Ghassan Charbel
Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

Pezeshkian and the Iranian Guide’s Calculations

The past few days have been burdened with messages from Washington to Tehran, via London and Paris. In a world with wide-open doors, elections are no longer a local matter. The importance increases when the results affect the future of economies, policies, and arsenals. When the news emerged…

Trump is Advancing... Please Fasten Your Seatbelts

Joe Biden left the duel with Donald Trump, wounded. Age has betrayed him, as it usually does. It’s a betrayal at the peak moment and in front of tens of millions of spectators. Biden failed to play the role of the scorer and that of the defender. He failed to prove the goalkeeper’s adeptness. The…

The Russian ‘Flood’ 

In the past decades, the Middle East has given birth to warriors who dreamed of exhausting the West. Through the “invasions of New York and Washington,” Osama bin Laden dreamed of luring the American army into Afghanistan, hoping to inflict on it the same fate of the Soviet Red Army. He did not…

Talk of Stability on the Banks of the Nile

I avoid visiting the headquarters of the Arab League despite the bonds of friendship that ties me with its successive leaders during the current century. The journalist is a heavy guest given his profession. I think of the Arab League as a ship sailing in a turbulent sea of crises, challenges and…

The Travelers Headed towards the Abyss 

Once upon a time, a man named Saddam Hussein took a pivotal dangerous decision. He ordered his forces to invade Kuwait and he headed to Basra to oversee the operations. Throughout that day he did not reply to messages that urged him against hurtling towards the abyss. One of the people who worked…

Gaza between America and Iran

In 2012, the commander of Al-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, received in Tehran a Hamas official named Yehya Sinwar. Observers said the Iranian general and the Palestinian visitor with a “Brotherhood” and security background hit it off. They added that the meeting ended with both men feeling that…

The Indispensable State 

Benjamin Netanyahu anxiously reads the reports about the International Criminal Count, the International Court of Justice and Spain, Ireland and Norway’s recognition of a Palestinian state. A total of 147 countries now recognize the State of Palestine. He tells himself: The flood of the state is…

Getting Out of The Tunnels

The Palestinians have been knocking on the door of the world’s conscience for seven decades. It has been responding with tranquilizers, bandages, and blankets. After that, it forgets about them. A generation of youths refused to consider the Nakba their inevitable destiny. Yasser Arafat, George…

Memories that Attack Like a Dagger 

Given his experience, Yehya al-Sinwar knows that nothing can break the will of an Israeli government and its generals like one of its soldiers being taken prisoner by the Palestinians. In 1988, Sinwar was again arrested and sentenced to four life terms. But in 2011, he was freed, along with 1,026…

The Specter of Returning from the War

Benjamin Netanyahu knows the story. The silence of the artillery will be more powerful than their sound. He will stand naked before the arrows fired from all windows. They will have no mercy. The snakes will be set loose to bite him. They are the snakes of the opposition, partners in his…