The Logic of Israel’s Actions to Contain Iran in Syria and Lebanon

October 18, 2018

Israel’s opposition to Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon is twofold: To prevent Iran from building a beachhead against Israel through its proxies on Israel’s borders, and to impede development of Iran’s nuclear and long-range missile capabilities. Israel is absolutely determined and prepared to act forcefully against Iran, which could lead to a full-scale war. Israel must win this struggle against Iran, one way or another.

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora relations: the next Generation

October 12, 2018

The Jewish People celebrates, in 2018, 70 years of sovereignty. There are still many challenges confronting the Jewish state today. But at the same time, Israel can note that 70 years of independence had brought her to unfathomable heights of success beyond any dreams held at its founding.

The Israeli Community in the United States: A Public Diplomacy Asset for Israel

October 11, 2018

The erosion of support for Israel among the liberal American public and the positioning of Israel at the heart of the political dispute between the Republicans and the Democrats could undermine the special relationship between Israel and the United States in the medium and long term. To maintain the alliance between the two countries, Israel’s positive image among the American public must be strengthened, which will help reverse the trend of eroding support among the liberal target audience. The Israeli community in the United States is an asset that has great potential to contribution to realizing this goal.

Los Acuerdos de Camp David de 1978: una nueva mirada sobre cómo Egipto e Israel pasaron de la guerra a la paz

September 26, 2018

Cuando el gobernador de Georgia, Jimmy Carter, se convirtió en el 39º presidente de los Estados Unidos en 1977, tenía poca experiencia en política exterior. Varios años antes había conocido a Zbigniew Brzezinski, un profesor de la Universidad de Columbia especialista en relaciones internacionales. Brzezinski se interesó por Carter y se convirtió en el principal mentor de la política exterior del candidato. Cuando Carter asumió el cargo, la búsqueda de la paz en el Medio Oriente fue pilar central de su política El exterior.

While We Were Planning: Unexpected Developments in International Politics

September 22, 2018

How might we have to imagine the Middle East if there were a political thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia? Could Turkey leave NATO in the near future? What would happen if security-related EU databases were successfully hacked; if South Korea were to arm itself with nuclear weapons; or if an American woman were to head the United Nations? Of course, these situations, as explored in the SWP’s latest Foresight research paper, are only hypothetical. Why address them?

On Developing a Coherent US Regional Strategy Towards Iran, and Iran’s Likely Response

September 21, 2018

The US can and should develop a coherent region-wide strategy, involving US allies including Israel, to impede Iran’s ability to continue developing in ways detrimental to the region’s security. However, Iran is proficient in the practice of using proxies and paramilitary methods, as well as in the combination of paramilitary and political struggle. Its response to a US-led strategy to contain and roll back their influence is likely to focus on these areas.

From Reckoning to Biking: Israelis Remake Yom Kippur?

September 18, 2018

One can praise the Israeli habit of Yom Kippur bicycle riding, or one can denounce it. However, one thing one cannot do is ignore it. The streets of Israel have been flooded with bike riders on Yom Kippur for quite a few years, and it has become clear that bike riding on Yom Kippur has gone mainstream.

The Oslo Process – 25 Years On

September 14, 2018

The Oslo process – started between Israel and the Palestinians 25 years ago – clearly failed to bring a resolution to the conflict and did not result in peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. The nearly 1,600 Israeli casualties and many more thousands of wounded during this period by Palestinian terrorist and rocket attacks testify to this failure. Yitzhak Rabin’s land-for-security formula did not work.

Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict

September 11, 2018

Recent months have witnessed a warming of relations between Russia and Israel. One indicator of the trend is the frequency of high-level meetings, culminating in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s participation – as the only Western state guest – in the military parade on Red square on 9 May.

“Latin American Jews: Changing Horizons and New Challenges”

September 9, 2018

There has been a significant revitalization of Jewish life among the Jewish communities of Latin America although they are shrinking, mostly due to emigration processes. Over the course of two generations, Latin American Jewry has transformed from mostly immigrants and immigrant communities to rooted communities of locally-born citizens and, simultaneously, of emigrants and expatriates.

Twenty five years since Oslo: an insider’s account

September 7, 2018

When a leader of one country considers whether the time is ripe to commence peace negotiations with the leader of an enemy, there are two important questions that the leader must consider: Is the other leader willing to make the sacrifices necessary to attain peace? Is that leader strong enough to make those sacrifices and enforce the deal internally, that is, is he capable? The answer to both of these questions must be ‘yes.’ A willing but incapable leader is as bad for reaching a peace treaty as a capable but unwilling leader.

Turbulence in May: Israel and the Arab World as Reflected in Online Discourse

September 6, 2018

The month of May was fraught with turbulent events that began with the disclosure of Iranian nuclear documents by Israel, and continued with an Israeli air strike against Iranian missile bases in Syria, the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the riots at the border fence with Gaza. The discourse involving users from the Arab world on social media illustrates their contradictory attitudes towards Israel, which are influenced by the respective interests guiding various groups.