Jordanian Security and Prosperity: An Essential Aspect of Israeli Policy

Israel has a strategic interest in, and long-standing commitment to, the safety, security, stability and prosperity of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In current times, the relationship is buttressed by a broad-ranging series of cooperative ventures in the strategic, security, diplomatic, economic and energy fields.

Israel’s Emerging Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean

| December 8, 2015

The flourishing new relationship between Israel and her two Hellenic neighbors in the eastern Mediterranean – Greece and Cyprus – is important on its own merits. But equally important, the Israel-Greece-Cyprus alliance seeks to block Turkey’s ambitions of regional hegemony, while at the same time offering Ankara a key place in the new Mediterranean political order, if and when she comes to her senses.

Is Jerusalem Divided?

Conflicts and clashes are not unique to Jerusalem. Israel needs to know why Jerusalem should be a priority; because it is seeking the return to Zion in all regions of the homeland! And if Israel does not insist on this, it will steadily withdraw inward, toward the coastal plain, and edge towards decline.

This is Not the Third Intifada

| October 22, 2015

As hard as it may be, the delicate balance between exercising force and exercising restraint must tip in favor of restraint. Israel must be sure to avoid steps that could make tensions boil over. Israel’s strategy has to make it clear that violence reaps no rewards.

Why the Status Quo on the Temple Mount Needs to Change

| October 19, 2015

The fact that al-Aqsa is not in danger, does not mean that the status quo on the Temple Mount should remain constant. To the contrary, it must change on both strategic and moral grounds; and for the sake of true Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The Locker Committee: A Preordained Failure

| October 14, 2015

The Locker Committee called in its July report for significant reforms in the IDF’s budget. The 77-page document was dead-on-arrival. External probes like the Locker Committee are a poor substitute for rigorous internal staff work and for tough governmental decision-making.

Myths, Facts, and Wishful Thinking in Responding to Palestinian Violence

| October 12, 2015

The recent wave of terrorism has seen illusion peddlers take center stage. While some are true believers, others seek only to promote personal, political, potentially dangerous agendas. Regional realities mandate a different, more prudent approach.

Israeli Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year

| September 16, 2015

Global upheavals are underway, U.S. foreign policy is changing, and the Middle East is in turmoil. Caution and preparedness are the watchwords.

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

| September 7, 2015

It is misplaced to view ISIS as posing an independent serious strategic challenge. Several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessary alarmist.

Improving Ties between India and Israel

| August 6, 2015

Relations between Israel and India are improving. The planned visits to Israel of India’s president and prime minister reflect this change. These shifts in Indian foreign policy are related to changes in the domestic and international arenas.