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The Money and the Message

The Money and the Message Categories: America, Israel     Author: David Makovsky

On September 14, the United States and Israel signed a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which Washington will provide US$38 billion in military assistance over the fiscal years 2019-2028... enabling Israeli military planners to make even longer-term acquisitions and bolster their tec

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel Categories: America, Israel, Updates     Author: Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do expr

Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building

Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building Categories: America, Middle East     Author: Douglas J. Feith

Mr. Mandelbaum rightly notes that US attempts to foster democracy and free markets abroad were an important part of American foreign policy after the Cold War. And such attempts, time and again, fell short of their ambitious goals. He spurs readers to ask why societies are so hard to transform and w

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The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: America, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

BDS on the Outer

BDS on the Outer Categories: America, Anti-Zionism     Author: Ben Cohen

2016 may well be remembered as the year that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death - in a clinical sense, at least. Across the US, state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and enter

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations Categories: America, Europe, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran had complied with the July nuclear agrement.  The removal of sanctions came despite a number of criticisms of the IAEA's December report on Iran's progress in complying with the deal, as well as recent provocations by

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

How ISIS can be Defeated Categories: America, Europe, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, US President Barack Obama rejected calls to change his strategy to counter the Islamic State - specifically the idea of putting large numbers of US troops in the battlefield. "We have the right strategy and we're gonna see it through," Obama said at the G-20 Summ

How the Iran nuclear deal came about

How the Iran nuclear deal came about Categories: America, International Security, Iran     Author: Elliott Abrams

Over a decade ago, information was released showing that Iran had a large and hidden nuclear program. This information was not discovered by Western or Israeli intelligence, which is worth remembering when people say our intelligence will always discover whatever secret program Iran has under way. I

Editorial: Containing the Damage Categories: America, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

By early September it was clear US President Barack Obama had secured the support of enough US Senators - 34, all of them from his own Democratic party - to guarantee that his promised veto of any Congressional rejection of the Iran nuclear deal - known as the JCPOA - would not be over-ridden. Indee

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How to Get a Better Deal With Iran

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran Categories: America, International Security, Iran     Author: Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is a ticking time bomb. Its key provisions sunset too quickly, and it grants Iran too much leverage to engage in nuclear blackmail. To defuse it, the US Congress needs to do what it has done dozens of times in the past including during the Cold War in requiring changes to key U

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