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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 …

Israel

Should America Power Down? - The American Interest

Ian Bremmer argues that America should tender its resignation as the world’s superpower. But becoming Clark Kent, permanently, is not sound strategy.

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 …

Iran

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 …

Iran

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 …

Foreign Policy

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> …

Israel

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

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Iran

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 …

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 – …

Middle East

Operation Charlie Foxtrot

Just because the Middle East’s descent into chaos is hardly the fault of the Obama administration, that doesn’t mean its policies in the region are …

Geopolitics
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Iran

The deepening rift between Fatah, Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Fatah-Hamas ties slid down a slippery slope late last week following mutual accusations of treason. This has weighed down the …

Israel

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 …

Middle East

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

New Kuwaiti Poll Shows Mostly Positive Views On U.S. Policy Push, But Some Splits<p>David Pollock<p>As Secretary of State Tillerson returns from the Middle …

Middle East

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 …

Israel

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 …

Israel

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

It is, of course, Netanyahu’s right to reject the two-state solution. But given how Americans tend to see the world, doing so will have consequences …

Israel

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 …

Iraq

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 …

Israel

The Last Days of King Bibi

TEL AVIV, Israel <b>—</b> It felt a bit like a festive street fair, except for the giant “death to terrorists” banner looming overhead. Tens of thousands of …

Israel

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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