The West is headed towards an agreement with Iran, who will not produce nuclear weapons but further enrich uranium and plutonium. However, it is possible that Iran will be able to produce several bombs, too quickly to be stopped.
Israeli advocates of the two-state solution should support the findings of the Levy Commission, which affirms Israel’s right to settle in the West Bank. Israel will thus be viewed as giving up its own territory in any future agreement.
If Israel strikes Iranian nuclear weapons facilities, the US should signal to Iran that despite America’s strong objections, it would support Israel.
A strong Israeli response to Hamas rocket attacks is necessary to ensure Israel’s ability to stand against the rising tide of Islamist militancy.
The Palestinians refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state and are reluctant to drop their armed and ideological opposition to Israel’s existence. The global community can oppose Palestinian denial of Israel’s connection to the land; support Israel’s legitimacy; resettle Palestinian refugees outside of Israel; modify aid programs to reduce Palestinian use of foreign money to support terror; and encourage free speech in Palestinian society.
The most important ways to work towards peace are: resettling the Palestinian refugees outside of Israel; speaking the truth to the Palestinians regarding the Jews’ ancient roots in the land; reducing the ability of Palestinian leaders to personally benefit from the conflict; and encouraging free debate in Palestinian society.
Three forces are competing for control of Egypt: the army, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various civilian opposition groups. The military and civilian opposition must understand that the Brotherhood is their common and most dangerous enemy.
The driving forces behind the growth of Islamic radicalism – the Islamic revolution in Iran and the immense Saudi funding for spreading Wahhabism – may not endure. By the end of this decade, the current strength of Islamism could be shattered.
No president has the power to create a “tectonic shift” in US policy by himself. Israel must balance its acceptance of Obama’s policies with the reinforcement of parts of the American policy-making system that have not been converted to the President’s view.