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Prof. Louis René Beres

Bernie Sanders, Israel, and the law of war

Senator Sanders, please take note. All combatants, including Palestinian "insurgents" allegedly fighting for "self-determination," are bound by the law of war. , 4/19/2016, 12:56 PM

A time for truth: Israel, "Palestine" and the US elections

Naive U.S. presidential support for a "Two-State Solution" would make possible a new national terror base for the world's most insidious Jihadist fighters., 4/14/2016, 7:19 AM

Israel's nuclear strategy: The rationality of pretended irrationality

Looking ahead, Israel will have to rely increasingly on a multi-faceted doctrine of nuclear deterrence because of the nature of its enemies. , 4/11/2016, 6:45 AM

Still makes no sense: Supporting "Palestine" while opposing Jihad

Any Palestinian state would undoubtedly become another conspicuous addition to the West's list of Jihadist foes., 4/8/2016, 12:24 AM

Israel and Brussels: The "merely wounded" in terror bombings

A7 special expose: The horrors experienced by those wounded in terrorist attacks are hardly known to the public, nor the cruel ways they are planned to inflict pain; they often mean a lifetime of physical and psychological rehabilitation., 3/26/2016, 8:40 PM

Forging Israel's strategic posture: simple but still difficult

Israel is a tiny country. It has long understood the overriding need to rely upon a "great equalizer," that is, on nuclear weapons, and on corresponding strategy., 3/10/2016, 8:07 PM

Nuclear war or nuclear peace? Israel's post-Iran Pact options

Israel must plan for the perilous prospect of an enemy country that could sometime choose to behave as if it were a suicide bomber in macrocosm, acting without regard for rational decision-making., 2/25/2016, 7:21 AM

Falling Towers

Why Israel must prioritize existential threats and stay focused on potential nuclear aggression., 12/21/2015, 8:49 AM

Why Oslo failed: Confronting "Peace Now"

A must-read on the still-overlooked examples of Palestinian non-compliance with the Oslo Accords., 10/27/2015, 5:53 PM

Inviting an Endless Terror

If you like Syria, you'll love "Palestine.", 10/21/2015, 9:07 AM

Chaos and 2nd Cold War, Part II: Israel's Nuclear Strategy

Scholars know, for good reason, that the conventional wisdom is often unwise., 10/11/2015, 7:07 AM

Chaos and 2nd Cold War, Part I: Israel's Nuclear Strategy

It is likely that Israel has undertaken some very impressive and original steps in cyber-defense and cyber-war, but even the most remarkable efforts in this direction will not be enough to stop Iran altogether., 10/9/2015, 9:53 AM

Israel Facing Iran on its Own

The urgent primacy of Israel's defining a nuclear doctrine is clear. The cumulative harms ensuing from the significant diplomatic failure to stop the Iran deal will ultimately depend upon Israel's own selected responses., 9/6/2015, 12:04 PM

The Iran Agreement in International Law and U.S. Law: Contradictions

U.S. entry into the new Iran agreement expressly violates American law., 7/23/2015, 4:54 AM

Holding On to Nuclear Deterrence for Dear Life

"Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult." Carl von Clausewitz, On War., 7/13/2015, 2:33 PM

How the Failed Iran Agreement Will Threaten Israel's Nuclear Strategy

Israel holds its own nuclear weapons and assets for only one reason, to remain "alive" in the midst of openly genocidal foes. It must resist pressure for nuclear disarmament. Its weapons protect the Western world and the Middle East., 7/9/2015, 7:45 AM

Strategies for Israel After Failed American Diplomacy

Israel will have no choice in determining the mindset of its enemies and after the failure of American nuclear diplomacy, it will need to sort through a broad variety of scenarios, and take steps against a now-nearly nuclear Iran., 7/2/2015, 9:11 AM

Narratives of Nuclear Warfare in the Middle East

An analysis of Israel's strategic future, with and without rational enemies., 6/23/2015, 6:58 PM

Nuclear War and Nuclear Peace: Israel's strategic options

Failed diplomatic negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5-plus-1 countries will allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons state. Israel will have to reassess its immediate and long-term survival options., 6/16/2015, 8:49 AM

Core Synergies in Israel’s Strategic Planning

How to act when the adversarial whole is greater than the sum of its parts., 6/9/2015, 9:55 PM

Blood Sacrifice

Understanding the roots of Arab terror violence against Israel., 5/31/2015, 9:55 PM

Fending Off Chaos: Israel's Future in World Politics

EXCLUSIVE: Why doesn't Mr. Obama dare look at the official PA maps of "Palestine?" Does he realize his ideas are not only erroneous, they will bring catastrophe? , 5/18/2015, 12:29 AM

What do All Islamist Terrorists Seek?

It's beyond ISIS. They and "Jihadi John" are merely the tip of a much wider Jihadist iceberg., 3/1/2015, 9:24 AM

Nuclear Deterrence is a Deadly Game

An enemy state with explicitly-exterminatory orientations could effectively represent the individual suicide bomber in macrocosm. Whether we like it or not, it is a realistic and powerful image., 2/22/2015, 9:43 AM

Facing Iran at the 11th Hour

Israel must act according to the following indispensable nuclear doctrine., 2/13/2015, 10:25 AM

'Palestine' and ISIS: Different Branches, Same Tree

Analysis: The absurdity of attacking ISIS while pushing for a PA state., 2/4/2015, 9:20 PM

Israel's Nuclear Strategy: The Importance of Doctrine

The especially urgent problems now associated with a steadily nuclearizing Iran should not have to be addressed by Israel on a case-by-case or ad hoc basis. , 1/28/2015, 10:48 PM

Where Lies a "Soul": Still Hidden Meanings of Terrorism

Using Freud's views to investigate global terrorism., 12/29/2014, 10:53 PM

Why 'Palestine' Would Be a Dangerous Legal Fiction

An informed brief according to international law which constitutes an important, scholarly exposition of Israel's situation in the face of the PA demand for statehood., 12/19/2014, 7:23 AM

Facing "Palestine" With Truth: An Uncommon Perspective

Israel will not be the only one to suffer from a "Palestinian State", should one arise., 12/11/2014, 1:58 PM

Understanding Islamic Terrorism as Religious Sacrifice

By sacrificing himself, the Jihadist expects to attain an otherwise unattainable immortality. Existential fears are converted into a twisted form of "heroism" while Israel, meanwhile, is expected to help in its own genocide., 12/1/2014, 5:32 PM

After the Massacre: Islamic Martyrs and Islamic Peace

Jihadists consciously choose to "kill themselves" in order not to die, in order to achieve immortality. The struggle is not about land, it is about God., 11/21/2014, 8:26 AM

A Palestinian State - What the World Should Expect

The world has not stopped to contemplate the snowballing results of creating a "Palestinian" state., 11/16/2014, 8:39 AM

International Law is Not a Suicide Pact

Faced with Palestinian terrorists who make no secret of their genocidal intentions, Israel displays marked restraint., 10/29/2014, 11:09 PM

Analysis: Misunderstanding Palestine

Special to Arutz Sheva : The true costs of a two-state solution. , 10/12/2014, 8:58 AM

To See the Terror "From Within"

A post-scientific look behind the news: We humans, as observers, can't ever meaningfully experience the full impact of terrorism on victims. We must also acknowledge the real motives of the perpetrators. (Special to israelnationalnews), 9/29/2014, 11:57 AM

Staying Strong

Enhancing Israel’s essential strategic options., 9/1/2014, 12:54 PM

Why Peace Failed

Written for Arutz Sheva: Still hidden examples of Palestinian non-compliance. , 8/23/2014, 8:35 PM

If You Like ISIS, You'll Love Hamas.

The excruciating primacy of twisted faith. , 8/15/2014, 9:09 AM

Looking Beyond Operation Protective Edge

Hamas terror and Islamist sacrifice., 8/2/2014, 9:11 PM

Putting Israel's Self-Defense in Context

Israel's operations against Hamas are perfectly legal., 7/31/2014, 9:51 PM

Israel and the Palestinians: Who is Stronger?

Although terror and rockets cannot destroy the state of Israel, they have definitely affected the power equation., 7/9/2014, 2:07 AM

Internat'l Law Precludes Ceasefires with Terror Groups

International law has precise form and content. It cannot be invented and reinvented by terror groups such as Hamas or by aspiring states. , 7/6/2014, 7:31 PM

Israel's Potentially Fatal Submission to "Punishment"

Becoming a stone., 7/2/2014, 1:45 AM

Fixing the World After Iraq

It is only by deliberately seeking general explanations that we can ever hope to “fix” the world., 6/26/2014, 1:02 AM

From Athens to Jerusalem: A Journey in Strategic Wisdom

For Israel, nuclear weapons and doctrine are absolutely necessary, but they are not sufficient., 6/4/2014, 11:57 PM

Living with Iran: Israel's Strategic Imperative

In response to the almost inevitable Iranian nuclear bomb, Israel must suitably integrate a clear nuclear deterrence posture with multi-layered active defenses. , 5/30/2014, 5:17 AM

Killing Israel: A Middle East Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

In a special article for Arutz Sheva, the world-renowned expert on nuclear power, international law and political science tells Israel what it must do - on land, sea, air and in the public eye - in the face of Iran's nuclearization., 4/8/2014, 11:53 AM

Past Crimes as Legal Prologue to Statehood

Israel, Iraq, Palestinian Arab statehood are connected and Palestinian Arabs may learn a problematic lesson from the past. ., 4/3/2014, 2:54 PM

More Than Ever, Israel Must Rely Upon Itself

An internationally renowned expert weighs in on the conventional and nuclear threats inherent in Obama's plans, asserting that the President's position is constructed upon assorted historical and legal misunderstandings. Arutz Sheva exclusive., 3/29/2014, 8:39 PM

Resurrecting the "Cycle of Violence" Canard, Again

There has never been a "cycle of violence" in the Middle East., 3/1/2014, 9:47 PM

Can Israel and a Nuclear Iran Coexist?

Two scorpions in a bottle?, 2/19/2014, 10:29 PM

Israel's Nuclear Doctrine Needs Reexamination

Is determined nuclear secrecy necessarily in the best survival interests of the Jewish State? The ability to deter may depend on careful exposure of Israel's capability and determination. , 12/9/2013, 8:15 AM

Beres At Harvard: Facing a Nuclear Iran with Sun-Tzu

Isra​el, Iran, and Ancient Chinese Military Thought., 10/31/2013, 3:02 PM

PLEASE NOT AGAIN: Releasing Terrorists for "Peace"

An internationally acclaimed Professor of Political Science and International Law writes that this flawed plan is not only indecent; it is also unlawful - and asks: What is wrong with us?, 10/28/2013, 6:56 AM

Part II: Terrorism, "Palestine" and Religious Sacrifice

Terrorism, "Palestine" and religious sacrifice meet at a dangerous crossroads for Israel and all of mankind. Part II of an illuminating article., 9/24/2013, 8:05 AM

Part I: Terrorism, "Palestine" and Religious Sacrifice

Terrorism, "Palestine" and religious sacrifice meet at a dangerous crossroads for Israel and all of mankind. An article in two parts. , 9/23/2013, 12:57 AM