Analysis & Commentary

9th December 2014 - Quoted by Mikel Ayestaran -

General Suleimani, el verdugo iraní de los yihadistas del Estado Islámico

Qassem Suleimani ha dejado de ser el «comandante en la sombra», sobrenombre más usado en la prensa occidental, del régimen iraní para convertirse en el mejor argumento de la república islámica en su lucha contra el Estado Islámico (EI).

7th December 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Strikes Against Syria May Be Linked to Iranian Activity

Tony Badran

Syria expert Eyal Zisser to ‘Post’: In the past, no one had any interest in opening up another front said Zisser adding, “Let’s hope that will happen this time."

5th December 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Likely to Figure in Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular handling of international issues, including Syria and Russia.

5th December 2014 - Cited by Emily Cadei, Ozy

The Wonks Waging Financial War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank, is small, nonpartisan and little known outside of Washington, D.C. So is its lead Iranian sanctions guru, Mark Dubowitz, a soft-spoken lawyer turned tech exec turned Middle East finance wonk.

5th December 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Pro-Palestinian Group Lectured On Skirting Terror Laws

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. has “criminalize[d] the support of the Palestinian people,” argues a top activist, making it tricky to avoid helping ”so-called terrorist organizations.”

4th December 2014 - Cited by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

Israel is the Latest Target for China’s ‘Panda Diplomacy’

Oren Kessler

Beijing's famous "panda diplomacy" is finally reaching Israel. This week, China announced that as long as the facility meets the standards needed for the animals, it would soon be loaning two panda bears to a zoo in Haifa.

3rd December 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Rand Paul vs. Israel, Again

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports that at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reaffirmed that he is the sole GOP potential 2016 contender to support White House national security adviser Susan Rice’s fear-mongering that new Iran sanctions would wreck...

3rd December 2014 - Quoted by Kira Zalan - ACAMS

Lawmakers Seeking Veto-Proof Passage of Iran Sanctions Measure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

U.S. lawmakers may soon have enough support to pass a veto-proof measure that would clear the way for sanctions against foreign banks that deal with blacklisted Iranian entities in foreign currencies.

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Echoing European Frustration With Stalled Peace Talks, France Votes for Palestinian Statehood

Emanuele Ottolenghi

At a time of increasing uncertainty in the Middle East, a growing number of European countries have expressed frustration with the status quo and began sidestepping the diplomatic process between Israelis and Palestinians by recognizing Palestinian statehood in the hope of sending a clear...

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Palestinians’ Unity Government Falters, Status Quo Endures

Jonathan Schanzer

The Jerusalem Post reports that “the unity government established with Fatah over the summer has ended. The unity government’s six-month term has expired, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said at a press conference in Gaza City, adding that talks would take place regarding a future...

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by Michael Riley, Jordan Robertson - Bloomberg

Iran-Backed Hackers Target Airports, Carriers: Report

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organizations, including commercial airlines, looking for vulnerabilities that could be used in physical attacks, cyber-security firm Cylance Inc. said today.

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by İlhan Tanır - BBC Turkey

ABD’deki güvenli bölge tartışması ne anlama geliyor?

Tony Badran

Amerikan basınında hafta sonunda çıkan "Suriye'de uçuşa yasak bölge ve güvenli bölge kuruluyor" haberleri, gözleri bir kez daha Obama yönetimine çevirerek Suriye ve Esad yönetimi politikalarında önemli bir değişikliğe gidip, gitmeyecekleri tartışmasını alevlendirdi....

1st December 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

AP Accused of Bias Against Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press is pushing back against charges leveled by one of its former Israel-based reporters that the global news agency is systematically biased against Israel and specifically makes editorial choices meant to portray the Jewish state in negative terms.

1st December 2014 - Cited by The Washington Examiner

Congress Should End Obama’s Dangerous Charade With Iran

On Dec. 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a tentative six-month agreement reached with Iran a few weeks earlier over the radical Islamic regime’s nuclear program.

1st December 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt

A militant Egyptian group that recently pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State claimed late Sunday it was behind the killing in August of a 58-year-old American oil worker, who died during a carjacking in Egypt’s Western Desert.

27th November 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

26th November 2014 - Mentioned by Mitchell Prothero - McClatchyDC

How a French Truck Driver Became a Target of the U.S. Air War in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

To hear French officials tell it, David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver from the Brittany region of France who occasionally worked out with French soldiers before slipping off to Pakistan to join al Qaida. He is, at such a tender age, no former French intelligence officer with...

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker - Reuters

Israel’s lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

Grant Rumley

A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.


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