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  • Israel Factor: Obama’s disengagement term

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 11, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Consider this: Not even one of the scenarios presented to our Israel Factor panel of experts is likely or very likely to happen.

    • The second Obama administration isn’t likely to heavily invest in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
    • It’s not likely to intervene in Syria
    • ...
  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am

    In-depth

    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

  • 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 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 20, 2012 | 12:39 am

    In-depth

    The Real Obstacle to Peace: Israel’s Critics

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine hits back at those condemning Israel's Jerusalem construction, but not Palestinian calls for the Jewish state's end. 

    But the real hypocrisy isn’t the fact that all those countries...

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  • December 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 2:09 am

     In-depth

    Liberal American Jews, Tzipi Livni, and the Israeli Consensus

    Evelyn Gordon of Commentary Magazine chides liberal American Jews for a stance on settlements that is at odds with even Israel's most dovish politicians.  

    After all, if the settlement blocs will be...

  • December 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 12, 2012 | 1:17 am

    In-depth

    With Their New Status, Palestinians Will Observe a Bursting Israeli Jerusalem

    Writing in Algemeiner, Kevin Bermeister argues that construction throughout Jerusalem is necessary, and will beneft the city's Muslim, Christian and Jewish residents. 

    The tide of...

  • December 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2012 | 12:48 am

    In-depth

    'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

    President Shimon Peres talks to Hans Hoyng and Juliane von Mittelstaedt of Der Spiegel about the peace process, Iran's nuclear ambitions and the change in the Arab world. 

    Not everything that happens in the Middle East is...

  • ‘We should help Obama deal with Iran by trying for peace with the Palestinians’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 4:29 am

    Meir Sheetrit is an MK for Tzipi Livni’s newly founded party, The Movement. He has held senior positions in the Likud and Kadima governments over the last 12 years, serving as finance minister, justice minister, education minister and interior minister, among other posts. This is...

  • December 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Why Obama Will Ignore Israel

    Peter Beinart explains in the Daily Beast why the White House is adopting what one adminstration official calls 'benign neglect'.

    What America won’t do, however, unless events on the ground dramatically change, is appoint a big-name...

  • 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...

  • You can be angry at the Palestinians AND critical of the E1 decision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 5, 2012 | 7:55 am

    Here's one thing to remember: you don't have to be a supporter of the U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood to oppose Israel's recent E1 action. The world is wide enough to tolerate people who, A. Think the Palestinians were irresponsible and counter-productive. B. The U.N. was – well...

  • ‘Netanyahu should consider apologizing to Obama’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Nitzan Horowitz is a member of Knesset for the Meretz party. He joined the Knesset in 2009, after a two-decade career as a journalist. The first in a special series of conversations with Israeli politicians in the run-up to the elections in January. 


    What is the main topic or...

  • 5 quick notes on retribution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 8:13 am

    1.

    Israel decided to punish the Palestinians for the UN vote by building in E1, or at least declaring to be preparing to be building in E1, or to be doing "preliminary zoning and planning preparations" for building in E1 at an undeclared future date. I'd urge all observers not to...

  • December 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 1:07 am

    In-depth

    Legal Implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine

    The vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state of the UN will only make it harder to reach a two-state solution, writes Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax.

    If all the territory captured by Israel in its defensive...

  • Gaza war and Obama: What do Israelis really think of them?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 1, 2012 | 11:29 am

    A new Brookings-MDU survey of Israel opinion was released Friday, with some numbers of interest and some – as usual (I haven't always praised the Shibley Telhami polls) questionable.

    Interest: Who won the Gaza war?

    According to the new poll, 44% of Israeli Jews believe that...

  • November 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2012 | 2:15 am

    In-depth

    Palestine’s Muddled Statehood Strategy

    The push for UN quasi-statehood recognition by Mahmoud Abbas could undermine negotiations for Palestine's viable statehood and peace with Israel, writes Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    The Palestinians’...

  • November 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 3:02 am

    In-depth

    ‘We’re Learning How to Be Free’

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi talks to Richard Stengel, Bobby Ghosh and Karl Vick of Time about changes in the Mideast, the Israel-Gaza ceasefire and his time in the United States. 

    President Obama has been very helpful, very...

  • Platitude diplomacy and the future of Palestine

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 7:05 am

    That France and Spain have decided to go along with Palestinians' bid to gain upgraded status of non-member state observer at the UN is not necessarily good news for Palestine. Yes, the Palestinians are going to get what they want – this much was clear long ago – supported by a...

  • November 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 12:37 am

    In-depth

    Hamas’ Lifeblood: Money

    Money is flowing into the Hamas coffers from all over the Muslim world, often via charities operating in the West, writes Gary M. Osen in Tablet Magazine. 

    Whatever one imagines about Jabari’s true aims, one thing’s for certain: His life’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...

  • November 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2012 | 2:09 am

    In-depth

    Middle East shifts may weaken Iran's influence with Palestinians

    Hamas' reliance on Egypt as a interlocutor with Israel and the ongoing conflict in Syria are taking their toll on Tehran's sway in the region, write Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim in the Los...

  • 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...

  • November 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 12:14 am

    In-depth

    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...

  • A call from the shelter, and other stories

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A. Worried father in Santa Monica

    Here’s a link to my IHT-NYT article from Friday:

    My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be...

  • November 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 2:25 am

    In-depth

    Emergency Routine

    Neri Zilber of Foreign Policy takes a look at how Israelis try to maintain normal life under rocket fire. 

    In a sports kiosk in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a few hardy regulars watched the basketball game on one television. A second...

  • 27 things to consider about Gaza (including a short dictionary of useful clichés)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 16, 2012 | 9:27 am

    1. On the one hand: been there, done that. This round of violence is not much different than previous ones.

    2. On the other hand: nothing stands still in the Middle East. During the 2008-9 Operation Cast Lead, Egypt was still under Hosni Mubarak; today it is not. In fact,...

  • November 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 11:10 pm

    In-depth

    “Palestine” Does Not Qualify as a “State”

    Rick Richman of Commentary argues that Mahmoud Abbas' statehood bid is unfeasible, as the Palestinians do not meet the international requreiments for a state.   

    “Palestine” lacks a “government.” It is ruled half by a...

  • November 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 9, 2012 | 3:00 am

    In-depth

    Obama and the Consensus on Jerusalem

    The president must understand that the unity of Jerusalem is non-negotiable for Israelis across the political spectrum, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine

    If there has been one point of contention with Israel on...

  • November 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 12:51 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Rebels for Romney

    Disappointed by Obama, those fighting the Assad regime is hoping that a President Romney would intervene in Syria, writes Anna Therese Day in the Daily Beast

    With the Assad regime escalating its aerial bombardments of “liberated” Syrian...

  • October 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 21, 2012 | 1:44 am

    In-depth

    An Assassination in Beirut

    Lee Smith of the Weekly Standards looks at the implications of the killing of Lebanese security chief Wissam al-Hassan, thought to be the work of Syria and its allies.

    Hassan was killed not just because of what he had done in the past,...

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