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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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> …

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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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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

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 trying to conclude with Iran would represent progress toward constraining the Iranian nuclear program. The claim of the Obama …

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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 – …

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Operation Charlie Foxtrot

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Last Days of King Bibi

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

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