Prof. Efraim Inbar

The destruction of ISIS is a strategic mistake

The West should further weaken Islamic State, but not destroy it. A weak but functioning IS can undermine the appeal of the caliphate among radical Muslims; keep bad actors focused on one another rather than on Western targets; and hamper Iran., 8/3/2016, 7:29 AM

Consequences of American retreat from the Middle East

US weakness in the Middle East inevitably will have ripple effects in other parts of the globe., 2/25/2016, 12:12 PM

The roots of anti-Israeli attitudes

The reasons for the dislike of Israel are numerous and often reinforce each other. , 1/14/2016, 11:45 PM

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., 9/8/2015, 1:03 PM

Middle East Security

The 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., 4/14/2015, 3:33 PM

Security Challenges of the New Israeli Government

The new Likud-led government will be faced with a range of sharp security challenges. It must thwart the nuclear program of Iran and prevent Tehran from gaining dominant control of the region. , 3/20/2015, 6:39 AM

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.”, 2/18/2015, 5:28 AM

America’s Unacknowledged Problem

It 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., 1/5/2015, 5:46 AM

Iran Remains the Great Threat in the Middle East

The 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., 10/20/2014, 6:06 AM

No Economic Aid to Hamas-Ruled Gaza

The 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., 7/29/2014, 10:05 PM

Dangerous and False PA-Hamas Unity

As 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., 6/6/2014, 2:30 PM

Doing Almost Nothing is Not a Bad Option

The assumption that time is running against Israel is simply wrong. , 5/18/2014, 11:49 PM

The Boycott Mirage

It 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. , 2/10/2014, 10:34 AM

The Palestinian Red LIne

PA 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., 12/20/2013, 8:21 AM

An Israeli Strike on Iran: Complex, but Possible

An 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 , 11/25/2013, 7:32 AM

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. , 11/11/2013, 8:18 AM

Washington Must Strike Iran, Not Bargain With It

Iran 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., 11/2/2013, 11:07 PM

Forty Years to the Yom Kippur War

The 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., 10/3/2013, 12:10 PM

Twenty Years of Oslo, A Summary

The abject failure of the Oslo Accords, with over a thousand deaths its tangible result, has had a sobering effect on Israeli society., 9/15/2013, 9:25 AM

Israel's Interests in Syria

It 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. , 5/21/2013, 12:47 AM

Abbas is Part of the Problem, Not Its Solution

Though 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. , 1/21/2013, 12:06 AM

Building in Jerusalem: A Strategic Imperative

Despite 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. , 12/6/2012, 12:38 AM

In Support of a Ground Operation

A 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., 11/20/2012, 3:37 PM

Amman Talks: Another Exercise in Futile Diplomacy

The 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., 2/1/2012, 5:26 PM

After September Comes October

The 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. , 8/25/2011, 10:58 AM

Let's Get Tough With Turkey

Turkish 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., 7/14/2011, 1:17 PM

The Two State and Peace Delusion

Israel 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. , 4/17/2011, 12:30 AM

Halt Nuclear Iran--Now!

At this late stage, the only option is a miitary one., 12/5/2010, 12:57 PM

Gazans Deserve a Better Future

The recent decision of the Israeli government to ease its blockade on the Gaza Strip strengthens Hamas rule and doesn't advance Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. The world has swallowed the big lie., 7/5/2010, 12:36 AM

Netanyahu Really Wants Peace

Rightist voters feel betrayed by Netanyahu's promise of a Palestinian state and the building freeze. The left and the USA cannot deny that he is doing whatever he can to get Abbas to the negotiating table. What has the PA done?, 3/12/2010, 12:25 AM

Letter To My Turkish Friends

Worrying trends by the current leadership, such as invitations to radical leaders and defense of Hamas, show a possible "loss" of Turkey to Islamism., 10/12/2009, 11:25 AM