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  • Rosner, rebranded

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 9, 2013 | 10:01 am

    A slightly different - and shorter - version of this article appeared at the IHT-NYT site. You can read it here.


    When you’re in Tel Aviv - touring its busy beach-cafes by day or its busier bars and restaurants by night - it’s easy to think of Israel as an attractive place. And...

  • November 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 27, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Shame on Anyone Who Ever Thought Mohammad Morsi Was a Moderate

    The Egyptian president's new power grab is hardly unexpected given the modus operandi of the Muslim Brotherhood, writes Eric Trager of the New Republic.

    The Brotherhood, in other words, does not...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Hamas winning? Wish I knew

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 7:24 am

    There's a chance that a cease-fire will soon be agreed upon by Israel and Hamas. But before you do like everyone else and jump to conclusions as to who's winning and who's losing in this round of violence – consider the following paragraphs from the story I wrote for the Jewish...

  • 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 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    Is it Already Too Late to Stop Iran?

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary raises the question that if Israel no longer has the capability to halt Iran's nuclear program, how long before the same true is of the United States. 

    Yet if it is now too late for Israel to stop...

  • October 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 28, 2012 | 1:07 am

    In-depth

    Trying to buy peace with Syria’s tyrant

    The West must pressure the entire Arab world, from Syria to Saudi Arabia, to adopt a model of a free society, writes Natan Sharansky in the Washington Post

    Have the horrors being perpetrated in Syria, let alone the dismal...

  • July 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2012 | 12:33 am

    In-depth

    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...

  • 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...

  • June 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 21, 2012 | 2:06 am

    Noteworthy

    Syria: desperate long shot to end impasse

    The latest initiative by Britain and the US on Syria take a new diplomatic tack, but it may be too late for negotiations, writes Ian Black in the Guardian.

    On a day that saw the International Red Cross pleading for access to...

  • June 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 2:33 am

    Noteworthy
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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...

  • Four short questions about Gaza

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 12, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    As exchanges of fire around Gaza continue (rockets fired on Israel, targets hit in Gaza), here are four questions for which I’m not sure I have an answer:

    1.

    Is there a better option for Israel than the one it is using now - namely, to defend Israel’s citizens with the Iron Dome...