Analysis & Commentary

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Beyond Sanctions and Kerfuffles, the Iran Deal Netanyahu Wants to Avoid

Orde Kittrie

When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions.

2nd February 2015 - Cited by The Tower

75 Senators Send Letter Urging Administration to Oppose Palestinian Court Bid

Jonathan Schanzer

In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, a bipartisan majority of 75 senators pressed the administration to oppose the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) attempts to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

2nd February 2015 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

ISIS Leader Warns Unauthorized Tweets Don’t Speak for Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Top Islamic State leaders may be trying to cut through the confusion and chatter coming out of their so-called caliphate, cracking down on social media accounts that claim to speak for the terrorist organization, Fox News has learned.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Sophia Jones - The Huffington Post

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: ‘Don’t Join ISIS’

Tony Badran

At age 14, Khaled held his first gun. Fifteen days later, one of the world's most feared extremist groups sent him into battle.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States.

30th January 2015 - Cited by Matthew Brodsky - The Huffington Post

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Tony Badran

It's tempting to ascribe the latest flare-up between Hezbollah and Israel as part of an ongoing "cycle of violence" that comes part and parcel with a region long on conflict and short on peace.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Angelovski, Aida Ramusovic and Lawrence Marzouk - Balkan Insight

Serbia Quietly Grants Citizenship to Abbas Rival

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a broker for Gulf investment in the Balkans, his family and five of his supporters become Serbian citizens as power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas escalates.

30th January 2015 - Cited by Kevin Lilley - Army Times

Video: Iran-Backed Militia Brings M1 Tank to Fight IS

A video posted Tuesday to YouTube appears to show a militia group preparing for battle against the Islamic State with the help of an M1 Abrams tank, but how the fighters got the tank — and what good it will do them — remains unclear.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Darum ist Iran der heimliche Gewinner

Emanuele Ottolenghi, David Andrew Weinberg

Vor vier Jahren erschütterte der arabische Frühling die verkrusteten Machtstrukturen des Nahen Ostens. Hunderttausende Menschen strömten auf die Straßen von Tunis bis Damaskus und begehrten gegen die korrupten und autoritären Regime in ihren Ländern auf.

29th January 2015 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Ladane Nasseri - Bloomberg

Iranian President to Tax-Exempt Groups: Pay Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s economy has been limping badly. The U.S.-driven sanctions imposed because of Iran’s nuclear program have curtailed its oil exports and cut off its banks from global financial networks.

29th January 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Attack Seen as Effort by Iran to “Expand into the Golan Heights”

Tony Badran

Hezbollah operatives fired Kornet anti-tank missiles at an Israeli army patrol along the Israel-Lebanon border on Wednesday, killing two Israeli soldiers, wounding seven, and prompting Israeli retaliatory artillery fire on southern Lebanon.

29th January 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Targets Netanyahu Children for Assassination

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”

28th January 2015 - Cited by Michael Helm -

Second Chances for Jihadists Must Stop

Most Americans do not know who Ali al-Marri is and it is my sincere hope that they never find out because of another horrendous attack.

28th January 2015 - Cited by Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Video Shows American M1 Abrams Tank

A YouTube video of a Hezbollah Brigades convoy seemingly on its way to fight the Islamic State group includes numerous American-made military vehicles.

28th January 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg View

Expect Republicans to Add Teeth to Iran Sanctions Bill

Mark Dubowitz

When the Senate Banking Committee debates and almost certainly approves a new bill to increase pressure on Iran Thursday, some Republican senators are set to try and make the legislation's sanctions tougher.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Steve Contorno - Politifact

Barack Obama Says America ‘Is Stopping’ Islamic State’s Progress in Iraq and Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Fold, Of Course, on Iran Sanctions

John Hannah

Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Elena Holodny - Business Insider

Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, the deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Dana Kennedy - The Daily Beast

Crazy Clerics Who Rule the World’s Oil

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite the passing of King Abdullah, Saudia Arabia’s new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud claims it’ll be business as usual in the controversial desert kingdom where a recent spate of public floggings and beheadings overshadowed the ailing 90-year-old monarch until his death last week....

26th January 2015 - Cited by Jack Moore - Newsweek

Boko Haram Release Shocking Images of Child Soldier Training Camp

A media group associated with the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published two images which reveal a military training camp for children in northeastern Nigeria.


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