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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An Open Letter to My Turkish Friends

No. 92
| October 11, 2009

It is time to consider the possible “loss” of Turkey to Islamism. This
would be first and foremost a tragedy for Turkey, and a significant blow to Israel and the Western alliance.

Obama and the Middle East

No. 91
| September 24, 2009

Obama’s ambitious Mideast agenda has so far produced meager results. Many regional players are primarily concerned about Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and are not easily amenable to American overtures.

The Fatah Conference: Finally an Abbas Victory

No. 90
| August 25, 2009

Abbas finally appears to have gained some power in his party, Fatah. But due to persisting Palestinian internal divisions, he will still need the help of Israel and the US for controlling the West Bank.

Apprehensive Allies: India and Israel in the Obama Era

No. 89
| August 10, 2009

India and Israel are both suffering from a bout of “Bush Blues” since Obama took office. The issues in contention range from strategic concerns like Pakistan and Iran, to nuclear nonproliferation and economic factors like outsourcing of jobs.

Mideast “Experts” Got Iraq Wrong

No. 88
| August 4, 2009

Almost all the doom and gloom scenarios for Iraq predicted by the so-called Mideast experts have failed to materialize, and Iraqis already
have accomplished what was thought impossible: a consensual federal constitution and government.

A Jewish and Non-Legitimate State

No. 87

The Islamic world is ideologically incapable of according legitimacy to
the State of Israel, for deep-seated religious, nationalistic and historical reasons.

The Lone Terrorist

No. 86
| July 13, 2009

The lone terrorist attacker is difficult to defend against. Israel must enact effective “price tag” deterrence legislation against would-be terrorists.

O Ali, O Husayn! An Ancient Shi’ite Paradigm Haunts Today’s Islamic Republic

No. 85
| July 12, 2009

Hatred of, and disdain for, George W. Bush was the European excuse for refusing American requests for diplomatic and military cooperation.
How will Europe, which is in love with Obama, now justify saying no?

Is It Time to Update the 1985 US-Israel Free Trade Agreement, in View of EU Neighborhood Policy?

No. 84
| June 29, 2009

The 25-year-old Israel-US Free Trade Agreement remains solid, and it is not in Israel’s interests to open its terms for renegotiation.

Netanyahu Has Become Mainstream Israel

No. 83
| June 28, 2009

In his diplomatic address at the BESA Center, Netanyahu successfully
redefined the Israeli consensus and became a mainstream political leader.