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 Jordan Valley: Israel’s Security Belt

No. 232
| January 6, 2014

Israel must resist pressure and retain the Jordan Valley, its only available defensible border to the east, in a future peace deal. Israel must also build in Area E-1, which would link the valley to an undivided Jerusalem.

Winning the BDS Battle

No. 231
| January 5, 2014

To defeat BDS, the government should let Israeli society and pro-Israel groups abroad take the lead, and focus the debate on Israel’s legitimacy.

Egypt and the Threat of Islamic Terror

No. 230
| January 1, 2014

Egypt’s new rulers are faced with a terror problem emanating from the Sinai, led by radical jihad groups. The US and international community must support the Egyptian regime to prevent Egypt from turning into the next Syria.

Erdogan Is in Trouble

No. 229
| December 29, 2013

The Turkish Prime Minister is facing unprecedented political pressure that might precipitate the end of his rule.

Saudi-Israeli Relations: Balancing Legitimacy and Security

No. 228
| December 17, 2013

There is speculation on collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Israel against Iran. However, given its history and concern for the legitimacy of its rule, the Saudis are more likely to draw closer to Iran.

The Palestinian Red Line

No. 227
| December 16, 2013

Mahmoud Abbas views recognition of Israel as the Jewish state as a red line. It is high time the Palestinians recognize the Jewish people’s right to their ancient homeland.

Yemen Under Attack

No. 226
| December 12, 2013

Yemen is on the verge of becoming a failed state, as the interim government struggles to fight terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, that have made Yemen a base of operations.

Neglect of IDF Ground Forces: A Risk to Israel’s Security

No. 225
and | December 4, 2013

Dramatic cuts to the IDF budget have forced the army to reduce its ground forces capabilities. This is a mistake, as the IDF still must rely on its ground forces to deal with its threats, specifically Hamas and Hizballah.

The Geneva Interim Accord: A Bad Deal

No. 224
| December 2, 2013

The interim accord reached in Geneva regarding Iran’s nuclear program is a bad deal that enshrines Iran’s status as a nuclear threshold state and paves Tehran’s path towards a nuclear bomb.

A Strike on Iran: Complex, But Possible

No. 223
| November 21, 2013

An Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is a risky and militarily-complicated endeavor, but within reach. Israeli ingenuity and determination could lead to a great operational and political success.