Barack Obama

Regional Ramifications of Unrest in Egypt

| February 6, 2011

The current unrest in Egypt is unlikely to result in a newly democratized nation. Rather, the ongoing political turmoil will likely strengthen the radical forces in the region, such as Iran and its proxies, the Turkish AKP and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama Should Withdraw From Afghanistan, Not Iraq

| 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.

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

| 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.

Netanyahu Can Say “No”

| March 25, 2010

Prime Minister Netanyahu can effectively resist American pressure on Jerusalem. In fact, Jerusalem is the issue on which Netanyahu can best take a stand against Obama.

Obama’s Pressure Will Backfire

| March 25, 2010

Intense and exclusive American pressure on Israel will result in the
hardening of Arab and Palestinian positions, and will scuttle, rather than initiate, real negotiations.

Understanding the Settlement Moratorium

| December 29, 2009

Postponing and possibly avoiding a fight with the Obama administration was the main reason for Israel’s settlement freeze. Ten months from now the Israeli prime minister may be in a better position to resist US pressure.

Mitchell’s Mission Impossible

| October 22, 2009

Mitchell, and with him a large part of the international community, fail to
understand that the ethnic conflict being waged in the Holy Land will end only when the parties tire. So far, Israelis and Palestinians still have energy to fight for what is important to them.

Obama and the Middle East

| 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.

Apprehensive Allies: India and Israel in the Obama Era

| 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.

Netanyahu Has Become Mainstream Israel

| June 28, 2009

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