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  • December 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 21, 2012 | 12:40 am

    In-depth

    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 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2012 | 1:57 am

    In-depth

    The End of the Forty-Year Peace Between Israel and Arab States

    Writing in the New Republic, Robert Satloff warns that the U.S. must act to safeguard the four-decade state of non-war between Israel and its neighboring nations.

    Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t...

  • Rockets fired on Israel believed to have come from Sinai

    November 14, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Four rockets fired on southern Israel are believed to have come from the Sinai Peninsula.

    The rockets that landed on a moshav and its fields in southern Israel was fired Wednesday afternoon.

    The attack came a day after the four-day onslaught of rockets fired by terrorist groups in Gaza seemed to have come to an end in a tacit cease-fire brokered by Egypt.

  • October 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 2:46 am

    In-depth

    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...

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  • October 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 18, 2012 | 2:37 am

    In-depth

    Romney's Sensible Stance on Israel-Palestine

    The Republican presidential nominee had the right idea when he said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is going to remain an unsolved problem', writes Leon Hadar in the National Interest

    ... perhaps the time has...

  • Yom Kippur thoughts on war, peace, and the lessons of history

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 25, 2012 | 3:51 am

    I moderated a panel Sunday in which three historians disagreed with one another on the core failure of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I know these three historians – Amiram Ezov, Uri Bar-Joseph, Yigal Kipnis - and I was the editor in charge of the book each has published in the last two...

  • August 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 15, 2012 | 2:03 am

    In-depth

    Israel Should Retake Philadelphi

    Daniel Mandel of Algemeiner argues that Israel should take dramatic action in Sinai to stem the wave of violence emanating from there.

    [T]he case is strong: without having to clash with an internationally recognized regime holding...

  • August 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 13, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    In-depth

    High Anxiety

    Israel is having a worrisome summer, writes Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard, given the rise of Egypt’s Islamists, worsening instability in Syria and Iran’s ongoing nuclear aspirations.

    Pessimism is rife in Israel. One day of Egyptian Army attacks...

  • August 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 12, 2012 | 1:19 am

    In-depth

    Egypt, Israel and Sinai: The need for triangular co-operation

    The terrorist attack on Egyptian and Israeli troops illustrates the need for co-operation between the two countries, as well as Gaza’s rulers Hamas, argues the Economist

    The three governments also need...

  • August 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 9, 2012 | 2:02 am

    In-depth

    Sinai Attack Shows Egypt Needs Israel

    New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi may have to rethink his animosity to Israel in the face of a shared threat, writes Alan Elsner in the Algemeiner.

    The situation in Sinai creates a dilemma for Egypt’s newly-elected President...

  • August 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 8, 2012 | 2:42 am

    In-depth

    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,...

  • August 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2012 | 2:29 am

    In-depth

    In Egypt, Anti-Semitism Is Back in Fashion

    In a piece for Bloomberg, Jeffery Goldberg warns that culturally acceptable anti-Semitism illustrates how far Egypt still has to come, 

    Anti-Semitism, the socialism of fools, is becoming the opiate of the Egyptian masses. And...

  • Six comments following yet another attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 6, 2012 | 5:25 am

    ‎1. ‎

    The Israelis knew in advance of a looming attack. Hence, the travel warnings, ‎hence the military preparedness, resulting in zero casualties on the Israeli side of the ‎border; zero damage done, zero achievement for the attackers. ‎

    But the Egyptians also had...

  • August 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 6, 2012 | 3:01 am

    In-depth

    Whither Syria? Recommendations for Israeli Policy
    Fears that Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could fall into the wrong hands is changing Israel’s approach to its war-torn neighbor, writes Udi Dekel for the Institute for National Security Studies.

    Israel’s...

  • The war over the leak about the spy during the war

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 8:11 am

    A different and shorter version of the following article appeared earlier ‎this week in the IHT-NYT.

    It is a story almost 40 years old, yet still painful as a fresh wound. On ‎Monday, it emerged that Israel’s Attorney General has decided to not to ‎indict a former head...

  • July 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2012 | 2:17 am

    In-depth

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2012 | 2:13 am

    Noteworthy: ‎
    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

    Noteworthy

    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 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 3:39 am

    Noteworthy

    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...

  • May 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2012 | 3:10 am

    Political Islamism is not to be feared

    All political parties that have emerged in the wake of the Arab Spring will be ‎accountable to their electorates, including the Islamists, writes Marwan Muasher in ‎the Washington Post. ‎

    The field in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia,...

  • May 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 24, 2012 | 12:35 am

    We need a strong Egypt

    In an open letter to the new Egyptian president published in the Times of ‎Israel, IDF reservists Daniel Suhareanu and Avi Nave urge him not to throw ‎away the decades of peace with Israel in the name of populism. ‎

    While most Egyptians are too young to...

  • May 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2012 | 4:19 am

    The Arab Spring facilitates an Arab-Israeli settlement

    The rise of Turkish-style democracy in the Arab world will put an end to cries for the ‎Israel’s destruction, writes Sadegh Zibakalam in the Daily Star.‎

    The Islam that has come out of the Arab Spring is more inclined...

  • April 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2012 | 3:19 am

    Going the Distance

    ‎(Seizing the opportunity to recommend an article that features on my own ‎work) Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily looks at the connection American ‎Jewry has to Israel, and whether it is really diminishing. ‎

    The research studies agree on several...