Analysis & Commentary

1st October 2012 - Cited by Gerald Steinberg, The Canadian Jewish News

Beware of Tikkunism and Tikkunistas

Benjamin Weinthal

Tikkun olam, Hebrew for making the world a better place, is an important component of Jewish religion and culture. But when removed from the wider Jewish context and artificially...

1st October 2012 - Quoted by Jamie Crawford, CNN

US Says Iran Currency Woes Show Sanctions Taking Hold

Mark Dubowitz

A sharp drop on Monday in the value of Iran's currency shows that international financial pressure over Iran's disputed nuclear program is having an impact, the State Department said.

29th September 2012 - Quoted by Victor Kotsev, Asia Times

Syria Between Hama 1982 and Lebanon

Recent talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels appear to have hit a hard spot. The Egyptian peace initiative is on the rocks after the failure of...

28th September 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Netanyahu Explains Iran to the US Voters

Mark Dubowitz

Over the course of his career, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given some stem-winders at the United Nations. But none was as intriguing or as important as the speech he...

28th September 2012 - Quoted by Colin Freeman, The Telegraph - UK

How the Rushdie Affair has Inspired Some Fine Arab Writing

Amid all the uncertainty wrought by the Arab Spring, one consequence was entirely predictable: that it would unleash a glut of hastily-written books trying to make sense of it all. A new...

27th September 2012 - Quoted by Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard

Iran’s ‘Think Tank’ Outreach

Benjamin Weinthal

On August 24, 2012, the German daily Tagesspiegel reported a dismaying decision by the German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

27th September 2012 - Quoted by Calev Ben-David and Flavia Krause-Jackson, Bloomberg

Netanyahu Says Limits Must Be Set on Iran Uranium Enrichment

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations that the international community must impose explicit “red lines” on Iran’s uranium enrichment program to prevent it from...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak, Reuters

EU Considers Sanctions Against Iranian Banks, Energy Sector

Mark Dubowitz

European governments are considering a new round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme that could be implemented in October and substantially curtail trade with the...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Whitney Eulich, Christian Science Monitor

Twin Bombings Shake Syrian Capital as UN Debates How to End the Fighting

Syrian rebels bombed Army headquarters in Damascus today in the second consecutive day of attacks on government troops and facilities in the city – underscoring the rebels’ ability to...

25th September 2012 - Cited by Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun - Australia

There is No Need to Condemn What We Don’t Need to Watch

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies is absolutely right. The pro-forma denunciations by politicians and media of Innocence of Muslims...

25th September 2012 - Quoted by UPI

Iran’s Military Tied to Oil, US Says

Mark Dubowitz

A Washington policy center welcomed action from the U.S. Treasury Department that ties the Iranian energy sector to the country's military. The Treasury Department sent a...

24th September 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

US Said to Link Iran’s Oil Company to Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration will report today that Iran’s state-owned oil company is linked to a military unit sanctioned for weapons proliferation, terrorism and human-rights abuses, according...

21st September 2012 - Quoted by Ben Evansky, Fox News

UN Agency Faces Criticism After Hamas-Tied Candidates Win Majority of Seats on Gaza Union Board

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinians employed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N.'s main aid arm in Gaza, elected candidates affiliated with the terror group Hamas to 25 out of 27 seats on a...

20th September 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Unanswered Questions About the Attack in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Two news reports suggest that the White House line of “the movie made them do it” is a false account of what occurred in the consulate attack and brutal murder of our diplomatic...

19th September 2012 - Cited by Shaskank Joshi, The Telegraph

Afghanistan Heads Towards a Messy, Unresolved Stalemate

Everything is going so swimmingly well in Afghanistan, suggested the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond last week, that British troops may start coming home early.

18th September 2012 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Rebels Despair That Anti-American Protests Overshadow Syrian Struggle

On Sunday, as last week’s wave of anti-American protests was dying down across the Middle East, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the powerful Lebanese militant group Hizbullah, took to...

18th September 2012 - Cited by Rep. Christopher H. Smith, The Washington Times

China’s Illegal Organ Harvesting

Over the decades, American doctors, medical schools, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies developed skills and knowledge enabling life-giving transplants of organs including hearts,...

16th September 2012 - Quoted by Chuck Neubauer, The Washington Times

Iran Relies on Neighbors to Beat Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

With its economy in free fall, Iran is turning to its porous borders with Iraq and other countries to skirt increasingly effective global economic sanctions, according to congressional staffers,...

15th September 2012 - Cited by Richard Leiby, The Washington Post

2 More NATO Troops Killed in Insider Attack

Two troops belonging to the U.S.-led military coalition were killed Saturday when an Afghan policeman turned his weapon on them in southern Afghanistan, NATO officials said.

12th September 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Is Obama Responsible for His Own Foreign Policy Flubs?

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama has gotten by for 3 1/2 years touting his efforts to diminish the U.S. footprint in the world. Out of Iraq, even with no status of forces agreement. Out of Afghanistan, even if...


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