Analysis & Commentary

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Iran’s Strategic Mastermind Got a Huge Boost From the Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

The historic nuclear accord between a US-led group of countries and Iran was good news for a man who some consider to be the Middle East's most effective covert operative.

14th July 2015 - Quoted by Megan Scully - CQ Roll Call

GOP Critics Have Few Options on Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Republican lawmakers can do little to block or significantly alter the final nuclear agreement with Iran, despite blistering criticism and a pledge from at least one GOP hawk that it is dead on arrival.

14th July 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Why the Iran Nuclear Deal is Likely to Survive its Hurdles

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear deal with Iran, 20 months in the making, is now done — at least as far as negotiations go. The accord, announced early Tuesday, still faces hurdles, although they likely won’t keep the deal from going ahead.

14th July 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

How a Republican President Could Kill the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

If the next president hates the nuclear deal with Iran, he (or she) can undo it after taking office.

13th July 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Deal Could Lead to Improved Covert Arab-Israel Cooperation

David Andrew Weinberg

If nuclear deal is reached between world powers and Shi’ite Iran, it could stimulate covert cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states.

13th July 2015 - Quoted by Mallory Shelbourne - IJ Review

The Negotiators on the Iran Deal Just Missed Their 4th Deadline — But Now There’s a Fresh Twist

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Diplomats representing Iran and the P5+1 have been in Vienna for almost three weeks, trying to reach an accord that would curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Today, the negotiations missed a fourth deadline.

13th July 2015 - Quoted by Melissa Clyne - Newsmax TV

Reports: West Ignoring Iran’s Ongoing Nuclear Violations

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

While negotiations are ongoing between Iran and Western powers for a nuclear agreement, Tehran continues to "illicitly and clandestinely" procure nuclear weapons while the Obama administration and other nations look away because they don't want to risk foiling a deal, according to a Weekly...

13th July 2015 - Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

The Best Arguments for an Iran Deal

In formal rhetoric, prolepsis means the anticipation of possible objections to an argument for the sake of answering them. So let’s be proleptic about the Iranian nuclear deal, whose apologists are already trotting out excuses for this historic diplomatic debacle.

12th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Continues Seeking Prohibited Nuclear Technology Despite Ongoing Talks

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Iran continues to defy existing sanctions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs as nuclear negotiations proceed in Vienna.

12th July 2015 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

UAE To Supply Regional Aid in Terror Fight

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates is instituting an armed forces commission to supply financial and military aid to Arab allies for counterterrorism efforts, a UAE source told Defense News.

11th July 2015 - PJ Media


Michael Ledeen

One day in the mid-sixties I was on a Pan Am 747 from London to Chicago, sitting next to my then-employer, Omar Sharif. I was a member of the “Omar Sharif Bridge Circus,” an unlikely assemblage of professional card players from France, Italy, Egypt…and, given my presence, the United...

10th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Emerging Nuke Deal Makes War With Iran More Likely

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht, respectively the executive director and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, argued that the emerging deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran makes an armed conflict over Iran’s nuclear program more likely in an op-ed that...

10th July 2015 - Quoted by Emma-Jo Morris - The Washington Free Beacon

Panel: The US Should Fight IRGC Aggression Regardless of Nuclear Agreement

David Andrew Weinberg

According to experts who testified before the Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, American and Gulf State relations will be tested in the pending Iran deal, especially given the agreements which were decided at the Camp David Summit earlier this summer.

10th July 2015 - Quoted by Investor's Business Daily

Iran Has Divided The U.S. And Our Partners For Conquest

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Nuclear Diplomacy: The foremost terrorist state has succeeded in outmaneuvering, exhausting and intimidating its negotiating opponents into division. With or without the bad deal feared, Tehran has won.

10th July 2015 - Quoted by George Jonas - National Post

In the Face of Evil, Find No Comfort in Pacifism

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

What excuses, or at least mitigates, U.S. President Barack Obama and his negotiating team’s inability to get to first base in trying to convince the current rulers of Iran to give up the idea of developing nuclear weapons, is the near-certainty that no one could.

10th July 2015 - Quoted by Laura Meckler - The Wall Street Journal

Trusted Hillary Clinton Aide Has a Full Plate

Mark Dubowitz

There are legions of economists who have worked for the Clintons over the years, and more than 200 have helped develop the current campaign’s economics platform.

9th July 2015 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama is Making a Huge Bet — and His Biggest Foreign-Policy Experiment is at Stake

Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh

US President Barack Obama hopes Iran's future belongs to people like Hafez Safaee.

9th July 2015 - Quoted by Sudarsan Raghavan and Tim Craig - The Washington Post

Suspected U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Key Islamic State Figures in Afghanistan

A key leader of the Islamic State and another top commander were killed in recent U.S drone strikes in eastern ­Afghanistan, according to intelligence officials here, the latest sign that the radical Islamist group is considered a growing threat in the country.

9th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Washington Post Editorial: White House “Failed” in Syria by Targeting ISIS But Not Assad

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s decision to target the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but not the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad was a “half-measure” that has led to the “latest U.S. failure in Syria,” a staff editorial appearing Wednesday in The Washington Post...

8th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Defense Secretary: Obama Administration Will Not Oust Assad

Tony Badran

In an exchange yesterday at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter if he thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would remain in power after President Barack Obama leaves office, Foreign Policy reported.


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