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Timeline of Main Events in The History of Israel

Timeline of Main Events in The History of Israel  Read More »

After the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Is Hamas in Gaza Next in Line?

Vol. 13, No. 27    1 October 2013  Egypt has finally decided to tackle the security threat from the Sinai Peninsula, a region that was nearly under the control of jihadist organizations with links to al-Qaeda and Hamas. The Egyptian army’s […]  Read More »

The Holes in Rouhani’s Charm Offensive

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s efforts to change Western perceptions of Iran are already being called a “charm offensive.” Imitating Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, Rouhani decided to place an article in one […]  Read More »

Charm Offensive? Hostile Iranian Messages on the Eve of Rouhani’s UN Visit

Vol. 13, No. 26    24 September 2013 With Iranian President Rouhani speaking at the UN in New York, it is useful to see the messages coming out of Tehran from an annual military parade held on Sept. 22, 2013. Significantly, […]  Read More »

What Might Be Expected in Monitoring Syria: Lessons from Past Middle East Weapons Inspections

Past attempts to control the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) of rogue regimes in the Middle East have faced problems.  Read More »

Why Did Obama Go to Congress on Syria?

U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria is the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle between the executive branch and the legislative branch in the U.S. over each side’s powers to decide […]  Read More »

Manufacturing and Exploiting Compassion: Abuse of the Media by Palestinian Propaganda

In the struggle for hearts and minds, imagery is more compelling than dry, defensive arguments.  Read More »

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 »