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  • December 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 21, 2012 | 12:40 am

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    The fire is getting closer

    As Syria's rebels make significant ground against the Assad regime, writes the Economist, some in the West begin to worry the about the influence of the opposition's Islamist fighters. 

    Some European governments are pondering whether to...

  • December 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm

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    'These Guys Are Thugs'

    Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tells David Kenner of Foreign Policy that Morsi is engaged in a power grab, and slams the U.S. for not speaking out. 

    ElBaradei evokes Yogi Berra to describe U.S. policy on Egypt: It reminded him,...

  • December 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 1:01 am

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    Egypt's Struggle for Power

    Marina Ottaway tells the Council on Foreign Relations that compromise is still elusive in the secularist-Islamist battle for control of Egypt. 

    There is a real struggle for power in Egypt right now between the Islamist forces, mostly...

  • November 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 12:14 am

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    Winners & Losers

    Elliot Abrams of the Weekly Standard looks at the gains and losses of the parties in the newly ended Gaza conflict. 

    Israelis have appreciated that Netanyahu avoided bombastic statements, and used the days of conflict to reach out to President...

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  • November 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 2:04 am

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    The Israeli Assault on Gaza: How Surgical Are the Strikes?

    Karl Vick of Time Magazine takes a look at Israel's efforts to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza. 

    In Operation Defensive Pillar, as the ongoing assault is officially known, specific efforts are made to...

  • October 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 3:57 am

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    Overcautious Obama

    The United States must take the lead in Syria in order to rescue the people, the region and the American image, writes Anne-Marie Slaughter for Project Syndicate.

    No one speaks for the Syrian people in the Oval Office every morning. No one adds...

  • October 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 16, 2012 | 3:32 am

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    Iran's Secret Plan to Contaminate the Strait of Hormuz

    An increasingly desperate Iran could create a massive oil spill to force the West into temporarily suspending sanctions, writes Erich Follath in Der Spiegel

    According to the Pasdaran [Revolutionary Guards]...

  • October 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 3, 2012 | 2:26 am

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    Hunt for Obama’s Middle East Policy Comes Up Empty

    Writing for Bloomberg, Jeffrey Goldberg takes Obama to task for his procrastination when it comes to the Middle East. 

    Perhaps Obama isn’t quite the brilliant foreign-policy strategist his campaign tells us he is....

  • September 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 25, 2012 | 12:10 am

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    Stopping Tehran's Nuclear March

    Writing in the National Interest, Peter Brookes warns that the U.S. must toughen its policy if it really wishes to halt Iran's atomic program. 

    Unfortunately, after nearly ten years of negotiating with Iran over its previously...

  • September 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2012 | 1:15 am

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    Ahmadinejad vs. Israel, Palestine – and Iran

    The Islamist regime in Iran will sacrifice everything to destroy Israel, writes George Jochnowitz in Algemeiner

    Sanctions, shmanctions, say Iran’s leaders.  Ahmadinejad, time and again, has spoken of wiping Israel...

  • August 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 8, 2012 | 2:42 am

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    Who Are the Muslim Brothers?

    As the Muslim Brotherhood ascendance in Egypt, Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations takes a look at the organization’s power structure, which is far from monolithic. 

    While there may be significant discipline among the Brothers,...

  • July 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2012 | 12:33 am

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    Syrian Chemical Weapons and Al-Qaida

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that Syria’s WMD stockpile must be secured, and not just to prevent attacks in the Mideast.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah specifically warned in a CNN interview on July 18 that Syrian chemical weapons...

  • July 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am

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    A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

    Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...

  • July 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2012 | 3:04 am

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    Libya’s Militia Menace

    Frederic Wehrey of Foreign Affairs looks at the new challenge facing post-revolution Libya - unifying the local militias who fought Gadhafi’s regime.

    The strategy of trying to dismantle the regional militias while simultaneously making use of them...

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am

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    Ehud Olmert could be Israel’s comeback kid

    His acquittal leaves the former prime minister well-placed for a return to politics, something that could change the future of the peace process, writes Nir Eisikovits in Christian Science Monitor.

    Olmert will almost certainly...

  • July 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2012 | 3:19 am

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    The Salafi Awakening

    Writing in the National Interest, Daniel Byman and Zack Gold take a look at the rise of the once-outlawed Salafist movement in post-revolution Egypt, and the implications for the country.

    Putting aside anti–United States terrorism, Egypt continues...

  • July 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2012 | 2:17 am

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    Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria

    Simon Shuster of TIME takes a look at Putin’s weapons industry, which has been supplying Damascus with weapons as it seeks to quell the revolt against the Syrian regime.

    Welcome to Russia’s premier weapons expo, the...

  • July 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 1, 2012 | 2:48 am

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    Israel, Do Yourself a Favor And Treat Gaza as a State

    Writing in Al Monitor, Israel’s former National Security Advisor and retired Major General Giora Eiland lays out his own plan for dealing with the hostile leadership in the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli policy should be based on...

  • June 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2012 | 1:52 am

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    Waking from the Democratic Dream

    Writing in the National Interest, Robert W. Merry calls on the US to understand that the culture of Middle Eastern Islam does not encourage the evolution of democratic norms.

    Americans can’t fathom the power of the Islamic idea that...

  • The long-term damage of the Sinai situation

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Three days ago I wrote an IHT-New York Times article on the significance of the Sinai trouble for the ‎prospect of peace making in the Middle East, and on the impact Sinai attacks and ‎Egyptian turmoil have on the way Israelis eye the region.‎

    Once again, the great irony of...

  • June 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 4:02 am

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    Leading Syrians prepare to defect

    Following the defection by a Syria fighter pilot to Jordan, American officials believe Bashar Assad’s inner circle have been making exit plans, write Ruth Sherlock, Suha Maayeh and Peter Foster in the Daily Telegraph.

    The defection...

  • June 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 2:33 am

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    Syria Tests Russia’s Global Role

    The United States should not be looking to Russia, with its limited influence and own ‎interests, for a solution to the crisis in Syria, writes Paul J. Saunders in the National ‎Interest. ‎

    Russia has taken the same...

  • June 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2012 | 2:13 am

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    Iranian nukes? No worries

    Writing in USA Today, Kenneth Waltz picks apart international concerns over Iran’s ‎pursuit of nuclear capabilities. ‎

    Although it is impossible to be certain of Iranian intentions, it is far more likely that if Iran ‎desires nuclear...

  • June 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2012 | 1:55 am

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    No Iranian Nukes

    Writing in the Weekly Standard, Jamie Fly and William Kristol call on the U.S. to ‎present military measures as a way to halt Iran’s nuclear program. ‎

    But Iran’s nuclear progress marches on. That fact trumps all the administration’s hopes...

  • June 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2012 | 4:35 am

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    What do Israelis think about the US? ‎

    A new poll by the Anti-Defamation League and the Begin Sadat Center at Bar Ilan University ‎asks Israelis about a range of issues, including US-Israel ties, Obama and Romney. ‎

    Israelis view President Obama with increasing...

  • June 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2012 | 3:02 am

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    It’s Still Mubarak’s Egypt

    The legacy of the ousted president still casts a long shadow over Egypt, writes Steven ‎A. Cook in Foreign Policy.‎

    The Egypt that Mubarak officially inherited from Anwar Sadat on Oct. 14, 1981, was very ‎different from the country...

  • June 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2012 | 3:34 am

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    Moscow…waiting for the right price

    Russia is cynically using the situation in Syria to negotiate a better international ‎position for itself, writes Emad El Din Adeeb in Asharq Alawsat.‎

    We hope that senior politicians in Moscow show us more respect and stop...

  • June 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 3:28 am

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    Middle East Peace Fantasies and the Israeli Reality

    The international community and the Israeli left are mistaken if they believe Netanyahu will abandon Israel’s settlers, writes Arik Elman in Algemeiner.

    To think that in Israel, today, there’s a viable constituency...

  • June 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 3:39 am

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    The Netanyahu Paradox

    David Margolick of Vanity Fair profiles the Israeli prime minister, meeting ‎Netanyahu in Jerusalem – and hearing from his supporters and detractors too. ‎

    The Iranian threat has made Bibi even more politically formidable: a supreme ‎leader...

  • June 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 2:43 am

    Note to Syria interventionists: Be careful what you wish for

    International intervention in Syria could push President Bashar Assad into even more ‎extreme actions in what has now become a sectarian war, warns Chemi Shalev in ‎Haaretz.‎

    The Syrian conflict may have been...

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