Analysis & Commentary

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Ali Alfoneh, Tony Badran

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped.

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Experts Explain Why The New Russia Sanctions Still Won’t Work

Mark Dubowitz

Earlier this week — for the third time this year — the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions on Russia for its involvement in destabilizing the crisis in Ukraine.

31st July 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congressman Tells Kerry: Stop Partnering with Hamas’ Top Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) is petitioning the State Department to reassess its close relationship with Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline while also enjoying close ties to the United States.

31st July 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

Extensive Hamas Tunnel Network Points to Israeli Intelligence Failure

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel launched its bloody offensive in Gaza to stop Hamas from lobbing missiles at major cities like Tel Aviv.

30th July 2014 - Cited by Ali A. Nabhan and Nour Malas - The Wall Street Journal

Iraq Struggles to Halt Militants’ March on Baghdad

Last week, the Iraqi army said it had retaken a town the government said was a base for Sunni jihadists.

30th July 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Marcus Walker - The Wall Street Journal

Recent History Suggests Tougher Russia Sanctions Are Needed

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. and Europe made good this week on their threats to start penalizing broader sections of Russia's economy in a bid to force President Vladimir Putin to end his support for separatist rebels in Ukraine.

29th July 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline.

29th July 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Jim Michaels - USA Today

U.S., Europe Hit Russia With New Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Russia Tuesday that they said will further cripple its economy, hopefully forcing President Vladimir Putin to end his support of armed rebels in Ukraine and to seek peace.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry’s Meddling Goes Nowhere, Obama Tries Rescuing Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Kerry is back home now (to the relief of our allies in the region). But the mainstream media should at least report accurately how disastrous his trip was.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by the Global Post

N. Korea Yet to Develop ‘EMP’ Bombs: S. Korea

James Woolsey

North Korea appears to have not yet developed electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs despite its push to secure related technology.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State Is The Newest Petrostate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The homicidal maniacs of the Islamic State, like many shady and not-so-shady groups before it, are apparently getting into the oil business. And it seems to suit them as they reportedly are making millions of dollars per day off of it.

27th July 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Israel Still Swears Hamas Kidnapped Those Teens

Jonathan Schanzer

Over the weekend it appeared that an Israeli official conceded something very valuable to Hamas.

26th July 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

UAE Stiffens Counterterror Laws

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council has approved a revised draft of its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats last week.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Even If An Intifada Has Started In The West Bank, It Won’t Look Anything Like The Last One

Grant Rumley

Hostilities continue between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with Israel rejecting an American-brokered seven-day truce but agreeing to a 12-hour freeze in fighting.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by John Dyer - Vice News

International Arrests Show Women Are Playing an Active Role in Al Shabaab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Members of the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab might be ruthless, oppressive killers. But, at least when it suits them, they aren’t chauvinists.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Gaza Conflict Spotlights Role of Qatar, the Hamas-Funding U.S. Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

The oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar’s influence has been widely felt during the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With Iran, Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

24th July 2014 - The Tower

Experts: Don’t Reward Qatar and Turkey By Letting Them Dictate Israel/Hamas Ceasefire

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Responding to reports that the United States, anxious to facilitate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, “may be looking to Qatar and Turkey to help negotiate an end to the hostilities."

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Quartz

Here’s An Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why it Hasn’t Happened So Far

Mark Dubowitz

Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage were forced to undergo a metal detector security screening as they arrived for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo Tuesday, a message Middle East watchers say is rife with significance, but which the State...


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