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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Schanzer

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27th September 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Netanyahu: Iran deal forged Arab-Israeli friendships

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted "new friendships" his nation has formed throughout the Arab world on Thursday, calling it an “unintended consequence” of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “By empowering Iran, it brought Israel and many Arab states closer together than ever before, in an intimacy and friendship that I have not seen in my lifetime and would have been unimaginable a few years ago,” Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly. more...

24th September 2018 – Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS News

Palestinians give Trump the cold shoulder ahead of peace plan rollout

Jonathan Schanzer

Last year at the United Nations general assembly (UNGA), President Trump and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, met face to face and spoke cheerfully about an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Abbas said Palestinians had met with Trump administration officials more than 20 times, and he saw a possible deal of the century. more...

22nd August 2018 – Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS News

Trump team expands Israel- Palestine peace plan staff

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration has started to prepare for the rollout of their Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The plan's architects -- Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman -- are building up their team, according to US officials. more...

8th August 2018 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Are Israel’s alleged assassinations a silver bullet or can they miss the mark?

Jonathan Schanzer

Aziz Asbar was a leading Syrian rocket scientist, working with Hezbollah and Iran to develop systems that could reach deep inside Israel. Now he’s dead, blown up in a car. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by Hayes Brown and Emily Tamkin - BuzzFeed

The US Is Hitting Iran With Some Of The Harsh Sanctions Waived Under Obama

Jonathan Schanzer

The US announced Monday that as of 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, some of the toughest sanctions on Iran waived under the Obama administration will be put back into place. more...

2nd August 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Trump’s sanctions against NATO ally Turkey unprecedented

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose sanctions against NATO ally Turkey for its incarceration of Pastor Andrew Brunson is unprecedented and shows how he is willing to use U.S. economic power in ways his predecessors wouldn’t, Time magazine said. more...

1st August 2018 – Quoted by Colin Wilhelm, Nahal Toosi - Politico

US sanctions Turkish officials over detained pastor

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned two senior officials in the Turkish government over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, a rare rebuke by the U.S. to a NATO ally. more...

1st August 2018 – Quoted by W.J. Hennigan - Time

Why Trump Imposed Sanctions on a Key NATO Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

Over the course of 18 months, President Donald Trump has shown he’s willing to use American economic might in ways his predecessors were too cautious — or too prudent — to risk. more...

27th July 2018 – Quoted by Bill Faries and Jonathan Stearns - Bloomberg

Trump’s Threat of Turkey Sanctions Piles More Pressure Onto NATO

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump’s threat to sanction Turkey for detaining an American pastor risks pushing the relationship between two key NATO members to its breaking point. more...

26th July 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Epstein and Bill Faries - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Fragile Economy Faces New Risk in U.S. Sanctions Threat

Jonathan Schanzer

Already hit by a run on the currency and a surge in inflation, Turkey’s economy faces a new risk after President Donald Trump threatened to impose “large sanctions” over the detention of an American pastor. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Ismaeel Naar - Al Arabiya

Why is the US now taking a serious look at Muslim Brotherhood threat

Jonathan Schanzer

Experts who recently testified at a US Congressional hearing looking into the Muslim Brotherhood have lauded Republican efforts into reviving a bill designating the group as a terrorist organization but said that much more needs to be done. more...

13th July 2018 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

Muslim Reformer Urges Terror Designation for Muslim Brotherhood

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. should designate the Muslim Brotherhood – or at least some of its factions – for terrorism, experts told a congressional panel on Wednesday, weighing in on a long running debate about the threats posed by the Islamist movement. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Declassifying Report on Palestinian Refugees is Necessary for Peace

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

If declassified, a 2012 report on Palestinian refugees could force the Palestinian government to “govern, not merely stir up antagonism with Israel,” making peace in the Middle East more likely, two experts with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

7th July 2018 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Iran’s Harassment of US Navy Halted Under Existing Administration

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf were consistently harassed until the Trump administration took over, a Navy spokesman said. more...

6th July 2018 – Quoted by Jared Keller - Task & Purpose

Iran Constantly Harassed The US Navy Under Obama. That Stopped Under Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

The Iranian military went from harassing the bejesus out of U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf during the Obama administration to effectively keeping its distance since the early months of the Trump administration, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose. more...

2nd July 2018 – Quoted by Charles Dunst - Times of Israel

Does Netanyahu make Israel safer by welcoming authoritarians?

Jonathan Schanzer

“Israel often has no choice but to maintain ties with unsavory or authoritarian regimes,” Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JTA. more...

1st July 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s ‘down the road’ deadline to lift North Korea sanctions frustrates nations eager for trade

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that if North Korea fails to denuclearize, the U.S. could again rally an international coalition to apply more pressure on the regime. more...

1st July 2018 – Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

The Tiny Gulf State Beating Its Neighbors in Race for Warmer Ties With Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

“It makes a lot of sense for Bahrain and Israel to increase their cooperation,” says Jonathan Schanzer, from Washington-based think tank the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

30th June 2018 – Quoted by Ellen Mitchell - The Hill

Satellite images raise alarms about North Korean nukes

Jonathan Schanzer

Satellite images showing North Korea making substantial improvements to one of its nuclear research facilities are raising alarms that the government has little interest in actually giving up its nuclear arsenal. more...

28th June 2018 – Quoted by Arab News

Qatar terror links exposed at world court

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar supports terrorism, spreads hate speech and interferes in the affairs of its neighbors, judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague heard on Thursday. more...