Analysis & Commentary


8th January 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Israel’s new ‘quantum leap’ strike jets challenge Iran

Patrick Megahan, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Israel recently took delivery of the first of 50 F-35I stealth fighters, considered the most advanced combat jet in the world, from the United States, an event that marks a new and po­tentially critical phase in the Jewish state’s dealings with Iran.

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....

7th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Planned Terror Attacks Against Israel Advocates in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's intelligence agency allegedly planned terrorist attacks against organizations and representatives engaged in pro-Israel work in Germany, according to media reports citing the country’s federal prosecutor released on Friday.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by John Burger - Aleteia

American pastor’s arrest in Turkey signals possible trouble for Christians

Aykan Erdemir

The plight of one American Christian evangelist is suggestive of the turmoil that lies ahead for Turkey.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing. Lawmakers and outside experts agreed that President-elect Donald Trump would be unwise to rip up the nuclear deal on day one. Barring that, however, the bipartisan...

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 - 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...

6th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Venezuela’s New VP is a Suspected Drug Smuggler with Ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The newly appointed vice president of Venezuela is suspected by American intelligence of drug smuggling as well as close ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, Business Insider reported Thursday.

6th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US airstrike kills Islamic State external operations facilitator in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

An Islamic State leader who also worked as a facilitator for its external operations network, which is tasked with hitting targets outside of Iraq and Syria, was killed in an airstrike in Raqqah on New Years Eve, according to the US military. The Pentagon said 16 “significant members” of...

6th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced yesterday that Ibrahim al Banna, who has served as one of al Qaeda’s most senior security and intelligence officials in Yemen since the 1990s, has been designated as a terrorist. State’s Rewards for Justice program has offered a bounty of up to $5...

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.

6th January 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Boris Zilberman

FDD Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses UNSC 2334.

6th January 2017 - CNN

Newsroom with Carol Costello

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman comments on Russian hacking during the election.

5th January 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the UNSC Resolution 2334 and its risks to Israel.

5th January 2017 - Quoted by Abigail Tracy - Vanity Fair

Trump’s Cabinet Faces A Brewing Civil War Over Russia

Boris Zilberman

Reports of infighting and rival factions inside Donald Trump’s inner circle were one of the few constants in an otherwise unpredictable campaign, and promise to be a defining feature of his presidency, too. Since winning the election over Hillary Clinton last year, the apparent discord has...

5th January 2017 - Quoted by Bryan Bender - Politico

Trump’s team tries to stifle rift on Russia

Boris Zilberman

A war is brewing among Donald Trump’s advisers over how to deal with Russia and Vladimir Putin — and his team is trying to keep it from breaking out into the open.

5th January 2017 - Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S. Blacklists Osama’s Favorite Son

Thomas Joscelyn

Osama bin Laden’s favorite son is now a member of the U.S. State Department’s exclusive Specially Designated Global Terrorist list. The 20-something Hamza bin Laden began appearing in propaganda messaging for al Qaeda less than two years ago.

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...

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