Binyamin Netanyahu

Israeli Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy

| August 19, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu supported upgrading the referendum law to placate his coalition members on the Right, but he has shown that he will welcome back the ultra-Orthodox parties under certain circumstances.

US-Israel Mixed Messages on Iran

| September 10, 2012

Israel and the US must improve their lines of communication. The US also ought to consider equipping Israel with enhanced military resources that would allow Israel to confront Iran at a later date – giving the West more time to pressure the Iranian regime.

The Levy Report: Reinvigorating the Discussion of Israel’s Rights in the West Bank

| July 31, 2012

The Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria (the “Levy report”) reinvigorates the discussion of the legitimacy of Israel’s position regarding settlements under international law, after many years in which Israel has been silent about its legal rights.

Netanyahu Turns Centrist and Triumphs

| May 30, 2011

Netanyahu went to Washington with a centrist message, parried the attempts of Obama to extract additional concessions, and signaled to the world that its expectations about the shape of a future agreement must be calibrated in accordance with the wishes of the Israeli electorate.

The Obama Doctrine for the Middle East

| May 23, 2011

Obama maintains a grossly overoptimistic assessment of regional realities, which could have dangerous unintended consequences for the US and Israel.

The Delusion of Peace Initiatives

| April 14, 2011

The wisdom of a new Israeli peace initiative is not self-evident. While it may deflect some international criticism, it is unlikely to bring about conflict resolution, and it will propagate the fallacy of a two-state solution.

In Defense of Defense

| May 24, 2010

A protective or defensive diplomatic strategy is the right strategy in light of Israel’s bitter experiences with Middle East peace processes. Israeli “initiatives” of the past 20 years have produced such dismal results that any purported Israeli diplomatic initiative holds more pitfalls than promise.

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.

Despite Pundits, Netanyahu Wants Peace

| March 11, 2010

Netanyahu’s readiness to compromise has been met by continued resistance from the Palestinians, who have displayed a lack of political pragmatism that is a prerequisite for reaching a compromise.