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14th April 2018 – Fox News

Why targeting Syria’s chemical weapons is not enough to stop rising civilian death toll

Jonathan Schanzer

By firing 105 missiles at Syrian chemical weapons targets before dawn Saturday, the U.S., Britain and France sent a clear message to dictator Bashar Assad: they will not tolerate his regime’s use of toxic gas and other weapons of mass destruction against his own citizens. more...

9th April 2018 – Politico

How Putin’s Folly Could Lead to a Middle East War

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump needs to stop prevaricating over Syria and take advantage of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Syria failures. more...

16th March 2018 – Tablet Magazine

In the Aftermath of an Assassination Attempt Against the Palestinian PM, Conspiracy Theories Abound

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emerged visibly shaken but unscathed after an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip. The soft-spoken former academic arrived in Gaza to open a sewage plant and attend some political meeting. He had barely crossed into Northern Gaza when his convoy, which included Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majid Farraj, was rocked by two 33-pound bombs. Seven security guards were wounded and three cars were damaged in the attack. more...

1st March 2018 – The Australian

Australia must not be duped into softening its stance on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

China and North Korea topped the list of mutual security concerns last week when Malcolm Turnbull met US President Donald Trump in Washington. more...

11th February 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Iran-Israel War Flares Up

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The conflict between Israel and Iran may be heating up after a half-decade simmer. On Friday night Iran dispatched a drone from Syria that penetrated Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights. Israel destroyed it with an Apache helicopter. more...

26th January 2018 – Fox News

Palestinians are taking a huge risk by ignoring Trump’s threat to cut off US aid

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to cut off as much as $700 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians if their leaders don’t begin serious peace negotiations with Israel, but the Palestinian leadership remained defiant. more...

25th January 2018 – Politico

How Trump Can Help the Palestinians and Promote Peace

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

Speaking at a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos on Thursday, President Donald Trump ripped into his Palestinian counterpart. He threatened to withhold American assistance if the Palestinians didn’t return to negotiations. “All that money is on the table,” he warned. more...

22nd January 2018 – Al-Arabiya

Revelations uncover bitter truths about Hezbollah’s dirty money

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

The Trump Administration and Democrats in the American Congress can’t agree on much these days. We’ve got a government shutdown in Washington to prove it. But there is at least one area where both Democrats and the President have a meeting of the minds: combatting Hezbollah. more...

4th January 2018 – The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. more...

18th December 2017 – New York Post

How Trump can repair the damage from Obama’s narcoterror fail

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama White House systematically dismantled a top-secret government initiative called Project Cassandra, which was designed to target Hezbollah’s $1 billion in annual drug proceeds. The gripping story, by Politico’s Josh Meyer, lays bare the details of the Lebanese terrorist group’s cocaine and crime schemes, and suggests Obama allowed the activities to continue so as to not upset Iran, Hezbollah’s patron, amidst nuclear negotiations. more...

12th December 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Qatar Quarrel Benefits the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

It is no secret that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at odds with President Trump on a range of issues. One of them is the U.S. response to the spat that erupted in early June between Qatar and four other Arab states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all accuse Qatar of funding extremists and fomenting instability in the Middle East. Mr. Tillerson has stated repeatedly that he views this fracas—in which Qatar has found itself increasingly isolated, politically and economically—as counterproductive to U.S. interests. The White House, by contrast, seems to be tacitly encouraging the Saudis and their allies to keep up the pressure. more...

7th December 2017 – Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. more...

6th November 2017 – The Hill

US Treasury takes on terrorism: Non-kinetic warfare that works

Jonathan Schanzer

America’s foreign policy challenges are mounting. From North Korea and Iran to ISIS and Russia, the news cycle churns with reports of new threats and new concerns. more...

11th October 2017 – The Atlantic

Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Decertifying the nuclear deal without walking away gives the Trump administration an opening to confront the Islamic Republic’s foreign meddling. more...

2nd October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim... more...

29th September 2017 – Foreign Affairs

How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer, Orde Kittrie, Alex Entz

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah’s last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon’s most important political power broker. For those who view Hezbollah as a destabilizing force, with links both to terrorism and to Iran, the question is how best to counter this rise. more...

22nd September 2017 – The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment to fighting terror. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

22nd August 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s right: It’s time to end the timetables for Afghanistan

Jonathan Schanzer

In his recent speech, President Trump ended a number of counterproductive practices that have badly harmed U.S. efforts Afghanistan. more...

6th August 2017 – Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s non-Islamist forces about Qatar’s sponsorship of extremists in the war-torn country. And while the meddling in Libya doesn’t get a lot of coverage, it remains one of the key grievances of Qatar’s foes in the current diplomatic crisis. more...