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Binyamin Netanyahu

The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet

The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation – while raising legitimate moral questions – yielded terms very much in Israel’s favor, compared to where things stood recently. Legal threats have been averted, Turkish pressure over the siege of Gaza has been lifted, and the prospects for full Israeli participation in NATO activities are significantly brighter.

Israel’s Palestinian Dilemmas

| May 3, 2016

Israel has gradually come to realize that the Palestinians are neither a partner for peace nor capable of establishing a viable state. Therefore, Israel’s recent governments have adopted a de facto conflict-management approach, rather than a conflict-resolution strategy. This prompts several questions. Should Israel speak explicitly about the dim prospects of a two-state solution, or play along with the illusory preferences and pretensions of the international community? Should Israel apply more “stick” than “carrot” to the hostile Palestinian Authority? Would the collapse of the Palestinian Authority serve Israel’s interests? And how diplomatically active should Israel be on the Palestinian issue?

A New Geopolitical Bloc is Born in the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel, Greece and Cyprus

| February 16, 2016

From an Israeli perspective, the recent strengthening of alliance ties with Greece and Cyprus constitutes a win-win situation. A new geopolitical bloc is emerging that has military and political significance, and stands as a counterweight to Turkish ambitions. Stronger Israeli relations with Greece and Cyprus may also serve to encourage Turkey to show more flexibility in negotiations regarding normalization of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem.

Resetting the Mideast Peace Process

| March 22, 2015

Netanyahu should capitalize on his sweeping victory to reset the diplomatic table by outlining a pragmatic process that Israel can participate in, and to draw clear Israeli red lines as to acceptable contours of a solution

Security Challenges of the New Israeli Government

| March 19, 2015

The new Likud-led government will be faced with a range of sharp security challenges.

Iran Remains the Greatest Challenge in U.S.-Israel Relations

| November 3, 2014

If a “permanent agreement” with Iran fails to guarantee the bare minimum safeguards against Iran’s nuclearization that Israel feels is necessary, the relationship between the U.S. and Israel will truly be put to the test.

Hamas was Defeated, Until the Next Time

| September 1, 2014

During Operation Protective Edge, Hamas was clearly defeated, but was not destroyed.

Recognition of Jewish Israel is Critical for Palestinians

An agreement between Israel and the Palestinians must include Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jews, or it is not worth the paper it is written on.

The Palestinian Red Line

| 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.

Kerry’s Antagonism Unmasked

| November 10, 2013

John Kerry has abandoned America’s honest broker stance in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, laying out the consequences for Israel of disobeying America, but doing no such thing for the Palestinians if they remain intransigent.