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 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.

The Vienna Accord Only Postpones Confrontation with Iran

No. 303

The Vienna agreement has made the situation more complex and dangerous, not less so. The conflict that will ensue will take place in conditions far worse (from a Western perspective) than before the agreement, pitting the West (and/or Israel) against a much-stronger Iran.

What Israel Can Do Now

No. 302
| July 19, 2015

There are still actions Israel might take to protect itself from attack by Iranian nuclear weapons, including a limited Israeli strike on Iran.

Six Strikes against the Nuclear Deal with Iran

No. 301
| July 15, 2015

There are (at least) six significant and immediate bad results from the agreement reached yesterday between the Western powers and Iran.

The Unrealistic European Peace Offensive

No. 300
| June 1, 2015

While partition of the Land of Israel between the Jews and the Arabs living in this small part of the world is desirable, the Palestinian national movement has proved to be the wrong partner to implement partition and is largely responsible for the failure of the two state solution. Conflict management is the only approach that has a chance to minimize suffering on both sides and achieve a modicum of stability in a stormy Middle East.