Prof. Louis René Beres

N. Korea and Iran: Regarding eventual nuclear attack upon Israel

Exclusive to Israel National News, an article by a foremost expert on nuclear war: America's multiple mistakes on North Korea are being replicated by Israel's cascading failures on Iran., 9/15/2017, 1:58 PM

Israel and self-defense: Dealing militarily with Syria 'spillovers'

Analysis: What are Israel's legal options in the current situation on the Syrian border? , 6/30/2017, 4:00 PM

Are Israeli raids on Syrian targets legal?

Facing an increasingly dangerous Hezbollah, Jerusalem correctly understands that even a failed state has legal obligations not to assist in terrorist assaults against Israel., 3/24/2017, 11:46 AM

Israel's nuclear strategy and US national security

Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the most decorated four-star general in the US and a loyal friend of Israel, sent a postscript to Prof. Beres' article. The Beres article is too long for A7 to post, so we have posted the link, followed by the postscript. , 1/2/2017, 6:41 PM

ISIS is only a symptom - underneath lies a much deeper threat

Our enemy is not ISIS per se, but rather a flagrantly sweeping Jihadist ideology with multiple, disparate, and sometimes reciprocally related terror offshoots., 11/17/2016, 10:37 PM

After the UNESCO vote

Time for Israel to remind the world of the dangers of "Palestine.", 10/19/2016, 8:44 AM

Lessons for the next US president

Special to Israel National News: Oslo's still conspicuous failures must be noted and addressed., 9/28/2016, 6:43 AM

Always imperiled

Jews, modern Israel and crimes against humanity., 9/8/2016, 10:19 AM

Differences between terrorism and counter-terrorism in the Middle East

Special to Israel National News: There is no cycle of violence in the Israel-Arab Palestinian conflict., 8/31/2016, 1:35 PM

Israel's struggle to overcome primal disorder, irrationality and chaos

Special to Israel National News: In the contest between rationality and irrationality, Israel must win. , 8/24/2016, 6:14 PM

Navigating amid chaos: Nuclear strategy

Israel must forge a nuclear strategy in the face of a world gone mad., 7/17/2016, 7:43 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

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

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

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

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

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

Whither America? Philosophy and Presidential Politics

Where, oh where, is Plato's philosopher-king?, 10/30/2012, 10:58 PM

Iran and the Bomb

National leaders rely too much upon hope., 6/10/2009, 8:57 PM

Understanding Gaza Under International Law

There is more here than meets the eye., 2/6/2008, 5:29 PM

Fear, Trembling and Jewish Survival

Many citizens of Israel appear comfortably assured that their country can endure. Insufficiently apprehensive about the coming of "Palestine" and the correlative prospect of an atomic Iran, these Israelis want no part of any national anxiety., 5/22/2006, 10:33 PM

Sickness Unto Death

Israel, judging by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's murderously suicidal policies, is altogether determined to die. Ironically, Israel's existential enemies won't oblige this self-annihilatory determination all at once. , 9/8/2005, 6:14 PM

Facing an Explosive Future

Israel now faces grave dangers from Iran, a hostile Islamic state deeply involved in production of nuclear and certain other weapons of mass destruction. In essence, the Jewish State will soon have only two options vis-a-vis Iran...., 1/30/2005, 5:42 PM

The Deeper Meanings of "Disengagement"

For whatever reasons, Israel has now come to accept a deformed view of itself that was spawned not in Jerusalem or Hebron, but in Cairo, London, Damascus, Paris, Baghdad, Washington, Teheran, Hamburg, Jericho and Gaza., 1/20/2005, 10:53 PM

Facing Genocidal Enemies

Israel's survival problem is basically this: A small state, indeed a microstate that is less than half the size of Lake Michigan, is surrounded by several openly genocidal enemy states - some of which still seek biological and/or nuclear weapons of mass destruction., 6/1/2004, 10:57 PM

Targeted Killing in International Law

International law is not a suicide pact. Israel, a country that is half the size of Lake Michigan, now lives under the constant shadow of Hamas, Hezbollah and several other related Arab/Islamic groups who deliberately target Jewish civilians, primarily young children., 4/7/2004, 4:14 PM

Summing Their Primal Fears

In the final analysis, the problem of all terrorism, including Weapons of Mass Destruction terrorism, is a problem of primal human behavior. And such behavior is always the result of compelling individual needs and seemingly irresistible collective expectations., 3/30/2004, 6:21 PM

Overcoming Israel's Death-In-Life

What sort of peace can one negotiate with a "partner" who illustrates daily by word and by action that their only question is, "How long before we can get the Jews to die?" And how shall Israel navigate such a problematic peace in a world where the traditional forms of anti-Semitism are now being ecstatically reinvigorated by the newer and increasingly popular fashions of Arab/Islamic Jew killing , 3/18/2004, 6:30 PM

Between Murderers and Freedom Fighters

"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." There is no basis in law for this especially facile and shallow expression. The issue here is not one of subjective interpretation. On the contrary, there do exist precise and settled criteria that are readily available to distinguish the terrorist from the freedom fighter. According to international law, any insurgent who intentionally cause, 2/26/2004, 10:01 PM

The David Haivri Case

Were it not for the evident seriousness of its implications, the David Haivri case would represent little more than the reduction to absurdity of a democratic country's legal system. , 2/17/2004, 6:57 PM

Israel and Samson - Part II

<i>Sapere aude!</i> "Dare to know!" This motto for the Enlightenment acquires special meaning in Israel's ongoing struggle to endure. Just as repression of the fear of death by individuals can occasion activities that impair the forces of self-preservation, so can Israel impair its opportunities for collective survival by denying the real possibility of national destruction., 2/11/2004, 10:19 PM

Israel and Samson - Part I

Israel may learn from Samson, not to "die with the Philistines,"[1] but to live despite its enemies. How is this possible? The Biblical Samson, blinded but not powerless, could destroy the Philistines only by inflicting his own death. And Israel is not blind, nor is it powerful in the sense of a physical strength born of religious faith joined with desperation. What, then, is there for Israel to l, 2/10/2004, 10:51 PM

Releasing Terrorists and International Law

Every state has an obligation under international law to prosecute and punish terrorists. This obligation derives from a long-standing rule known as <i>Nullum Crimen Sine Poena</I>, "No crime without a punishment." It is codified directly in many different authoritative sources, and is also deducible from the binding Nuremberg Principles (1950). According to Principle 1: "Any person who commits an, 2/1/2004, 5:26 PM

Outliving the Road Map

I am left with a vague feeling of discomfort - a feeling that I have left my audience without enough concrete recommendations for practical action. With this in mind, I now offer the following precise answer to the important question: "But what can I do personally to help save Israel?", 9/16/2003, 7:05 PM

Palestinian Perfidy

At first glance, even essential Israeli self-defense reprisals that unwittingly harm noncombatants would appear to be a violation of the Law of War. In these instances, however, full legal responsibility for Arab civilian harms must fall entirely upon those Palestinian operational masterminds who deliberately place themselves alongside ordinary persons. More precisely, under international law, the, 9/10/2003, 12:12 AM

Israel Has Always Faced Arab Genocide

To fully understand current conflicts in the Middle East, history must be recalled. ...Israel became a recognized and sovereign state on May 14, 1948. Immediately, five armies... invaded the fledgling country. Their combined intention, celebrated enthusiastically all over the Arab world, was expressed plainly and publicly by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League: "This will be a war of, 9/2/2003, 1:06 PM

Victim or Executioner

Recognizing the essentially decentralized nature of international law, and the fundamental and unaltered right of states to defend themselves from annihilation (a right strongly reaffirmed by President Bush's ongoing national security strategy of the United States), the State of Israel now has every legal authority to expunge the growing evil of Palestinian terror. It has, in short, the clear lega, 8/26/2003, 6:15 PM

Incomparable Cowardice

International law has determinable form and content. It cannot be invented and reinvented by terror groups merely to accommodate their own presumed interests. This is especially the case where terror-violence purposely assaults infants and children, the quintessentially characteristic signature of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their many Palestinian spinoffs. , 8/22/2003, 1:29 AM