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  • So, Obama says Israel doesn’t know its own interests…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 15, 2013 | 5:04 am

    The Israeli press – and some Americans – became apoplectic over a nugget of trivia exposed by the indefatigable and indispensable Jeffrey Goldberg: When informed about the Israeli decision to build in E1, "Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister,...

  • 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 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 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...

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  • December 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    In-depth

    'These Guys Are Thugs'

    Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tells David Kenner of Foreign Policy that Morsi is engaged in a power grab, and slams the U.S. for not speaking out. 

    ElBaradei evokes Yogi Berra to describe U.S. policy on Egypt: It reminded him,...

  • The more they criticize Bibi, the larger his majority

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 8:02 am

    Prime Minister Netanyahu is being criticized all around the world. A barrage of criticism, in fact.


    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seems determined to escalate a crisis by retaliating against the Palestinians after the United Nations General Assembly voted to...

  • 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 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...

  • December 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 1:01 am

     In-depth

    Egypt's Struggle for Power

    Marina Ottaway tells the Council on Foreign Relations that compromise is still elusive in the secularist-Islamist battle for control of Egypt. 

    There is a real struggle for power in Egypt right now between the Islamist forces, mostly...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • October 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 31, 2012 | 2:02 am

    In-depth

    Washington’s Failure to Rein in UNRWA

    Writing in Algemeiner, Asaf Romirowsky takes aim at the U.S. for the failure to implement the original plan to resettle Palestinian refugees.

    In all these efforts, the concerns of the Palestine Arab refugees, as opposed to the...

  • October 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 30, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    Why Iran Wants to Attack the United States

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Matthew Levitt warns that while Tehran's attempts to thwart attacks on its nuclear program have so far largely been bumbling efforts, that might not remain the case. 

    ...by late 2009, Iran was...

  • October 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 3:57 am

    In-depth

    Overcautious Obama

    The United States must take the lead in Syria in order to rescue the people, the region and the American image, writes Anne-Marie Slaughter for Project Syndicate.

    No one speaks for the Syrian people in the Oval Office every morning. No one adds...

  • October 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 16, 2012 | 3:32 am

    In-depth

    Iran's Secret Plan to Contaminate the Strait of Hormuz

    An increasingly desperate Iran could create a massive oil spill to force the West into temporarily suspending sanctions, writes Erich Follath in Der Spiegel

    According to the Pasdaran [Revolutionary Guards]...

  • October 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 4, 2012 | 3:05 am

    In-depth

    Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    John Allen Gay of the National Interest takes a hard look at the Islamic Republic's imploding financial system. 

    The Islamic Republic reportedly has funneled ten billion dollars into backing the Assad regime in Syria, yet the...

  • July 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 12:54 am

    in-depth:

    It’s Foreign Affairs, Stupid

    As the world roils, the upcoming US election should be about more than simply the economy, writes Zalmay Khalilzad in the National Interest.

    [K]ey regions are experiencing destabilizing transitions, particularly in the greater Middle East....

  • July 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2012 | 4:10 am

    In-depth

    Israel’s Illogical Settlement Decision

    Writing in the National Interest, former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer explains why he disagrees with this week’s findings of an Israeli state commission on settlements. 

    The Levy committee’s assertion of...

  • July 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 10, 2012 | 1:45 am

    In-depth

    Ehud Olmert acquitted in two cases, guilty of lesser charge

    Three years after stepping down as prime minister, Ehud Olmert is cleared of the most serious graft charges against him, reports the Times of Israel.

    The former prime minister was cleared in the Rishon Tours...

  • Settlements are legal, but who cares?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 5:22 am

    A judiciary committee has concluded that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are in ‎fact legal. The West Bank, the committee believes, is not occupied territory and ‎therefore Israel has the legal right to settle it. Is it a legally viable conclusion? ‎One would find it hard...

  • July 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 1:57 am

    In-depth

    Obama’s Jewish financiers

    Jewish donors are moving away from their traditional support for Democratic presidential candidates, writes Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post.

    In 2012, the Jewish allegiance to Democrats and liberal causes will mostly remain unchanged. As...

  • June 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 29, 2012 | 4:28 am

    In-depth
    Forging a peace plan for Syria

    In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Kofi Annan calls on the world to intervene with both sides in the Syria conflict

    There is no substitute for the hard work of helping the Syrians forge their own political future, in full respect of...

  • June 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 1:00 am

    Noteworthy

    Questions For One-Staters

    Writing in the Daily Beast, Ziad J. Asali has some tough questions for proponents of a one-state solution.

    How do we negotiate, implement or impose a single state in “Israel-Palestine”? Would it require a UN Security Council or General...

  • When Rabbi Yoffie talks about ‘disconnect’‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 26, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie writes:‎

    The disconnect that mainstream U.S. Jews feel toward the Jewish state is driven ‎by the settlement movement , the NRA of Israel, which continues its fanatic, ‎unrelenting drive to expand into every corner of the territories. The only way to...

  • June 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 26, 2012 | 2:13 am

    Noteworthy
    American Jews’ Cowardly Retreat from the term “Zionism”

    Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Professor Gil Troy reprimands the American Jewish community for its abandonment of the word ‘Zionist’, even though it clearly subscribes to the philosophy.

    American Jews’ gutless...

  • 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...

  • 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 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 3:28 am

    Noteworthy

    Middle East Peace Fantasies and the Israeli Reality

    The international community and the Israeli left are mistaken if they believe Netanyahu will abandon Israel’s settlers, writes Arik Elman in Algemeiner.

    To think that in Israel, today, there’s a viable constituency...

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