Newsletter May 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers

Credit: United States Mission Geneva/Eric Bridiers (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Interview with US Ambassador James F. Jeffery
Iran and the Obama Doctrine

By Avichai Korn

“Negotiations are the tactics, the substance is what brings the parties to the table. To say ‘it’s diplomacy as opposed to force is nonsensical. Force is an inherent part of diplomacy…”
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US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, visits a terror tunnel discovered in 2013. Such tunnels are often built using international aid intended for the residents of Gaza. Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Funding Hamastan

Rachel Ehrenfeld

“While Hamas finds itself cut off from Iran after failing to endorse the regime’s actions in Syria, it receives considerable support from Muslims abroad and international humanitarian aid organizations…”
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Abbas' Fatah movement glorifying stabbing attacks. The image above, showing a masked man brandishing a knife and holding up two fingers in a V for "Victory" was posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement with the text: "We'll be victorious or die." [Oct. 23, 2015]. Credit: Palestinian Media Watch

Credit: Palestinian Media Watch

Unreasonable Expectations:Western Attitudes towardsTerrorism in Israel

Eytan Gilboa

“Operating in a gray area wherein the transition from civilian to combatant can be instant, Israeli security Forces have responded with professionalism and discretion other nations would be hard-pressed to imitate…”
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Under the leadership of Nerendra Modi and the BJP, Israel and India have enjoyed closer than ever relations. Credit: Avi Ohayon, Government Press Office

Credit: Avi Ohayon, Government Press Office

Growing Ties between India and Israel under Prime Minister Modi
Samuel C. Rajiv

“New Delhi has sought to downplay the strategic aspects of the relationship in the public domain. Nevertheless, robust institutional interaction takes place between the national security establishments of both nations…”
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