Op-Ed: World Atrocities and Israel as a Scapegoat

Posted on | December 10, 2014 | No Comments

Yoel Binyamin

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Many Jews have been pondering the ever increasing chaos in the world. And for most of these Jews, there is much confusion. How is it that with everything that is happening, with all the evil acts being perpetrated, it is once again the Jew who is to blame and who is the target of the world’s condemnation? Why is it that with all the terror, murder and other violent acts being committed on a daily basis by radical Islamic terrorists, often with the Jew as the victim, it is the Jew who is the one who perpetually stirs the world’s emotions of hate and anger? It is difficult enough to understand or even acknowledge the extent of the violence and terrorism that we are witnessing; how this results in feelings of animosity towards Jews is even more perplexing.

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Turkey as an “Ally” and its Ongoing Financing of ISIS

Posted on | November 12, 2014 | No Comments

Sophie Jacobs

Turkey, Erdogan, and ISIS

Turkey, ostensibly a Western ally, has been outed as a major pipeline for individuals, money, and trade heading into and out of Syria in support of the Islamic State (IS), the growing terror group governing swaths of Iraq and Syria.  And yet, Western countries continue to laud it as a great ally for fighting IS and the sale of the oil it controls, so much as to allow the nation to co-chair the September meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) in New York.

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Who Really Won the War?

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | No Comments

Steven Aiello

Do non-military gains mean Hamas won the war?

Do non-military gains mean Hamas won the war?

Israeli leaders say that they’ve won the latest showdown with Hamas. Hamas leaders for their part claim victory over Israel. As this was never to be a simple military faceoff (Israel’s military advantages are a given), it’s of course possible that both sides won, or neither. So let’s evaluate both Hamas and Israel along a number of criteria.

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An Alternative Ceasefire Proposal

Posted on | August 1, 2014 | No Comments

Steven Aiello

Israeli tanks outside Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. AFP/Jack Guez

Israeli tanks outside Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. AFP/Jack Guez

Presumably Israel is getting closer to wrapping up Operation Protective Edge and to reaching a long-term ceasefire deal. In addition to the US, possible actors include Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. While there is pressure to get Israel and Hamas to agree together on a workable bilateral ceasefire agreement, that may be unrealistic or unwise. In any case, a bilateral ceasefire agreement should not be mistaken for the only way to end these hostilities.

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No resolution as world powers extend nuclear talks with Iran

Posted on | July 22, 2014 | No Comments

Karoline Henriques

More time awarded for Iran nuclear deal.

More time awarded for Iran nuclear deal.

On Saturday July 19, 2014 the P5+1 group and Iran announced that they have added four months to the time frame in which to reach an agreement regarding Tehran’s nuclear program. In November last year, representatives from the US, UK, China, Russia, France, Germany and Iran decided on an interim agreement, meant to structure the process of reaching a final solution that would assure the world that Iran is not clandestinely constructing nuclear weapons. Once such an assurance was obtained, Iran would in return receive relief from the financial sanctions it currently suffers as a result of violating several UN Security Council resolutions. The interim agreement went into effect in January this year.

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EU Warns Israel’s West Bank Businesses

Posted on | July 9, 2014 | No Comments

Karoline Henriques

EU implements more stringent policies regarding the West Bank.

EU implements more stringent policies regarding the West Bank.

A major focus nationally and internationally is currently on the deteriorating security situation in South and Central Israel. Barrages of rockets have been striking dozens of communities and cities, and on July 7 the Security Cabinet authorized the IDF to initiate an expanded retaliation operation aimed at restoring the calm between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge. Therefore little attention was given to the news last week that 12 EU-member states issued guidelines warning citizens and investors not to engage in any kind of economic activity, business or investment, in settlements or entities associated with settlements.

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This Week in Defense and Security by WIIS Israel

Posted on | July 1, 2014 | No Comments

Welcome to the sixth edition of WIIS Israel’s new weekly update on major developments in defense, security, international relations, industry, R&D and trends in related fields.

Week of June 22 – 30, 2014

Americas

US

Obama Administration Deepens U.S. Role in Syria and Iraq

The Obama administration ended the week deeply immersed in stemming crises in Iraq and Syria as it launched a new strategy that American and Arab officials acknowledge could be risky for the U.S. and its closest Mideast allies.

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Global push to increase women’s participation in peace talks

Posted on | June 30, 2014 | No Comments

Karoline Henriques

Jacqueline O'Neill of Inclusive Security testified at a Senate Committee meeting on Women's Issues. From www.inclusivesecurity.org.

Jacqueline O’Neill of Inclusive Security testified at a Senate Committee meeting on Women’s Issues. From www.inclusivesecurity.org.

 

This June several events have focused on increasing women’s participation in decision making concerning peace and security, as well as calling attention to the consequences of their absence around the table where political realities are shaped. The UN’s resolution 1325 from 2000 can be seen as the conceptual framework tying together these efforts to enact the letter and spirit of the UN text. The Resolution stresses “the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision-making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution.”

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This Week in Defense and Security by WIIS Israel

Posted on | June 24, 2014 | No Comments

Welcome to the fifth edition of WIIS Israel’s new weekly update on major developments in defense, security, international relations, industry, R&D and trends in related fields.

Week of June 15 – 22, 2014

Americas

US

Uncertainty as US-Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline Approaches

With less than a month left before a temporary six-month deal designed to allow nuclear talks between Iran and the US expires, US officials are scrambling to get an agreement done as Congress continues to inject itself into the conversation.

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Kidnappings: What do they mean and how should Israel react?

Posted on | June 22, 2014 | No Comments

Steven Aiello

kidnapped-teens

Over the last week, one story has dominated Israeli news- both what has unfolded and what has been covered. On top of all of the rescue efforts for the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, accusations have been thrown about and assumptions made, with little evidence or support. As usual, objective analysis of the relevant actors shows the situation to be more nuanced than the message of: “Palestinian leadership condones kidnapping; this is another sign that they aren’t serious partners for peace” disseminated by the Prime Minister’s Office and myriad pro-Israel organizations and individuals.

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