President Obama’s Shift on Syria and Western Strategy

A limited military move will allow the Syrian regime to maneuver, yet will provide fresh impetus to the rebel forces.  Read More »

Assad’s Standing in Syria on the Eve of US Action

There is a fundamental question concerning President Bashar Assad’s decision to launch the devastating chemical attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, that led to as many as 1,300 fatalities, according to opposition sources.  Read More »

Have the Fundamentals of Israel’s Strategic Environment Inextricably Changed?

Iraq, 210 miles from Israel, is planning to modernize its ground forces with new armored and mechanized formations.  Read More »

What Should Israel Do about Europe?

Last Friday morning, on Israel’s popular morning radio station, Reshet Bet, broadcaster Aryeh Golan interviewed Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin about the latest demands by the European Union that its research and development grants not be applied to territories beyond the 1967 lines.  Read More »

Learning about Israel? Resources for Teachers and Students

  Primary Source Material on Key Points in Israel’s History Israel’s Wars Major Knesset Debates (1948-1981) Robert Kennedy’s reports from Palestine in 1948   In-Depth Analysis of Israel’s Security and Diplomatic Challenges Israel’s case under international law Final-status issues: borders, […]  Read More »

The Kurdish Awakening in Syria: Could It Lead to Regional War?

A “Greater Kurdistan” is no longer a remote possibility.  Read More »

Why International Peacekeepers Cannot Replace the IDF in the Defense of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strong statement in June 2013 ruling out proposals for the deployment of international forces to defend Israel
was completely understandable given recent events.  Read More »

The Return of Al-Qaida

Anyone who delivered a eulogy for al-Qaida in the Middle East has been proven wrong by recent developments. Israel can deal with the renewed regional threat of jihadist organizations involved in Syria, but must retain all elements of its capabilities.  Read More »

Iran Responds to Europe’s Blacklisting of Hizbullah

The EU’s blacklisting of Hizbullah’s military wing ignores the fact that Hizbullah is a unitary, hierarchical organization.  Read More »

The European Union – Hypocrisy, Hostility and Blatant Prejudice

The unprecedented and hostile EU fixation with Israel and its settlements is based on deliberately misleading and flawed legal and political assumptions.  Read More »

International Nongovernmental Organizations: “Global Conscience” or Powerful Political Actors?

Experts point to the possibility that some INGOs are being widely exploited by terrorist networks as easy points of infiltration into the civic space.  Read More »

Egypt after Morsi: The Defeat of Political Islam?

The Muslim Brotherhood’s 80-year dream to take over Egypt ended in a fiasco, barely one year after one of their own was democratically elected to the office of President of Egypt.  Read More »

Kerry and the struggle over the Jordan Valley

In the last few months another view of Israeli security needs in the West Bank has re-emerged and gained considerable attention in the media.   Read More »

Strategic Shifts in the Middle East

The Iranian nuclear industry was designed to produce hundreds of nuclear bombs mounted on long-range missiles.  Read More »

Perspectives on Arab-Israeli Diplomacy

Perspectives on Arab-Israeli Diplomacy The current efforts of the Obama administration to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks come after years in which the two sides have not been engaged in any negotiations. This diplomatic hiatus has had an impact on the […]  Read More »