Prof. Louis René Beres

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

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

Israel's Increasingly Complex Nuclear Imperatives, Pt I

Though the logic of deterrence has always rested upon an assumption of rationality, history reveals the persistent fragility of any such understanding., 4/2/2013, 11:30 PM

Jonathan Pollard, Absurdities of US Justice

Barring some names and dates, this article could have been written today, but it was actually written during the Clinton administration., 2/27/2013, 12:31 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

'Palestine' - a Final Solution

Ironically, any state of Palestine would quickly become a primary launching point for both "ordinary" terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, or mega-terrorism., 8/12/2010, 1:00 PM

Sanctions Are Utterly Futile

Towards US Nuclear Conference Monday: Beres says sanctions against Iran will never work. A dispassionate, sobering analysis of the nuclear threat and the costs and benefits of how Israel might deal with it., 4/9/2010, 12:50 AM

Palestine: A Threat to Israel

The following, minus some out of date sentences, was written by Prof. Beres 21 years ago for The Jewish Press. Substitute PA for PLO, Hamas for terror groups, Abbas for Arafat and it could have been written today--and should be. Sent by Eli Hertz., 2/23/2010, 12:04 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