currently in their domestic media: the favored candidate to succeed Yoram Cohen as the next Shin Bet chief is former settler, Roni Alsheikh (trade nickname, “The Fox”). Officers and agents of Israeli intelligence agencies aren’t named publicly. ...
Iran Nuclear Agreement Poses Existential Threat to Bibi
Iran Nuclear Agreement Poses Existential Threat to Bibi
During the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Trita Parsi tweeted that Bibi sees “peace as an existential threat.” It’s unclear whether he sees it as an existential threat to his political career, to Israel, or both. His statements since the framework agreement came a few days ago have been increasingly ...
Bibi: Iran Nuclear Talks Part of New “Axis of Evil”
Bibi: Iran Nuclear Talks Part of New “Axis of Evil”
The Iran nuclear talks remain in suspended animation as the original deadline for their completion passed on Tuesday and they’re now moving into Thursday. It’s hard to tell whether they’ve been extended because the participants see a real possibility of reaching an understanding or because they’re playing ...