Amb. Dore Gold

Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Publications by Amb. Dore Gold

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Palestinians must stop these payments. Read More »

Dore Gold on “Fox & Friends,” May 22, 2017

Former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. provides perspective on Trump’s trip to Israel. Read More »

Dore Gold on Fox News, May 13, 2017

Dore Gold talks defense of Israel, Trump’s upcoming visit Read More »

Abbas, UNESCO, and the Test of Diplomacy

International organizations dedicated to education have to reflect the truth and not politicize deception. Read More »

Dore Gold on Hannity at Sarona Market – Fox News

The real stumbling block for making peace is the culture of hatred that the Palestinian Authority has built. Read More »

The Legacy of the Taliban: Sunni Allies of Tehran

The West must not allow terror sanctuaries to grow, thrive, and be used to plan attacks against the West. Read More »

The Legacy of the Taliban: Sunni Allies of Tehran

The West must not allow terror sanctuaries to grow, thrive, and be used to plan attacks against the West. Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s Warnings to North Korea Reached the Middle East

North Korea has been acting behind the scenes to accelerate the Iranian ballistic missile program Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

Opening Remarks Read More »

Is the Terror against Europe Different from the Terror against Israel?

The war of the West against the rising tide of jihadist terrorism cannot be won without full coordination between the members of the coalition of threatened countries. Since the terrorist attacks in the 1960s, terrorist organizations have geographically distributed their […] Read More »

The False Narrative of Iranian Moderation

No Signs of Iranian Moderation, Only Aggression Read More »

Rethinking the Iran Agreement

Current dangers of the Iran Agreement and what needs to be done.

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The Trump Administration:
A Turning Point in Middle East Policy?

Pay attention to the issues of defensible borders and Palestinian refugees. Read More »

Why did the UN and Europe press for diplomatic action now, in the waning days of Obama’s Administration?

Amb. Dore Gold explains the sudden interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict that led to the Paris Peace Conference that took place in mid January 2017. Read More »

Amb. Dore Gold on BBC World News, January 15, 2017

Only direct negotiations have worked in creating peace treaties for Israel and its neighbors; an international forum pushes peace further away. Read More »

The Dangers of the January 15 “Peace Talks” in Paris

Why Israel Will Not Attend Read More »

Diplomatic Dispatch by Amb. Dore Gold

Video series produced for the Jerusalem Center’s Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation. Read More »

What does the December 23, 2016 UN Security Council Resolution contribute to the peace process?

Why the UN Security Council resolution on the legality of Israel’s “settlements” is so wrong and hypocritical. Read More »

Dore Gold Response to Kerry Speech: “Back to ’67 borders? That’s not going to happen.”

“Only Israel can decide how its security will be planned, implemented, and above all safeguarded.” Read More »

Was U.S. Policy on Israel and the UN Changing?

Was the U.S. about to sharply break with its past policy on the use of the UN for Israeli-Palestinian differences? Read More »

How Did Israeli Settlements Become a Legally Contentious Issue at the UN?

UN should halt ethnic cleansing of Sunni Arabs in Syria. Read More »

Middle East Looks to America for Leadership

The countries of the Middle East are looking for America to be an ally. Read More »

New “Breaking the Silence” Report Maliciously Defames Israel

It is clear that Breaking the Silence is less interested in uncovering the facts and instead seeks to defame the State of Israel. Read More »

The Failure To Deter Genocide

Last month much of the international media became engaged in the question of how the world had handled in recent decades the most heinous crime against humanity: genocide. Read More »

Why Does The West Apologize To Iran?

It is impossible to explain the present policy of the Obama administration toward Iran without an understanding of how a large part of the American foreign policy establishment actually believes that America shares the blame for the deterioration of relations […] Read More »

The Gaza War 2014: The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted

Gaza Report

Israel was the target of thousands of rockets and mortar attacks against its civilian population and clearly acted out of self-defense. Read More »

The Flawed Underpinnings of the New Nuclear Understandings with Iran

The underlying flaw in the new nuclear understandings between the P5+1 and Iran is the fact that it leaves Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure intact. Read More »

Iran Takes Over Iraq

General David Petraeus is the best known top American officer from the Iraq War. There are only a few in the U.S. who know more about internal developments in Iraq than he does. Read More »

The World Moves Toward a Bad Deal

Just last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, issued its latest report. Read More »

Can the West Rely on Iran?

Does the war against Islamic State provide a basis for the kind of revolution in U.S. policy toward the Middle East that some commentators are describing? Read More »

Anatomy of a Bad Iran Deal: A Preliminary Assessment

The West keeps raising the ceiling for the number of Iranian centrifuges. Read More »

Iranian Expansionism and the Nuclear Talks

Iranian expansionism in the Middle East is the best proof that if anyone is counting on a new Iran emerging, they are making a serious mistake. Iran will not abandon its nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Isolated Incidents or Global War?

In response to the first attack in Paris on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a member of a jihadi forum, affiliated with ISIS, wrote a very striking explanation as to why France in particular was targeted. Read More »

The Failed Palestinian Effort at the UN

Any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be reached through direct negotiations. Read More »

Tikkun Olam, Israel and a Just World Order

Several months before he was elected president, Barack Obama invoked the term “tikkun olam” (literally, repairing the world) in order to create a common bond with his American Jewish audience. Read More »

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 U.S. and Israel’s Struggle Against the 1967 Lines

The U.S. and Israel’s Struggle Against the 1967 Lines Ambassador Dore Gold Secretary of State John Kerry was the latest of a long line of senior U.S. officials who dealt with the security dimensions of the Arab-Israeli peace process. U.S. Policy […] Read More »

Regional Overview: How Defensible Borders Remain Vital for Israel

Regional Overview: How Defensible Borders Remain Vital for Israel Ambassador Dore Gold Libyan jihadist with SA-7 shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missile. These missiles from the Libyan arsenal proliferated across the Middle East and reached the Gaza Strip. Israel’s long-standing diplomatic goal of […] 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 »

International Background to Hamas’ Escalation Against Israel

Hamas, with massive aid from Iran, doubled its rocket arsenal since 2009 and acquired the Iranian Fajr-5 rocket, putting Tel Aviv in striking distance. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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From Toulouse to Cairo

They would, in effect, be strengthening the movements that are currently undermining their internal security most directly. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Wary of the Muslim Brotherhood

What the Saudi reaction to the Muslim Brotherhood illustrates is that the Islamic trend in the Arab world today cannot be painted with one brush, and that under the surface there are deep rivalries and differences between the Muslim Brotherhood and states that until recently were their closest allies. 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 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

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 »

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

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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

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