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Israel: The Case for Optimism Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

As I travel around the world, I often encounter strong pessimism about Israel's current situation and future prospects. I want to give everyone some good news. Contrary to widespread perceptions, Israel's strategic situation and prospects are currently pretty good, despite all the genuine problems.

Turkey, Israel and the West Categories: Islamic Extremism, Turkey     Author: Soner Cagaptay

Ever since the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) assumed power in 2002, Turkish foreign policy has made a 180-degree turn. The country's once-strong ties with the United States and Israel have been weakened, and entry talks with the European Union have stalled while Ankara has come to the

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Hamas, now here to stay Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Hamas will be in power in the Gaza Strip for a long time. Who is going to remove it? It is a client of Iran. Certainly it is under embargo for arms but it does function a lot like an independent state for daily practical purposes. It will return to war against Israel at the first opportunity. It tea

Collateral Damage Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

There is general agreement here that Israel has made mistakes before and during its navy's May 31 fatal clash with the flotilla's main vessel some 100 kilometres into the Mediterranean, southwest of Tel Aviv. However, there is also general agreement that the broader picture is about tectonic movemen

Asia Watch: Stormy Seas Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

As elsewhere, the Israeli military confrontation of activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla's MV Mavi Marmara on May 31 put Israel at the centre of fiery rhetoric in Southeast Asia over recent weeks. In Indonesia, demonstrations were staged in Jakarta and regional cities over several days.

Scribblings: Listening to Abbas Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is worth noting one more thing that Abbas said in Washington, not to the Jewish leaders this time to but to President Obama. According to Haaretz (June 13), he reportedly told the President he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas. Analysts ha

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Editorial: The Truth About Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There could be few greater blows to peace hopes than an unconditional lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Empowered by Iranian funds, expertise and armaments, Hamas would become much better able to take on both Israel and the PA, with its reputation vastly enhanced. Hezbollah in no

Additional Autonomous Sanctions on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

This Update features analysis of the increasing trend of announcements of additional autonomous sanctions directed against Iran's nuclear program in the wake of the passage of the UN Security Council's new sanctions resolution, earlier this month. As noted in previous Updates, this trend incorporate

Iran's Green Movement, One Year Later Categories: Iran, Updates    

With this week marking the first anniversary of Iran's fraudulent Presidential election and the mass "Green Movement" protests it sparked, this Update features a sampling of some of the many pieces commenting on the significance of events in Iran over the past year.

Israel's Gaza Flotilla Inquiry Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates    

This Update focuses on some of the details of the Israeli decision to appoint an independent public Commission of Inquiry to look into the events of May 31, when 9 Turkish citizens were killed in a clash at sea as Israeli forces attempted to halt six ships running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Of Blockades and Blockheads Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

Why are supposed human rights activists so quick to attack Israel but never make a squeak against the anti-peace Hamas regime that persecutes women, Christians and homosexuals? Why does the Gaza flotilla bloodshed automatically cancel out the moral and legal imperative of maintaining Israel and Egyp

Blockade will end when Hamas wants peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

If Israel is forced to lift the blockade, the unintended result will be the death of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If Hamas "beats" Israel and successfully arms like Hezbollah, ordinary Palestinians will believe violence (the Hamas path) is better than negotiations (the Fatah path). Fatah w

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