How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?It is misplaced to view ISIS as a serious strategic challenge. While ISIS has ignited immense passion among young and frustrated Muslims, it is capable of only limited damage. Suggestions that it is a bigger threat to Israel than Iran are ridiculous.
Middle East SecurityThe greatest threat to Israel, more dangerous than all the Middle East upheavals, is An American-Iranian entente that leaves Teheran with the capability to produce nuclear weapons and which strengthens the Iranian drive for regional hegemony.
Obama's Iran Policy and Netanyahu's Visit Obama does not want Netanyahu in Washington because he considers him a spoiler of his most important foreign policy initiative – an agreement with Iran. The PM might try the military option, and destroy Obama's only foreign policy “success.”
America’s Unacknowledged ProblemIt is a mystery why the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge that Turkey is a Trojan horse in NATO, and that Ankara undermines American interests in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Iran Remains the Great Threat in the Middle EastThe novelty of the Islamic State, as well as the magnitude of the threat it poses, are greatly exaggerated. Iran remains the main threat to stability in the Middle East. Its journey toward a nuclear arsenal must be stopped.
No Economic Aid to Hamas-Ruled GazaThe world should not be rewarding the most extreme Palestinians for violence and terror. The US efforts to bribe Hamas into behaving (while suspending aid to Egypt), are probably against American laws dealing with terrorist organizations.
Dangerous and False PA-Hamas UnityAs long as the military branch of Hamas stays independent, there is no Palestinian Arab unity. Instead of the PA regaining lost Gaza, Hamas is gaining more access to the 'West Bank' and a greater role, inimical to Israeli-PA peaceful co-existence.
The Boycott MirageIt is unlikely that a collapse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will lead to a comprehensive international boycott of Israel. This is a false threat advanced to pressure Israel.
The Palestinian Red LInePA leader Abbas views recognition of Israel as the Jewish state as a red line. It is high time the Palestinians recognize the Jewish people’s right to their ancient homeland, as Israel already recognized Palestinian rights in the land 35 years ago.
An Israeli Strike on Iran: Complex, but PossibleAn Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is a risky and militarily-complicated endeavor, but within reach. Israeli ingenuity and determination could lead to a great operational and political success, with bearable international responses
Tell Kerry to Stay Home!Secretary of State John Kerry warned of a return to Palestinian violence and Israel’s isolation should peace talks fail. This is yet another reflection of the Obama administration’s inability to properly understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Washington Must Strike Iran, Not Bargain With ItIran is buying time until it has a nuclear break-out capability. The belief and hope that Iran has changed is pathetic. The US must act militarily to stop Iran and restore its credibility in the eyes of its skeptical Middle Eastern allies.
Forty Years to the Yom Kippur WarThe military victory in 1973 was marred by pain over casualties and disappointment with the country’s leadership. We learned that we need close strategic coordination with Washington, Israel’s enemies learned that they cannot destroy us by force.
Twenty Years of Oslo, A SummaryThe abject failure of the Oslo Accords, with over a thousand deaths its tangible result, has had a sobering effect on Israeli society.
Israel's Interests in SyriaIt is a mistake for Israelis to express support for Bashar Assad’s victory in Syria. Israel should stay out of the Syrian conflict altogether while hoping for the fall of Assad.
Abbas is Part of the Problem, Not Its SolutionThough much of the international community sees him as a serious partner for peace, Abbas’ words and actions prove that he is interested in nothing less than the ruin of the State of Israel.
Building in Jerusalem: A Strategic ImperativeDespite international pressure, Israel must build in and around Jerusalem, particularly in Area E1, which connects it to Maaleh Adumim. Creating continuous Jewish settlement in that area is necessary to have access to the strategic Jordan Valley.
In Support of a Ground OperationA thorough terrorist cleanup is necessary to ensure the Jewish state’s ability to stand against the rising tide of Islamist militancy. Let the international community oppose as much as they want to.
Amman Talks: Another Exercise in Futile DiplomacyThe recent Israeli-PA "pre-negotiations" in Amman mark another ineffectual endeavor to bridge the wide gap between the two sides. Furthermore, as Hamas becomes emboldened by the "Islamic Winter," Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation seems impossible.
After September Comes OctoberThe decision to go to the UN in September for recognition will not bring the Palestinians closer to a state. The UN is morally bankrupt , the PA dysfunctional. Israel is united and strong enough to meet the challenge.
Let's Get Tough With TurkeyTurkish demands are unreasonable, an apology won't change the anti-Israeli policy of increasingly Islamist Turkey. Israel’s reluctance to criticize Erdogan is seen as weakness; we should take off our gloves in dealing with Ankara. Here is how.
The Two State and Peace DelusionIsrael is under pressure to present a new "peace initiative," but the bad news is that the differences between Israelis and Palestinians are unbridgeable in this generation.