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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Empty Words: Saudi Blustering

No. 147
| July 17, 2011

The Saudis are all bark and no bite. Despite occasional public “outrage” from Saudi officials about US policy regarding the Arab unrest, Israel, Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan, Riyadh and Washington are still very distant from the parting of ways threatened by some Saudi officials.

Get Tough With Turkey

No. 146
| July 14, 2011

Turkish demands are unreasonable and an apology will not change the anti-Israeli policy of an increasingly authoritarian and Islamist Turkey. Israel’s reluctance to criticize Erdogan’s government is construed as weakness and Jerusalem should take off its gloves in dealing with Ankara.

Halting the Egyptian Drift

No. 145
| June 19, 2011

Developments in post-Mubarak Egypt are beginning to mirror the process of Islamization that took place in Iran following the 1979 revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood is gaining support, while progressive forces – those that hoped to bring democracy to Egypt – have fallen silent.

Gulf Monarchies Confront the “Arab Spring”

No. 144
| June 12, 2011

The threat emanating from Iran as well as the lack of confidence in US support gives the Gulf states much to fear and has imbued the GCC with new-found unity and purpose.

Netanyahu Turns Centrist and Triumphs

No. 143
| May 30, 2011

Netanyahu went to Washington with a centrist message, parried the attempts of Obama to extract additional concessions, and signaled to the world that its expectations about the shape of a future agreement must be calibrated in accordance with the wishes of the Israeli electorate.

Towards Responsible Sovereignty

No. 142
| May 29, 2011

Armed non-state actors who fight from within the territory of weak or failed states are undermining the concept of sovereignty. A new standard should be set for states requiring them to adhere to “responsible” sovereignty, and this should preclude the establishment of a new failed state in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Obama Doctrine for the Middle East

No. 141
| May 23, 2011

Obama maintains a grossly overoptimistic assessment of regional realities, which could have dangerous unintended consequences for the US and Israel.

Saudi Arabia, Iran, and America in the Wake of the Arab Spring

No. 140
| May 23, 2011

For the rulers of Riyadh, the primary result of the “Arab Spring” has been a shaking of the strategic foundation and alignments that have shaped Saudi regional policy since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Confrontation Along Israel’s Borders

No. 139

“Nakba Day” confrontations along Israel’s borders reflect new regional realities and a long-term weakening of Israel’s deterrence posture.

Hamas and Fatah: A Temporary Marriage of Convenience

No. 138

The Hamas-Fatah agreement creates a Janus-faced government in the West Bank and Gaza, which is more smoke and mirrors than reality. When the time comes to divide up the spoils, the deep-seated divisions between Hamas and Fatah will again come to the fore.