Analysis & Commentary

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Political and Diplomatic Uncertainty Fuel US-Israel Divide

Jonathan Schanzer

The ‘chickenshit’ affair is emblematic of deteriorating relations during tumultuous times, as top officials brace themselves for radical regional changes.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Pesach Benson - HonestReporting

Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Alessandria Massi - International Business Times

Pakistan Border Bombing: ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups Race To Claim Responsibility

A suicide attack on the Pakistani border with India that left at least 60 people dead and more than 150 wounded is so significant that several jihadist groups are trying to claim responsibility.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Haaretz

Wanted: ISIS Seeking Manager for its New Oil Refineries, Paying $225k

The Islamic State is seeking "ideologically suitable" oil industry experts to help run oil fields and refineries it has seized in Iraq and Syria.

3rd November 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Bloomberg

Putin’s Response to EU Sanctions: See You in Court

Mark Dubowitz

The fight over Russian sanctions is heading to court.

2nd November 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - City Journal

The Other Somalia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hargeisa, the capital of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, is built into a depression in the middle of a desert; from nearly every point in town, a visitor looks up at a lip of baked orange hills and a blank sky.

1st November 2014 - Quoted by Andrew Gilligan - The Telegraph

Minister’s Family Ties to Terror

David Andrew Weinberg

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted of funding international terrorism and is believed to be linked to an alleged terrorist known as the “Wolf of al-Qaeda”.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

The ISIS ‘Mastermind’ Responsible For The Group’s Advance Through Western Iraq May Be A Figurehead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded Georgian ex-commando, is the most recognizable Islamic State leader below Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Somebody scattered some leaflets with an ISIS flag through the town of Quantico. Odds are it’s a hoax. But base officials are still taking them “seriously.”

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Palestinian Government Calls for War in Jerusalem

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: US Concerns with Israel Too Deep for Silence

Jonathan Schanzer

The most important lesson from recent weeks of bickering between American and Israeli officials isn't the choice of their words to insult one another, but their calculated choice to do so publicly in the first place.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Oryszcuzk - Jewish News (UK)

The Qatar Conundrum

David Andrew Weinberg

Is it right t odescribe Qatar as an enemy of Israel, or is there more to it than that? Stephen Oryszczuk looks into claims against the Gulf state.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult

Bill Roggio, Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers....

30th October 2014 - Cited by Adam Chandler - The Atlantic

Is This How the Third Intifada Begins?

Jonathan Schanzer

On Wednesday, Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, made this ominous declaration via Twitter: "The 3rd Intifada is already here—If there is anybody that still doesn't get it," he wrote, referring to the possibility of another Palestinian uprising...

29th October 2014 - Cited by Metin Turcan - Al-Monitor

Is NATO Membership Shackling Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s foreign policy and role in the international system have become the subject of growing debate both in local and foreign media over the past two years.

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the...

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory?

28th October 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

A Month Ago, ISIS’s Advance Looked Unstoppable. Now It’s Been Stopped.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that ISIS is an unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping Iraq and Syria in an unending, unstoppable, terrible blitzkrieg.


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