Israel’s Democracy is Up For Election


Imagine if a former close associate of the U.S. Treasury secretary filed a complaint with the FBI alleging the secretary offered him a large sum of money to murder a police commissioner, but the FBI ignored complaints and instead refused to investigate the allegation? This is precisely what just happened in Israel. On August 31, Yossi Kamisa, a former associate of Israeli…

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Israel is on its Own Against Iran


Assuming that President Joe Biden concludes his deal with Iran, as now seems all but certain, Israel cannot expect any significant assistance from the United States, regardless of the results of the midterm elections, in diminishing the dangers, or changing American policy in any substantive way until after a different president is in the Oval Office. And if concrete measures…

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Israel’s Rational and Irrational Iran Policies


As news came out last week that the U.S. and Iran are on the verge of concluding a new nuclear deal, Israelis were given two very different interpretations of events. Caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, along with their media flacks responded by insisting that although the deal is bad, Lapid and Gantz are handling it…

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A year after the Afghanistan withdrawal: What did America lose?


A year after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Americans are still licking their wounds. Last year President Joe Biden’s demanded that the all U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan by an artificial timeline. He disregarded the Afghans who fought with them for twenty years. He abandoned $90 billion in weapons to the Taliban. He left Bagram Air Force Base and the…

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Biden Ushers in an Era of Nuclear Chaos and War


The Biden administration is on the verge of closing its long-sought for nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Europeans distributed a “final draft” of an agreement to the Americans and the Iranians last week. While the text was billed as a “take it or leave it” offer, neither the Europeans nor the Americans walked away after Iran…

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Israel’s Legal Fraternity is Destroying Israel Democracy


One of the most stunning phenomena to have arisen in recent years is the one to one parallel between the politicization and corruption of the legal fraternity in Israel, including the Attorney General, the state prosecution and the court system, and the politicization and corruption of the FBI and the Department of Justice in the United States. In both cases,…

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America’s Appeasement of Iran is the Gravest Threat to Israel’s Security


Following a week of dramatic events ranging from Israel’s 3-day campaign against the Palestinians, the FBI raid of former president Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach to Russia’s launch of an Iranian satellite against the backdrop of the renewed nuclear appeasement talks in Vienna, to increased cooperation between Israel and Turkey amidst apparent Turkish rapprochement with Iran and Russia, in…

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The strategic blindness of Israel’s caretaker government


Operation Breaking Dawn was a textbook illustration of Israel’s tactical brilliance and prowess on the one hand, and strategic blindness on the other. Tactically, Israel’s Iron Dome system allows its civilians to remain almost entirely unharmed while terror armies pummel Israel’s cities and villages with missiles and rockets. So too, Israel has developed precision guided weapons, and operational intelligence capabilities…

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American Jewish Leaders Have Failed and Betrayed the Community


Over the past 25 years, the position of the American Jewish community, its political power and security have deteriorated at breakneck speed. Part of the problem of course is the rise of politically legitimate anti-Semitism on the political left. But part of the problem is the failure of the American Jewish leadership to fight the new anti-Semitism and defend the…

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The U.S. is unprepared for the coming conflagration


1In the Middle East News Hour this week, I was joined by my colleague from the Center for Security Policy and friend David Wurmser. We focused on the fallout from President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Israel and the Middle East. Every state in the Middle East, friend and foe—except Israel—realizes that Biden’s visit to the region was a failur. Israel’s caretaker…

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