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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בלי סיסמאות, בבקשה

No. 311

האירועים הקשים של חג הסוכות ולאחריהם, בעיקר מעשי הרצח האכזריים, הביאו לפרץ של מוכרי אשליות מימין ומשמאל. חלק מאותם אנשים מאמין באמת ובתמים בנאמר על ידיהם, וחלקם עושים שימוש באירועים כדי לקדם את תפיסת עולמם בידיעה שדבריהם לא קשורים לאירועים.


Myths, Facts, and Wishful Thinking in Responding to Palestinian Violence

The recent wave of terrorism has seen illusion peddlers take center stage. While some are true believers, others seek only to promote personal, political, potentially dangerous agendas. Regional realities mandate a different, more prudent approach.


דרושה: יוזמה אקטיבית

No. 310

השיח הגלוי של ממשלת ישראל, ובמידה רבה גם זה של מנהיגי המתנחלים, מבקש בעיקר ביטחון לאזרחים. זו כמובן תכלית ראויה, אלא שהיא לוכדת את מדינת ישראל בהתנהלות הגנתית.


Proactive Redemption in Responding to Palestinian Violence

No. 310

Those who view Israel as a stepping stone for redemption and as the Jewish national spiritual homeland will act differently in responding to Palestinian violence than those who view Israel merely as a safe haven. Thus, the government should do more than just approve security operations against the terrorists.


The Palestinian Victimhood Narrative as an Obstacle to Peace

No. 309
| October 7, 2015

The false Palestinian narrative of one-sided victimhood is a major hindrance to all efforts in the direction of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Global actors need to help the Palestinians move beyond wallowing in self-pity and rituals of bashing Israel, and towards difficult compromises with Israel.


The Russian-Iranian Gambit in Syria

No. 308

The Russian-Iranian gambit in Syria will only inflame the volatile situation in the war-torn country. Sunni-Alawite animosity runs too deep to foster any hope for compromise. Israel must remain vigilant, and prevent terrorists from getting advanced weapons.


Israeli Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year

No. 307
| September 16, 2015

Global upheavals are underway, U.S. foreign policy is changing, and the Middle East is in turmoil. Caution and preparedness are the watchwords.


How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

No. 306
| September 7, 2015

It is misplaced to view ISIS as posing an independent serious strategic challenge. Several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessary alarmist.


Syria’s Chemical Weapon Obfuscations

No. 305

The reluctance of the international community to act forcibly regarding undeclared Syrian chemical weapon capabilities is a very bad sign. It raises doubts about full implementation of intelligence-gathering operations and effective monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program.


Improving Ties between India and Israel

No. 304
| August 6, 2015

Relations between Israel and India are improving. The planned visits to Israel of India’s president and prime minister reflect this change. These shifts in Indian foreign policy are related to changes in the domestic and international arenas.