Analysis & Commentary


18th November 2012 - Quoted by Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times

Brigades That Fire on Israel Are Showing a New Discipline

Jonathan Schanzer

From the time he was a boy, Ali al-Manama dreamed of joining the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Hamas movement. His commitment intensified when his father, a Qassam...

17th November 2012 - Interviewed by Maurizio Molinari, La Stampa - Italy

“I Raid Elimineranno i Qassam: Non Serve L’attaccodi Terra”

Jonathan Schanzer

L’Egitto ha tentato di risolvere la crisima non c’è riuscito ed a rafforzarsi è stato l'Iran»: così Jonathan Schanzer, l’ex analista di Intelligence sul Medio Oriente del ministero del Tesoro oggi direttore politico...

16th November 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama Must Deal with Egypt and Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama has quite a problem with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. At the State Department briefing Thursday afternoon, deputy press secretary Mark Toner danced around repeated...

15th November 2012 - Quoted by Jo Biddle, AFP

Obama Still Wary About Arming Syria Rebels

President Barack Obama on Wednesday backed the new Syrian opposition coalition but showed no sign he was ready to arm the rebels, warning of the dangers of pouring weapons into the volatile conflict.

14th November 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Gaza Operation: The Death of a Terrorist Mastermind

Jonathan Schanzer

An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday killed a senior military commander of Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza. The Israeli army said the strike was the start of an operation...

14th November 2012 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Myles Neligan, Reuters

Iran Oil Liability Fears Grow as Insurance Ban Bites

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A ban on European Union insurers covering Iranian oil exports has forced shipowners to fall back on new, untested insurance providers, raising fears that governments may have to pay in the event of an oil spill.

14th November 2012 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Israel Takes Out Top Terrorist

Jonathan Schanzer

Earlier today, Israel struck at dozens of targets inside Gaza, including Ahmed Jabari, Hamas’s chief of staff and a senior official in the organization’s military outfit, the Izz ad-din al-Qassam Brigades.

13th November 2012 - Quoted by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

‘Robust’ EU Sanctions No Match for Tehran’s Tricks, Experts Say

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With embargoes on Iranian gas and oil firmly in place, the European Union seems determined to tighten a net of sanctions around Iran, as even longtime critics of Europe's trade relations with Iran...

13th November 2012 - Quoted by Emily Cadei, Roll Call

Plan for Tighter Iran Embargo Likely to Trigger White House Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

Senate hawks are bracing for a showdown with Democratic leaders and the Obama administration over their latest round of Iran sanctions and, potentially, the direction of diplomacy with Tehran.

12th November 2012 - Quoted by Michael Peel, Financial Times

Preacher Takes Opposition Lead

Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria’s newly formed umbrella opposition group, is a Sunni Muslim preacher with long experience of persecution by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime – and a record of...

11th November 2012 - Quoted by Silvia Antonioli and Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Steel Sanctions Cut Deep into Iran’s Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian manufacturers and builders face serious shortages of steel and other metals as a new European Union export ban adds to troubles for an economy already reeling from sanctions on its finances and...

10th November 2012 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Post Election, Obama Gambles on Syrian Rebels

Wading so directly into Syria's bloody conflict is fraught with pitfalls for the U.S. government. "It's a gamble by the State Department to stake such a strong claim in efforts to restructure the opposition,"...

9th November 2012 - Quoted by USA Today/AP

US Senators Mull Tougher Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. lawmakers are working on a set of new and unprecedented sanctions against Iran that could prevent the Islamic republic from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international...

8th November 2012 - Quoted by Flavia Krause-Jackson, Bloomberg

Iran Cyber-Repression Brings US Sanctions on Officials

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration imposed sanctions on Iranian officials and government bodies for their role in blocking Internet access, mobile-phone lines and satellite television channels to stifle freedom of...

8th November 2012 - Cited by ISN, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Troubled Times for the Sinai Peninsula

The Sinai Peninsula, the de-militarized desert buffer zone which has helped keep peace between Israel and Egypt for 33 years, is the focus of increased tensions following a number of militant attacks along...

7th November 2012 - Cited by UPI

Zawahiri: Benghazi Showed US Weakness

Thomas Joscelyn

Deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, suggest American "awe is lost" in the region, a message from al-Qaida's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said.

6th November 2012 - Quoted by Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times

Chinese Regime Covering Up Atrocities, Say Researchers

Recent promises by medical leaders in China that the country will wean itself off organs transplanted from executed prisoners are being given a critical eye by researchers and a medical advocacy group.

2nd November 2012 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Fayyad Wants Out

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority’s most notable advocate of reform threatened to quit in protest over his government’s continued failure to increase transparency and crack down on rampant corruption, according...

2nd November 2012 - Quoted by Reuters

Insight: In Syrian Sanctions, Some Gains but Much Uncertainty

Mark Dubowitz

Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad,...

1st November 2012 - Quoted by Jay Newton-Small, Time

US Seeks a New Opposition in Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday announced the U.S. would be shifting allegiances in Syria after nearly two years of trying to empower the Paris-based Syrian National Council...

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