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Prof. Louis René Beres

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Primal hatreds, not geo-politics, drive Israel's enemies

Iran-backed Hamas (Sunni) and Hezbollah (Shiite) crimes have nothing to do with achieving Palestinian Arab sovereignty or statehood. For these terror-criminals, what is being sought is the sheer ecstasy of primal human barbarism. Opinion.

Primal hatreds, not geo-politics, drive Israel's enemies

'Necessary sacrifices' Hamas leader decrees, but only for others

How should one correctly identify a Hamas leader’s call for “necessary sacrifices” when the human subjects of his harsh decree do not include himself? Sinwar’s call represents a cry of incomparable cowardice. Opinion.

'Necessary sacrifices' Hamas leader decrees, but only  for others

True meanings of Palestinian Statehood

Institutionalized criminal defilement is the most accurate description of the attempts to recognize a Palestinian state. Op-ed.

True meanings of Palestinian Statehood

Existential conflict: Dialectics of an Israel-Iran nuclear war

In a worst case scenario, Israel would fail to prevent a nuclear Iran, and Iran would become the first adversary to fire its nuclear weapons. Opinion.

Existential conflict: Dialectics of an Israel-Iran nuclear war

The "Biden Effect"

Israel "escalation dominance" and nuclear war with Iran. Three catastrophic scenarios have now been rendered more likely by US President Joe Biden’s embargo on terror-fighting weapons to Israel. Opinion.

The "Biden Effect"

Israel's nuclear doctrine after Iran's aggression

Ambiguity or openness? Opinion.

Israel's nuclear doctrine after Iran's aggression

Israel's survival 'in time'

Looking behind the news. Unless Israel can understand that a nuclear Iran should be prevented at almost all conceivable costs, Israel will sometime be defeated by time. Opinion.

Israel's survival 'in time'

ATTACK FROM IRAN:

A law-based opportunity for Israel to prevent Iran's nuclear arms

This is not a moment for Israeli strategic thinking to become confused or shortsighted. Opinion.

A law-based opportunity for Israel to prevent Iran's nuclear arms

Undermining Israel

The United States, Israel and regional nuclear war: A “Two-State Solution” would enlarge not “only” the jihadist terror threat to Israel (both conventional and unconventional), but also the prospect of major regional war. Opinion.

Undermining Israel

Israel and "Palestine": What international law expects

There is no reason to believe that "Palestine" would ever make good on any pre-independence promises to support Israel’s irrevocable rights to "peace and security." Israel must use that against its proponents. Opinion.

Israel and "Palestine": What international law expects

Enforcing the Law of Nations

Israel's targeted killing and counter-terrorism is justified in today's world. International law is not a suicide pact, especially when an adversary remains indifferent to its unassailable claims. Opinion.

Enforcing the Law of Nations

Managing nuclear risk: A task for the US and Israel

Because there has never been an authentic nuclear war (Hiroshima and Nagasaki don't "count"), determining relevant probabilities is a sorely problematic task. Opinion.

Managing nuclear risk: A task for the US and Israel

Nuclear War with Iran: Science-based options

At some point, a nuclear war involving Israel may become more imaginable. Israel’s corresponding responsibility should be to prepare prudently and systematically for all contingencies, as outlined below. Op-ed.

Nuclear War with Iran: Science-based options

True origins of the Palestinian war against Israel

The lawlessness of "heroic operations." What does international law actually say about these incessantly dissembling circumstances in the Middle East? Op-ed.

True origins of the Palestinian war against Israel

Belonging and immortality: Causes of Hamas terror

Because they are primal, these crimes can never be fully controlled by reason, law or diplomacy. What then? Israel has no choice but to respond militarily. Opinion.

Belonging and immortality: Causes of Hamas terror

A longer Gaza conflict's implications for nuclear war with Iran

Will the Iran regime be ovethrown by the people? Israel must not rely on that and plan for Iran accelerating its nuclear program. Opinion.

A longer Gaza conflict's implications for nuclear war with Iran

Existential risks to Israel

On "escalation dominance" and nuclear war. Opinion.

Existential risks to Israel

There is no such thing as a demilitarized Palestine Arab state

Those who seek a Two-State Solution are urging nothing less than the creation of a determinably criminal aggressor state. Op-ed.

There is no such thing as a demilitarized Palestine Arab state

A just war against criminal terror

Israel, the perpetually beleaguered state, is actually undertaking essential efforts at international law enforcement in this war. Opinion.

A just war against criminal terror

If you like Gaza, you'll love 'Palestine'

What, exactly, were the Palestinian Arabs trying to "liberate?" Op-ed.

If you like Gaza, you'll love 'Palestine'

A deeper look at combating Jihadist terror

"National liberation” movements that fail to meet the test of just means can never be protected as lawful or legitimate in themselves. Op-ed

A deeper look at combating Jihadist terror

Terrorism and the Jihadist "hunger for immortality"

There are unseen national security connections. Israeli surrender of lands could never remove those threats. Op-ed.

Terrorism and the Jihadist "hunger for immortality"

Israel's survival: Escalation, dominance and nuclear war

'For by Wise Counsel Thou Shalt Make Thy War'- (Proverbs). Israel needs exceptionally capable strategic thinkers, not just tacticians.Op-ed.

Israel's survival: Escalation, dominance and nuclear war

Israel is within the bounds of international law.

International law is not a suicide pact. Regarding the current Gaza War, the pertinent truth that it is a necessary war, and is unambiguous.

Israel is within the bounds of international law.

Hamas Terror Attacks and International Law

Israel would be acting against justice if it left Hamas unpunished. Operation Swords of Iron is an example of Israeli law enforcement.Op-ed.

Hamas Terror Attacks and International Law

A nuclear war could "sometimes happen"

An analysis of Israel's doctrinal imperatives. Israel’s objective should always be deterrence ex ante, not revenge ex post.

A nuclear war could "sometimes happen"

Targeting terrorist leaders in Gaza and international law

Targeting terrorist leaders in Gaza and international law

Are terrorists normal? On Nazis, Hamas, al Qaeda, et al

Are terrorists normal? On Nazis, Hamas, al Qaeda, et al

Staving off nuclear war in the Middle East

Staving off nuclear war in the Middle East

Synergistic perils for Israel, 2019

Synergistic perils for Israel, 2019

Trump, national security and nuclear war

Trump, national security and nuclear war

Israel, counter-terrorism and the future of immortality

Israel, counter-terrorism and the future of immortality

Confronting crimes against humanity

Confronting crimes against humanity

The seductive appeal of Jihadist terror

The seductive appeal of Jihadist terror

Future requirements of Israel's nuclear strategy

Future requirements of Israel's nuclear strategy

Donald Trump, Syria and the prevention of Genocide

Donald Trump, Syria and the prevention of Genocide

Twin perils for Israel: Iranian nuclear weapons and "Palestine"

Twin perils for Israel: Iranian nuclear weapons and "Palestine"

Looking ahead: Longer term prospects for an Israel-Iran nuclear war

Looking ahead: Longer term prospects for an Israel-Iran nuclear war

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

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

Expert: Palestinian state an existential danger to Israel

Leading US researcher states 'Palestine' is liable to endanger Israel much more than third intifada, will increase danger of nuclear war.

Expert: Palestinian state an existential danger to Israel

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

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

Are Israeli raids on Syrian targets legal?

Are Israeli raids on Syrian targets legal?

Israel's nuclear strategy and US national security

Israel's nuclear strategy and US national security

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

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

America first? Things the next president must realize

America first? Things the next president must realize

After the UNESCO vote

After the UNESCO vote

Lessons for the next US president

Lessons for the next US president

Always imperiled

Always imperiled

Differences between terrorism and counter-terrorism in the Middle East

Differences between terrorism and counter-terrorism in the Middle East

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

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

Israel's strategic imperative

Israel's strategic imperative

Navigating amid chaos: Nuclear strategy

Navigating amid chaos: Nuclear strategy

Understanding the Middle East chaos at its core

Understanding the Middle East chaos at its core

Facing "abnormal" enemies

Facing "abnormal" enemies

Bernie Sanders, Israel, and the law of war

Bernie Sanders, Israel, and the law of war

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

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

Israel's nuclear strategy: The rationality of pretended irrationality

Israel's nuclear strategy: The rationality of pretended irrationality

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

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

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

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

Forging Israel's strategic posture: simple but still difficult

Forging Israel's strategic posture: simple but still difficult