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24th February 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Algemeiner

Terrorist Appointed as Mahmoud Abbas’ Deputy, But the World Stays Silent

Grant Rumley

On February 15, Fatah appointed Mahmoud Al-Aloul as a deputy and possible successor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas: Unfortunately, just like Abbas, Mr. Al-Aloul is a terrorist who has condoned violence against Israelis. And unsurprisingly, the global media — which seems uninterested in...

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Sean D. Carberry - Federal Computer Week

How to define cyber-enabled economic warfare

Samantha Ravich , Annie Fixler

The U.S. and its allies lack coherent doctrine and policy to defend against the growing range of cyber threats, and that is because of a failure to even agree on a common language to describe a "cyber attack," the authors contend.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Iran Uses Palestinian Conference to Spotlight Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran has held its first conference in six years supporting Palestinian uprisings, a forum that it says drew hundreds of delegates from 80 countries, reflecting the country’s resurgent clout on the world stage.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Kate Shellnutt - Christianity Today

Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey’s Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Broadcast Group

There is a growing divide in the best way to target charities that may fund terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

From missions on the battlefield to campaigns online, fighting terror has always been a multi-pronged strategy. But there’s one area some worry the U.S. government has been weak on for years: hitting terrorists where it hurts most - in the pocketbook.

23rd February 2017 - Los Angeles Daily News

‘Madman Theory’ of foreign policy working — so far: Charles Krauthammer

John Hannah

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945....

22nd February 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.

21st February 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - National Review

Three Immediate Priorities for McMaster

Thomas Joscelyn

In 2005, Colonel Herbert McMaster prioritized victory above promotion. Attempting to secure Tal Afar, a city in northern Iraq, McMaster faced a big problem: He was witnessing an insurgency that was warping from nationalism into Salafi jihadism, and he knew that the U.S. Army’s...

18th February 2017 - Quoted by Nicolas Revise, Jonah Mandel - Agence France-Presse

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

16th February 2017 - Quoted by Herb Keinon - The Jerusalem Post

Changing the Conversation

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump took his long-running battle against political correctness to his White House press conference with visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

16th February 2017 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Fatah Elects Vice Chairman

Grant Rumley

The Fatah Central Committee on Wednesday elected Mahmoud al-Aloul to serve as the movement’s vice chairman, making him the first to hold the newly-created position.

16th February 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Trump’s Promise to Israel on Iran Could Indicate Shift in US Policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration’s promise to Israel this week that Iran will not be allowed to get “nuclear weapons capability” could indicate a US policy shift vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic, two Middle East experts assessed on Thursday.

15th February 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A senior Iranian lawmaker is worried that President Donald Trump may leak secret documents related to Iran’s nuclear program.

14th February 2017 - Quoted by Ben Norton - Salon

A new “moderate” coalition: U.S.-armed Syrian rebels join Al-Qaeda’s “Bin Laden Front”

So-called moderate rebels in Syria that have been vetted and previously armed by the U.S. government and its allies have officially partnered with al-Qaeda’s rebranded local affiliate in a new organization called Tahrir al-Sham.

14th February 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump, Netanyahu to Reset US-Israeli Relations After Strained 8 Years

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Wednesday will mark a chance for the United States and Israel to renew a relationship that had turned tumultuous in the eight years under President Barack Obama’s administration, experts say.

13th February 2017 - Quoted by One Free Korea

Some on-point congressional testimony on sanctions as part of a broader N. Korea policy

Anthony Ruggiero

Reuters reports that, following North Korea’s weekend missile test, the Trump administration “will consider a full range of options in a response to Pyongyang’s missile test” that are “calibrated to show U.S. resolve while avoiding escalation.”

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Puts Palestinians, United Nations in Crosshairs

Jonathan Schanzer

The White House is sending a strong signal that it will no longer tolerate Palestinian intransigence at the United Nations or the international body’s long record of anti-Israel action, according to White House officials and sources in Congress who told the Washington Free Beacon that the...

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was "a big fan of the Kurds." Speaking about the fight against ISIS on the ground in Syria, Trump said he hoped there was a way to get the Kurdish forces, which have been supported by...

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - Washington Times

In Netanyahu visit, Trump will show a welcome Israel policy shift from Obama

Jonathan Schanzer

Perhaps no event better illustrates the foreign policy shift in Washington than the reception Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will get when he arrives Wednesday for his first U.S. visit since the election of Donald Trump.

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Nicolas Revise - Agence France-Presse

Even under Trump, US in no hurry to move Israel embassy

Jonathan Schanzer

It might have sounded the death knell for an already moribund Middle East peace process, but Donald Trump seems to have delayed plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

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