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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

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18th May 2015 – Tablet

Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Could be Catastrophic for Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a recent issue of National Interest, former CIA analyst Paul Pillar lamented “the near-obligatory reference to Nazis in any anti-agreement writing about Iran.” The comparison, he argues, is “an emotion-based effort to foster distaste for doing any business with such an ogre-like regime,” which exaggerates the regime’s sinister disposition at a moment when it is showing a clear desire to become “a more integrated member of the international community.” more...

29th April 2015 – Standpoint

The President Blinked - The Ayatollah Didn’t

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The day after President Barack Obama withdrew his threat to veto legislation that gives Congress a say over a looming Iran nuclear deal, the Daily Beast ran the headline “Obama Blinks on Iran Nuke Vote.” The Iran deal may turn out to be the signature foreign policy legacy of his presidency. Why then, given the importance the president attaches to the deal, did he give up his fight with Congress? more...

29th April 2015 – Business Insider

The Iranian ‘Deep State’ is Trying to Buy an Oil Refinery in Switzerland

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians hit the streets earlier this month to celebrate a nuclear framework agreement that they hope will remove the international sanctions that have crippled their country’s economy for over a decade. more...

13th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Parviz Fattah as the new head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) last weekend. more...

8th April 2015 – The Jewish Chronicle

Iran Agreement: Tehran Gives the V-Sign

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations. more...

2nd April 2015 – Washington Examiner

Iran nuclear deal an abject capitulation

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, is an abject capitulation of Western interests and a sure pathway to a cascade of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. more...

27th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran sanctions relief sparks growing trade with Europe, Asia

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran provides only “limited” financial relief to the Islamic Republic. more...

26th March 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3. more...

25th March 2015 – Business Insider

The Sanctions on Iran Are Already Falling Apart

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran gave Tehran’s economy only limited sanctions relief and that it can respond to Iranian misbehavior by snapping back sanctions at any time in. more...

16th March 2015 – The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will devolve into civil war and whether it can stop an Iranian nuclear bomb before it is too late. more...

26th February 2015 – The Jewish Chronicle

What Evidence? Guardian Presents Dodgy Dossier on Iran’s Bomb Project

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source. The documents include dossiers allegedly supplied by Mossad to its South African counterpart. more...

25th February 2015 – Standpoint

Belittling Anti-Semitism

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The pan-European response to the slaughter of four Jews at a Parisian kosher supermarket in January was commendable. more...

20th February 2015 – Forbes

Why The U.S. Can’t Trust Iran And Its Nuclear Plans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama Administration insists Iran has honored its interim nuclear-agreement commitments and that its progress in enrichment has been halted. more...

6th February 2015 – The Daily Caller

Obama Misses The Point Of Iran Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama reiterated his threat to veto legislation that would trigger new sanctions if diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program runs aground. more...

29th January 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s History Of Nuclear Deceit Is Why There Hasn’t Been A Deal Yet

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his State of the Union last week, President Barack Obama warned Congress that the threat of new sanctions on Iran would “all but guarantee that diplomacy fails – alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again.” more...

26th January 2015 – US News and World Report

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since obtaining sanctions relief from the West under a twice-extended interim nuclear agreement, Iran has touted the steady stream of visiting trade and political delegations to Tehran. more...

11th January 2015 – Radio Farda

چرا آمریکا نباید از شکست مذاکرات با ایران بترسد

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

یک سال پس از امضای قرارداد موقت با ایران، دولت آمریکا دریافته است که دستیابی به یک توافق هسته‌ای جامع، دور از ذهن است. more...

9th January 2015 – New York Daily News

The Long, Bloody Trail That Led to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

The writing was on the wall for the grizzly massacre at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent, deadly hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris. more...

22nd December 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Repressive Apparatus Gets a Raise

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

To pay for it, Rouhani will have to tax a disgruntled middle class. Luckily he’ll have well-paid Guards to quash any potential unrest. more...

22nd December 2014 – The National Interest

How Iran Uses Dual Citizenship in the Caribbean to Skirt Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is a miniscule Caribbean nation whose biggest employer is the state sugar corporation and whose currency features wading sea turtles and the visage of Queen Elizabeth II. more...