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8th January 2015 - Quoted by Sarah Westwood - The Washington Examiner

Legal Battle to Publish Unclassified DOD Report on Israeli Nukes Nears End

Jonathan Schanzer

Defense officials are fighting a three-year-old request under the Freedom of Information Act to release a 1987 report supposedly discussing Israel’s nuclear technology.

7th January 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Some Possibilities For Who Might Be Responsible For The Paris Attack

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Responsibility for the deadly attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo hasn't been established yet.

7th January 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Experts: Gunmen in Paris Attack Likely Had Military Training

Bill Roggio

The black-clad gunmen who stormed the Paris offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam displayed proficiency in weapons handling, suggesting they had received military training, say security experts.

6th January 2015 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Growing Talk of Hamas Moving from Qatar to Turkey Prompts Concern Over Integrity of NATO Alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

The ruling Hamas regime in Gaza has angrily denied Israeli claims that Khaled Mashaal, the head of the terror organization’s political bureau, has been expelled from his base in Qatar, at the same time leaving open the question of whether Mashaal will now move to NATO member Turkey, as...

6th January 2015 - Quoted by Yadullah Hussain - Financial Post

W King Abdullah in hospital, ‘nervous’ Saudis fret over leadership transition amid oil price turmoil

David Andrew Weinberg

As the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia lingers in hospital, the kingdom is bracing itself for a possible change in leadership, right at the moment the world’s largest oil exporter is learning to cope with crude prices that have lost 50% of their value within the past six months.

6th January 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The ICC Red Line

Jonathan Schanzer

The dilemma arises from the utter dysfunction of the Palestinian Authority’s leadership: How should Israel and the United States respond to the PA’s move to subvert the “peace process” — that requires face to face negotiations — by instead going to the U.N. Security Council and...

5th January 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Leverage Wanes with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been willing to tolerate just about anything from Iran — even cheating — to save talks about limiting the country’s nuclear program, even as the White House rejects growing congressional support for tougher sanctions.

5th January 2015 - Cited by the Tower

Dennis Ross: Palestinians Must be Held Accountable for Failure to Make Peace

Jonathan Schanzer

Former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross argued in a New York Times op-ed today that it is time to hold the Palestinians accountable for their failure to make peace. At the beginning of his op-ed, Ross recalled a recent conversation he had with a European official sympathetic to the...

4th January 2015 - Cited by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Terrorists Adapting to Avoid U.S. Drones

The most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate to the U.S. homeland is teaching fighters how to avoid detection by the Predator drone, the terrorist group’s feared assassin flying over Yemen.

2nd January 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Palestinian Authority’s Latest Charade

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority is not a country, but rather a group allied with a terrorist organization, and for that reason its appeal to the International Criminal Court should be rejected out of hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

31st December 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

After U.N. Defeat, Palestinian Unilateralism Seen as ‘Losing its Luster’

Jonathan Schanzer

Several months of campaigning for unilateral Palestinian statehood recognition culminated in a diplomatic blitz by the Palestinian Authority during the last few days of 2014. But the campaign ground to a halt on Dec. 30, when the United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian...

31st December 2014 - Quoted by Ruth Eglash and Carol Morello - Washington Post

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Moves to Join International Criminal Court

Grant Rumley

A day after a failed bid at the United Nations to push a Middle East peace settlement, ­Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas moved Wednesday to join the International Criminal Court, setting the stage for potential war-crimes complaints against Israel.

31st December 2014 - Quoted by Jon Greenberg - Politifact

Stephen Hayes: Iran Cheated on the Interim Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As the pundits look ahead to 2015, they know that time is running out for the United States to reach a permanent deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

30th December 2014 - Quoted by Colby Adams, Kira Zalan - ACAMS

In Latest Sanctions, U.S. Again Targets Iranians Holding Caribbean Passports

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the fourth time this year, U.S. officials blacklisted an Iranian national using a Caribbean passport while purportedly helping Iran circumvent sanctions.

30th December 2014 - Mentioned by The Tower

Analysis: Middle East’s Christians Face “Existential Struggle”

Benjamin Weinthal

The state of Christians in the Middle East is becoming an “existential struggle,” according to an analysis published in The Jerusalem Post Sunday, written by Ben Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

29th December 2014 - Quoted by Neil Munro - The Daily Caller

Obama’s See-No-Islam Policy Forces Military Rethink

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama’s top special-forces general in the Middle East is quietly trying to look beyond the president’s insistence that Islamic terrorism isn’t Islamic.

28th December 2014 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama Faces Narrowing Window to Score Foreign Policy Successes

Jonathan Schanzer

Unpredictable international events often wreak havoc with presidents’ lofty foreign policy goals, but no one could have predicted just how far President Obama would be thrown off course in 2014.

28th December 2014 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

Meshaal’s Visit to Turkey Catches Media off Guard

Jonathan Schanzer

Dec. 25, Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal arrived in Turkey on a visit that was not announced publicly. After receiving a tip, Al-Monitor spoke with two high-level Turkish bureaucrats on condition of anonymity about the meaning of this visit.

26th December 2014 - Quoted by i24news

Qatar To Temporarily Suspend Financial Support to Hamas: Kuwaiti Media

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar has informed Hamas that they would be temporarily halting its financial support, reported the Kuwaiti Al Jarida newspaper.

24th December 2014 - Quoted by Pamela Engel and Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Rouhani’s Façade Is Crumbling

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected largely on the premise that he's a moderate.

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