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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 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...

  • 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...

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  • November 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 8, 2012 | 1:39 am

    In-depth

    How the Middle East Could Make Or Break Obama's Legacy

    Aaron David Miller of Foreign Policy offers President Obama some tips on dealing with the Mideast in his second term.   

    Let's face it: You don't have much credibility with Netanyahu. If you want any progress,...

  • November 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 7, 2012 | 4:32 am

    In-depth

    Obama victory spells trouble for Israel's Netanyahu

    Facing his own election, the Israeli prime minister must now contend with a re-elected prsident and critics at home who accused him of backing Romney, writes Jeffrey Heller for Reuters

    ... former Israeli...

  • October 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 10, 2012 | 2:12 am

    In-depth

    Enough Already

    Neither Obama nor Romney are as good - or as bad - as American Jews are led to believe, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Policy

    Too many Democrats want to pretend that Barack Obama is the most pro-Israel president in American history (see Joe...

  • August 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 23, 2012 | 3:02 am

    In-depth

    US-Israeli Relationship Should Transcend Partisan Politics

    Writing in the Daily Beast, former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni makes an impassioned plea to American politicians this election season.

    Keeping Israel above partisan politics is particularly...

  • August 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 2:06 am

    In-depth

    Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

    Obama must make it very clear to Tehran that the US is prepared to use military force to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, writes Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard.

    At the moment, no one is persuaded that the United...

  • August 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 21, 2012 | 5:37 am

    In-depth

    The Israeli debate on attacking Iran is over

    By drawing attention to its vital relationship with the US, Shimon Peres has played the trump card in arguments against a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran, writes Shai Feldman in Foreign Policy.

    The presidential election...

  • 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 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 13, 2012 | 1:35 am

    In-depth

    Obama Must Act on New Iran Intelligence

    A new report puts US estimates on Iran in line with those of Israel, and the president must respond accordingly, writes Jonathan S. Tobin in Commentary Magazine.

    The failure of the P5+1 negotiations have exposed the...

  • 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...

  • July 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 19, 2012 | 12:07 am

    In-depth

    Unsettled Times in Israel

    Bernard Gwertzman of the Council on Foreign Relations holds on a wide-ranging conversation with Elliott Abrams about the state of affairs in Israel, including the possibility of new elections, unease over Syria and whether a strike on Iran is...

  • July 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2012 | 3:04 am

    In-depth

    Libya’s Militia Menace

    Frederic Wehrey of Foreign Affairs looks at the new challenge facing post-revolution Libya - unifying the local militias who fought Gadhafi’s regime.

    The strategy of trying to dismantle the regional militias while simultaneously making use of them...

  • July 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2012 | 2:31 am

    In-depth

    The End of the Beginning in Syria

    Writing for the Institute for National Security Studies, Benedetta Berti and Cameron ‎S. Brown argue that restoring calm to Syria will require far more than simply ‎removing Bashar Assad. ‎

    ‎[F]or a political resolution of...

  • July 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2012 | 4:23 am

    In-depth

    Will Iran crack?

    Imposing sanctions cannot be the only source of pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, writes Meghan L. O’Sullivan in the Los Angeles Times.

    In past decades, sanctions against Iran have constituted the entirety of the U.S.-led strategy against...

  • July 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 4:13 am

    In-depth

    Where Are the Middle East’s Revolutions Heading?

    Der Speigel looks at the state of the Arab world 18 months after a Tunisian protester’s act of self-immolation sparked a wave of revolution across the region.

    The hope that the Arab world would become democratic as quickly...

  • July 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 1, 2012 | 2:48 am

    In-depth

    Israel, Do Yourself a Favor And Treat Gaza as a State

    Writing in Al Monitor, Israel’s former National Security Advisor and retired Major General Giora Eiland lays out his own plan for dealing with the hostile leadership in the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli policy should be based on...

  • 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 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2012 | 1:35 am

    In-depth

    Iran Declares War Against the Jewish People

    Iran’s vice president is not the only contemporary public figure to engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, even if he is the most blatant, writes Alan Dershowitz in Algemeiner.

    If the leaders of Iran are guilty of incitement against...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • June 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Noteworthy

    The Stalled Arab Spring

    Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of ‎revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy. ‎

    Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a ‎national vision designed to...

  • June 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2012 | 2:01 am

    Israel’s Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from ‎Germany

    Der Spiegel presents a history of Israel’s nuclear program from the 1950s to the ‎present day - and Germany’s controversial role in it. ‎

    In December 1957, Strauss met with a small Israeli delegation for a...

  • June 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 2:43 am

    Note to Syria interventionists: Be careful what you wish for

    International intervention in Syria could push President Bashar Assad into even more ‎extreme actions in what has now become a sectarian war, warns Chemi Shalev in ‎Haaretz.‎

    The Syrian conflict may have been...

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