Analysis & Commentary


25th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day In Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Iran’s celebration of Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) today affirmed the Islamic Republic’s continued rejection of Israel’s existence.

25th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day, Palestinian Protests, and West Bank Stability

Grant Rumley

Palestinians in the West Bank organized one of the largest protest marches in recent history last night, sparking clashes with Israeli police late into the morning.

25th July 2014 - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Iran’s Role in the Gaza War

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront the radical organization Hamas, the United States and the international community must first confront the Palestinian group’s military sponsors, specifically the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Lebanese organization Hezbollah and Syria.

25th July 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Bad Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

We are in an odd situation. President Barack Obama is trying to coerce and cajole Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to compromise on his nuclear quest without using America’s only possible trumps: more sanctions and a serious threat of force.

25th July 2014 - The Montreal Gazette

Remembering Zahra Kazemi and Continuing Rights Abuses in Iran

Sheryl Saperia, Behnam Ben Taleblu

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the tragic death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Officials, Taliban Deny Adnan Rasheed Was Captured

Bill Roggio

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria.

24th July 2014 - PJ Media

How Did We Get Here?

Michael Ledeen

Not so long ago, it was decidedly taboo to speak badly about Jews.

24th July 2014 - National Review Online

Bad Move to the U.N.

Claudia Rosett

Having failed to produce a deal after six months of bargaining in Vienna, the Iran nuclear talks now appear headed for a venue even less auspicious for the U.S. and its allies: the United Nations General Assembly, whose next session opens this September in New York.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Consolidates Power in Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

As Boko Haram continues its offensive across northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian government and other players are taking steps to combat the group.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

23rd July 2014 - The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq.

23rd July 2014 - Forbes

Vladimir Erdoğan: How The Turkish Premier Is Consolidating Power, Russia-Style

Merve Tahiroglu, Boris Zilberman

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) has its candidate for Turkey’s presidency. To no one’s surprise, it’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims New Attacks on Official Twitter Feed

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group based in northern Iraq, claimed a string of new attacks in a series of tweets between July 13 and July 21.

23rd July 2014 - USA Today

FAA Hands Hamas A Big Win

Clifford D. May

A colleague and I were waiting for a airplane at Ben-Gurion International Airport just outside Tel Aviv a couple of weeks ago.

23rd July 2014 - National Post

Ending Iran’s Support of Hamas Must Be Part of Any Final P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Kay

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24.

23rd July 2014 - Tablet Magazine

The Politics Behind the FAA’s Israel Flight Ban

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport after a rocket launched by Hamas from Gaza landed near the Tel Aviv airport.

23rd July 2014 - The National Interest

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory.

23rd July 2014 - The Hill

What Are the Jews Supposed To Do?

Michael Ledeen

Missiles over and into Israel. Violent demonstrations in London, Paris and Vienna. Violent demonstrators in Boston and on innumerable university campuses. Calls of "Death to the Jews."

22nd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Gains Ground

Laura Grossman

Launching more attacks, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in a northeastern Nigerian town where it recently killed over 100 civilians.

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