Perspectives Papers

Perspectives Papers provide analysis from BESA Center research associates and other outside experts on the most important issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East.

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The Struggle over the Iranian Nuclear Program

No. 289
| February 26, 2015

It is incumbent on Israel to use all the diplomatic and political tools at its disposal to halt the signing of an accord with Iran that leaves Teheran with the capability to produce nuclear weapons.


Obama’s Iran Policy and Israel’s Elections

No. 288
| February 16, 2015

Obama does not want Netanyahu in Washington because he considers him a spoiler of his most important foreign policy initiative – an agreement with Iran. He’d like to oust him from Jerusalem as well.


While The Jihadists Make Headlines, Fundamentalist Iran is Making Major Gains

No. 287
| February 5, 2015

The United States’ policy in response to both Iran and the Islamic state is confusing and contradictory. Washington must reexamine the Iranian threat by confronting it, rather than appeasing its leaders.


Why the Hezbollah Clash Matters

No. 286
| February 2, 2015

As the Assad regime is losing its grip over the country, Iran and Hezbollah gain a greater ability to establish a new base of operations against Israel in southern Syria.


Line in the Sand

No. 285

The strike against Hezbollah last week clarifies to Israel’s enemies that there are red lines, and anyone crossing them must take into account Israel’s response.


China’s Emergence as a Middle Eastern Power and Israel’s Opportunity

No. 284
| February 1, 2015

China’s “New Silk Road” is Beijing’s latest project aimed at creating a belt of railroads, highways, pipelines and broadband communications stretching through China to the West. Israel’s geographical position makes it possible for it to play a bridgehead role in the project.


The New Greek Government: Israel has Reason for Concern

No. 283
| January 28, 2015

The main challenge facing the government of Alexis Tsipras is finding an economic compromise with the EU in a manner which will satisfy the Greek public. If Tsipras succeeds, he’ll be free to consider other foreign policy issues. Then, Israel may have room for concern.


Saudi Succession: The Sudayris Return

No. 282
| January 26, 2015

The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the smooth accession of King Salman marks the return of the Sudaryi family to leadership and the eventual rise of the grandchildren of founder King Abd al-Aziz


The Terrorist Defense Force

No. 281

In 2015, Israel’s military must be prepared for both ground warfare against Islamist extremists and an operation in Iran.


Turkey – America’s Unacknowledged Problem

No. 280
| January 4, 2015

Turkey is formally a NATO ally. But Erdogan-led Turkey has not behaved as an ally or a friend of the US for years. It is a mystery why the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge this.