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  • December 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2012 | 12:26 am

    In-depth

    Three Sins of the Israeli Left

    Writing for Al-Monitor, Nadav Eyal examines the missteps by Israel's center-left that have left it in freefall.

    Circumstances required the left to re-imagine Israel in a way that would attract voters to it, and there was fertile...

  • December 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2012 | 12:28 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu's Christmas Present

    Writing in the National Interest, Akiva Eldar examines possible U.S. responses to Israel's announcement of construction in E1. 

    The decision to build 3,000 units in area E1 is described as a "punishment" for the UN General Assembly's...

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • You don’t ‘win’ or ‘lose’ a battle like the one in Gaza

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 5:13 am

    The number of commentators having an opinion on the losing or winning situation is multiplying by the hour, and if you're interested, some of them appear at our daily Must Read digest. Truly, though, it is a question one can't answer today. The real test will be two weeks away, two...

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  • November 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 2:04 am

    In-depth

    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 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • October 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 2:46 am

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    How Iran Plays the U.S.

    The Islamic Republic has never been swayed from its policies by the decades-long conciliatory attitude of American administrations, writes Sohrab Ahmari in Commentary Magazine

    The notion that U.S.-Iran tension is rooted in a failure of...

  • October 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 3:28 am

    In-depth

    Who Threw Israel Under the Bus?

    Every time the U.S. has forced Israel to make a tough decision, it has been under a Republican administration, writes Efraim Halevy in the New York Times.

    Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney has repeatedly accused Mr. Obama of...

  • October 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 14, 2012 | 1:58 am

    In-depth

    Erdogan, Sovereignty, and Israel

    Arsen Ostrovsky of Algemeiner calls the Turkish prime minister out on his anti-Israel hypocrisy following Turkey's strong reaction to mortar fire from Syria. 

    At the time of Israel’s response [in December 2008], Erdoğan unleashed a...

  • October 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 9, 2012 | 12:48 am

    In-depth

    Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy

    Writing for Arab News, Abdullatif Almulhim bemoans the lives and resources the Arab world has wasted fighting Israel, to its own detriment. 

    The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list....

  • 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 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 26, 2012 | 12:12 am

    In-depth

    Bandar Is Back

    Former Saudi ambassador to the US Bandar bin Sultan has returned to the spotlight with his appointment as the kingdom’s intelligence chief, but what does it mean asks Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard

    [T]he Saudis have been off the field. Now they...

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    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 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 1, 2012 | 2:48 am

    In-depth

    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 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2012 | 4:15 am

    Noteworthy

    Hamas entrenched in Gaza after 5 years of rule

    Ibrahim Barzak and Karin Laub of the Associated Press take a critical look at Hamas’ rule in Gaza.

    Are there lessons to be learned here about what would follow in Egypt should Islamists ultimately come to power there? The...

  • May 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2012 | 5:28 am

    The Future of Middle Eastern Christians

    The changes sweeping the Middle East could mean hope or despair for the region’s ‎Christian communities, depending on the attitude of each country’s rulers, write ‎Yoel Guzansky and Benedetta Berti in the National Interest.‎

    Looking...

  • May 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 16, 2012 | 4:49 am

    An Integrated Imperative: Attack Iran and Launch a Regional Peace Initiative

    Prof. Yehezkel Dror wrote for the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University that an Israeli push ‎for regional peace would go some way to mitigating any adverse responses should it ‎decide to attack...

  • Hamas reportedly talking to EU countries

    May 2, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Hamas reportedly has been holding secret talks with five European Union member states, a senior Hamas member was quoted as saying.

    Osama Hamdan, who handles foreign relations for Hamas, said the talks have been held in “recent months,” according to The Associated Press. Hamdan did not name the countries.

    The talks reportedly have centered on Israel and the stalled Mideast peace process.

    Officially the EU has said it will not talk to Hamas until it recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism.

     

  • April 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 22, 2012 | 4:36 am

    The Gulf and the Arab Spring

    Mohamed Al-Rumaihi of The Majalla magazine examines why the uprisings ‎in the Arab world have not spread to the Gulf states.

    ‎ There have been major differences between the radically-changed Arab regimes and the Gulf States. ‎In the Gulf,...

  • March 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 3:37 am

    Shalom, Beijing

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Oren Kessler looks at two decades of ties between Israel and China, and how the latter’s link to Iran could impact on that relationship.

    As they mark 20 years of diplomatic relations, China and Israel are exchanging far more than florid...

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