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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Schanzer

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3rd August 2016 – New York Post

Bogus foreign-policy debates: How we’re helping our enemies fool us

Jonathan Schanzer

Abu Mohammed al-Julani, the leader of the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, announced last week that his organization will henceforth be known as Jabhat Fath Al-Sham, and it will splinter from the al Qaeda constellation of terrorist organizations. more...

20th July 2016 – The Huffington Post

Turkey’s Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey may have thwarted a military coup d’etat on Friday night, but the result will almost certainly be the precipitous decline of Turkey’s democracy, nevertheless. more...

19th July 2016 – The New York Times

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State. more...

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

12th July 2016 – MarketWatch

Opinion: Why Boeing shouldn’t do business with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Amir Toumaj

A little more than a year ago, it would have been unthinkable for major U.S. corporations to do business with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Yet, here we are. With the signing of last year’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, businesses are lining up to work with the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

30th June 2016 – New York Post

Airport attack should have come as no surprise to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The attack on Istanbul’s airport was horrific. It was also steeped in irony. Istanbul’s airport is the overwhelming destination of choice for aspiring jihadists around the world who wish to join the Islamic State. more...

8th June 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Hamas Hâlâ Türkiye’de Barınıyor

Jonathan Schanzer

Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Salı günü basına Türkiye’nin İsrail ile ilişkilerini normalleştirmekten bir ya da iki görüşme uzakta olduğunu açıkladı. more...

8th June 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Hamas Still Finds Harbor in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is one or two meetings away from normalizing ties with Israel, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the media Tuesday. more...

1st June 2016 – The Washington Times

Putting Hezbollah ‘out of business’

Jonathan Schanzer

“After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” stated Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence before a congressional hearing last week. “And I can assure you that, alongside our international partners, we are working hard to put them out of business.” more...

15th April 2016 – inFOCUS Quarterly

After Abbas, Le Déluge in the Palestinian Authority

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian leaders in the West Bank refer to the wave of terror currently gripping Israel as a haba sha'abiya, or a "popular outburst." more...

15th April 2016 – Defense Dossier - American Foreign Policy Council

The Sunni-Shi’ite Proxy War Heats Up

Jonathan Schanzer

Beneath the recent ferment of a highly volatile Middle East lies the region’s deepest geopolitical fault line: the decades-long rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. more...

29th March 2016 – The New York Times

Turkey Has Been Reckless, Repressive and Unreliable

Jonathan Schanzer

When then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last visited Washington in 2013, he received the full “valued ally” treatment, including an appearance with President Obama in the White House Rose Garden. more...

28th March 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

Dollarizing the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The bruising battle between the president and Congress surrounding the Iran nuclear deal is over. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite its many troubling flaws, is already being implemented. Yet now another nasty battle is brewing. more...

20th March 2016 – Foreign Affairs

The Iran Deal’s Bigger Loser

Jonathan Schanzer

The decision to fork over $100 billion in sanctions relief to Iran as part of last summer’s nuclear deal could be the worst thing that’s happened to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in years. more...

14th March 2016 – The Daily Beast

Palestine’s Anti-Corruption Crusader

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest political standoff in years just ended in the West Bank and barely anyone in Washington noticed. more...

26th February 2016 – Interviewed by Jeff Robbins - Observer

Unfashionable Truths in Palestine: Jonathan Schanzer Takes on the Abbas Racket

Jonathan Schanzer

In May 2009, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Washington, preparing to meet the new American President, Barack Obama. Nine years earlier Mr. Abbas’ boss, Yasser Arafat, rejected an offer for the very Palestinian state that Palestinians claim they seek. more...

25th February 2016 – Newsweek

Hamas Is Fracturing, And Israel Should Be Worried

Jonathan Schanzer

The al-Qassam Brigades, the so-called “armed wing” of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, is reeling from the recent execution of former official Mahmoud Ishtiwi at the hands of his fellow fighters. more...

3rd February 2016 – FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many reasons for Iran’s neighbors to worry. But not every country is fraught with concern. Turkey has hailed the deal as a diplomatic success. more...

25th January 2016 – Foreign Affairs

Ankara’s Failure

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

When anti-government protests spread from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, and Syria five years ago, optimists declared that the Middle East was on the precipice of a dramatic democratic transformation. more...

25th January 2016 – Newsweek

Ten Years of Hamas Rule: The Palestinians Must Solve Their Divide Before Peace With Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Ten years ago today, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, taking 76 of the 132 parliamentary seats (74 plus two independents). The Palestinian faction best known for a campaign of suicide bombings in the 1990s formed a new government some two months later, thrusting Palestinian nationalism into a crisis from which it has never recovered. more...