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Spring 2015

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Iran's Quest for World Prominence

by Shoshana Bryen
May 21, 2015 | Secure Freedom Radio

Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, appears on the Secure Freedom Radio podcast to discuss Iran's quest to become a world superpower and other Middle East topics.

Iran: The Backdoor to Enrichment

by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
May 21, 2015 | American Thinker

It would seem that Iran holds the cards in the nuclear negotiation with the P5+1, primarily because the U.S. is the overeager suitor. The Framework agreement, the basis for the final deal, does not prevent Iran from designing nuclear warheads or building delivery systems. There is also increasing evidence that the language has been configured so Iran could also either enrich uranium or produce plutonium for weapons – even without cheating.

A Tale of Two Sadats

by Gabriel Scheinmann
May 17, 2015 | Foreign Affairs

With varying degrees of vehemence, the United States' Middle East allies all oppose the budding U.S.-Iranian détente. At the head of the pack, of course, is Israel, followed closely by Saudi Arabia. But when the calendar strikes June 30, the Pickett's Charge will come to an end and they will have to reluctantly pivot from accord prevention to accord mitigation. As one senior Gulf official said, "We're not going to do a Netanyahu. We are not wasting time confronting that agreement. . . . Instead we are bracing ourselves for the post-agreement world." In such a world, Israel could decide to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, and Saudi Arabia could decide to acquire its own bomb, but both states, cognizant of how costly these actions might be, will likely consider other options first.

Christians in the Middle East:

by Shoshana Bryen
May 15, 2015 | American Thinker

The Vatican may believe that use of the symbolic title "The State of Palestine" is a reasonable trade-off for trying to formalize the responsibility of the PA for the behavior of Hamas in Gaza, as well as for the harassed and declining Christian population of the West Bank.

The Unlikely Israeli-Egyptian Coalition in the Sinai

by Shoshana Bryen
May 13, 2015 | Secure Freedom Radio

Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, appears on Secure Freedom Radio to discuss a variety of topics related to Israel's security.

Iran Has Red Lines -- Too Bad the U.S. Doesn't

by Shoshana Bryen
May 9, 2015 | American Thinker

The Senate has passed the Corker-Cardin bill to ensure Congressional oversight of any deal the president concludes with Iran. The vote was 98-1 for language that permits the agreement to become operative unless Congress votes against it. Sen. Tom Cotton was the lone holdout, believing the Senate should have to vote in favor of the president's agreement in order for it to become operative. This was solely an internal American political battle, and it is clear that the Iranians are not taking the American machinations the least bit seriously.

When the Government Kills

by Shoshana Bryen
May 6, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Obama Apologizes After Drone Kills American and Italian Held by Al Qaeda (New York Times 4/23/15) U.S.-Led Forces Killed Syrian Civilians, Rights Groups Say: Airstrikes on village controlled by Islamic State kills more than 60 civilians, say two human-rights groups (Wall Street Journal 5/1/15) This is not a "gotcha" column. But before reviewing American drone and airstrike policy, it is not inappropriate to remind the president and company that hubris is an unattractive trait.

The US is There When it "Matters," Right?

by Shoshana Bryen
April 29, 2015 | American Thinker

Who thought it wouldn't be Israel that first came to test the American "what matters" principle, but rather the Marshall Islands - a tiny country of 68,480 people spread over 24 atolls in the Micronesian island chain? Iran fired on and boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship and forced it and its 34 crew members into an Iranian port, claiming the ship was in Iranian territorial waters.

Is the U.S. Israel's Ally "When It Matters"?

by Shoshana Bryen
April 22, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says the U.S. will no longer automatically exercise its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel.

Forty Years from Saigon

by Shoshana Bryen
April 21, 2015 | American Thinker

Forty years ago, Saigon fell to communist North Vietnam. Images of terrified South Vietnamese clambering to the roof of the U.S. embassy, and Vietnamese helicopter pilots ferrying them to ships and then pushing the helicopters overboard to make room for more refugees are still heart-wrenching.

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Yemeni Conflict Leads to New Humanitarian Crisis

by Michael Johnson
May 21, 2015 at 9:37 am

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report earlier this week highlighting the worsening plight of civilians caught between the Saudi military and Houthis fighters in Yemen. Following their first visits to remote parts of the country during a now-expired five-day ceasefire, aid officials have expressed dismay at the living conditions facing many Yemeni families.

Salafists Clash with Hamas in Gaza

by Michael Johnson
May 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Salafists claiming ties to Islamic State took responsibility for launching mortars at a Hamas military base in Gaza on Friday. There were no reports of injuries or damage to the Qassam Brigades' facility near Khan Yunis, but the attack comes amid increasing tensions between Hamas and other radical jihadists.

Freedom Flotilla III Sails for Gaza

by Michael Johnson
May 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

Leftist activists aboard the ship Marianne of Gothenburg departed port in Sweden over the weekend, hoping to break an Israeli-Egyptian naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Organizers of the campaign called their journey the Freedom Flotilla III, the third attempt by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to gain access to the enclave by sea.

Protests Against Israeli Police Turn Violent

by Michael Johnson
May 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Demonstrations against perceived racism toward Israel's Ethiopian community turned violent over the weekend, injuring at least 13 people. Several thousand Israelis took part in a protest Sunday, highlighting problems stemming from integration, racial discrimination, and police brutality.

Iran Detains Cargo Ship

by Michael Johnson
April 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) detained a commercial cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a statement made by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday. The seizure of the Maersk Tigris, and a similar encounter with a U.S.-flagged ship last week, shows Iran's continued disruptiveness to trade in a vital shipping lane.

Egyptian Court Convicts Former President

by Michael Johnson
April 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

An Egyptian court sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison on Tuesday in connection with the beating and unlawful detention of protesters in December 2012. Morsi's conviction highlights the government's legal battle to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood following mass arrests over the past two years.

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