Analysis & Commentary


11th November 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Iran deal endangered if Trump seeks to renegotiate its terms

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump isn't going to rip up the Iran nuclear deal on day one as president, but his vows to renegotiate the terms and increase enforcement could imperil an agreement that has put off the threat of Tehran developing atomic weapons. Emboldened Republican lawmakers are already considering...

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

Photos show ‘scorched earth’ campaign by Islamic State defenders in Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July, the Islamic State’s defenders in Mosul have been busily turning the group’s Iraqi capital into a fortress in preparation for the onslaught they knew would come. Now, newly published satellite images reveal just how elaborate those efforts have been.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

VP Biden: No Reason for Jewish Anxiety About Future Trump Administration Commitment to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

American Jews have no reason to be concerned about the future of US-Israel ties after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, outgoing Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday at a World Jewish Congress (WJC) gala dinner in New York City.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Military Leader Threatens President-Elect Trump

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A senior Iranian military official lashed out on Thursday over the election of Donald Trump, calling the next American president a “joke” and warning him against threatening Iranian interests in the region.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Could Trump trash the Iran deal? Yes, but it’s complicated

Mark Dubowitz

The reality is that Iran was brought to the bargaining table with the help of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S, the U.N. Security Council and the European Union at the urging of the Obama administration and Congress. And Russia, China and the United States' allies in Europe have...

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

‘Never Trump’ GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump’s run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal could collapse under Trump

Mark Dubowitz

The future of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran is in the air with the prospect that a Donald Trump administration could take steps that would cause Iran to abandon its commitments, experts said Wednesday.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump victory provokes crises in foreign policy

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump’s stunning election victory will provoke immediate tensions across several continents, and force Republican foreign policy elites to make quick decisions whether to work for a man most strongly opposed as unqualified, according to foreign policy experts and GOP insiders.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Trump Victory Might Make Obama Feel ‘Less Encumbered’ About Israeli-Palestinian Initiative

Jonathan Schanzer

Republican Donald Trump’s shocking victory over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election could make outgoing President Barack Obama feel “less encumbered” about launching an end-of-term lame-duck Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic initiative, a Middle...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Robin Simcox - War on the Rocks

The Perils of Forgetting about al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Sir Michael Fallon’s remarks last month on terrorism were both highly predictable and highly unusual. Predictable, because the U.K. secretary of state for defence was talking about the terror threat facing Europe, something which Europeans are by now used to.

8th November 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Times of Israel

Will Obama launch a lame-duck Israel surprise? Not likely

Jonathan Schanzer

It started several months ago in anxious whispers among pro-Israel leaders. Now it has burst into the open in full-page ads in The New York Times and op-eds in The Wall Street Journal.

8th November 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Expert: Give US Citizens Input On Refugees

Clifford D. May

While many Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria believe they will never be able to return to their homes, one expert suggests the American people should have a say about how many refugees are let into the country.

7th November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Russian Influence on Hezbollah May Boost Terror Group’s Threat to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah has been influenced by Russian forces fighting alongside them in Syria, raising concerns that the Iran-backed terror group will adapt those tactics for use against Israel, Defense News reported Sunday, citing a forthcoming report from the Israeli National Security Council.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Boycott-Israel Movement Tainted by Ties to Terrorists, Researchers Find

Jonathan Schanzer, Kate Havard

The campaign to subject Israel to boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) is tainted by ties to the terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), researchers from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote Wednesday in The Hill.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by Chris Massaro - Epoch Times

Assault on ISIS Capital Raqqa Could Be Launched Within Weeks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. and allied forces say that they could attack the Syrian city of Raqqa—the capital of the ISIS terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate—within weeks, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott - CNN

The next US president faces a world of trouble

Mark Dubowitz

POTUS 45 won't have much time to celebrate. After a bruising brawl of a campaign, the next US commander in chief will inherit a world with the toughest array of foreign policy challenges in decades.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Alan Cullison - The Wall Street Journal

Russia Aims to Disrupt Other Western Elections, U.S. Officials Say

Pasi Eronen

A Russian-backed hacking effort that has rocked the presidential campaign may peak on Election Day, but is likely to continue next year and into 2018 as Moscow seeks to influence U.S. politics and key elections in Europe, Obama administration officials warn.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Ananya Roy - International Business Times

Isis claims responsibility for Turkey car bomb attack, but government blames Kurdistan Workers Party

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State (Isis) has claimed the responsibility for the car bomb attack on the Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Friday (4 November) that left nine people dead and scores injured. However, Turkish authorities blamed the country's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the blast.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Shabtai Gold - DPA International

First Islamic State claim of bombing in Turkey is change in tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

A deadly blast in south-eastern Turkey was initially blamed on Kurdish militants, but now Islamic State has stepped in to take credit. It would be the first bombing the group has claimed within Turkey and comes just two days after the head of the group called for attacks inside Turkey, but...

4th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Jane Onyanga-Omara and Kim Hjelmagaard - USA Today

Lawmakers arrested in Turkey; car bomb kills 9

Aykan Erdemir

A huge car bomb killed at least nine people in the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast region Friday, shortly after authorities detained a dozen Kurdish lawmakers in relation to a terrorism investigation.


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