Analysis & Commentary


18th July 2017 - The New York Times

On Iran, Trump Is Obama 2.0

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Mr. Wang’s seizure, like so many other aggressive actions that the Iranian regime has engaged in since the nuclear deal was concluded, should have, some of his supporters surely thought, obliged the White House to abandon the Iran policy advanced by his predecessor.

3rd May 2017 - World Politics Review

Can Abbas Use His White House Visit to Preserve His Power and Undercut Hamas?

Grant Rumley

On Barack Obama’s first day in office as U.S. president in 2009, he called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank to discuss the war being waged at the time in Gaza between Hamas and Israel. The call came just two years after a devastating Palestinian civil war in which...

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Leandra Bernstein - WJLA

New details emerge on Obama hostage exchange with Iran as Trump reviews nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor for signing "the worst deal ever negotiated" and vowed on the campaign trail that he would "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." Now, with the Obama administration out of office, new damaging details are coming to light,...

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

The Tehran Two-Step

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the United States' 2016 prisoner swap with Iran continue to surface more than a year later, forming a picture much different from the one the Obama administration presented at the time.

3rd March 2017 - PJ Media

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

Michael Ledeen

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Obama Should Thank Trump for Putting Iran on Notice

Don't say Donald Trump never did anything for Barack Obama. On Wednesday, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile test and its arming, training and equipping of Houthi rebels in Yemen.

24th January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Why Obama sent the Palestinians $221 million during his last hours in office

Jonathan Schanzer

On Monday the Associated Press reported that as one of Barack Obama's final actions in office before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, he released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority. However, the payment itself has been frozen by the State Department under President...

24th January 2017 - Quoted by Frank Camp - The Daily Wire

Alleged Iran Lobbyist Visited Obama’s White House 33 Times

Saeed Ghasseminejad

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Trita Parsi, an alleged pro-Iran lobbyist, visited the White House 33 times: Seyed Mousavian, a former Iranian diplomat and head of its national security council, was hosted at the White House at least three times, while Trita Parsi, a pro-Iran...

23rd January 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Former Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House Dozens of Times

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Two high-level Iranian government backers, including a former Islamic Republic official and another accused of lobbying on Tehran’s behalf, were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings with top officials at key junctures in the former administration’s contested...

17th January 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Tony Badran

Is Donald Trump a Russian secret agent? Did he pay FSB hookers to pee on the bed the Obamas slept in at the Ritz in Moscow, overlooking the Kremlin? It’s silly season, so any drunk on a fat oppo-research expense account can write down any crazy foolishness they want and Buzzfeed will let...

6th January 2017 - The Blaze

Dana

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on US-Israel relations.

6th January 2017 - Quoted by Daniel J. Solomon - Forward

Israel’s Envoy Set To Come in From Cold With Trump in White House

Mark Dubowitz

Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador in Washington, stands to gain much when President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20. A longtime fan of the newly minted leader of the free world, Dermer is likely to be a guest of honor at the White House after enduring a chilly relationship with...

4th January 2017 - Forbes

Regaining The U.S. Rightful Role As Premier Revolutionary Nation

Michael Ledeen

The global revolution started with our victory in the Cold War, as the Soviet Union passed away with surprisingly little violence. We opted to avoid triumphalism and in fact called upon some Soviet satellites to remain in the Moscow orbit (remember the “chicken Kiev” speech urging...

30th December 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia’s response to Obama ‘is frankly the most damaging and embarrassing answer we could receive’

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the Kremlin "will not resort to irresponsible 'kitchen' diplomacy" in response to new US sanctions against Russia for allegedly meddling in the US election process.

30th December 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage- JNS.org

Experts: Kerry farewell speech on Israelis and Palestinians places ‘posturing over policy’

The timing of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called farewell speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seemed to stem largely from “personal animosity” between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the address obsessively focused on Israeli...

30th December 2016 - The Hill

How President-elect Trump might undo Obama’s hostility to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is counting the days until Barack Obama leaves office. So are many supporters of Israel here in the United States, including members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

29th December 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams and Justin Sink - Bloomberg Politics

Trump Must Choose Between Obama Sanctions and Putin Detente

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin are forcing Donald Trump to pick sides: undo sanctions the U.S. just imposed on Russia for hacking e-mails before last month’s election or set aside a campaign vow to improve relations with Moscow.

24th December 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The ‘grudge match’ between Obama and Israel ‘has finally reached its peak’

Jonathan Schanzer

The UN Security Council passed a resolution Friday urging Israel to halt building settlements on occupied Palestinian land, in an unexpected vote from which the US abstained.

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to...

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

How the Obama administration pushed Turkey into Russia’s arms

Aykan Erdemir

Much of the Washington foreign policy community stood aghast Tuesday as top officials of NATO ally Turkey sat down with leaders of Russia and Iran in Moscow to forge a new way forward for Syria, without the United States in the room. The scene was not only a turning point in the Syrian...

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