Prof. Louis René Beres

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

PROFESSOR BERES AT HARVARD: Are Israel's Actions Legal?

A definitive legal analysis of Israel's actions against Syrian weapons transfer to Hezbollah under international law., 8/28/2013, 8:02 PM

"Stopping the Machine": Peaceful Civil Disobedience

Surrendering Judea and Samaria ("West Bank") in the context of civil disobedience, Jewish law, and the Middle East Peace Process. , 8/7/2013, 4:41 PM

Facing a Nuclear Iran: Israel's Remaining Options

Nuclear strategy is a "game" that sane and rational decision-makers must play. , 6/30/2013, 7:21 AM

If You Like North Korea, You'll Love Iran (part II)

Before concluding their plans, Israeli strategists must examine, among all the options, the conceivable but also implausible prospect of an Israeli nuclear preemption., 4/19/2013, 4:00 PM

If You Like North Korea, You'll Love Iran (Part I)

Even if it is already too late to implement lawful strategies of anticipatory self-defense, there are still efforts that should be undertaken soon. It is best not to learn the core lessons of N. Korea when it is already too late for them to help. , 4/19/2013, 3:59 PM

Israel's Complex Nuclear Imperatives, Part III

Nuclear war fighting should, wherever possible, be scrupulously avoided by Israel. But, just as undeniably, there are some readily identifiable circumstances in which such exchanges could prove to be unavoidable., 4/4/2013, 11:29 PM

Israel's Nuclear Imperatives Part II

Just as individual Jihadists are now plainly willing to achieve personal "martyrdom,” so might certain Jihadist states become willing to “sacrifice themselves” collectively., 4/3/2013, 10:16 PM

WHAT'S MISSING: Obama's State of the Union Address

Sensible, specific and predictable Obama-speak. But that's all. And a good deal else should have been there from a world leader., 2/14/2013, 8:47 AM

Convenient Masquerade: "Martyrdom" in the Middle East

Democracy, revoution and "martyrdom" are words that have hidden meanings in the Jihadic resurgence which we are witnessing., 12/29/2012, 11:47 PM

MUST READ: If You Like Egypt, You'll Love "Palestine"

For Israel, there is no immediately obvious military solution to the expanded threats posed by this 23rd Arab state. At the same time, the prospects for any negotiated solutions are negligible to nonexistent. There are certain options, however. , 12/7/2012, 3:07 PM

IDF Back to Gaza? No Israel-Hamas "Cycle of Violence"

There are palpably vital differences between criminality and law-enforcement. The war between Hamas' criminality and Israel'[s laying down the law is a quintessential and incontestable case in point., 11/15/2012, 11:20 PM

Waiting for the Apocalypse?

The consequences of a possible Iranian nuclear attack upon Israel are almost too awful to contemplate, but cannot be pushed under the rug., 11/6/2012, 3:58 PM

Whither America? Philosophy and Presidential Politics

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

What Does Netanyahu Do Now About Preemption?

The nagging question of Iranian rationality is at the core of every decision. Is Iran rational, irrational or mad? How does Israel prevent nuclear war?, 10/13/2012, 7:44 PM

Looking Back at Osiraq - Forward to Iran

Prof. Beres and COL. (IDF/ Res.) Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto, former Chief of IAF Planning, wrote this article in 2007. Its early warnings and prescient predictions concerning Iranian nuclearization now appear irrefutable. But what will happen next?, 10/9/2012, 3:29 PM

Iran, Jihad and "End Times": Part II

As was clarified by Project Daniel’s final report, Israel’s Strategic Future (Israel, 2003), it is always in Israel’s interest to avoid nuclear war fighting in any form., 10/2/2012, 10:36 AM

Iran, Jihad and "End Times": An Article in Two Parts: I

Prologue to Nuclear War in the Middle East?, 9/30/2012, 2:50 PM

MUST READ: Israel and the Vulture

The following article was written by Professor Louis Rene Beres only a month after the first Oslo Agreement in 1993. All one has to do is add Obama and Iran to appropriate phrases. His Oslo prediction, after all, has already come true., 9/23/2012, 1:20 AM

Kafka in Washington: Hidden Meanings, Deceptive Maps

Deceptive Cartographies and Hidden Meanings line the road. And the question of Israel's physical survival is a no-nonsense question that would hve perplexed and challenged even Kafka, master of multi-layered, encrypted messages., 9/12/2012, 9:48 AM

The Iranian Nuclear Threat to Israel: Options

Israel should not expect stable coexistence with a nuclear Iran. It must enhance active defense, improve nuclear deterrence and target selected Iranian infrastructures. However, Israeli preemption tactics are becoming far more limited as time passes., 1/16/2012, 11:15 AM

Effects of an Iranian Nuclear Attack Upon Israel

La commedia ė finita! (Pagliacci) - The farce is over and the truth is out about Iran's nuclear power. CONTENT NOT FOR CHILDREN. , 11/18/2011, 3:11 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