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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 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 14, 2012 | 2:50 am

    In-depth

    The Hagel Haters

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast investigates why the possible next secretary of defense has riled so many Israel supporters. 

    While the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) never takes formal positions on nominees, if the group is asked by...
  • 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 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...

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  • 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 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...

  • 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 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...

  • October 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 23, 2012 | 4:09 am

    In-depth

    Obama Clearly Won the Debate, and he May Have Helped Himself with Jewish Voters

    Writing for Algemeiner, Republican and Romney supporter Alan Steinberg lauds the president for his performance in the foreign policy debate. 

    Obama ... emphasized America’s commitment...

  • 3 skeptical comments on the third presidential debate

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2012 | 7:53 pm

    1.

    There are two ways to look at presidential debates: the big-theme outlook and the horse-race outlook. Naturally, with elections so tight and so close, most of the commentary and attention will be given to the horse race – who won and who lost, who scored and who stumbled,...

  • October 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 15, 2012 | 1:09 am

    In-depth

    Arlen Specter, A Fiercely Independent American Original

    Jane Eisner of the Forward pays tribute to the veteran Jewish senator who walked both sides of the political aisle. 

    Specter’s Jewishness was the kind born of the immigrant experience, of being raised in the...

  • 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...

  • October 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    In-depth

    America’s Future in the Mideast

    Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine asks four experts how the president, post-November, should prioritize his Mideast policy.

    The United States needs to start a race to the top in the Middle East, incentivizing creative approaches in...

  • October 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 5, 2012 | 2:14 am

    In-depth

    Don’t Be Misled By Iran-Hamas Split

    Hamas departure from the Iranian fold does not mean the Palestinian militant group has suddenly embraced moderation, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine.

    Hamas has not changed its spots, just its donors. The alliance...

  • September 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 20, 2012 | 1:42 am

    In-depth

    As Jordan Stumbles, the U.S. Response Is Crucial

    The U.S. must provide wise counsel to Jordan as it seeks to calm an increasingly agitated population, writes David Schenker of the Washington Institute

    Aside from funding, perhaps the most important contribution...

  • 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 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2012 | 1:43 am

    ‎‎In-depth

    Mursi and Israel

    The new Egyptian president cannot dodge questions about his stance on Israel forever, writes Khalil El-Anani in Al-Ahram.

    Mursi should bring himself to acknowledge the bitter truth. Dealing with Israel is not an option. It is an imperative...

  • 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 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...

  • Israel Factor: A less prepared Obama is a better Obama

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 20, 2012 | 7:46 am

    A couple of days ago, the Washington Post devoted a long and ‎detailed story to a reality we are all familiar with: Obama’s failure to ‎forge Israeli-Palestinian peace. ‎

    ‎“The way Obama managed the Israeli-Palestinian issue exhibited many ‎of the hallmarks that have...

  • 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 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...

  • June 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2012 | 2:13 am

    Noteworthy: ‎
    Iranian nukes? No worries

    Writing in USA Today, Kenneth Waltz picks apart international concerns over Iran’s ‎pursuit of nuclear capabilities. ‎

    Although it is impossible to be certain of Iranian intentions, it is far more likely that if Iran ‎desires nuclear...

  • June 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2012 | 4:05 am

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    Take a Deep Breath, America

    The US should think carefully before ‎getting taking sides in Syria, Egypt and ‎elsewhere in the region, writes Leslie H. ‎Gelb in the Daily Beast.‎

    Whatever the experts tell them, our leaders will have to come to terms with some...

  • June 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Noteworthy

    It’s Still Mubarak’s Egypt

    The legacy of the ousted president still casts a long shadow over Egypt, writes Steven ‎A. Cook in Foreign Policy.‎

    The Egypt that Mubarak officially inherited from Anwar Sadat on Oct. 14, 1981, was very ‎different from the country...

  • May 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2012 | 2:59 am

    Computer Viruses Won’t Stop Iran

    Cyber attacks such as Stuxnet or the newly uncovered Flame virus will only delay the inevitable ‎diplomatic breakthrough or military action on Iran’s nuclear program, writes ‎Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine. ‎

    ‎[N]o one should be...

  • May 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2012 | 3:10 am

    Political Islamism is not to be feared

    All political parties that have emerged in the wake of the Arab Spring will be ‎accountable to their electorates, including the Islamists, writes Marwan Muasher in ‎the Washington Post. ‎

    The field in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia,...

  • May 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2012 | 5:17 am

    Israel Needs Consensus in Response ‎to Apocalyptic Event Threatening its ‎Survival

    Israel’s leaders must take into account the opinions of all its defense experts when making a ‎decision on whether to attack Iran, writes Ed Koch in Algemeiner. ‎

    Israel has to be the final...

  • April 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 27, 2012 | 5:32 am

    While Syria burns

    Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post takes aim at Barack Obama over the lack of American intervention in Syria. ‎

    Yes, we’ve imposed economic sanctions. But as with Iran, the economic squeeze ‎has not altered the regime’s behavior. Monday’s...

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