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19th August 2014 - Quoted by

Experts: Retire UNRWA, Transfer Responsibility for Gaza to PA

Jonathan Schanzer

Writing in The New Republic yesteday, Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, argue that it’s time to retire the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the United Nations (UN) agency solely devoted to the Palestinian cause.

19th August 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

This Map Explains Why The War In Gaza Is Unlikely To Re-Start Any Time Soon

Patrick Megahan

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas could be gearing up again. Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during an agreed-upon ceasefire led to Israel recalling its negotiators from talks in Cairo.

19th August 2014 - Cited by Tamer El-Ghobashy and Safa Majeed - The Wall Street Journal

Iraqi Military Launches Major Offensive to Reclaim Tikrit from Militants

The Iraqi military launched a major air and ground offensive early Tuesday to reclaim Tikrit from Islamist militants, who had taken control of the city best known as being the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, officials said.

19th August 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Joe Parkinson - The Wall Street Journal

Iraq Crisis: Kurds Push to Take Mosul Dam as U.S. Gains Controversial Guerrilla Ally

U.S. jets, drones and bombers pounded Sunni insurgent positions to ease the siege of the strategically vital Mosul Dam, as Washington and its Kurdish allies turned up pressure on the radical group Islamic State.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Clare Lopez - The Washington Times

Islam’s Dilemma Over the Islamic State

Clifford D. May

The jihadist forces of the Islamic State are strewing a path of atrocities, destruction and conquest across the heartland of the Middle East.

18th August 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept. Defends Arms Sales to Turkey Despite Hamas Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

The State Department defended missile sales to Turkey just hours after news emerged that Ankara is hosting and abetting a senior Hamas operative who planned to violently overthrow the Palestinian government in the West Bank and wage war on Israel.

17th August 2014 - Al-Monitor

Saudis Count on US Network to Get Obama on War Footing

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia is counting on its extensive contacts in US military circles and its $2 million-a-year PR operation to weather the worst crisis in relations with Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

17th August 2014 - Cited by The Wall Street Journal

Some Realism on Russia

Mark Dubowitz

President Petro Poroshenko said Friday his military destroyed armored vehicles entering Ukraine from Russia, and a Russian invasion could happen any day.

17th August 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - Bloomberg

Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber.

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Vladimir Dubinsky - Svoboda

Запад не поверил Путину

Boris Zilberman

Ялтинские заявления президента России о деэскалации на Украине западные политики и эксперты назвали декларативными

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa.

14th August 2014 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

ISIS Child Recruitment Push Hints At Long-Term Ambitions

Bill Roggio

The voice pledging jihad in the video is brash, prideful and chillingly juvenile.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Khamenei Says No Dice On A Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars reports that the Supreme Leader is supremely uninterested in making any deal with the West on the regime’s illicit nuclear program.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

How America Lost the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every Friday, the people of Kafranbel, Syria, send a message to the world.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Kasia Klimasinska, Dakin Campbell and Ian Katz - Bloomberg Businessweek

Banks Woo Treasury Sanctions Pros to Navigate Complex U.S. Rules

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration unit central to enforcing economic sanctions on the regimes of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad has to contend with a nuisance closer to home: large banks poaching its staff.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Cristina Corbin -

Islamic State’s Shocking Barbarity Prompts Calls For World To Act

Thomas Joscelyn

Shocking accounts of medieval brutality — including video of kneeling Iraqis being gunned down, a Twitter image of a young jihadist holding a severed head and threats by ISIS to take its savagery to the White House — have prompted desperate calls for the international community to stop...

10th August 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Expert: In Supporting Hamas through UNRWA, UN Complicit in Terror

Claudia Rosett

Writing Friday in The Wall Street Journal, Claudia Rosett, a journalist in residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, takes United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to task for decrying the “suffering” in Gaza when it is one of his organization’s agencies, United...

7th August 2014 - Cited by IPT News - IPT Blog

Hamas, In a 140-Character Nutshell

Jonathan Schanzer

Twitter's 140-character limit can make it difficult to express complex ideas. But Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, issued back-to-back posts Wednesday which crystallized Hamas ideology as well as any full-length research paper....

7th August 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas -

How Obama and Netanyahu Can Make Up

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.


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