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16th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Protecting Palestine

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party’s sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.

13th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Will the next Arab revolt be in Algeria?

Benjamin Weinthal

A remarkable series of scarcely noticed counter-terrorism operations, labor strikes, and social protests in Algeria last week show the North African country may face a year of upheaval. Six years after the ouster of leaders in its fellow North African states Tunisia and Egypt, simmering...

13th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Court Calls Synagogue Torching an Act to ‘Criticize Israel’

Benjamin Weinthal

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city's synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

13th January 2017 - FDD Research

Should Boeing and Airbus sell planes to Iran Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In January 2016, Airbus inked a deal to sell 118 planes to Iran Air, the Islamic Republic’s flag carrier, and in June of that year, Boeing announced it had reached a deal for the sale of 100 aircraft as well. In September, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued initial export licenses...

13th January 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Sanctions Drive to Burnish Obama’s Legacy

Jonathan Schanzer

Since President-elect Donald Trump won the election in November, there’s been a jump in U.S. sanctions activity, which includes new moves against Russia for hacking, as well as targeting Osama bin Laden’s son, the younger sister of North Korea’s leader, Syrian use of chemical weapons...

12th January 2017 -

Vocal Point

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses "is terrorism going high tech?"

12th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ during raid against Shabaab

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7.

12th January 2017 - Newsweek

Hezbollah’s Latest Conquest: Lebanon’s Cabinet

David Daoud

In late December, Lebanon’s parliament swore in a new cabinet dominated by Hezbollah and its partners in the pro-Syrian March 8 Alliance. For the Shiite group, this was a political victory even greater than the selection of its ally, former general Michel Aoun, for the presidency two...

12th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korea’s Human Rights Abusers

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday designated seven North Korean individuals and blocked two entities of the regime in response to North Korea’s human rights abuses and censorship activities. The State Department complemented the action with its Report on Human Rights Abuses and...

12th January 2017 - Quoted by William Booth - The Washington Post

In Paris, the world will try one more time to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Grant Rumley

Poor, belittled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pulled off a remarkable feat.

12th January 2017 - Quoted by Middle East Online

As Caliphate Shrinks, ISIS Expected to Head for the Hills

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Syria, where ISIS is still a fighting force to be reckoned with,the thinking is the jihadists will retreat into the country’s vast eastern desert around oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province where it is strongly entrenched, says James Bruce.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal is in the crosshairs and may not survive a Trump administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal was written with several “sunset” provisions setting expiration dates, some of them 15 years into the future, when restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would lift.

11th January 2017 - 1320 WILS

The Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the death of Rafsanjani, his legacy, and the future of Iran-US relations.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

How Iran made the US look weak with a tiny, outdated navy and some old ballistic missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news came out Monday that Iranian fast-attack craft had once again harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf with unsafe and unprofessional behavior, forcing the USS Mahan to fire warning shots.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

Oren Kessler

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will...

11th January 2017 - InFocus Quarterly

Weaponizing Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Willkomenskultur (“Welcome culture”) refugee policy of last year has screeched to a grinding halt.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

Boris Zilberman

At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end...

11th January 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Abbas on the Ropes

Grant Rumley

For most of his 12 years as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas has enjoyed the White House’s full-throated backing. The administration of George W. Bush, which supported Abbas’ appointment as prime minister in 2003 and lauded his rise to the presidency in 2005,...

10th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Plans Military Spending Increase, Long-Range Missile Development

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian parliamentarians voted on Monday to increase the country’s military spending to five percent of the budget and advance its development of long-range ballistic missiles.

10th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Stockpiling Uranium Far Above Current Needs

Olli Heinonen

In a televised speech on January 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran had imported 200 metric tons of yellowcake uranium and would import another 120 tons at an unspecified future date.


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