Dr. Max Singer

Dr. Max Singer

Dr. Max Singer

(JD Harvard University) Co-founder of the Washington-based Hudson Institute. Expert on U.S. defense policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and long-term strategic planning.

The Over-Dramatization of Israel’s “Dilemma”

| May 28, 2017

Israel is not facing a dilemma about how much, if any, land to give up from the West Bank, because the Palestinians will not agree to take land and cannot be forced to do so. The Palestinian community sees peace with Israel as defeat in their 100-year struggle. Continued Israeli occupation is one of the Palestinians’ best weapons against Israel, and they will not give it up while their war to eliminate Israel continues. Israelis should recognize that since the Palestinians are forcing Israel to continue the temporary but long-term occupation, Israelis need to a) cooperate in reducing the moral and other costs of that occupation; and b) stop telling the world that Israel could choose to end the occupation. The occupation, like the need for military strength and to absorb casualties, is part of the price Israel has to pay to live here. Maturity means being able to go forward with no solution in sight.



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The World Did Not Agree to a Nuclear-Armed Iran – Not Even in 10 Years

| May 20, 2017

The US and its allies can prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but only if they are clear about what the controversial 2015 nuclear deal actually says. Critics of the agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, often say the deal gives Iran permission to acquire nuclear weapons after 10 years. Yet the stated premise of the plan was that Iran would never build or acquire nuclear weapons – ever.



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A Dangerous Malady: Islamophobia-phobia

| April 23, 2017

We need a new word, “Islamophobia-phobia” (IPP), or excessive fear of Islamophobia. The term “Islamophobia” was coined to refer to hostility to, or excessive fear of, Islam. Avoiding prejudice against Muslims is a noble cause, but carried too far, the fear of Islamophobia prevents a realistic response to Islamism’s attacks on the West.



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A Truth-Telling Strategy to Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace

| January 29, 2017

The US is usually thought to be biased in favor of Israel, even after its recent acceptance of UNSC Resolution 2334. But for many years, the US has been a big part of the reason why the diplomatic world accepts a false narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict that harms Israel and makes it harder to achieve peace. Washington should move to a truth-telling strategy to dismantle the structure of false views that slander Israel and stand in the way of peace.



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Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: A Great Opportunity for the New President

| November 21, 2016

Moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a good example of the kind of policy change that President-Elect Donald Trump has said is needed in Washington. More importantly, this action could mark a new US strategy for pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace: Telling the truth.



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The New Threat of Very Accurate Missiles

| August 9, 2016

Precision-guided medium-range missiles, a relatively new technology, are beginning to proliferate in the Middle East. When they work as designed, they can deliver half a ton of high explosive to within meters of their targets. This means that for many targets, they are almost as effective as nuclear weapons.



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What Israel Can Do Now

| July 19, 2015

There are still actions Israel might take to protect itself from attack by Iranian nuclear weapons, including a limited Israeli strike on Iran.



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A Middle Way for the Gaza Fight

| August 11, 2014

There is a middle way between more of the same and retaking Gaza. The proposed middle way would be an IDF attack with limited, achievable military objectives.



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What Does “Getting the Bomb” Mean?

| October 14, 2013

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.



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Israeli Backers of the Two-State Solution Should Support the Levy Report

| April 28, 2013

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.



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