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Winter 2015

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Shoshana Bryen Talks Middle East Policy on Northwest Florida Radio.

February 24, 2015 | 1330AM WEBY Radio

Senior Director Shoshana Bryen talks to the Middle East Round Table on Your Turn with host Mike Bates on 1330AM WEBY radio on February 24, 2015.

NYPD had it Right a Long Time Ago

by Shoshana Bryen
February 27, 2015 | American Thinker

Better than a plea for understanding "root causes" and sympathy for certain people's inability to find a "legitimate" outlet for grievances, would be a hard-headed consideration of the fact that professional jihadists are trolling for susceptible people - primarily males, but increasingly females - to take up the cause of religious violence and rush to the battlefields. The fault lies there, not with the West's lack of empathy.

The U.S.-Israel Divide on Iran

by Shoshana Bryen
February 23, 2015 | American Thinker

Portrayed mainly as a tiff between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, the U.S.-Israel divide over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program is much more serious and dates to the 1980s. It reflects the difference in each country's margin of error. President Obama has only widened an existing divide by suggesting Iran might be returned to the family of nations short of dismantling its nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned appearance before Congress will articulate Israel's existential concerns and try, perhaps, narrow the differences over ends, if not means.

Is This the Way to Run a War?

by Shoshana Bryen
February 19, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

A Jordanian, 21 Egyptians and 4 Americans – sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it is not. They, along with thousands of others, have been murdered by the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) in the Middle East, and by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The victims are Muslim, Christian (Nigerian Christians, Egyptian Copts beheaded in Libya, plus Yazidis, Chaldeans and 45 members of smaller sects in Iraq burned alive), and others (Japanese hostages and some who professed no religion). They are killed in places where governments have lost control of their territory to bands of increasingly well-armed Islamic radical forces.

Blaming the Jews for Fun and Profit

by Shoshana Bryen
February 9, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Thomas Friedman of The New York Times does not want Israel mucking in American policy-making toward Iran, and so counsels Prime Minister Netanyahu to cancel his planned speech to the U.S. Congress. He seems to believe Iran's determined march toward nuclear weapons and genocidal rhetoric about Israel, in fact, has nothing to do with Israel, and that Israel should avoid getting in America's way. But understand that Friedman is only trying to protect Israel.

The U.S. as 'Pindostan'

by Shoshana Bryen
January 30, 2015 | American Thinker

It is a mistake to belittle Vladimir Putin. Dislike and distrust him, fine. Believe he is a monomaniacal empire-builder determined to restore Russia's former colonies and holdings, OK. To snicker at his bare-chested antics, particularly with animals, is probably unavoidable. But for all that, Putin is a man with a plan that should be understood by the American government, and in particular by Victoria Neuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Instead, Ms. Neuland glibly poked at RT (Russia Today) while assuring Putin of the peaceful intentions of the U.S. and the West.

Iran Doesn't Need Nuclear Weapons

by Shoshana Bryen
January 24, 2015 | American Thinker

In his State of the Union address, President Obama forcefully announced he would not accept "a nuclear-armed Iran." This reflects his view that the only objectionable element of Iran's behavior would be acquisition and possible use of such weapons. This is conveniently narrow.

The West Bank Army of the "State of Palestine," Thanks to the United States

by Shoshana Bryen
January 21, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Last week, officials from the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem attended a Palestinian protest over Israel's removal of olive trees illegally planted in the West Bank. Coordinated with the Palestinian Authority [PA] but not Israel, the Consulate personnel ended up clashing with Israelis living nearby. It was, perhaps, the quietest international almost-incident you never heard of.

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Tehran Stages Military Drills Near Strait of Hormuz

by Michael Johnson
February 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) staged a series of military exercises near the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, in Tehran's largest show of force in recent years. The wargames, named Great Prophet 9, come as neighboring Arab states prepare to spend billions on countering the threats posed by the Islamic Republic.

U.S. Jury Finds PA and PLO Liable For Terrorism

by Michael Johnson
February 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

A Federal District court in New York City found the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) liable for facilitating terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 on Monday. The verdict marks an important milestone over a decade-long legal battle and helps set a precedent for other anti-terrorism cases in the future.

Putin and Sisi Hold Talks in Cairo

by Michael Johnson
February 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin held high level talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo this week as part of a two-day state visit. Putin and Sisi hope to strengthen ties following a deterioration in relations between each of their countries and the United States.

Arab Allies Take New Initiatives Against IS

by Michael Johnson
February 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm

The United Arab Emirates restarted its attacks on Tuesday, just a few days after the country announced it would deploy F-16s to Jordan. The Emirates' official news agency WAN said Abu Dhabi "reaffirms the UAE's unwavering and constant solidarity" with Amhan. However, even with enthusiasm among its Arab allies, the U.S. still plays a pivotal role in fighting IS.

Journalist Freed From Egypt Arrives Home

by Michael Johnson
February 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste returned home to Brisbane, Australia on Thursday, following his release from jail in Egypt. However, two of his colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, remain detained in the country.

U.S. National Killed During Attack in Libya

by Michael Johnson
January 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Nine people were killed, including a U.S. security contractor, during an attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya earlier this week. As one of the worst acts of violence against foreigners in the Mediterranean country since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi the assault highlights the growing reaches of Islamic State's ideology outside of Iraq and Syria.

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