Dore Gold

The writer, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and serves as an external advisor to the office of the Prime Minister of Israel. He is the author of the best-selling books: The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007), and The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Regnery, 2009).

Publications by Dore Gold

Israel’s Doctrine of Proportionality in Gaza

(Los Angeles Times) The images of destruction after the battle between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas that began July 20 in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the Gaza Strip have caused many to declare, in a now-frequent refrain, that the […]  Read More »

Hamas May Be Alienating Other Arabs, But It’s Making New Friends in the West

(Washington Post) Hamas has seen a strange turnabout in its international status, and this reversal is truer than ever since it launched its rocket war against Israel three weeks ago. In recent years, the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group and its […]  Read More »

Inspections: The Weak Link in a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Is it advisable to make a nuclear agreement with Iran that is so highly dependent upon inspections?   Read More »

The Myth of the Moderate Hamas

Despite speculation in the West that Hamas is moderating, in the Middle East there is no question of its militant nature.  Read More »

The Other Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Middle East

Israel’s seizure of the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C near the Eritrean-Sudanese border in the Red Sea, with its cargo of advanced rockets and mortar shells, is only one example of how the Iranian regime uses the supply of arms in […]  Read More »

‘Land Swaps’ and the 1967 Lines

Where did the idea of land swaps come from? True, they have been part of the Israeli discourse among peace process experts for years, but were they legally required?   Read More »

Conflicting Expectations from the Geneva Document between the P5+1 and Iran

Many questions have arisen about whether the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran interpret the interim understanding reached in Geneva on November 24, 2013, in the same way.   Read More »

The Iran Deal is Deeply Flawed

The Geneva Agreement: The Devil Is Not in the Details But in the Wider Picture

It is easy to reduce any analysis of the Geneva agreement to the number of centrifuges Iran will still have and the levels of enrichment that are permitted.   Read More »

Media Bias and Iran’s ‘Right’ to Enrich Uranium

Last weekend, the International Atomic Energy Agency published one of its regular reports on the status of the Iranian nuclear program.  Read More »

Why Iran Has No Right of Enrichment

  There are voices in the West who think that if you recognize Iran’s right of enrichment, the crisis between Iran and the West will go away, but it will only get much worse. And it will lead to many […]  Read More »

The Emerging Geneva Agreement with Iran

Allowing the Iranians to continue to produce 3.5%-enriched uranium is unacceptable.  Read More »

The Assault on Resolution 242

With unconfirmed rumors appearing in the press about what is likely to happen in the peace process in the months ahead, now is the time to recall exactly what Israel’s rights are in its territorial dispute with the Palestinians over the future of the West Bank.  Read More »

Still Bickering Over Balfour

Last year, on the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the former Palestinian minister, Nabil Shaath, wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph attacking Britain for issuing its famous statement of support for the establishment in Eretz Yisrael of a […]  Read More »

Iran’s First ‘Charm Offensive’

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s recent U.N. visit was not the first time a top Iranian official succeeded in hoodwinking the West and especially its leading newspapers and media outlets.   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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dore Gold: Should Israel Move Forward with an Arrangement with the Palestinians?

Amb. Dore Gold Addresses the Israeli President’s Conference – 2013

 Jerusalem, June 19, 2013 Permanent Status Negotiations with the Palestinians I thought the question was a little bit different, what you asked. Should we sit and wait, or should we act? So I interpreted what the question was as, “should […]  Read More »

Rowhani and the Iranian Elections: Dore Gold Debates Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on BBC Radio4 Morning Program

Click to hear the debate June 14, 2013 JOHN HUMPHRYS: I’m joined by Jack Straw, former foreign secretary, and by Dr Dore Gold, former foreign policy advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister. Jack Straw, how should we now be treating, […]  Read More »

The Arab world fears the ‘Safavid’

In an interview on Al-Jazeera this past May, the commander of the Free Syrian Army, Brig. Gen. Salim Idris, explained that the diversion of Hezbollah forces from Lebanon to Syria to take part in the civil war was part of a “Safavid” plan for the Middle East region.  Read More »

How Russia Undercuts Itself With The S-300

Supply of the S-300 by Moscow will create an air defense umbrella over Syria allowing Damascus to carry out weapons transfers to Hezbollah.  Read More »

The Demise of Middle East Borders

A common theme running through much of the leading commentary on the Syrian crisis is the idea that the principal borders of the modern Middle East, created by the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, are about to be fundamentally altered if not erased completely.  Read More »

Iran’s Arms Supply to Hizbullah: International Dimensions

In an exceptional political signal, a senior Israeli official contacted Mark Landler of the New York Times and explained that the Israeli government was determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah. The official, who remained […]  Read More »

Dore Gold on BBC Newsnight–Iran and Syria Violate UN Resolution 1701

Syria and the debate over America’s decline

According to a revealing report in The New York Times this past week, President Barack Obama went much further than he originally planned last August, when he issued “a red line” to the Syrian regime about its possible use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.  Read More »

The Bar Kochba Debate

Among the historical events associated with “Lag Ba’omer,” celebrated in the days ahead, is the Second Jewish Revolt led by Bar Kochba which was a war of national liberation against the Roman Empire.  Read More »

Iran’s Usual Scapegoat

The headlines in the major newspapers in the West left little doubt that the talks had completely failed.   Read More »

What Would Kissinger Do?

The understandings reached between Israel and Turkey in efforts to normalize their relations raise a more fundamental issue about relations between states in today’s Middle East.  Read More »

Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

If negotiations only halt one aspect of the Iranian nuclear effort while letting the other parts of the program go forward, the world will still face an Iranian challenge in the years ahead.  Read More »

About Those Talks With Iran

The reports coming out of the last round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran, held in Kazakhstan, were surprisingly positive.  Read More »

‘US would back Israel in defensive Iran strike’

Bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduce resolution: U.S. would back Israel militarily in defensive strike, unilateral penalties against Iran “This is not a green light to Israel to do anything other than defend itself,” says Sen. Menendez.  Read More »

As Close as Ever

A dramatic front-page New York Times story on Jan. 8, 2013 gave readers a rare glimpse into the level of intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. According to the article, written by two of the newspaper’s leading reporters David Sanger and Eric Schmitt, several months earlier senior IDF officers had received satellite intelligence that showed Syrian forces mixing chemical weapons at two sites and filling 500-pound bombs. The chemical munitions were loaded onto vehicles near Syrian air bases and, according to assessments, could be deployed within two hours of an order by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Israel’s challenging diplomatic predicament

In light of developments over the last few years, there has been a growing realization in Israel that the chances of reaching a complete final status agreement with the Palestinians are presently extremely small.  Read More »

The Importance of the Eisenhower Debate

Israel should stay clear of the internal American debate over the candidacy of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary.   Read More »

F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood

The latest American crisis with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Muhammad Morsi, came out into the open on January 14, 2013, when the New York Times published a report on its front page that three years earlier he used blatantly anti-Semitic motifs for describing “Zionists” as “…bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”  Read More »

The North African Threat To Europe

Not long after the French offensive against African jihadists in Mali got underway, a leader of one of the offshoots of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) declared that his organization would “strike at the heart of France.”  Read More »

A Code Of Conduct For The Middle East

In 1996, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan convened an international forum at the Hashimiyya Palace in Amman with guests from the entire Middle East as well as noted statesmen from outside the region.   Read More »

What’s Behind Abbas’ New Tone?

Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech on Jan. 4, on the anniversary of the founding of Fatah, that may have marked a turning point in the relations between the Palestinian Authority president and the State of Israel.  Read More »

European Settlements and Double Standards

Anyone flipping through cable television channels with his or her remote control has undoubtedly come across programs about British and other retirees from Northern Europe seeking to escape the harsh climate where they live by venturing to one of the well-known vacation spots along the Mediterranean coast.   Read More »

Haaretz Resurrects The Khazar Jews Theory

When the Khazar kingdom collapsed in the 13th century, according to the believers in the Khazar theory, its population fled into Eastern Europe and served as the core of European Jewry.  Read More »

The Postponed Iranian Crisis

At the end of October, Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave a revealing interview to London’s Daily Telegraph in which he explained why the urgency around the Iranian issue had changed.   Read More »

Syria: Incubator for al-Qaida’s next generation

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post’s correspondent who specializes in intelligence, wrote a story on Dec. 3 about how the Syrian rebellion was already spilling over and having an impact on neighboring countries.   Read More »

After Assad, the real bloodbath

As we speak, the key rejectionist groups who are united in opposition to Bashar Assad’s government in Syria are meeting in Morocco. This is the fourth summit convened by the Syrian opposition-in-exile, which for the last 18 months has had limited success in achieving the ultimate goal of removing the Alawite regime from power.  Read More »

Israeli Diplomacy Within The Corridor Of Palestinian Unilateralism

The rumor that the Palestinian leadership systematically spread over the last few months was that immediately after the U.N. General Assembly upgraded the Palestinian delegation to the U.N.  Read More »

New States Are Not Created in the UN

For now, Israel will have to take measured steps to deter Abbas from going further down the path of unilateralism.  Read More »

Who Will Block Abbas at the UN?

U.S. President Barack Obama was right to advise Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to seek to upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation at the U.N. to a nonmember state in the General Assembly this month. The draft resolution […]  Read More »

Obama’s Second Term and Israel

But at the end of the day, the U.S.-Israeli relationship is based on common interests and shared values and those will continue to form the fabric of the ties between the two countries in the years ahead.  Read More »

Rabin’s Last Knesset Speech

The principles outlined in his plan, moreover, have not lost their relevance for Israel 17 years later.  Read More »

Is There a Secret US-Iran Agreement?

Whether the U.S.-Iranian contacts that were reported this week are being handled as back-channel negotiations, despite all the known pitfalls of this approach, or as formal secret talks, the Obama administration probably would have preferred that they not have been revealed at this precise time.  Read More »

Benghazi’s Meaning for Israel and the Mideast

Clearly what happened in Libya did not stay a local phenomenon but radiated out to the entire region and beyond.  Read More »

The Changing Mideast Power Structure

Ironically, Israel and the Arab states have growing mutual interests in seeing that their region is not dominated by either Turkey or Iran, but whether they can draw together to block these two powers remains to be seen.  Read More »

Iran and Nuclear Deception

What is significant is that any future arrangement between the West and Iran must be based on an ironclad system of inspections, if such understandings are ever reached, given the role that outright deception continues to play in Iran’s diplomatic relations with the West.  Read More »

The Palestinians’ Dubious UN Move

It is a strategy that will ultimately backfire for it will remind key players in the international community that the Palestinian Authority does not want a negotiated peace with Israel, leading the U.S. and even the EU to question why they should continue to invest in it at all.  Read More »

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Red Line on Iran

In his UN address on September 27, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the advances that had transpired in the Iranian nuclear program. He broke down the progress Iran has been making into three stages which mark the extent to which […]  Read More »

Dore Gold: How the Arab Spring exploded into a wave of violence

Last week’s latest wave of anti-American Muslim protests from the Middle East to Sydney, Australia was followed by dozens of articles in the international press which has been trying to explain its sources. Ostensibly, the rage emanated from an offensive anti-Islamic film clip that was produced in the U.S. and uploaded to YouTube last June. After the 9/11 attacks, there was a similar effort by commentators to understand what exactly motivated those who hijacked civilian aircraft to fly them into buildings in New York and Washington. It was repeatedly asked what was behind their rage. This time, was the reason for the outbreak of violence the film clip alone, as the Obama administration argued, or were there deeper causes?  Read More »

Jerusalem and US Politics

While seeking bipartisan backing for its positions in the U.S., Israel should openly state its position on vital issues, like the future of Jerusalem, if they come up during the present U.S. political campaign  Read More »

Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

But if the purpose of nuclear weapons in the hands of Israel’s enemies is to make it safe for them to return to the era of conventional wars, then Israel must make sure that it guarantees that at the end of the day it must not be forced to concede its most vital territorial assets based on the unfounded notion that they no longer matter in the nuclear era.  Read More »

The Dangers of Accepting Iran as a Nuclear Threshold State

If this situation continues, it will become far harder in the future for any state to stop Iran’s determination to acquire nuclear weapons.  Read More »

Will America Act Against Iran?

Thus while the U.S. unquestionably has the military power to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the world’s most dangerous states, or organizations, repeatedly successive administrations have been reluctant to use their vast military capabilities for that purpose because of the international circumstances they have faced.  Read More »

Meanwhile, in Jordan…

The U.S. and its allies must have a strategic interest in protecting Jordan’s economic stability and in assuring that it has the full support of the Gulf states, which together are ultimately facing the very same threat from the east.  Read More »

Romney, Obama and the Future of Jerusalem

For Israel, which is facing great uncertainty about the shape of the Middle East in the future, the answers to these questions will be critical for it being able to determine the extent of the diplomatic support it can count on as it seeks to protect its most vital interests in the future.  Read More »

Syrian chemical weapons and al-Qaida

During a nighttime raid in Amman on April 20, 2004, Jordanian security forces foiled a plot by al-Qaida to attack the headquarters of Jordanian intelligence, the Jordanian prime minister’s office and the U.S. Embassy with chemical weapons. Tons of chemical agents were seized that apparently had come from Syria. Jordanian officials estimated that the chemical attack could have killed 20,000 people.
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The Levy Report and the ‘Occupation’ Narrative

Rather than creating a setting for diplomacy to succeed, it only makes a real Middle Eastern peace more remote than ever.  Read More »

Shamir’s Diplomatic Legacy

His actions reflected the extent to which he understood the vulnerability of Israel and his responsibility to protect it.  Read More »

Morsi and the future of the peace treaty

One of the questions that needs to be answered is whether the Muslim Brotherhood feels that it has wider latitude with Israel after Morsi’s victory. Last week, the Egyptian daily al-Ahram reported that some secular parties in Egypt expressed their anger at the Obama administration for what they perceived was its decision to give its blessing to the Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral victory. Commentators in the Jordanian and Palestinian press made the same observation.  Read More »

The West’s Embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood

For if the West continues down this course and uncritically embraces the Muslim Brotherhood, then it will be extremely unlikely that it will temper its confrontational political program in the future and become a more moderate movement as many in the West presently hope.  Read More »

Dore Gold discussing the Muslim Brotherhood with Neil Cavuto on Fox News

Neil Cavuto on Fox News with Amb. Dore Gold The Muslim Brotherhood Click here  Read More »

Why the Six-Day War Still Matters

In a period in which the delegitimization of Israel’s rights is at the heart of the agenda of its adversaries, Israeli diplomats must now more than ever speak up and stress the historical truth of what happened forty-five years ago and not let the twisted narrative being sold to the U.N. to take hold.  Read More »

Iran Accelerates Enrichment

But the Iranians’ behavior most of all indicates that they truly believe they can get away with this acceleration of their enrichment activity and no one will take any measures against them, as they pick up the pace of their race to the nuclear finishing line.  Read More »

Can the West Trust Iranian Commitments?

As long as this is the Iranian political agenda, Tehran will seek to free itself in time from any shackles that are placed on its nuclear program, regardless of the optimism that Western diplomats are now projecting at the end of every round of negotiations.  Read More »

The Berlin Wall of Mideast Oil Comes Down

There is no reason why Israel should feel compelled to race back to the 1967 lines, but rather should protect its legal right to defensible borders, without the sword of Middle East oil hanging over its head.  Read More »

‘Khamenei told me that Israel must be burned to the ground’

Getting Iran to stop the higher-level enrichment is expected to be a priority for world powers when they meet with Iran in Baghdad next week in an attempt to start resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

“It is still going strong. I hear it is unchanged,” one diplomat accredited to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which regularly inspects Iran’s declared atomic sites, said about the country’s most sensitive nuclear activity. “But with installation work going on, at some point there will be an increase,” the official said.  Read More »

Peacemaking Mythologies from Taba to Olmert

What is required instead is an alternative diplomatic strategy, and more secure path for achieving Middle East peace, rather than trying to revive the a formula that has only led to diplomatic failure.  Read More »

The Myth of Israel as a Colonialist Entity by Dore Gold

U.S. Policy toward Israel in the Peace Process: Negating the 1967 Lines and Supporting Defensible Borders

Russia’s Diplomatic Boomerang

If the ideology of Istanbul’s ruling party is even partly driven by avenging past defeats, then the Russians must not be part of a process that will unleash a chain reaction of nuclearization in the Middle East – including the successor state of its old Ottoman rival.  Read More »

Shiites, Sunnis and Israel

But it should not be drawn into the Sunni-Shiite struggle on the basis of incorrect stereotypes of either side  Read More »

Hannity: Dore Gold on the Iranian Threat

Audio Clip: Dore Gold discusses Iranian Threat on the Sean Hannity Show – April 16, 2012  Read More »

The Challenge of the West’s Negotiations with Iran

Unquestionably, in upcoming negotiations, the West must get Iran to halt enrichment. At this point, it appears that Washington is particularly focused on Iran’s production of 20% enriched uranium, which it views as an “urgent priority” for the upcoming talks.   Read More »

Sanctions or strike: Five Israeli experts weigh in on Iran

Seven years ago, Professor Efraim Inbar wrote a document whose bottom line could be summed up as advocating for Israel to attack Iran to stop it from attaining a nuclear capability. This week, Inbar, a political scientist who currently serves as the director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, is somewhat encouraged that more and more Israelis have now reached the same conclusion.
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Israeli Leaked Defense Plan?

Dore Gold on Fox and Friends.  Read More »

Hague court rejects Palestinian suit against Israel over Cast Lead

In a major, and rare, victory for Israel, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled on Monday that it could not judge cases involving the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The ruling was a blow to the Palestinian Authority, which had submitted a lawsuit against Israeli officials in 2009 over what it alleged were “war crimes” the Israel Defense Forces committed during its incursion into Gaza in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 against Hamas’ terror.
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Legalizing Targeted Killings

Belatedly, the major powers are validating the same Israeli strategy against terrorism that they had universally condemned a little more than a decade ago.  Read More »

U.S. Policy on Preventive Military Action against Iran

Since World War II, states have been prepared to take preventive military action against non-imminent threats when facing the prospect of an eventual change in the balance of power.  Read More »

From Pre-Emption to Prevention and Back

In practice, it appears that even if it becomes clear that sanctions have had no impact on Iranian decision-making with respect to nuclear weapons, it will still take a very long time until a decision to use U.S. force to halt Iran will be made.  Read More »

Inside the Octopus: Unraveling Iran’s terrorist Quds Force

This was not how the Quds Force, the elite division of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps responsible for overseas operations, envisioned celebrating its third decade of existence. The string of attempted attacks last month which targeted Israelis in India, Thailand and Georgia exacted a greater cost than it derived benefit, but it also signaled to Israel and the world that the Iranian threat is not limited to missiles. The threat is everywhere.
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The Dispute over Iranian Intentions

The meaning of what they were saying, he warned, “was pretty clear.”  Read More »

Abbas’ Temple Denial

These rights were well known to the generation of Abba Eban and Chaim Herzog, but unfortunately they have been forgotten in the recent past – at a time when they have become more relevant for the defense of Israel than ever.  Read More »

Can Sanctions Stop Iran?

In the months ahead, Iran is likely to test the extent of the West’s commitment to the sanctions it is now proposing.  Read More »

Russia, China Let Syrians Bleed

For Israel, the ineffectiveness of the U.N. Security Council in the Syrian crisis has underscored the continuing relevance of the political traditions established by Israel’s founders, especially the idea that its security must be based on its ability to defend itself by itself, and not on any international guarantees through bodies like the U.N.  Read More »

Running Out of Excuses

For the negotiations in Jordan to have any chance, the Palestinians will have to engage their Israeli counterparts seriously and consider new ideas rather than just recite new excuses for abandoning talks.  Read More »

The Iranian Navy, the Strait of Hormuz, and Beyond

Iran has been seeking to establish itself as the hegemonial power in the Middle East.   Read More »

Can Iran Close the Strait of Hormuz?

But both sides are building up their capabilities for the future should a naval conflict break out.  Read More »

‘Israel doesn’t have to face Iran on its own,’ says French envoy

Earlier this week, the EU voted to impose an unprecedented embargo on Iranian oil. This was not an easy task. For Greece and Spain, this marked a significant concession. France was one of the countries that worked tirelessly to win the agreement of the 27 EU partners. In recent years, France has been among the leaders in pushing a militant stance against the Iranian nuclear program. Still, sanctions are one thing, but talk of military action is another.
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The Risk of Talking to Terrorists

But these are unlikely to be the conditions for talks with the Taliban, which will heavily influence their chances of success.  Read More »

Assad’s Alawi Allies

They also could explain why Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign and Defense Committee this week that Israel must prepare for a wave of Alawi refugees who might seek refuge in Israel as the conflict continues in Syria.  Read More »

US arms in Arab hands

Last week, the Obama administration announced a series of massive arms sales to Arab states. There was a $29.4 billion dollar package for Saudi Arabia that includes 84 F-15 fighter jets, as well as modernization of 70 existing aircrafts. It will include the latest generation air-to air missiles and precision-guided air-to-ground missiles that operate under all weather conditions, day or night. Elements of this package already emerged last year in a $60.5 billion sale that was announced in October 2010.  Read More »

The Emergence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Regime

Iran’s increasingly confrontational stance with the West coincided with the surprise victory on June 24, 2005, of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hard-line mayor of Tehran, in a runoff election for the Iranian presidency.  Read More »

Is Iran Rational?

It would be an error to just assume that they will adopt the deterrence doctrines of the West should they cross the nuclear threshold.  Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad: A New Conflict Paradigm for the West

Now radical Islam is gaining strength among the Palestinians with the victory of Hamas in the 2006 parliamentary elections of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and its allies completely reject a negotiated solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and align themselves with jihadi organizations across the region. As a result, the Arab-Israeli conflict has become increasingly a part of the much larger struggle between radical Islam and the West.  Read More »

Goodbye Iraq. Hello Iran

The new situation emerging as a result makes the strategic logic of Israel retaining the Jordan Valley as its forward line of defense even more compelling, just as leading voices in the international community are unfortunately pressuring it to fully withdraw from the West Bank and accept the 1967 lines.  Read More »

The Rise of Nuclear Iran Dore Gold on Fox News

Dore Gold appeared on Fox News on August 25, 2009 to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and its global capabilities.  Read More »

Dore Gold Discusses the Iranian Nuclear Threat on Fox Business

On September 22, 2009, Dore Gold was interviewed on Fox Business on the subject of Iranian nuclear capabilities.  Read More »

Dore Gold on Sky News: Housing in Jerusalem and the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Amb. Dore Gold speaks on a leading British Sunday talk show about housing in Jerusalem and the U.S.-Israel Relationship.  Read More »

For long-range ops, IDF creates new Special Forces Command

The Israel Defense Forces is establishing a new “Depth Corps Force” to coordinate and execute multidisciplinary missions far from Israel’s borders, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz announced on Thursday.

“The primary task of the Corps will be to extend joint IDF operations into the strategic depth,” the army said in a statement.
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Obama’s Covert Cover?

Now, by debating with itself, the West may be providing Iran with the precious time it needs to further advance toward its goal of producing nuclear weapons.  Read More »

False Linkage

Nevertheless, the idea that the Iranian nuclear program is linked to Israel must be fully rejected, whether it appears in the international media or it is slipped into a public opinion poll conducted by a Washington think tank.  Read More »

The Flaws and Fallacies of the Goldstone Report

Dore Gold was interviewed by David Frost on Al-Jazeera on October 16, 2009. In the interview, Gold discusses the flaws of the Goldstone Report and why the fact finding mission should be discredited. Read more about why the Goldstone Report […]  Read More »

Dore Gold vs. Richard Goldstone: Israel Fought a War of Self-Defense

On Thursday, November 5, 2009, Amb. Dore Gold and Judge Richard Goldstone discussed the UN report on Gaza war crimes. Dr. Gold shows in his presentation at Brandeis University that Israel engaged in Operation Cast Lead, the Gaza War, as […]  Read More »

Dore Gold Debunks Goldstone Report Fallacies

Muhammad Abu Askar, a longtime member of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, appeared before the Goldstone Panel arguing that his house had been “unjustly” blown up by Israel. No one bothered to ask him whether Hamas munitions were being stored […]  Read More »

The Palestinians Resurrect the Partition Plan

But if his U.N. speech is taken together with the language of the letter that he submitted, it is clear that Abbas aspires to a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, without conceding his “rights” to the territories that he insists were allocated to the Palestinians under Resolution 181.  Read More »

Muslim Brotherhood’s Rise in Egypt: Dore Gold on Fox News

The Muslim Brotherhood is a player in the future of the Egyptian government. With strong ties to groups such as Hamas and al-Qaeda, they are committed violence and to the use of force against U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iran, […]  Read More »

What Do the Egyptian Protests Mean for Israel?

Israelis are concerned about Egypt preserving its peace with Israel in a new government, said Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, in an appearance on the Glenn Beck show. He also said that contrary to U.S. not intelligence […]  Read More »

BBC Hardtalk: Middle East Stability and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Will progress in solving the Israeli-Palesitnian conflict empower moderate , regimes in the Arab world? Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, emphasized that institutions such as fundamentals of accountable government and freedom of the press must be in […]  Read More »

U.S.-Israel Alliance – Dore Gold on Glenn Beck Show

 The U.S.-Israel alliance is one of mutual support, and Israel asks not that the U.S. defend Israel with fighter jets but rather that it support efforts to maintain defensible borders, particularly in the Jordan Valley, said Amb. Dore Gold on […]  Read More »

Dore Gold on BBC’s Hard Talk

September 7, 2011 Dore Gold on BBC’s Hard Talk  Read More »

The U.S. and “Defensible Borders”

Israel’s Continuing Requirements for Defensible Borders in a Rapidly Changing Middle East

Leading Israeli security experts present Israel’s critical security requirements.  Read More »

The Search for a ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran

As the report’s summary states: “The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”  Read More »

The Significance of the November 2011 IAEA Report

Iran already has enough uranium on hand for at least four or five nuclear bombs. Iran is determined to obtain nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to target.  Read More »

The American Internal Debate over the Iranian Nuclear Threat

Perhaps, given the present environment in U.S.-Iranian relations, that’s what happened this time, as well.  Read More »

America Discovers Iran in Its Own Backyard

The revelation last week by the Obama administration of a plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington opened the eyes of many Americans that the threat of Iran is on the southern doorstep of the United States. […]  Read More »

What will Iran do if Assad Falls?

The changing situation provides yet another reason why Israel must not be pushed into sacrificing vital security assets, like the Jordan Valley, which has been the front line of its defense for decades and will be critical in the future against the uncertainty it faces to its east in the years ahead.  Read More »

Revealing Abbas

He may be willing to reach limited understandings with Israel but looking at all his statements in September, he is hardly ready to reach a final arrangement and put an end to the conflict.  Read More »

Israel’s bitter lessons

It has become almost axiomatic for Western leaders who are aware of Israel’s acute military vulnerability to suggest that international forces be deployed to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has even been suggested that the IDF withdraw from strategically vital parts of the West Bank, like the Jordan Valley, and instead let international forces take their place. This was in fact proposed in the past by General Jim Jones, President Barack Obama’s first national security adviser.   Read More »

The UN Gaza Report: A Substantive Critique

On Thursday, November 5, 2009, Amb. Dore Gold and Judge Richard Goldstone discussed the UN report on Gaza war crimes.  Read More »

Is Israel Truly Isolated?

But it should not revert to worn-out diplomatic theories that did not work in the 1990s and will not help it today.  Read More »

Why the West Cares about Israel-Turkey Relations

Will Turkey return to being a pragmatic ally of the West that serves as a bridge to the Middle East or will it pursue a new radical course that increasingly draws it into conflict with the countries around it?  Read More »

Territorially Speaking

This is a political corner that Israel must avoid being put into.  Read More »

Al-Qaida Gains Strength in Sinai

But the need for both countries to continue their cooperation, given their joint interests, should help protect their relationship despite the more challenging period they face ahead.  Read More »

Israel to allow more Egyptian forces into Sinai

Tens of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria on Friday to protest against Israel after last week’s killing of five Egyptian soldiers in cross-border violence with Israeli forces along the Sinai border. Organizers were calling for a “‘million-man march” on the Israeli embassy, the scene of daily protests and rallies, which some have compared to a mini-Tahrir Square. Friday’s rally is expected to be large, as it comes on the last Friday of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting.  Read More »

Erekat’s Deceptive Numbers Game

This September. Israel’s struggle at the U.N. is not only about Palestinian statehood, but rather about Israel’s rights not to be forced back to the pre-1967 lines, which were once enshrined by the U.N., but are now facing a full assault.  Read More »

Europe’s Premature Recognition of a Palestinian State

Under such conditions, it would be a terrible mistake to grant the Palestinians automatic support at the U.N. or political recognition for their state in September.  Read More »

The Fight for Jerusalem

In this book, former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold argues that if Jerusalem is to be a free city where all faiths can be practiced, it will have to remain under Israeli sovereignty.  Read More »

Dore Gold Responds to President Obama on 1967 Lines

Dore Gold Responds to President Obama on 1967 Lines  Read More »

US Exposes Iran’s Secret Cooperation with al-Qaida

Should new branches of al-Qaida spread to Syria and other neighboring countries, Israel will have to take into account that Iran will know how to exploit these organizations in order to pose new challenges along the eastern front.  Read More »

US Exposes Iran’s Secret Cooperation with al-Qaida

Should new branches of al-Qaida spread to Syria and other neighboring countries, Israel will have to take into account that Iran will know how to exploit these organizations in order to pose new challenges along the eastern front.  Read More »

Polling the US Jewish Community

What is legitimate for Israel to assure is that whether the Democrats or the Republicans win in 2012, the American political system will still back Israel’s most vital concerns in the years ahead, as it has in the past  Read More »

Meanwhile on the Iranian Nuclear Front…

He then added for the record “we do not want to,” but his initial statement demonstrated how confident the Iranians have now become.  Read More »

The Lessons of South Sudan

In short, the Palestinian issue has little in common with this new historical trend.  Read More »

A Tsunami or a Summer Storm?

. This was how East Timor became independent in 2002, after several years of U.N. administration.  Read More »

Will Israel and Turkey be Able to Renew their Relationship?

It is still premature to establish whether Erdogan can surmount his ideological proclivities in the case of Israel, although effective diplomacy involves a constant effort of probing new opportunities that circumstances sometimes create.  Read More »

How Did Israel Entrap Itself With The Idea of Land Swaps

On May 19, 2011, when President Barak Obama first made his controversial reference to the 1967 lines as the basis for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, he introduced one main caveat that stuck out: the idea that there would be “land swaps” between the two sides. He additionally mentioned that both sides were entitled to “secure and recognized borders.” But the land swaps captured the imagination of those who tried to analyze the full significance of what Obama said. It also raised many questions. Did the promise of a land swap counterbalance or offset his statement about the 1967 lines?
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“Land Swaps” and the 1967 Lines

Just because the idea of “land swaps” was discussed in the past, does that make it part of the diplomatic agenda in the future?  Read More »

Does Israel have an interest in Assad’s fall?

About a month ago, a new rumor started to spread in Washington that Israel did not want to see Assad fall. Those critical of Israel privately said that the reason the Obama administration was not pressuring Syria the way it had pressured Libya was because of Israel. In fact, the Israeli government has been extremely careful not to express its opinion regarding the uprising in Syria because it is an internal issue. Nonetheless, senior academics and former Israeli officials have been widely interviewed as private citizens in the international media. The main view voiced is that it is better for Israel to work with the “devil we know, rather than the devil we don’t know.”  Read More »

Does Israel Have an Interest in Assad’s Fall?

The main view voiced is that it is better for Israel to work with the “devil we know, rather than the devil we don’t know.”  Read More »

Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

In the global search for culprits and causes in the rise of terrorism, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold shines a spotlight on a nation many think of as a close ally of the United States: Saudi Arabia. As he explains in Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, Gold believes that the Saudi government is greatly influenced by the Islamist sect known as Wahhabism and, he explains, that influence has lead to Saudi support of terrorism in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and around the world.  Read More »

The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West

In the West, liberal politicians and pundits are calling for renewed diplomatic engagement with Iran, convinced that Tehran will respond to reason and halt its nuclear weapons program.  Read More »

Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos

In the New York Times bestseller Tower of Babble, former United Nations ambassador Dore Gold blows the lid off the UN’s shocking failures to keep international peace, its corruption, its rampant anti-Americanism, and its emboldening of terrorist organizations.  Read More »

Defending Israel’s Legal Rights to Jerusalem

When it came to defending Israel’s rights to Jerusalem, their writings were extremely clear. Israel had rightful claims to be sovereign in Jerusalem.   Read More »

Israel’s 1967 Borders Aren’t Defensible

The cornerstone of all postwar diplomacy was UN Security Council Resolution 242, passed in November 1967. It did not demand that Israel pull back completely to the pre-1967 lines. The 1993 Oslo Agreements did not stipulate that the final borders between Israel and the Palestinians would be the 1967 lines.  Read More »

Countdown to September: Israel, the Palestinians, and the UN General Assembly

The public debate in Israel over the Palestinian plan to seek UN support for statehood in September is based on a fundamental misconception: the UN General Assembly cannot by itself establish or recognize a Palestinian state.  Read More »

A Bad Deal: Why Palestinian Unity Won’t Lead to Peace

Representatives of Fatah and Hamas announced that they had suddenly reached a reconciliation agreement. Although the agreement may solve some of the short-term problems of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s statehood drive, it will create larger problems that promise to doom the plan to irrelevancy — and make a historic peace agreement with Israel far less likely.  Read More »

Israel’s Requirements for Defensible Borders

Prepared Statement before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives  Read More »

Why Incitement is Ignored

The brutal Palestinian terror attack on Itamar has brought back the core issue of Palestinian incitement to center stage.  Read More »

Is Radical Islam Trying to Take Over the Revolt in Yemen?

In Yemen, leading Muslim cleric Abd al-Majid Zindani, 69, has joined the anti-government protests, telling several thousand protesters: “An Islamic state is coming.” Zindani has long been an associate of Osama bin Laden, whom he knew personally when both lived […]  Read More »

The International Context of the U.S. Veto at the UN Security Council

Israel needs to prepare for the possibility that the UN Security Council will be asked to decide on the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines.  Read More »

The Iranians Head for the Suez Canal

Iran has been seeking to establish that it is the hegemonial power in the Middle East. Its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave an interview to the Iranian daily Ressalat on July 7, 1991, and asked a rhetorical question: “Do we look to preserve the integrity of our land, or to we look to its expansion?”  Read More »

Israel and the Democratic Revolution in the Arab World

The wave of protests in the Arab world that began in Tunisia, and spread to Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, have underscored the need to develop a unified Western policy toward these movements. Everyone supports the idea of democratic reforms that could lead to the end of authoritarian rule in much of the Middle East.  Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis

Initially, the Muslim Brotherhood was very low-key during the crisis in Egypt. Yet since January 28, its involvement has become more prominent with its support of Mohamed ElBaradei to lead the opposition forces against the government. In the streets of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators disdainfully call people like ElBaradei “donkeys of the revolution” – to be used and then pushed away – exploiting ElBaradei in order to hijack the Egyptian revolution.  Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis

Will the Obama administration’s policy toward Egypt be based on a perception that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood would be extremely dangerous? Or have they taken the position – voiced in parts of the U.S. foreign policy establishment – […]  Read More »

How the Israeli Press Is Interpreting Obama’s Policy on Egypt

In a striking newspaper column in the liberal Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, its chief diplomatic correspondent, Aluf Benn, writes that if Jimmy Carter went down in history as “the president who lost Iran,” Barack Obama will be known as the president […]  Read More »

Averting Palestinian Unilateralism: The International Criminal Court and the Recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a Palestinian State

Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza Is Legal, Necessary

The Israeli blockade is legal and necessary and its removal would lead to a flood of heavy Iranian weaponry, including long-range missile systems, coming to Hamas.  Read More »

Israel and the Question of a Nuclear-Free Zone in the Middle East

The Egyptians have effectively manipulated the Iranian issue in order to advance their long-term nuclear objectives vis-a-vis Israel, and have created a new linkage between Iran and Israel. Yet even if Israel did not exist, Iran would still be racing to develop nuclear weapons to further its own ambitions.  Read More »

A Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations: Have We Been Here Before?

As a result of the June 1967 Six-Day War, Israel entered the eastern parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank in a war of self-defense. It is very important to recall that Israel entered these areas after it was attacked, and after it requested that the Jordanians not join the Egyptian war effort.  Read More »

The Dangerous Bias of the United Nations Goldstone Report

Last year’s report by the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza War, known more popularly as the Goldstone Report, is not going away. Originally, it was the initiative of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council, which named South African Justice Richard Goldstone to head it. It was promoted at the time by Cuba, Egypt, and Pakistan—not exactly the beacons of human rights—and had no support from Western democracies. However, the number of states backing the report has been growing. And yet, it  Read More »

Diplomatic Dispute Obscures Israel’s Invaluable Help to U.S. Military

Even after the Cold War, Israel continues to be a vital American strategic partner. In 2007, the U.S. ambassador to Israel revealed that Israeli technology was being used by the U.S. armed forces in Iraq to protect them from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that were responsible for most U.S. casualties in the Iraq War. In short, Israel was helping save American lives in Iraq.  Read More »

The ICC and Recognition of a Palestinian State

A unilateral declaration of statehood, instead of a negotiated solution to the conflict, would violate existing treaties.  Read More »

New Revelations About the UN Goldstone Report that Seriously Undermine its Credibility

Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, the Goldstone Commission’s military expert, displayed a fundamental bias against the Israel Defense Forces, reported false information about IDF weapons systems, claimed that Hamas fired only two rockets at Israel prior to last winter’s conflict, and displayed a clear lack of professionalism in conducting his investigations.  Read More »

What Happened to the Jordan Valley?

Prime Minister Netanyahu has explained that to create effective security arrangements for Israel and safeguard the demilitarization of the West Bank in the event of an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, it was vital for the IDF to maintain a military presence along the points of entry to the territories from the east – alluding to the critical importance of the Jordan Valley for the future security of Israel.  Read More »

The Expansion of Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Jihadi Groups in Gaza: Diplomatic Implications

In the West there is a growing trend to view Hamas as separate from al-Qaeda in order to open a political dialogue with Hamas, but is this view correct? Hamas was founded in 1987 as the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood still defines its goal as "a world Islamic state."  Read More »

Europe Seeks to Divide Jerusalem

According to the 1993 Oslo Agreements, Jerusalem is one of the issues to be discussed in future permanent status negotiations. The Swedish move to have the European foreign ministers back a declaration recognizing eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state clearly pre-judges the outcome of those talks.  Read More »

What Happened to the U.S. Deadline on Iran?

In 2003-2005, Tehran engaged with the EU-3 for two years, exploiting the talks to race ahead with construction of key uranium enrichment facilities, while fending off punitive measures by the UN Security Council for three entire years. Iran today is far more advanced than it was then and the time for diplomatic experimentation is extremely limited.  Read More »

Iran’s Nuclear Aspirations Threaten the World

The Islamic Republic has already proved it only uses talks with the West as a delaying tactic as it relentlessly pursues nuclear arms. Only severe sanctions backed by military threat will have any impact.  Read More »

Introduction: The Dangerous Bias of the United Nations Goldstone Report

U.S. Policy on Israeli Settlements

In seeking to constrain Israeli settlement activity, the U.S. is essentially trying to obtain additional Israeli concessions that were not formally required according to Israel’s legal obligations under the Oslo Accords. The U.S. and Israel have already negotiated specific guidelines for settlement activity so that it will not diminish the territory of a future Palestinian entity.  Read More »

Israel’s Forgotten Rights in Jerusalem

To protect Jerusalem, Israeli diplomacy must reestablish the unification of the city as a clear national goal, and not abandon the subject of Jerusalem exclusively to Palestinian spokespeople.  Read More »

The Struggle for Jerusalem

The issue of Jerusalem is particularly sensitive and a topic of dispute in every negotiation. Distortions, half-truths, and outright lies are frequently voiced about the struggle for and Israel’s right to Jerusalem. This runs counter to the reality that since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and even prior to that, Israel’s rights to sovereignty in Jerusalem were firmly anchored in history and international law. There are even many Israelis who are insufficiently aware of their rights according to international law.  Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Defending the Golan Heights

exchange between Dore Gold, Shimon Shapira, Martin Indyk and Richard Haas on the subject of the Golan Heights.  Read More »

The Gaza-Egypt Smuggling Tunnels Must Be Closed

When Israelis look back on what caused the current conflict in Gaza, they point to their government’s decision in September 2005 to leave the narrow “Philadelphi Route” that runs along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. More than Israel’s disengagement from the Strip as a whole, the abandonment of this strategic area made full-scale war inevitable.  Read More »

The Importance of an Israeli Victory Against Hamas for the West: Dore Gold on Sky News

Did Israel Use “Disproportionate Force” in Gaza?

The charge that Israel uses disproportionate force keeps resurfacing whenever it has to defend its citizens from non-state terrorist organizations and the rocket attacks they perpetuate. From a purely legal perspective, Israel’s current military actions in Gaza are on solid ground. According to international law, Israel is not required to calibrate its use of force precisely according to the size and range of the weaponry used against it.  Read More »

Banging Square Pegs Into Round Holes

Throughout 2008, U.S. mediation on the outlines of a settlement were once again the equivalent of banging a square peg into a round hole: the territorial demands of the Palestinian leadership did not fit into the territorial space Israel could afford to vacate without compromising its minimal security needs as well as its most important historical rights, especially in Jerusalem.  Read More »

Night Talk: An Interview With Dore Gold

Click here to watch former UN Ambassador Dore Gold discuss Ahmadinejad’s visit to the United Nations.  Read More »

Introduction – The Diplomatic Implications of the Growing Iranian Threat

Defensible Borders for a Lasting Peace: Introduction

The U.S. and “Defensible Borders”: How Washington Has Understood UN Security Council Resolution 242 and Israel’s Requirements for Withdrawal

Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4  Read More »

Defensible Borders for a Lasting Peace: Appendix 2

Letter from U.S. President George W. Bush to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, April 14, 2004 His Excellency Ariel Sharon Prime Minister of Israel Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Thank you for your letter setting out your disengagement plan. The United States […]  Read More »

Defensible Borders for a Lasting Peace: Appendix 3

U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Approve Commitments to Israel in President Bush’s Letter of April 14, 2004 H. CON. RES. 460 CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Whereas the United States is hopeful that a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be […]  Read More »

Defensible Borders for a Lasting Peace: Appendix 4

Statement of U.S. President George W. Bush to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, April 11, 2005, in Crawford, Texas PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Prime Minister, welcome to my home….The United States and the state of Israel have a deep and lasting friendship […]  Read More »

The Challenge to Israel’s Legitimacy

The Only Goal

Review: Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft by Michael Makovsky (Yale University Press, 368 pages, $36) Winston Churchill is not usually regarded as one of the leading British statesmen responsible for Britain’s backing of the Zionist movement and the resurrection […]  Read More »

The Golan Heights and the Syrian-Israeli Negotiations

Israeli negotiators will quickly discover three core areas in their discussions with the Syrians that they will not resolve easily: delineation of an agreed boundary, security arrangements, and the Syrian-Iranian alliance. The U.S. has given Israel repeated diplomatic assurances in the past that Israel will not have to come down from the Golan Heights.  Read More »

Israel’s War to Halt Palestinian Rocket Attacks

The 2005 Gaza disengagement provided Hamas with a sense of empowerment and self-confidence that led to a clear-cut escalation in the employment of the rocket capabilities that they had previously acquired. As long as the Philadelphi route is open for Hamas smuggling, the risk to Israel will grow as Iran exports rockets of increasing range to Gaza. The port of Ashdod is the next likely target, but should Fajr rockets reach Gaza, there is no reason why Hamas cannot pose a threat to Tel Aviv.  Read More »

Towards Annapolis: Is U.S. Policy Changing on Israel’s Rights in a Peace Settlement?

The Bush Letter of April 14, 2004, received by Israel as a quid pro quo for the Gaza Disengagement, introduced new elements into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that completely superseded the Clinton proposals. It is critical for Israeli diplomacy to protect the Bush Letter against those who seek to replace it with a new set of Israeli-Palestinian documents.  Read More »

Where is the Issue of Education for Peace in the Olmert-Rice-Abbas Initiative?

The Roadmap insists in Phase I that “all official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.” The current effort of Secretary of State Rice to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for a November 2007 joint declaration in Washington over the parameters of a future Palestinian state essentially circumvents the Bush administration’s own 2003 Roadmap sequence.  Read More »

Understanding the U.S.-israel Alliance: An Israeli Response to the Walt-Mearsheimer Claim

Contrary to the assertions of Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, who claim that no compelling strategic argument can explain American support for Israel, the two countries have, in fact, developed strong strategic ties over the years that have evolved into a unique alliance. USEUCOM commander General Bantz J. Craddock stated on March 15, 2007, that Israel was America’s “closest ally” in the Middle East and that it “consistently and directly” supported U.S. interests.  Read More »

The Dangers of ‘Peace’ Making

The Wall Street Journal  The Dangers of ‘Peace’ Making America’s latest efforts merely entrenched al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip. BY DORE GOLD The U.S. and other Western powers are pushing for a new Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough, to help contain Iran […]  Read More »

A Conversation between Ambassador Dore Gold and Barak M. Seener

The Mecca Agreement served the function of not renouncing violence along with the generic demands of the international community. It also created a fusion between the alleged moderate branch of the Palestinian Authority headed by Fatah leader Abbas, and Hamas that maintains links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

• It was precisely whilst the US was actively engaged in conflict management between Israel and the Palestinians that al-Qaeda was planning terrorist attacks.

• Islamist organizations, like al-Qaeda, may raise specific political grievances at times from the Balkans, Chechnya, or Kashmir, but what empirically has really helped these organizations surge in strength is their sense of victory from the battles in any of these clashes. Withdrawal in the face of radical Islam only strengthens the present worldwide militant wave and empowers its adherents.

• Recent apocalyptic Sunni and Shiite literature perceives the recovery of Jerusalem as a trigger to a new wave of global jihad. This doctrine predicts an imminent clash between the Mahdi – a Muslim saviour – and the Islamic antichrist, known as the Dajjal in the Holy City. Thus begins a new stage of worldwide violence extending to Rome and the entire West.  Read More »

Introduction: Correcting the Record on Resolution 242

The Failure of the Riyadh Summit

In the past, Israel did not have to pay the price of rhetorically accepting full withdrawal in order to gain a diplomatic dialogue with the Arab world. The basis of the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference was UN Security Council Resolution 242. The Madrid conference also produced a multilateral track that led to direct diplomatic contacts between Israel and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. If 242 was sufficient in 1991, why is it not good enough for 2007?  Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad: A New Conflict Paradigm for the West – Executive Summary

Iran is more determined than ever to achieve regional hegemony in the Middle East and is fueling regional instability across the entire area. The primary threat to the Sunni Arab states now clearly comes from Iran. There is no short-term diplomatic option for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The stabilization of the Middle East requires the neutralization of any of the components of the current radical Islamic wave. Israel has a continuing need for defensible borders.  Read More »

The Iraq Study Group: Implications for Israel

Israel should not try to second-guess U.S. decisions about putting American soldiers in harm’s way. However, the specific strategy that the Baker-Hamilton report proposes for facilitating an American pullback in Iraq – the use of an international support group including Iran and Syria – poses serious problems that affect vital Israeli interests.  Read More »

The U.S.-French Draft UN Resolution on Lebanon: Strengths and Weaknesses

The U.S.-French draft resolution calls for a "full cessation of hostilities" by the warring parties. It demands the "immediate" halt by Hizballah of all attacks. Regarding Israel, there is also a demand for the "immediate" cessation of military operations; however, Israel is only expected to halt "offensive military operations."  Read More »

The Opening Round of Iran’s War Against the West

Since the 1982 Lebanon War, the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly demanded that all foreign forces leave Lebanese territory. This evacuation of outside armies and terrorist groups was rightly seen as the prerequisite for the pacification of the volatile Israel-Lebanon border and the restoration of Lebanese sovereignty.  Read More »

The Basis of the U.S.-Israel Alliance – An Israeli Response to the Mearsheimer-Walt Assault

On December 27, 1962, President John F. Kennedy told Israeli Foreign Minister Golda Meir: “The United States has a special relationship with Israel in the Middle East really comparable only to what it has with Britain over a wide range of world affairs.”  Read More »

After the Hamas Victory: The Increasing Importance of Israel’s Strategic Barrier in the Jordan Valley

The massive electoral victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections has created an entirely new strategic reality for Israel which vastly increases the importance of the Jordan Valley (a desert zone almost devoid of population) for Israel’s security in the near term.  Read More »

America’s Hamas Dilemma: Spreading Democracy or Combating Terrorism?

The Bush administration had not agreed for some time with the Israeli position that Hamas be excluded from the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. At Princeton University on September 30, 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was absolutely clear that Palestinian violence could not co-exist with Palestinian politics in the future. She also reiterated that Hamas was a terrorist organization.  Read More »

After the London Bombings: Blair’s Israeli-Palestinian Detour from the Real Root Causes of Terrorism

Looking to explain to the British public the "deep roots" of the July 7, 2005, terrorist attacks on London, Prime Minister Tony Blair pointed to the underlying causes of the violence including the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Clearly, Israel is one of many international grievances cited in the Islamic world today, but the purported link between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rage of al-Qaeda and its supporters is patently groundless.  Read More »

Legal Acrobatics: The Palestinian Claim that Gaza is Still “Occupied” Even After Israel Withdraws

Remarkably, even as Israel completes its withdrawal from 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip, official Palestinian spokesmen are already making the argument that Gaza remains “occupied” territory. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that “the legal status of the areas slated for evacuation has not changed.”  Read More »

Europe’s Consistent Anti-Israeli Bias at the United Nations

Europe’s voting record at the United Nations shows a longstanding anti-Israeli bias. Every year the UN General Assembly passes between 18 and 22 anti-Israeli resolutions. The Europeans abstain in some cases, but mainly support these resolutions.  Read More »

The U.N. at Work

In 2003 and 2004, the Israel Defense Forces captured documentation showing how the U.N. Development Program was regularly funding two Hamas front organizations: the Tulkarm Charity Committee and the Jenin District Committee for Charitable Funds. The donations varied – sometimes $4,000 and sometimes $10,000. Receipts and even copies of thank-you notes to UNDP were discovered.  Read More »

To Retain Credibility, U.N. Must Insist Syria Behave

The U.N.’s oil-for-food scandal was placed center stage last year, but with Iraqi elections fast-approaching, there is another scandalous development at the U.N. that is beginning to receive national attention: How Syria, which served as a member of the U.N. Security Council from early 2002 through the end of 2003, has been continuing to back international terrorism and even turning itself into the main line of supply for the current insurgency in western Iraq.  Read More »

“Tower of Babble” – Interview with Jamie Glazov

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dore Gold, Israel’s U.N. ambassador from 1997 to 1999. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hatred’s Kingdom and of the new book, Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos.  Read More »

What if Bush Invited Sharon and Abu Mazen to Camp David? The Prospects for Negotiations in the Post-Arafat Era

At President Clinton’s failed Camp David peace summit in mid-2000, Barak offered more than any Israeli prime minister in history. Yet the talks exposed vast remaining disparities between Israel and many of today’s post-Arafat Palestinian leaders on key issues that must be considered before the Bush administration dispatches a "presidential envoy" or risks convening yet another peace summit in the period ahead.  Read More »

From Arafat to al-Zarqawi

Western diplomats may have been stunned by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s blatant effort to ward off the newest coalition offensive against terrorist strongholds in Fallujah, but they should not have been surprised.  Read More »

The Arafat Paradox

The very first time I was sent as an envoy to Yasser Arafat, what seemed most striking to me was the enormous gap between the total unreality of his conspiratorial explanations of political events transpiring around him and the extraordinary skill with which he played his weak political hand in order to advance the hard-line ideological agenda from which he never swerved: the elimination of the State of Israel.  Read More »

Who’s Right on the War on Terrorism? The 9/11 Commission, the U.S. Senate Assessment of Prewar Intelligence, and the British Butler Committee

The Bush administration never said that it went to war against Iraq in order to retaliate for the destruction of the World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon. It did warn that Iraq could transfer its prohibited weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups, especially to al-Qaeda.  Read More »

Wartime Witch Hunt: Blaming Israel for the Iraq War

An insidious but steady drumbeat can be discerned over the last several weeks charging that the primary interest of the Bush administration in going to war against Saddam Hussein was to defend Israeli security interests. This newest wave is often more subtle but also far more mainstream than what was voiced in this regard just last year. Yet from Israel’s perspective, by 2003 the Iraqi Army had been severely degraded in both military manpower and equipment.  Read More »

WARTIME WITCH HUNT: BLAMING ISRAEL FOR THE IRAQ WAR

An insidious but steady drumbeat can be discerned over the last several weeks that seeks to link Israel with the U.S. decision to launch the Iraq War.  Read More »

Bush Erases the Clinton Parameters

President Bush’s April 14, 2004, letter to Prime Minister Sharon represents a significant shift in U.S. policy, as compared to the Clinton Parameters advanced by the former president after the failed Camp David Summit of July 2000 and in subsequent months. In his plan, Clinton provided conditional approval of settlement blocs, but insisted that there needed to be "territorial swaps" of land from pre-1967 Israel in exchange for any West Bank land Israel would retain.  Read More »

An Answer to the New Anti-Zionists: The Rights of the Jewish People to a Sovereign State in Their Historic Homeland

A new critique of Israel proposes its elimination and replacement with a bi-national Palestinian-Jewish state. Israel’s new detractors doubt the legitimacy of Jewish statehood, though they say nothing about the validity of dozens of new states that have emerged in the last half century, many of which lack any firmly rooted national identity.  Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s Dubious Denials of Involvement in International Terrorism

Saudi Arabia’s past involvement in international terrorism is indisputable. While the Bush administration decided to redact 28 sensitive pages of the Joint Intelligence Report of the U.S. Congress, nonetheless, Saudi involvement in terrorist financing can be documented through materials captured by Israel in Palestinian headquarters in 2002-3. In light of this evidence, Saudi denials about terrorist funding don’t hold water.  Read More »

Defensible Borders for Israel

The quest for defensible borders has been an axiom of Israeli governments since 1967 on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 242. Defensible borders for Israel has been explicitly backed by Washington since the Reagan administration. In Rabin’s last Knesset address he made clear that Israel "will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines."  Read More »

“The War on America Is Not Over” – A conversation with Saudi watcher Dore Gold

Dore Gold, former Israeli representative to the United Nations, is author of Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism. He spoke to NRO last night about the attacks in Riyadh earlier this week.  Read More »

The Suicide Bombing Attacks in Saudi Arabia: A Preliminary Assessment

The suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that left dozens dead – including 7-10 U.S. citizens – should not have come as a surprise. There has been increasing evidence that al-Qaeda, which took credit for the attack, has viewed the Saudi kingdom as one of its main areas of refuge since the U.S. victory against the Taliban in Afghanistan, for a number of reasons:  Read More »

The New Arafat-Abu Mazen Cabinet: A Roadblock to Middle East Peace

Despite the formation of a new cabinet, Yasser Arafat remains the head of the Palestinian Authority, with powers over finances, security, and future negotiations. Pro-Arafat forces dominate the new cabinet. Some 12-14 ministers are expected to be old Arafat appointees, while only 4-6 ministers will owe their loyalty to Abu Mazen.  Read More »

The Kingdom of Incitement

Even with the U.S. winning a lightning victory in Iraq, the question will remain about how to win the overall war on terrorism. The war in Iraq reminds us that the Saudi role in global terrorism still needs to be addressed. The organizational link between Iraq and al Qaeda, identified as Ansar al-Islam by Secretary of State Colin Powell during his address before the U.N. Security Council, was not just a product of Iraqi policy.  Read More »

Reining in Riyadh

Much of the pre-war negotiation between the United States and its allies centered around the question of what should be the next steps in the Middle East after the removal of Saddam Hussein.  Read More »

Israel Should Not Pay the Price for Iraq

Tony Blair’s approach to Iraq is perhaps most admired because of the tremendous sense of conviction and justice motivating his position. For that reason, the British prime minister’s repeated need to refer in the same breath as Iraq to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and especially the diplomatic "road map" for resolving this conflict, is perplexing.  Read More »

Baseless Comparisons: UN Security Council Resolutions on Iraq and Israel

Since Iraq’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Gulf War that followed, Arab diplomats at the United Nations have charged the international community with a policy of "double standards" regarding UN actions against Iraq for failing to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.  Read More »

Only Buffer Zones Can Protect Israel

JERUSALEM — It is doubtful that another case can be found in recent history of a nation that has been willing to take greater risks for peace than has Israel. Eight years ago, Israel embarked on a diplomatic experiment by agreeing to grant authority to the Palestine Liberation Organization, an organization whose founding charter called for Israel’s annihilation, and to its leader, Yasir Arafat, in the disputed territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  Read More »

From “Occupied Territories” to “Disputed Territories”

At the heart of the Palestinian diplomatic struggle against Israel is the repeated assertion that the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are resisting "occupation." Speaking recently on CNN’s Larry King Weekend, Hanan Ashrawi hoped that the U.S. war on terrorism would lead to new diplomatic initiatives to address its root "causes."  Read More »

Israel is Not the Issue: Militant Islam and America

After the September 11 terrorist assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many American analysts have been seeking to understand the source of the intense hatred against the United States that could have motivated an act of violence on such an unprecedented scale.  Read More »

Untenable Linkages: Tying a Cessation of Palestinian Violence to an Israeli Settlement Freeze

Israel has been increasingly facing new diplomatic initiatives that, in effect, call for a freeze in Israeli settlement activity in exchange for a cessation of the eight-month-old, low-scale warfare on the part of the PLO, which the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Intifada. This new linkage has arisen in two distinct forms.  Read More »

Jerusalem in International Diplomacy: The 2000 Camp David Summit, the Clinton Plan, and Their Aftermath

Since its independence in 1948, and indeed even in prior times, Israel’s rights to sovereignty in Jerusalem have been firmly grounded in history and international law. The aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War only reinforced the strength of Israel’s claims. Seven years after the implementation of the 1993 Oslo Agreements, Prime Minister Ehud Barak became the first Israeli prime minister to consider re-dividing Jerusalem in response to an American proposal at the July 2000 Camp David Summit.  Read More »

The Cease-Fire That Never Was

During Yasser Arafat’s war against the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the early 1970s, the PLO was known to have reached 22 cease-fire agreements, each of which it subsequently broke.
The understandings reached two nights ago between Regional Cooperation Minister Shimon Peres and Arafat were not even a formal cease-fire, but only an agreement for the reduction of violence. Yet it should not have come as a surprise that even this less ambitious agreement would fail.  Read More »

A New Diplomacy . . .

Whether the Sharm el-Sheikh summit succeeds or not, at some point the violence in the Middle East will subside, and Israelis will ask themselves where do they go from here. Today a growing majority of Israelis, including many disillusioned members of the peace camp, are stating that PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat is not a partner for peace. They are right, but implied in this view is that Israel has no diplomatic options for the future.  Read More »

The Palestinian Provocation

Every Israeli ambassador to the United Nations since the days of Abba Eban has been under clear instructions to keep the U.N. away from the issue of Jerusalem. So it surprises many that Israeli and American diplomats have been considering placing the Temple Mount, the most sensitive religious site in Jerusalem, under the control of the U.N. Security Council.  Read More »

An Israeli Jerusalem for All

Underlying the post-Camp David debate over Jerusalem is a fundamentally disturbing assumption that Jerusalem cannot possibly remain united under the sovereignty of the Jewish state, but instead must somehow be shared. Strikingly, this notion of sharing holy cities has not been applied to other cases in the international community…  Read More »

Why Camp David II Failed

Since the peace process was launched in 1991, the Middle East has become a much more dangerous place. Mr. Arafat is now less willing to compromise.  Read More »

What Happened to Secure Borders for Israel? The U.S., Israel, and the Strategic Jordan Valley

For three decades, Israeli foreign ministers from Abba Eban through Ariel Sharon have insisted before the international community that Israel could not withdraw in the West Bank to the vulnerable 1967 lines from which it was attacked at the start of the Six-Day War. The great diplomatic victory of November 1967 was the language of UN Security Council Resolution 242 that legitimized Israel’s call for "secure borders."  Read More »

Reshuffled Deck on Syrian-Israeli Negotiations

In a period of tremendous political uncertainty following the death of Syrian president Hafez Assad, one element of his political legacy is especially likely to overshadow the peace process in the years ahead: the terms he laid out in his failed Geneva summit with US President Bill Clinton.  Read More »

Middle East Missile Proliferation, Israeli Missile Defense, and the ABM Treaty Debate

For most of the Cold War period, the spread of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction to the Middle East was severely constrained by the existence of a global regime of arms control agreements and export controls that was chiefly supported by both the U.S. and the Soviet Union. But in the last decade this regime has crumbled.  Read More »

The End of the Post-Gulf War Era

It is possible to discern the impact of the decline of Pax Americana in the Middle East and the end of the post-Gulf War era on the peace process. After all, the Arab world was coming to terms with Israel in the early 1990s because it sought American protection, money, and diplomatic influence in what was set to become a unipolar world.  Read More »

The End of the Post-Gulf War

Three basic conditions prevailed when the Arab-Israeli peace process began in 1991 in Madrid and accelerated in 1993 at Oslo. First, the Soviet Union crumbled and eventually collapsed, removing what had since 1955 been the strategic backbone of the Arab military option against the State of Israel.  Read More »

No Security, No Peace

Historic turning points are not always easy to discern. The September 1993 handshake on the White House lawn between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat appeared to be such a turning point, representing the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.  Read More »

Israel and the PLO Now Struggle for Leverage

Now that the drama surrounding the Israel-PLO signing ceremony has passed, it is critical to consider just what this accord means for the future of the Arab-Israel conflict. Are we speaking about a historical reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians that will bring a new era of stability to the Middle East? Or will many of the struggles of the past just be rechanneled within new parameters?  Read More »

The U.S. – Israel Relationship: Mounting Misperceptions in Washington

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Mounting Misperceptions in Washington

Certain new strains in the U.S.-Israel relationship are now coming to the fore, stemming in part from different views of the outcome of the Gulf War. After the war, the U.S. came to the conclusion that Israel’s strategic environment had changed radically. Since the U.S. had apparently flattened a major military threat to Israel, Israel now lived with a much lower degree of risk.  Read More »

The U.S. – Israel Strategic Relationship in the 1990s