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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Schanzer

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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...

28th June 2018 – Quoted by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

How North Korea Could Go From Hermit Kingdom to Factory Hub

Jonathan Schanzer

This month’s summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sparked hopes that the two men can solve a decades-old impasse and open up one of the world’s most closed economies. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Joeun Lee - Voice of America

US Lawmaker: Global Pressure Needed on N. Korea

Jonathan Schanzer

As Washington pauses its "maximum pressure" campaign while negotiating for the denuclearization of North Korea, it is essential to push the international community to continue pre-summit sanctions on Pyongyang, said a U.S. congressman. more...

25th June 2018 – Quoted by Charles Dunst - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Did Jared Kushner’s interview with a Palestinian paper hurt his peace plan’s chances?

Jonathan Schanzer

Saying a U.S. plan for Middle East peace would be released “soon,” Jared Kushner sharply criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in what appeared to be an intentional gambit to drive a wedge between the Palestinian people and their leadership. more...

18th June 2018 – Quoted by Israel Kasnett - Jewish News Syndicate

Will recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights be the next move for Trump?

Jonathan Schanzer

Rep. Ron DeSantis’s proposal to the Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs that the United States recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights has been shelved for the foreseeable future. DeSantis’s (R-Fla.) hope was that, following the Trump administration’s success in fulfilling its promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the next move would be to recognize realities on the ground in the Golan Heights. more...

18th June 2018 – Quoted by David Gerstman - Jewish Press

When Does Pro-Palestinian End … and When Does Anti-Israel Begin?

Jonathan Schanzer

In a 2013 news item on Iran’s annual Quds Day march, the Associated Press reported that newly elected President Hassan Rouhani said at the event that Israel was an “old wound” that needed to be removed. more...

13th June 2018 – Quoted by John Wohlstetter - Spectator

Palestinian Swastikas: Where’s the Outrage?

Jonathan Schanzer

Sunday, June 10 marked the 51st anniversary of the end of the Six-Day War, in which Israel decisively defeated Egypt and Jordan. As it happens, Hamas’s rolling assault on Israel’s Gaza fence is drawing to an end after nearly three months. more...

27th May 2018 – Quoted by Wladimir van Wilgenburg - Ahval

Turkey an unlikely partner as U.S. adopts a new and aggressive anti-Iran strategy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is an unlikely regional partner for the United States as it bids to contain Iran, experts and observers told Ahval, as the latest policy shift under the Trump administration drops the Iran nuclear deal and adopts a more anti-Iranian policy. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Seth Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Five Takeaways from Pompeo’s Iran Speech

Jonathan Schanzer

In a half-hour speech at The Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to chart the way forward after the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Damien McElroy - The National

US sanctions on Revolutionary Guards causes Iran investment rethink

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

After a decade or more of untrammelled growth, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is a greater economic force than many small nation states. more...

21st May 2018 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Pompeo Demands a King’s Ransom from Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Pompeo’s address “signaled to a broad coalition of countries threatened by Iran regime as well as those who must choose [between] U.S. & the regime, there’s a diplomatic path forward. more...

17th May 2018 – Quoted by Ilhan Tanir - Ahval

Turkish banker Atilla sentenced to prison: What’s next in the Zarrab case?

Jonathan Schanzer

A U.S. federal judge sentenced Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla to 32 months in prison for his part in a complex scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran that added to tensions between the United States and Turkey, but said he had been only a cog in the much wider plot. more...

17th May 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Senators: Turkey’s anti-Israel plot will fizzle in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Key senators are predicting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to generate Islamic hostility toward Israel will fail, in part because countries in the Middle East still see Iran as a greater threat to guard against. more...