Foreign Affairs

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Dore Gold: "You Can't Try and Railroad Israel"

A week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to deliver his controversial 2015 speech to a joint session of Congress, Dore Gold …

France and the GCC

France’s success with the recent multi-billion dollar arms contracts is closely linked with the US’ flexible attitude towards Iran, which has been …

Should America Power Down?

Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World<p>by Ian Bremmer<p>Portfolio, 2015, 240 pp., $27.95<p>In 1912, many people predicted that the United …

John Kerry on the Risk of Congress ‘Screwing’ the Ayatollah

In an interview, the U.S. secretary of state argues that rejecting the nuclear pact will confirm the Iranian leader's anti-American suspicions, deal a devastating blow to a diplomatic breakthrough, and increase the likelihood of war.<p>When I met with Secretary of State John Kerry in his office this …

What Information Collected by Israeli Intelligence Reveals About the Iran-Talks

On Nov. 26, 2013, three days after the signing of the interim agreement (JPOA) between the powers and Iran, the Iranian delegation returned home to …

The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

Has the Obama administration’s pursuit of new beginnings blinded it to enduring enmities?<p>“The president said many times he’s willing to step out of the rut of history.” In this way Ben Rhodes of the White House, who over the years has broken new ground in the grandiosity of presidential …

The New Special Relationship: The British Conservative Party and Israel

<i>In recent years, a once ambivalent relationship between the world’s oldest political party and one of its younger countries has been comprehensively</i> …

Michael Oren sees a US alliance in tatters, and Israel ‘on our own’

Asked whether people might look back on this period as the last days before Israel was wiped out, the MK-diplomat-historian responds: ‘It’s happened …

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How Obama Abandoned Israel

Netanyahu and the president both made mistakes, but only one purposely damaged U.S.-Israel relations.<p>‘Nobody has a monopoly on making mistakes.” When I was Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to the end of 2013, that was my standard response to reporters asking who bore the greatest …

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The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

Mixing shrewd diplomacy with defiance of U.N. resolutions, Iran has turned the negotiation on its head.<p>The announced framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has the potential to generate a seminal national debate. Advocates exult over the nuclear constraints it would impose on Iran. …

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Iran's Charmer in Chief Wins Again

Now is the time to praise Javad Zarif. Whatever you might think of Iran's foreign minister, he knows how to bargain.<p>With a final announcement due any …

Deal or No, Iran Will Remain a Nuclear Threat

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>We are now asking the bare minimum: a one-year breakout period we can verify.<p>Even if much remains to be thrashed out, the tentative framework understanding that the P5+1 is …

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Unrest grows in Iran’s Khuzestan

Albin Szakola<p>March 31, 2015<p>Unrest grows in Iran’s Khuzestan<p>Ethnic Arabs in southwestern Iran have protested against ruling authorities.<p>BEIRUT – …

Operation Charlie Foxtrot

The entire Middle East is at war right now, and the Obama administration's strategic incoherence is aiding and abetting the chaos.<p>Just because the …

Why the chaos in Yemen could force Obama to take a harder line with Iran

President Obama has for years stuck to a strategy aimed at keeping the United States from getting pulled into a big regional war between Iran and America’s traditional Arab allies.<p>The net result was a tailored, country-by-country approach to the region’s turmoil that put a priority on nuclear …

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The Iran time bomb

<i>Michael Hayden led the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005. Olli Heinonen is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.</i> …

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The deepening rift between Fatah, Hamas

Author: Ahmad Melhem<p>RAMALLAH, West Bank — Fatah-Hamas ties slid down a slippery slope late last week following mutual accusations of treason. This …

Petraeus: The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq

Gen. David H. Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in that country last week for the first time in more than three years. He was attending the annual Sulaimani Forum, a get-together of Iraqi leaders, thinkers and academics, at the American University of …

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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

To Kurdistan and Back: Iran's Forgotten Front<p>David Pollock<p>If Washington is truly determined to stand up to Iran’s regional challenges and maintain a …

After electoral trouncing, what future for the Israeli left?

A lot of groups are licking their wounds after Likud’s trouncing of the Labor-led Zionist Union on Tuesday.<p>The Israeli left, to be sure, did better …

International pressure to grow after election, but sky won’t fall

It was no secret that the international community was keeping its fingers crossed, praying for a change to a more dovish government in Israel. Now …

Bibi Is Back: The Consequences for U.S.-Israeli Relations

With all votes in, it looks virtually certain that Bibi Netanyahu will remain on the job as Prime Minister of Israel. That will be a big …

After Tikrit

A battle is unfolding in Saddam Hussein’s old tribal capital of Tikrit. Unthinkable just a decade ago, the main government forces leading the battle …

The convoluted process of electing an Israeli government

Being a civil servant I'm not allowed publicly to express political opinions. But I don't see why that should stop me from explaining how the …

Undoing Netanyahu's Damage to U.S.-Israel Relations

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current candidate for Knesset, argues that it will crucial for his country's next government to get right with America.<p>The kingmaker in Tuesday's election in Israel may turn out to be Moshe Kahlon, the Libyan Jewish center-rightist whose …

The Last Days of King Bibi

From the Galilee to the Negev and Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel awaits the results of today's election with bated breath. Likud strongholds are …

Q&A: Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List

<b>Jerusalem</b> - Four political parties representing the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the country's population, have set aside their ideological differences and joined forces ahead of the country's legislative elections due to take place on Tuesday.<p>The parties, ranging in …

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