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11th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal is in the crosshairs and may not survive a Trump administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal was written with several “sunset” provisions setting expiration dates, some of them 15 years into the future, when restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would lift.

10th January 2017 - Quoted by Karen DeYoung - The Washington Post

Do campaign statements and tweets add up to a Trump foreign policy strategy?

Mark Dubowitz

Amid the cacophony of campaign riffs and post-election tweets, two central themes have emerged as apparent pillars of Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision: ending Islamist terrorism, and constraining China.

10th January 2017 - The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

Clifford D. May

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero, Nancy A. Youssef - BuzzFeed

Trump’s Tweets Are Freaking Out America’s Closest Allies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Intelligence services across Europe are growing increasingly worried that President-elect Donald Trump’s unpredictability and impulsive tweeting could harm intelligence-sharing agreements with the United States.

7th January 2017 - PJ Media

Trump’s Great Iranian Opportunity

Michael Ledeen

The great Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is briefly out of prison, where he had been held in miserable conditions for a decade. He is one of those dissidents who are so beloved by the Iranian people that the murderous regime of Ali Khamenei does not dare to put them to death, or even on trial....

6th January 2017 - Associated Press

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Clifford D. May

Clifford May discusses his recent column on Trump's first 100 days in office.

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...

6th January 2017 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump restores power of Israeli ambassador

Mark Dubowitz

In November 2014, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, was a featured guest at a dinner for graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school of business. The other honoree that night: Donald J. Trump.

6th January 2017 - Quoted by Jeffrey Rodack - Newsmax

Israeli Amb. Don Dermer Enjoying Dramatic Reversal of Fortune With Trump

Mark Dubowitz

Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, who increasingly found himself at odds with the Obama administration, is now being warmly embraced by President-elect Donald Trump — a man the diplomat has openly admired since he was a teenager.

5th January 2017 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS.org

Five Potential Developments in US-Israel Relations in 2017

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The onset of 2017 comes a mere few weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, ushering in a new era in the US-Israel relationship. The new year and new administration bring intrigue and unanswered questions on a number of major issues that could shape the complexion of...

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...

3rd January 2017 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS.org

Five potential major developments in US-Israel relations in 2017

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The onset of 2017 comes several weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, ushering in a new era in the U.S.-Israel relationship. The new year and new administration bring intrigue and unanswered questions on a number of major storylines that could shape the complexion of...

3rd January 2017 - Quoted by Katir Zavadaski - The Washington Post

Trump has properties all over the world. They’re now major terrorism targets.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Even before Donald Trump became president-elect, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for his name to be scrubbed from Istanbul’s Trump Towers. Erdogan pinned his plea to Trump’s Islamophobia, saying that the candidate “has no tolerance for Muslims in America.”

3rd January 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s first 100 days

Clifford D. May

It’s apparent that Donald Trump was — to employ a neologism coined by President George W. Bush 16 years ago — misunderestimated. But those who gave odds that he couldn’t transform from a successful businessman into a successful politician are now betting he can’t transform from a...

31st December 2016 - Quoted by Gabby Morrongiello - Washington Examiner

Putin’s response to Obama sanctions puts Trump to the test

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Donald Trump to the test by declining to retaliate against the Obama administration for widening sanctions on Russia this week, and so far the president-elect is passing.

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 Brian Whitmore - Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Tit But No Tat

Eric B. Lorber

So we had the tit, but not the tat. First, Dmitry Peskov said Russia would respond in kind to the expulsion of its diplomats and other sanctions related to Moscow's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. Then, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov went on national television to...

30th December 2016 - Quoted by Daniel Schearf - VOA

Trump Praises Putin’s Decision Against Tit-For-Tat Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

President-elect Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not retaliating for sanctions imposed Thursday by U.S. President Barack Obama. The sanctions were for interference by Russian intelligence agencies in November's U.S. national election.

30th December 2016 - Quoted by Karen DeYoung and David Filipov - The Washington Post

Trump and Putin: A relationship where mutual admiration is headed toward reality

Mark Dubowitz

For much of this year, Donald Trump and Vladi­mir Putin have been engaged in a long-distance courtship. They have said kind things about each other in public and separately expressed visions of a mutually agreeable future.

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.

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