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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gary L. Ackerman
While most of the Arab world has zigged, the Palestinian establishment has zagged. As "Arab streets" rise up and many of their governments are teetering or have fallen, the two rival Palestinian factions - the terrorist organization Hamas and the "moderate" Fatah party - are attempting a unity government that would ensure continued power for the society's favored few.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers criticized the Obama administration's response to the political crisis in Egypt during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
The closure of a key supply route for coalition forces in Afghanistan, a spate of attacks on NATO fuel tankers and criticism of U.S. drone strikes are fueling frustration in Congress over Pakistan's performance as an ally in the war against militants.
Israel stands to lose its main Muslim ally in the Middle East — Turkey — over a recent raid on a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli forces, according to two senior Turkish officials.
Appeal to U.S.
"If they no longer respect agreements reached under previous governments, then they're not a country worthy of our support," said Rep. Gary L. Ackerman of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Middle East and South Asia subcommittee.
Mr. Ackerman, echoing a now-common school of thought in Washington, told The Times that Mr. Shater's candidacy might be a positive development given the alternative.