Nuclear Fiascoes: From Diplomatic Failure With North Korea To Debacle With Iran
By Claudia Rosett Monday, August 31, 2015
With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically elected leader of one of America’s closest allies, to say this nuclear deal is mortal folly. He warns that it is filled with concessions more likely to sustain and embolden the nuclear-weapons-seeking despotism than to disarm it.
Negotiations with Hamas on a Long-Term Agreement
By INSS Monday, August 31, 2015
There has been much mention in recent weeks of negotiations between Israel and Hamas on a stable long-term agreement. Negotiations are reportedly underway through various mediators, with Turkey and former Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair the most prominent. According to some reports, the parties are close to a 5-10 year ceasefire and a “removal of the blockade” on the Gaza Strip, which will include opening the borders and establishing a port in Turkish Cyprus, from where, after inspection in Cyprus, cargo will head to the Gaza Strip.
Israel and the United States: Time for a Parallel Agreement
By INSS Sunday, August 30, 2015
Long before the signing of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) between Iran and the P5+1, I called on the leaders of Israel and the United States to launch a constructive dialogue and work together to minimize the potential risks inherent in the JCPOA. The agreement signed between the P5+1 and Iran is very problematic for Israel, and is currently opposed by the majority of Americans and their representatives in Congress.
“The IDF Strategy”: A Focused Action Approach
By INSS Thursday, August 27, 2015
The publication of the document “The IDF Strategy” – a milestone in the development of the relationship between the military and the civilian population – is unprecedented. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the transparency manifested by the very publication of the document, a most welcome occurrence.
Iran is Nuclear Now! With Weapons Development and Delivery Systems
By Paul E. Vallely Thursday, August 27, 2015
Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China, and North Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and this means they are already nuclear – “break out” is imminent now.
During this period, North Korea had evaded sanctions, and like Iran, lied, cheated, and broke virtually every agreement it ever signed with the United Nations. Now North Korea is a nuclear weapons power, and we believe Iran has already done the same. Each had created hidden facilities but only North Korea has actually tested weapons fully. Because Iran has to date only detonated trigger devices that does not mean the Mullahs do not have weapons capability now because they certainly have enough material.
Opportunities Presented by the New Arab Politics
By INSS Monday, August 24, 2015
The March 2015 election campaign in Israel was significant for its influence on Arab politics. The familiar talk among Arab politicians about the need for unity in order to realize the electoral potential of Arab voters was translated into reality when for the first time a joint list of the main Arab parties took part in the elections. The formation of the Joint List was a function of internal political constraints, caused by the higher electoral threshold required under new legislation for Knesset representation. The rise in the electoral threshold reflected an unspoken sentiment in the Israeli establishment toward the Arab minority, designed to drive the Arab minority out of the national political arena while simultaneously attempting to integrate it in the national economy as part of the government effort to increase the GDP.
The power of Jewish indignation
By Caroline Glick Saturday, August 22, 2015
Perhaps we should thank Spain’s Rotodom Sunsplash reggae festival organizers. They just provided us with a textbook case both of the nature of today’s anti-Semitism and of how to defeat it.
Last weekend, the festival organizers canceled their invitation to Matisyahu, the American-Jewish reggae artist, because he refused to bow to the organizers’ demand that he publicly support “Palestine.”
Will our democracy put up with the secrecy behind Iran deal?
By UN Watch Friday, August 21, 2015
Touro Institute Professor Anne Bayefsky explains the White House’s dealings with the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, and its side deal with Tehran
Iran Deal Supporters! You will have blood on your hands!
By Barry Shaw Friday, August 21, 2015
To the Iran deal decision makers. Here is an aspect, and a warning, you fail to consider.
The Iranians are still chanting, “Death to Israel!” even as you decide to sign this deadly deal and gift them $150 Billion.
When Will the US Sanctions on Iran be Lifted, and by Whom?
By INSS Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The battle raging between the US President and Congress on the Iranian nuclear deal should not eclipse the story behind the future removal of US sanctions. Beyond the legal questions, there are several heavy political questions that will influence the vitality of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), announced on July 14, 2015; relations between Iran and the US, beyond the bilateral aspects; and domestic US politics, led by the race to the White House.
The IDF Strategy and the Responsibility of the Political Leadership
By INSS Wednesday, August 19, 2015
On August 13, 2015, IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot released the document “The IDF Strategy,” which describes the army’s operational options and the security level that it can provide to the country. This is a highly professional document, unprecedented in the level of disclosure and detail, indicating well-ordered and profound thinking by the army. Its publication highlights the Chief of Staff’s sensitivity to public opinion in Israel, both because the IDF is the people’s army and because the public’s views wield major influence on politicians making security and budget decisions.
Israel and the Iran Nuclear Deal: “Chronicle of a Failure Foretold”?
By INSS Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Irrespective of the political motivations among members of the Israeli opposition for their respective attacks on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his handling of the Iran nuclear issue and Israel’s diplomatic failure regarding the P5+1-Iran deal, questions have arisen that will likely become more poignant in the Israeli debate if the deal ultimately passes Congress. This is especially the case if the deal becomes widely regarded in Israel as a bad agreement that will not stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In this case, the Israeli government – which has long been laboring to prevent this very outcome – will be perceived as a firm loser in the wake of the deal.
What Will the Iran Deal Mean for NATO Missile Defense?
By News on the Net Monday, August 17, 2015
Immediately following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the world powers and Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Moscow expected the United States to review its missile defense plans. Lavrov referred to the celebrated Prague speech of US President Barack Obama, who in April 2009 stated that once the Iranian threat was “eliminated,” there would no longer be a need for missile defense in Europe.
Revising the National Security Concept: The Need for a Strategy of Multidisciplinary Impact
By INSS Sunday, August 16, 2015
Israel’s national security concept shapes the course toward realization of the national vision defined in the Declaration of Independence: Israel is to constitute a national home for the Jewish people, and ensure its existence and prosperity. The broader aspects of national security include: (a) internal and external security; (b) Israel’s foreign relations and international status; (c) economic growth and resources; (d) effective governance – the ability to make decisions and implement them; and (e) unity and resilience in civil society.
Iranian Dissidents Against the Iran Deal
By News on the Net Saturday, August 15, 2015
Original article from The Daily Beast.
In the past few weeks, some Iranian activists have vocally supported the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (China, Russia, France, United Kingdom, United States and Germany). While we deeply respect the experience and views of these men and women, it is important to hear all perspectives.