Binyamin Netanyahu

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.

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.

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.

Netanyahu and Sarkozy: Personal Chemistry Versus Political Disagreements

| June 22, 2009

Netanyahu and Sarkozy resemble each other in their charismatic
leadership, their dynamic capitalist approach and their global view of
security threats. But they differ sharply on settlements, Jerusalem, and more.

Too Clever By Half? The Problematics of Demilitarization and Other Shadows in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s BESA Center Speech

| June 17, 2009

Netanyahu’s real purpose seems to be procrastination and shifting the onus of progress onto the Palestinians. This strategy could backfire, as other parties fill the diplomatic vacuum with proposals of their own. Netanyahu’s insistence on demilitarization opens the door to demands for mutual demilitarization.

Netanyahu’s Begin-Sadat Center Speech: An Attempt at Consensus Diplomacy

| June 15, 2009

The speech represents a political success for Netanyahu, as he managed to improve relations with the US while simultaneously keeping his governing coalition intact. But down the line he will need a national unity government to make difficult decisions on settlements and more.

Obama and Netanyahu: Idealism vs. Pragmatism

| March 18, 2009

Obama’s idealism will face harsh realities that limit his policy options,
especially with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Iran.
Obama and Netanyahu are both pragmatic leaders capable of adjusting to realities; and thus can be expected to make efforts to avoid a major confrontation.

Israel in 2009: A One-Block State of the Right

| February 12, 2009

The Israeli election result this week confirms the emergence of a one-block, right-of-center dominant political reality in Israel; a fact that is
likely to dominate for many years to come. Kadima’s electoral achievement is ephemeral.