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  • Do Israelis support an attack on Iran?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2012 | 7:20 am

    Not long ago, I wrote an analysis of polls that were trying to answer a simple question: Do Israelis support an attack on Iran?

    Reading between the lines, it seems Israelis must hold one of three views. Maybe they don’t really believe Netanyahu is serious about striking Iran....

  • April 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 1, 2012 | 5:20 am

    Brotherhood changes course, fields second in command for Egypt’s president

    The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s reversal of its earlier pledge not to field a candidate for the presidency is causing consternation among liberals and the military alike, reports Mostafa Ali of Ahram.

    ...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • March 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 29, 2012 | 6:19 am

    Israel’s Secret Staging Ground

    Israel’s relationship with Iran’s neighbor Azerbaijan is causing the US some ‎headaches, writes Mark Perry in Foreign Policy.‎

    ‎[F]our senior diplomats and military intelligence officers ‎say that the United States has concluded that Israel...

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  • March 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 28, 2012 | 6:15 am

    Syria after Assad

    Writing in Project Syndicate, Ronald Lauder warns of the pitfalls that could lie ahead once Bashar Assad is removed from power. 

    To avoid the political chaos and regional escalation witnessed in other Arab countries recently, it is critical that any new Syrian...

  • March 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 25, 2012 | 6:47 am

    Does the Saudi Arms Deal Jeopardize Israel?

    Writing for Foreign Policy In Focus, Scott Charney takes issue with the recent American sale of fighter jets to a Saudi Arabia whose future alliances are uncertain.

    The U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia is clearly putting Israel in danger....

  • March 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 23, 2012 | 7:49 am

    Syria: A Strategic Non-Intervention

    Writing in the National Interest, Gary C. Gambill makes the case for why the US should not intervene in Syria.

    Intervention advocates have yet to demonstrate how Western meddling in the civil war could possibly improve upon the strategic status...

  • March 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 19, 2012 | 5:42 am

    Israel’s Gift to Iran

    Iran may have a far more cynical approach to an Israeli assault than one would imagine, writes Marvin G. Weinbaum in the National Interest.

    Iran’s leaders well understand that certain governing elites, especially among the Gulf countries, would be pleased to...

  • Gambling on not attacking Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 16, 2012 | 11:52 am

    In an article that was widely discussed and cited in Israel, novelist David Grossman suggested a few days ago that the Israeli government lacks the moral authority to launch an attack on Iran.

    Grossman asked, “in order to block a possible disaster in the future, will Israel be...

  • March 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 3:58 am

    Meet the Israeli ‘Octet’ That Would Decide an Iran Attack

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast explains how Netanyahu is not the only one who decides whether Israel will strike Iran.

    Israeli law requires that major national-security decisions, like signing peace accords or ordering...

  • March 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 6, 2012 | 5:02 am

    Obama’s ‘No Containment’ AIPAC Speech Made War With Iran Inevitable

    With his speech to AIPAC, Obama has set the US on the path to another Mideast war, writes Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast.

    We are going to war with Iran. Maybe not by November, maybe not even under this...

  • Do Obama and Netanyahu understand one another?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Five short comments on the Obama-Netanyahu meeting:

    1.

    Following many of the pundits’ analysis of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting and of Obama’s AIPAC speech, one gets the impression that everything in this world of foreign policy is really about politics.

    Obama wants to be nice...

  • March 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2012 | 4:40 am

    Obama and Netanyahu’s Competing ‘Red Lines’ for Attacking Iran

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast looks at the divisive issue that will be at the heart of Obama and Netanyahu’s portentous meeting on Iran today.

    At issue is that the United States and Israel disagree on what the...

  • Carefully parsing Obama’s words to AIPAC: What exactly did he promise?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Here’s what President Obama said in his AIPAC speech, and how I think it should be interpreted:

    America’s commitment to Israel has endured under Democratic and Republican Presidents, and congressional leaders of both parties.

    Don’t use Israel against me in the coming...

  • A short history of when Barack met Bibi

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Next week they’ll be meeting again - President of the United States Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. This being their ninth meeting since Obama took office, these two can now be considered old friends. “Friends” in the diplomatic sense of course, not real...

  • March 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2012 | 6:05 am

    Shimon Peres’ Influence Wanes as Israel Grows More Bellicose Toward Iran

    The long-standing alliance between Netanyahu and Peres may be over – thanks to differences on Iran and the Palestinians, says Dan Ephron writing in the Daily Beast.

    People familiar with the relationship...

  • There’s a new Israel-US survey, but don’t be fooled by the headlines

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    A new Shibley Telhami survey is already being celebrated by various ignoramuses and hacks as one that “undercuts Netanyahu on Iran” or that makes the “Washington conversation” seem skewed against Obama. The survey contains some interesting data, and also a lot of data from...

  • March 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2012 | 2:55 am

    Let us compare Assad to Israel

    Writing in the Arab News, Tariq Alhomayed takes Arab regimes, in particular Assad’s, to task over their hypocrisy about Israeli military operations.

    Today, in the case of Assad, we have seen the Syrian forces brutally killing their own people on our...

  • February 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 29, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Fears grow of Israel-Iran missile shootout

    American officials are increasingly worried by an imminent an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities – and a harsh Iranian response, writes Robert Windrem of NBC.

    The emerging consensus among current and former U.S. officials and...

  • February 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 27, 2012 | 4:09 am

    Assad’s evil endgame

    Writing in the New York Post, Amir Taheri looks at the Syrian President’s three-pronged plan for holding on to power as the country descends into further violence.

    Could Assad’s new strategy save his regime? Although no one knows the future, the logical...

  • February 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 24, 2012 | 5:01 am

    AIPAC and the Push Toward War

    Robert Wright of The Atlantic looks at the pro-Israel lobby’s support for a new resolution on Iran’s enrichment activity.

    The key is in the way the resolution deals with the question of whether Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium, as it’s been...

  • February 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 23, 2012 | 4:56 am

    Hamas Comes in from the Cold

    The world must respond positively to apparent signs that Hamas is moderating its position, writes Michael Bröning for Project Syndicate.

    For the West, using the opportunity to influence Hamas’s future course requires modifying the failed policy of...

  • This week’s indications that war with Iran is very close/very far off

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Closer than ever:

    Yet another attempt at letting diplomacy work has failed. If the IAEA can’t find a way to convince the Iranians to cooperate, if engaging Iran in a “constructive spirit” didn’t do the trick, what else is there short of conflict?

    Gen. Burgess: “Iran is not close...

  • February 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 20, 2012 | 4:34 am

    Iran Raid Seen as Huge Task for Israeli Jets

    Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times ponders whether Israel is really capable of carrying out a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    The possible outlines of an Israeli attack have become a source of debate in Washington, where some...

  • February 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2012 | 3:13 am

    The Ticking Clock

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Robert Haddick presents the case why this time, Israel is not bluffing when it comes to a strike on Iran.

    Yet from Israel’s point of view, time really has run out. The sanctions have come too late. And when Israeli policymakers consider...

  • February 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 10, 2012 | 8:15 am

    How to set Syria free

    The Economist argues that supplying Syria’s opposition with weapons would be counterproductive in Assad’s bloody battle against those seeking to oust him.

    Far better to attack Mr Assad’s regime where it is vulnerable—by peeling away his support, both at...

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