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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Israel’s Dilemma in Gaza

No. 191
| December 6, 2012

Israel’s reluctance to inflict a decisive defeat of Hamas in Operation Pillar of Defense indicates its desire for a new arrangement for the Gaza Strip. A preferred outcome would be an Egyptian role in Gaza, providing Israel with a real government with whom it could negotiate.

Building in Jerusalem: A Strategic Imperative

No. 190
| December 5, 2012

Israel must follow up on its recent declaration to build in and around Jerusalem, particularly in Area E1, which connects the capital to the settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Creating continuous Jewish settlement in that area is necessary to enable Israel to have secure access to the strategic Jordan Valley.

Operation Pillar of Defense: An Initial Assessment

No. 189
| December 4, 2012

The operation also proved Israel’s determination to act forcefully in the post “Arab Spring” environment. However, the lack of a ground offensive allowed Hamas to craft a victory narrative and gave it the potential to re-arm.

The Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Myanmar: A Threat to Southeast Asia

No. 188
| November 28, 2012

Myanmar’s policies towards its minority Rohingya Muslims have sparked a rise in Islamist agitation against Buddhists in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Morsi’s Dictatorship and the Gaza Ceasefire

No. 187
| November 27, 2012

Egyptian President Morsi is proving to be a dictator in the footsteps of his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Operation Pillar of Defense: In Support of a Ground Offensive

No. 186
and | November 19, 2012

A strong Israeli response to Hamas rocket attacks is necessary to ensure Israel’s ability to stand against the rising tide of Islamist militancy.

Brothers in Arms: Would Hizballah and Hamas Join Iran in a War Against Israel?

No. 185
| October 23, 2012

There is a prevalent view that in the event of an Israeli strike on Iran, Tehran’s proxies in Lebanon and Gaza – Hizballah and Hamas – would join in retaliation against Israel. A more likely scenario, however, is that those groups’ participation will be limited at best.

Sunni Sectarianism and the Re-emergence of Jihadism in Indonesia

No. 184
| October 16, 2012

Recent events in Indonesia raise concern that the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation may be taking a turn toward hardline Islamism. The future of Indonesia’s tolerant Islam is being reassessed.

The Ostrich Syndrome: The World’s Reluctance to Take Action Against Iran

No. 183
| October 11, 2012

The international community appears unlikely to take military action against the Iranian nuclear weapons program because of the “Ostrich Syndrome” – a reluctance to deal with difficult problems and a preference to ignore them.

Will Egypt Go Nuclear?

No. 182
| September 13, 2012

President Morsi says that Egypt wishes to create a civilian nuclear
energy program. Leaders of Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, have called for Egypt to pursue a nuclear weapons program.