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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Muslim Hypocrisy: On the Violation of Religious Freedoms

No. 120
| November 14, 2010

Muslim protests against Western Christian violations of Muslim freedoms are clearly a case of people living in glass houses throwing stones. Any such violations pale in comparison to the pervasiveness and severity of violations of the religious freedom of Christians in Middle Eastern Muslim states.

The Struggle Over Religious Edicts in Saudi Arabia

No. 119
| November 11, 2010

Recently, the Saudi Royals have moved to control the issuance of fatwas(religious edicts), restricting them to those appointed by the family as members of the Council of Senior Ulama; but the proliferation of media makes such control difficult.

Ending Oil’s Monopoly: The Role of Israel

No. 118
| November 7, 2010

The West needs to end oil’s monopolistic status by promoting the use of biofuels and electricity for transportation, something in which Israel can assist thanks to its technological lead in electric cars and second-generation biofuels.

American Public Opinion Toward Iran’s Nuclear Program: Moving Towards Confrontation

No. 117
| October 24, 2010

Contrary to common wisdom, an in-depth analysis of US public opinion polls shows that most Americans increasingly understand that the radical Islamic regime in Iran must be confronted; even, if necessary, with military force.

The Tide Could Turn Against Radical Islam

No. 116
| October 10, 2010

The driving forces behind the growth of Islamic radicalism – the Islamic revolution in Iran and the immense Saudi funding for spreading Wahhabism – may not endure. By the end of this decade, the current strength of Islamism could be shattered.

Obama Should Withdraw From Afghanistan, Not Iraq

No. 115
| October 7, 2010

The US should withdraw its forces from Afghanistan because there are other states capable of shouldering the burden of stabilizing the country, and the threat to US security is no longer acute. Iraq, however, can be stabilized only by the US, and its long-term stability is a vital US interest with lasting and broad implications.

Is Israel More Isolated Than Ever?

No. 114
| September 14, 2010

Israel is not nearly as diplomatically isolated as its critics from within and without would have us believe; thus, Israeli diplomacy and security policies should not be dictated by panic over such “isolation.”

When the West Bankers Arrive in Washington…

No. 113
| September 1, 2010

Mahmoud Abbas cannot yet afford to lose the Israeli army presence in the West Bank as the threat of a Hamas takeover there still looms. Thus the peace talks are a pretense.

Handling the “Tectonic Shift” in US Foreign Policy Under Obama: A Strategy for Israel

No. 112
| July 12, 2010

No president has the power to create a “tectonic shift” in US policy by himself. Israel must balance its acceptance of Obama’s policies with the reinforcement of parts of the American policy-making system that have not been converted to the President’s view.

Gazans Deserve a Better Future

No. 111
| June 30, 2010

The international pressure that led to Israel’s easing of the Gaza blockade indicates a gross misunderstanding of Israel’s right to self-defense as well as a grave misperception as to Israel’s responsibilities as a non-occupying power.