Analysis & Commentary


9th December 2012 - Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

How Close Did Israel Just Come to Its Own Cuban Missile Crisis?

Jonathan Schanzer

Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel's recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Keith Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

US Renews Exemptions From Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration reissued waivers that exempt nine countries, including China, India and Turkey, from fully complying with U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil exports, as the U.S. attempts to...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact

Al-Qaida’s Core is Weakened, but Some Affiliates are Growing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In analyzing how well Barack Obama has fulfilled his promise to "crush al-Qaida,” the rating depends heavily on how you define "al-Qaida.” In interviews with terrorism experts, we found broad agreement that...

6th December 2012 - Cited by David S. Jackson, The Washington Times

Conference Mulls the Hard Choice Between Dictators and Dissidents

James Woolsey, Reuel Marc Gerecht

It wasn't that long ago that the question posed by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' (FDD) annual national security conference — "Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?"

6th December 2012 - The Caravan, Hoover Institution

Obama’s Greater Middle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It’s difficult to recommend a new approach to the Greater Middle East when the overarching philosophy of Barack Obama’s first term lingers on. In 2008 the Illinois senator sincerely believed that the...

6th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Islamology 101

Clifford D. May

Google “Islamist” and you’ll get more than 24 million hits. Google “jihadist” and you’ll get millions more. Yet I bet the average American could not tell you what it is that Islamists and jihadists believe.

5th December 2012 - Tablet

Have Obama and Bibi Made Up?

On Friday, Bibi Netanyahu’s government announced it was planning additional settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. European capitals have demanded an explanation from Israeli diplomats...

4th December 2012 - The Atlantic

Gitmo’s Troubling Afterlife: The Global Consequences of U.S. Detention Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Senator Dianne Feinstein recently commissioned a Government Accountability Office report identifying prison facilities in the continental United States suitable for detainees currently held in Guantánamo...

3rd December 2012 - Faster, Please!

Going to War?

Michael Ledeen

Fellow PJM columnist Jonathan Spyer, one of the best reporters on things Syrian, now believes that the tide of battle has turned against President Assad, and that the regime may be forced to retreat to a...

30th November 2012 - National Review Online

The PLO’s U.N. Fiasco Shows U.S. Weakness

Benjamin Weinthal

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization’s status to a non-member observer state. The vote tally was 138 in favor...

28th November 2012 - CNN

Why US-Israel Ties Just Got Warmer

Jonathan Schanzer

The latest round in an endless cycle of violence between Israel and Gaza has culminated in a surprising win for the US- Israel relationship: an apparent renewal of vows between President Obama...

28th November 2012 - Standpoint

Turks, Arabs and Jews: The Middle East in Crisis

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Standing outside Istanbul's Blue Mosque on a Friday morning as the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer, curious tourists furtively peek through the windows in the hope of catching a glimpse of the beautiful...

27th November 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Why Tom Ricks’s Fox Appearance Was Less Impressive Than You Think

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

You’ve probably already seen Tom Ricks’s Fox News appearance from yesterday that has created so much buzz on social media. His buzz-inspiring line came at the end of a short debate about Benghazi...

26th November 2012 - Quoted by Jonathan Broder, CQ Staff

Preventing Iran From Going Nuclear

Mark Dubowitz

Fresh from his re-election, President Barack Obama is wasting no time in moving to revive talks with Iran for an agreement on its nuclear-enrichment program. Even as the administration worked last week...

21st November 2012 - The Morningside Post

Intervention in Syria

Tony Badran

In the run up to the elections, America’s Middle East allies were convinced that President Obama was too consumed with domestic politics to pursue a more muscular approach to Syria.

20th November 2012 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact

A Slow Expansion of Policies Begun Under George W. Bush

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama got Osama Bin Laden -- but has he kept his 2008 promise to "address the problem in our prisons, where the most disaffected and disconnected Americans are being explicitly...

19th November 2012 - Quoted by Tangi Quemener, AFP

Gaza Conflict Underlines Obama’s Middle East Dilemma

Jonathan Schanzer

The new eruption of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants from Gaza is a stark reminder for newly re-elected President Barack Obama of unfinished business from his first term.

19th November 2012 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet, The Hill

Obama Warns Egyptian President Morsi to Rein in Terrorists in Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama on Monday warned Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that he must get the violence in Gaza under control. Frustration in the U.S. over rocket attacks on Israel from Hamas...

19th November 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Who Politicized Intelligence on Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Congressman Mike Rogers, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused political appointees in the intelligence...

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...

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