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 Plagues of Egypt

No. 131

It seems likely that in the near term Egypt will be a society plagued by political intrigue and instability. The governments of the world must be vigilant for developments that could threaten the Suez Canal, the peace with Israel, and regional stability.

It’s Iran, Not Israel, Stupid

No. 130
| February 20, 2011

An insidious new mythology is being advanced that replaces the Iranian threat with the “Israeli threat” to Middle East stability. This has the scent of incitement against, and demonization of, Israel. Political
attention must be redirected where it most urgently belongs: to the Iranian threat.

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi: A Balance Sheet

No. 129
| February 13, 2011

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi’s greatest achievement is the restoration of Israeli public faith in the IDF as an effective fighting force after the failures of the Second Lebanon War. An overall assessment of his tenure, however, also points to shortcomings in areas such as IDF battle doctrine and commanders’ education.

US Policy Regarding the Upheaval in Egypt: Endangering the Strategic Foundations of Regional Stability

No. 128
| February 7, 2011

The dream of turning Cairo 2011 into “Berlin 1989” is a chimera; the challenge is to prevent “Tehran 1979.” Obama Administration policy, however, threatens to widen the crack in the strategic foundations of regional stability that has served as the indispensable basis of peacemaking since the mid 1970s.

Regional Ramifications of Unrest in Egypt

No. 127
| February 6, 2011

The current unrest in Egypt is unlikely to result in a newly democratized nation. Rather, the ongoing political turmoil will likely strengthen the radical forces in the region, such as Iran and its proxies, the Turkish AKP and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

The Need for Minds Over Hearts in the Egyptian Crisis

No. 126
| February 3, 2011

Supporting Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman in the current crisis will prevent a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt and avoid a bloody and protracted Egyptian civil war marked by foreign intervention.

Lieberman and the Naked Emperor

No. 125
| January 13, 2011

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman takes a blunt approach to politics, one that is often met with resistance at home and abroad. But Lieberman’s views on the peace process and the Israel-Turkey relationship are representative of a large majority of the Israeli public.

Halt Nuclear Iran

No. 124
| December 2, 2010

A nuclear Iran jeopardizes regional stability in the Middle East and has far-reaching implications for global affairs. At this late stage, only military action can stop Iran’s race for nuclearization and prevent its disastrous consequences.

Iran: The Flaws of Containment

No. 123
| November 24, 2010

A containment strategy vis-à-vis Iran seems to be the preferred fallback option for the international community if sanctions fail. But “containment” will neither stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program nor calm the region, and this strategy may prompt aggressive or reckless responses from Tehran.

A Salute to Stephen Harper

No. 122
and | November 21, 2010

The Canadian Prime Minister has emerged as a modern Abraham, a prophetic voice of principle in a world that is in danger of losing its conscience about Jews and Israel.