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  • 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’...

  • September 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 1:50 am

    In-depth ‎

    Dems. Remove Pro-Israel Language from Party Platform

    The Weekly Standard's blog takes a look at the changes in language in the Democratic policy on Israel.

    In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel:

     

    Jerusalem...

  • September 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2012 | 1:15 am

    In-depth

    Ahmadinejad vs. Israel, Palestine – and Iran

    The Islamist regime in Iran will sacrifice everything to destroy Israel, writes George Jochnowitz in Algemeiner

    Sanctions, shmanctions, say Iran’s leaders.  Ahmadinejad, time and again, has spoken of wiping Israel...

  • August 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 30, 2012 | 1:21 am

    In-depth

    An Autumn Abyss?

    As the Middle East marches closer to war, all sides must consider the long-term fallout from their actions, writes Joschka Fischer for Project Syndicate.

     

    Everywhere there is talk of a “military option,” which means air strikes. But, while...

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  • August 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 29, 2012 | 2:13 am

    In-depth

    Israel, Iran, and the Military Option

    Richard N. Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Mideast politics, and how he takes the Israelis at face value when they talk about a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    The goal here should not be to...

  • August 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 28, 2012 | 3:50 am

    In-depth

    New Egypt leader steps out on world stage seeking “balance”

    In his first interview to the international media since his election, Mohammed Morsi tells Samia Nakhoul and Edmund Blair of Reuters that Israel has nothing to fear from a new Egyptian military campaign in the...

  • 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 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 19, 2012 | 3:33 am

    In-depth

    The U.S. Role in a Changing Mideast

    America must appreciate that it cannot dictate events in the Arab world, especially in the light of the Arab spring, veteran Middle East expert, Edward P. Djerejian, tells the Council on Foreign Relations.

    One thing that is very...

  • August 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 16, 2012 | 2:00 am

    In-depth

    Are Israel’s Iran Threats Intended to Push the World Into Action?

    Veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross talks to Al Monitor about Israel’s motives in being so public about a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    It is not so much the case that in X number of days...

  • 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 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 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...

  • August 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 3, 2012 | 2:55 am

    In-depth

    The Battle for Jerusalem

    Karl Vick of TIME explores the growing number of ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem, and what it means for the city - and for Israel.

    [S]eculars ... for decades have been fleeing the city in droves. Some 20,000 have left in the past seven years alone,...

  • August 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 2, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Tehran Takedown

    Michael Ledeen of Foreign Affairs takes a look at how to spark an Iranian revolution.

    Although an Iranian revolution may seem unlikely to the casual observer, the Iranian people can be said to have revolution in their DNA, having carried out three...

  • August 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2012 | 2:21 am

    In-depth

    Israel Under Siege

    Writing in the Daily Beast, Benny Morris explains why he sees Israel as the most dangerous place in the world for Jews.

    But for Israel the “Arab Spring” represents a dramatic, abrupt tightening of the noose. The takeover of the Gaza Strip by...

  • July 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 31, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    A terrorist is a terrorist. Europe got it wrong

    In an opinion piece for the Times of London, Tzipi Livni raps the European Union for its failure to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

    Conferring legitimacy on terrorist organisations simply because they also...

  • July 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2012 | 1:02 am

    In-depth

    Iran sanctions halt long-range ballistic-missile development

    The increasingly severe sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions could be having an effect on the country’s weapons program, according to a study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies

    While it...

  • July 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 26, 2012 | 12:12 am

    In-depth

    Bandar Is Back

    Former Saudi ambassador to the US Bandar bin Sultan has returned to the spotlight with his appointment as the kingdom’s intelligence chief, but what does it mean asks Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard

    [T]he Saudis have been off the field. Now they...

  • July 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 22, 2012 | 12:26 am

    In-depth

    Is Assad finished?

    Alex Rowell of NOW Lebanon asks what happens now that the Syrian president has lost key members of his inner circle.

    Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, believes that the regime itself may outlive its current...

  • July 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 20, 2012 | 2:23 am

    In-depth

    Syria’s Collapse Would Reverberate Throughout The Mideast

    The killings of three of Bashar Assad’s inner circle could well signal the beginning of the end for the Syrian leader’s regime and trouble for his allies, writes Indira A.R. Lakshmanan in Bloomberg.

    Assad’s...

  • 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 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am

    In-depth

    A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

    Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...

  • July 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 12, 2012 | 3:03 am

    In-depth

    Mearsheimer and Zakheim Discuss “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb”

    Foreign Affairs presents a debate by John Mearsheimer and Dov Zakheim focusing on a controversial piece by Kenneth Waltz in which he argues that Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

    Waltz wrote:

    ...
  • 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 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2012 | 3:19 am

    In-depth
    The Salafi Awakening

    Writing in the National Interest, Daniel Byman and Zack Gold take a look at the rise of the once-outlawed Salafist movement in post-revolution Egypt, and the implications for the country.

    Putting aside anti–United States terrorism, Egypt continues...

  • 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 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...

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