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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Gadi Eisenkot’s Challenges and Opportunities

No. 278
| December 8, 2014

Unlike many previous chiefs-of-staff for Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), whose appointments were shadowed by controversies, the nomination this past week of Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot as the 21st commander of the IDF has been widely welcomed.


Between a Hollow Success and a Legacy of Failure

No. 277

As the West’s nuclear negotiations with Iran heads toward additional extensions, it is likely that future negotiations will focus on the concessions Iran seeks to secure.


Iran Remains the Greatest Challenge in U.S.-Israel Relations

No. 276

If a “permanent agreement” with Iran fails to guarantee the bare minimum safeguards against Iran’s nuclearization that Israel feels is necessary, the relationship between the U.S. and Israel will truly be put to the test.


Aid to the Palestinians: A Case of Flagrant Discrimination

No. 275
| October 22, 2014

The disproportionate dispensation of international aid to the Palestinians is discriminatory and biased.


Negotiating with Iran: Lessons from America’s Failed Nuclear Accord with North Korea

No. 274
| October 21, 2014

The overall failure of the Agreement Framework to halt North Korea’s nuclear program offers an important lesson in analyzing the potential effectiveness of a new nuclear agreement with Iran.


Fight Not the Last War

No. 273

The IDF must be careful not to make too many operational changes based on the lessons of Operation Protective Edge


Iran Remains the Threat in the Middle East

| October 19, 2014

The novelty of the Islamic State, as well as the magnitude of the threat it poses, are greatly exaggerated. Iran remains the main threat to stability in the Middle East.


We Have to be Prepared

No. 271
| September 15, 2014

The rules of the game between Israel and Hamas will be decided by Israel’s response to the first instance of rocket fire.


Misplaced Frustration

No. 270
| September 3, 2014

Frustration over the final outcome of Operation Protective Edge is misplaced. The Israeli public needs to understand that Israel did not set out to topple Hamas.


Hamas was Defeated, Until the Next Time

No. 269
| September 1, 2014

During Operation Protective Edge, Hamas was clearly defeated, but was not destroyed.