Analysis & Commentary

11th December 2017 - The National Interest

Fix U.S. Airport Security Before It’s Too Late

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The same security flaws that allow drugs into the United States can be exploited by terror groups and may eventually lead to another 9/11-type mass terror attack. It is time to close that gap by focusing on illicit cargo with the same intensity that we do on dangerous passengers.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Congress ignores Trump’s pleas for help, deadline to improve Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is about to miss what was widely seen as a deadline to deal with President Trump’s demands for a harder line on the Iran nuclear deal, failing to agree on new sanctions against Tehran and punting the future of the deal back to Mr. Trump.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Katrina Manson - The Financial Times

Fate of Iran deal to land back in Trump’s hands

Mark Dubowitz

Two months after Donald Trump offloaded to Congress a decision on whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, lawmakers are set to hand the contentious issue back to the president after missing a deadline to deal with it.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Europe’s War Against the Jewish State

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe is the epicenter of the political war against Israel. Europe fights Israel on the streets of Europe. Europe fights Israel in the corridors of power in Brussels, other Western European capitals and the UN. Europe fights Israel in Israel itself.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Congress will miss its deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran deal. What happens next?

Richard Goldberg

Two months ago, President Donald Trump triggered a deadline about to come due on the Iran nuclear deal by decertifying Iran’s compliance. That meant Congress had 60 days to reimpose sanctions.

11th December 2017 - The New York Times

Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

One morning last week, Argentines woke up to a political earthquake: A judge had charged a former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with “treason against the homeland,” punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Michael Rubin - Washington Examiner

Why Europe can’t be trusted to do what’s right

Benjamin Weinthal

There’s a peculiar tendency among many progressives and leftists to blame the United States for all the world’s ills. Consider Iraq: In the wake of the ouster of Saddam Hussein, critics of American actions suggested that the United States had killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

11th December 2017 - CNN


Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses discusses Russian objectives in the Middle East on CNN.

10th December 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Al-Qaida Seeks to Capitalize on Muslim Anger Over Jerusalem

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is seeking to to exploit Muslim anger over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to present itself as the true defender of Islam and the Palestinians.

9th December 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Trump’s decision on Jerusalem shatters the Palestinian old guard

Grant Rumley

For more than 20 years, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s chief peace negotiator, has chased the dream of a two-state solution and the hope of an independent Palestinian state.

8th December 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Fox News' Happening Now.

8th December 2017 - Quoted by Rory Jones - The Wall Street Journal

Initial Mideast Violence From New U.S. Policy on Israel Is Limited

Grant Rumley

A splintered Palestinian leadership and muted Israeli security measures in Jerusalem limited the violent fallout on Friday of a White House decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, easing fears of further unrest.

8th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Taliban drug facilities in Helmand

Bill Roggio

F/A-18 Super Hornets, flown from a US Navy aircraft carrier, targeted and destroyed the Taliban drug labs in Helmand province.

8th December 2017 - Quoted by Yonhap News

N.K. Sanctions haven’t been strong enough: U.S. expert

Anthony Ruggiero

Sanctions against North Korea can be tightened further to induce the regime to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a U.S. expert said Thursday.

8th December 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Germany and France tougher on Iran-backed militias than US

Tony Badran

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a tough new policy against Iran, both Germany and France—the two most important countries in the European Union—have taken a significantly harder line than the US against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

8th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes AQAP in Yemen’s Bayda

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

While announcing the strike, US Central Command provided a rare look into the targeting of AQAP's network. Until now, the US military had provided few details on its efforts during 2017 to defeat the al Qaeda branch.

8th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seeks to incite violence after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general leadership and regional branches have released statements denouncing the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

7th December 2017 - KTLK

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as the UK's recently-thwarted terror plots on KTLK's Justice & Drew.

7th December 2017 - Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends...

7th December 2017 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall.


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