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Summer 2014

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Why a Cease Fire Doesn't Help

by Shoshana Bryen
July 28, 2014 | American Thinker

The Israeli Cabinet unanimously rejected the terms of a Gaza ceasefire proposed by Hamas front men Qatar and Turkey. Secretary of State Kerry expressed surprise and chagrin at the vote. The Israelis expressed surprise and chagrin at Kerry's support for a document that offered Hamas "arrangements to secure the opening of crossings, allow the entry of goods and people and ensure the social and economic livelihood of the Palestinian people living in Gaza, transfer of funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries for public employees and address all security issues."

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The Doctrine of Proportionality

by Shoshana Bryen
July 20, 2014 | Gatestone

Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.

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The "Long War" Strategy: Israel's War of Attrition Against Hamas

by Gabriel Scheinmann and Raphael Cohen
July 17, 2014 | The National Interest

In the provocative documentary The Gatekeepers, Avraham Shalom, former director of Israel's internal security agency, the Shin Bet, articulated the common critique of Israeli security policy: "there was no strategy, just tactics." He is not alone. For the Obama administration and much of the Israeli political left, the absence of a two-state solution constitutes a lack of strategic foresight. As Secretary of State John Kerry derisively warned, "the alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. . . .I mean does Israel want a third Intifada?" Likewise, outspoken Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman bemoaned, "every minister in the government has a strategy, but the Israeli government has no strategy." For him, as well as many on the Israeli right, a true strategy consists of Israel "go[ing] all the way" and "eradicat[ing] the Hamas regime in Gaza." Superficially, the fact that Operation Protective Edge is Israel's fourth in nine years against Hamas reinforces the "tactics, but no strategy" assessment.

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China Hacks US Think Tanks

by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
July 14, 2014 | American Thinker

Shifting its focus from spying on the countries on its periphery, cyber experts say China has moved to interests farther afield. Specifically, China's leaders have apparently been trying to figure out what the United States is going to do about the emerging chaos in Iraq after ISIS seized over a third of Iraqi territory. In an operation called "Deep Panda," Chinese cyber spies targeted the top strategic think tanks and policy organizations in Washington for answers.

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How Does Israel End Up the Bad Guy?

by Shoshana Bryen
July 10, 2014 | American Thinker

It is a terrible irony that Israel, revolted first by the murder of three of its teenage citizens and then by the revenge attack on a Palestinian teen, is the object of riots, bombs, and demands.

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The JPC Condemns Rocket Attacks from Gaza

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Jewish Policy Center unequivocally condemns the ongoing rocket fire against Israel and expresses solidarity with the Israeli government and the Israeli people during this time of war. Over the past month, Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, and the European Union, has fired over 400 rockets at Israel, each of which constitutes a war crime according to international law. Israel has the right and responsibility—just like any state—to defend itself against such indiscriminate attacks on its citizenry.

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Wave of Violence Hits Sinai

by Yael Rein
July 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 men belonging to the Ajnad Misr jihadist group on Saturday in connection with seven attacks that killed or wounded over 100 people. The move comes amid new clashes between Egyptian security and radical Islamists in Sinai.

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CAR Signs Tenuous Ceasefire

by Yael Rein
July 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Central African Republic's predominantly Muslim Selka militants signed a ceasefire with the Christian anti-Balaka militia in Brazzaville, Congo on Wednesday. However, the agreement may be short lived because soon thereafter two ex-Selka soldiers were shot and one killed by suspected anti-Balaka fighters in the rural city of Bambari.

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Washington and Tehran Extend Nuclear Talks, Again

by Elliot Miller
July 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) came to another interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran on Friday. Over the next few months the U.S. will give Iran additional access to $2.8 billion in previously frozen oil export revenue in return for concessions on its nuclear capabilities. The conference also agreed on a four-month extension to negotiate a final agreement.

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Islamic State Seizes Gas Field

by Yael Rein
July 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Clashes between pro-Syrian government forces and the Islamic State (IS) over the past few days killed over 700 people, the deadliest weekend since the Syrian civil war began. On Sunday, government forces launched a new offensive, attempting to retake infrastructure recently lost to the jihadists.

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Attack Near Tunisian Border Kills 14 Troops

by Yael Rein
July 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Gunmen attacked several military checkpoints near the Algerian border on Thursday killing at least 14 Tunisian soldiers. The Tunisian army had been carrying out an operation to wipe out Islamist radicals in the area.

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Militias Fight at Tripoli Airport

by Yael Rein
July 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

A militia attack on the Tripoli airport destroyed around 90 percent of parked planes on Monday evening. At least 15 people have been killed since the Tripoli militia clashes between Islamists Islamist Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR) and the liberal Zintan militia.

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