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Galant, Commander Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Sailor, tempest, and sin were also actors in the country's real life drama on the eve of the new Jewish year as Maj.Gen. Yoav Galant was nominated as the 20th Chief-of-Staff of the Israel Defence Force (IDF). The power wielded by the Israeli chief-of-staff (COS) is exceptional in the free world. In

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Moral Victory Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism, United States     Author: Walter Russell Mead

And the Sunni Arabs of Iraq made a choice. They saw al-Qaeda at its best - volunteer freedom fighters come from around the world to fight for them - and they saw America at its worst, incompetent, insensitive, vacillating and violent. And they chose the United States. They decided that the future of

Capitalising on Low Expectations Categories: Palestinians     Author: Michael Weiss

A year ago, Fayyad introduced a two-year plan for laying down the armature of a future Palestinian state with an emphasis on economic development, security and bureaucratic housecleaning. The goal was to end the corrupt, Tammany-style system of patronage that formerly defined the Palestinian Authori

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Beyond the Summit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Herzog

The launch on Sept. 2 of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after 15 months of relentless groundwork marks the third attempt in a decade to resolve the outstanding core issues pertaining to a two-state solution. Many on both sides question whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Pre

Editorial: Something to Talk About Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The looming expiration of the settlement building freeze poses a dilemma for Netanyahu. While politically he cannot deliver the complete cessation of all building over the 1949 armistice lines the Palestinians are demanding, he can probably limit building to the settlement blocs most observers expec

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The Latest IAEA Report on Iran/ Turkey's Referendum Categories: Iran, Turkey, Updates    

As noted in the previous Update, last week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed some frightening information on Iran's nuclear program in connection within their latest quarterly report - including that Iran has perhaps three bombs worth of low-enriched uranium and has passed the c

A New Phase in Iraq / Peace Advice Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US President Barack Obama gave a major speech on Iraq last week to mark the promised withdrawal of all US combat troops from Iraq by the end of August. However, rather than discuss the speech itself, this Update looks at the future of Iraq now that coalition forces are no longer doing most of the fi

The Biblio File: The Betrayers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Paul Monk

In four decades of reading about international affairs and Middle Eastern geopolitics, I do not think I have come across a work of history that more fully illuminates the true sources of Palestinian terrorism and irresolvable conflict with the realities of Israel than does Efraim Karsh's Palestine B

Essay: Decade of Disappointment Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It's been a decade since Israeli and Palestinian leaders met as peacemakers only to part at loggerheads. Now, with most of the Camp David summit's protagonists long gone from the scene, that ill-fated conclave's military, diplomatic and political repercussions are seen on both sides of the conflict

The State of the Iranian Revolution Categories: Iran     Author: David Menashri

Since coming to power in 1979, the Islamic Revolution in Iran has had two main aims. First, it wished to remain in power and if this was the aim of the Islamic Revolution, 31 years later, it has been successful. But revolutions don't come about simply to replace one regime with another. They come wi

Hamas' Gaza Killing Spree Categories: Palestinians     Author: Alex Fishman

News stories about bodies found at sea are occasionally published by Gaza newspapers. The number of such bodies isn't huge, yet not all those drowning victims chose to go swimming voluntarily. The Gazans who found their death at sea include mid-level officials at sensitive government ministries, the

Israel's Endangered Deterrence Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Bren Carlill

There are few journalists specialising in strategic and security affairs more experienced than Ron Ben Yishai. After fighting as a paratrooper in the Six Day War, Ben Yishai turned to journalism full time. Since then he has covered, from the battlefield, the Yom Kippur War, the Turkish invasion of C

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Fall of the Teflon Terrorist? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

On Aug. 9, 2010, members of Indonesia's elite counter-terrorist police force arrested the militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as part of their ongoing investigations into a terrorist training camp discovered in February 2010 in Aceh, plots to kill President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and scheme to launch

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