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Summer 2014

America's Global Withdrawal


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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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The Minority Strategy: A New Path for American Interests in the Middle East

by Gabriel Scheinmann
July 8, 2014 | The Tower

In the Middle East, the Arabs are king, sometimes quite literally. The term "Middle East" is a geographic label, broadly describing an area from the Moroccan shores to the Hindu Kush, but it is often referred to—erroneously—as the "Arab World" because of its politically dominant inhabitants. The advent of Islam was an Arab phenomenon and its holiest sites lie in the doyen of Arab puritanism—Saudi Arabia. Arabic is the region's lingua franca. All but five modern Middle Eastern states have Sunni Arab majorities, Sunni Islam being the dominant religious sect among the Arabs. A Middle Eastern minority is thus, by definition, one that is neither Sunni, nor Arab.

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A Requiem for Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Mohammed Karaka

by Shoshana Bryen
July 2, 2014 | American Thinker

On June 30, the Embassy of Israel announced: "With great sadness we must announce the bodies of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali have been found near Hebron. Our thoughts are with their families."

Their tragic end wasn't inevitable, but almost so.

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Guarding American Interests in the Sunni-Shiite War

by Shoshana Bryen
June 20, 2014 | Gatestone

Either way, bottom line: no nuclear Iran. The U.S. retains a still-vast ability to meet its national defense priorities. The open questions are: the political skill to define them, and the will to ensure that that the greatest threat to regional and world stability -- Iranian nuclear capability - is stopped for good.

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ISIS Rampages, the Middle East Shakes

by Daniel Pipes
June 12, 2014 | National Review

The jihadis' takeover of Mosul on June 9 won them control of Iraq's second-largest city, a major haul of weapons, $429 million in gold, and an open path to conquer Tikrit, Samarra, and perhaps the capital city of Baghdad. The Iraqi Kurds have seizedKirkuk. This is the most important event in the Middle East since the Arab upheavals began in 2010. Here's why:

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The Not-So-Special Relationship

by Gabriel Scheinmann and Raphael Cohen
June 5, 2014 | The American Interest

Seventy years after Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, D-Day remains etched in American minds. Even as the "Greatest Generation" passes away, the iconic images of Allied forces landing on the beaches to free Europe from the clutches of Nazi Germany live on in movies, history, and even politics. Only in 2006 did the British finish repaying Lend-Lease, the crucial American military aid that ensured Britain's survival during the war. The invasion of France and the subsequent liberation of Europe defined the Anglo-American bond—the Old and New Worlds uniting to defeat tyranny. Since then, however, a lot has changed, and the "special relationship" has lost some of its luster.

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Syria's Looming Water Calamity

by Daniel Pipes
June 3, 2014 | The National Review

Two reports from Beirut's Al-Akhbar point to potentially catastrophic water problems about to affect Syria.

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America's Nuclear Nightmares: Russia, China, and Soon Iran?

by Gabriel Scheinmann
May 29, 2014 | The National Interest

Fifty years ago, the CIA produced a Special National Intelligence Estimate (SNIE) on China's nuclear weapons program for President Lyndon Johnson. Overhead photography taken three weeks earlier revealed that a Chinese installation in Lop Nor was definitively a nuclear test site and would come online in two months. However, the CIA estimated, China would not have the necessary amount of fissionable material, which the United States assumed would come from a small plutonium reactor at Baotou, until mid-1965.

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Hamas tells Israel, 'No Hope'

by Shoshana Bryen
May 8, 2014 | American Thinker

Sometimes it is braggadocio. Sometimes it is the last rhetorical shot before making a political change previously thought impossible.  But sometimes, just sometimes, it is truth as the teller sees it.

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