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Abbas Embraces the Islamists

Abbas Embraces the Islamists

| April 24, 2014

The superficial unity deal—between rival Palestinian factions that thoroughly loathe each other—was the PA leader’s latest act of willful weakness. It’s bad news for everyone bar the extremists.

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Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

| April 16, 2014

Conducting a military operation against Iran’s key nuclear facilities would be a challenging task for the Israeli military.

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The End of Sykes-Picot? Reflections on the Prospects of the Arab State System

The End of Sykes-Picot? Reflections on the Prospects of the Arab State System

| February 28, 2014

This paper assesses the situation in Syria, with an emphasis on what might lead to its de facto partition or lasting collapse. It then examines Syria’s neighbors and their prospects for stability. The paper concludes by exploring how the United States, Israel and Iran might affect this tenuous balance.

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Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

| November 17, 2013

Once they were sworn enemies. Now Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed in a deal that could be signed in Geneva this week.

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Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

| November 16, 2013

Despite the atmosphere of mutual deterrence, the Shi’ite group’s alliance with Tehran and Damascus, the Syrian war and the entry of new regional forces could spark a conflagration.

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Israel Increasingly Courting China as an Ally

Israel Increasingly Courting China as an Ally

| November 12, 2013

Israel hopes to leverage its skills in high-technology and agricultural innovation to win the political support of the Chinese government, which has signaled it wants to play a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East.

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Why the U.S. and Israel are Split over the Iran Deal

Why the U.S. and Israel are Split over the Iran Deal

| November 10, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fierce reaction to the effort to reach an interim agreement reflects the realities of a small power with much less room to maneuver on a critical security issue than a great one.

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Obama Turns on Israel

Obama Turns on Israel

| November 8, 2013

The president’s anti-Zionism is finally rearing its head.

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Iran Talks Strain Mideast Alliances

Iran Talks Strain Mideast Alliances

| November 8, 2013

Chasm opens between US, closest Mideast allies, over Tehran.

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It’s Time to Reassess Israel’s Strategic Assumptions

It’s Time to Reassess Israel’s Strategic Assumptions

| November 4, 2013

All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel.

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