Coronavirus won’t turn the Middle East all warm and fuzzy.
Inbar and Lerman of JISS: Regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic, Israel still has extremely significant defense and strategic challenges.
New joint ventures hint at ‘burgeoning relationship’ between Israel and India.
Dr. Jonathan Spyer: No other burgeoning relationship, whether Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore or Japan, has the dimensions, depth and shared interests as India does for Israel.
Israel, Russia play delicate balancing act in maintaining tricky relationship.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Ultimately, for Putin, it is not a bad thing that Israel is limiting Iranian presence in Syria.
For first time in history, US plan for Mideast peace puts Israeli concerns at forefront.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: I don’t see peace coming out of the plan, but in the long scheme of things, it is more realistic.
Iranian authorities bulldozed grave of executed Christian pastor.
Fr. Yossi Mansharof: The Khamenei-led regime persecutes the Christians in Iran because more and more Muslim people chose to convert to this religion, as a result of their anger and disgust toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Israel careful onlooker as Mideast reacts to killing of senior Iranian commander.
Dr. Yossi Mansharof: Israel needs to sit back, help the Americans with intelligence as much as possible and be prepared to defend herself.
Israeli embassies, IDF raise alert levels as Iran threatens to avenge Soleimani.
Dr. Yossi Mansharof: Hezbollah had a worldwide network of operatives, and an attack on American officials, high-ranking military officers or other interests is also possible.
A thunderous quiet.
JISS: Prepare to take independent military action against Iran; and conversely, prepare for the opposite scenario: that there will be a rapprochement between Iran and the US and the nuclear talks will resume.
How Israel's Conflict With Iran Will Be Different in 2020.
As Netanyahu's associates talk about an Iranian effort to deploy a ring of fire around Israel, a think tank is skeptical about the chances for a truce with Hamas
Experts at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS), a foreign affairs and defense think tank, gave The Jerusalem Post a first look at its forecast for the coming year. Israel, they say, must be ready to tackle Iran militarily on its own and fight a pre-emptive warfare with Hizballah.
'Palestinian Demand to Remove Israeli Settlements is Unacceptable and Racist' - Scholar.
Prof. Inbar: Israel has always advocated the positions that Jews have a right to settle anywhere in the land of Israel.
“El verdadero peligro de Israel está en la frontera del norte”
Investigador en el Instituto de Estrategia y Seguridad de Jerusalem, y especialista en Islam e Irán, Yossi Mansharof analizó los últimos acontecimientos registrados en el sur del país, a pocas horas del cese el fuego entre Israel y la Yihad Islámica, en diálogo exclusivo con
Iranian strike on Saudi oil facilities a global wake-up call, defense official warns.
Dr. Uzi Rubin of JISS: We are advancing in cruise missiles, and the Iranians are advancing. This is an arms race.
“There’s no panic or despair. But a deep sense of betrayal”
Turkey’s Syria offensive could displace over a million Kurds, top analyst Jonathan Spyer warns. Believes Kurds will reject Israeli offer of humanitarian aid.
Does Israel need pacts with Persian Gulf that Katz is trying to secure?
Prof. Inbar: “This has to be gradual. The informal is at times stronger than the formal. We should deepen these ties without making this more difficult for Gulf countries.”
"There is no good or bad terrorism. Iran cannot threaten Israel's destruction"
Sujan R. Chinoy, Director-General of the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, visited Israel under the auspices of JISS. He says he is optimistic about India’s relationship with Israel: "It is greater than any temporary political climate."
Think tank urges ‘national unity’ in face of Iran and other threats.
To meet the challenges ahead, Israel must focus on social cohesion, cultivate political allies and “manage” the conflict with the Palestinians, according to a new Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security report.
Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Widens as Netanyahu Faces Close Election Contest.
General Amidror of JISS: We declared a few years ago that we will not let the Iranians build an independent Iranian war machine.
Evangelical Charity World Vision’s Terror-Funding Scandal Continues.
Prof. Inbar: We have the moral duty to demask organizations, such as World Vision, which are undermining Christian values, by spreading hatred and violence.
Iran Increases Hamas Funding in Exchange for Intel on Israel Missiles.
Dr. Yossi Mansharof: Tehran asked Hamas to provide intelligence on the locations of Israeli missile stockpiles in exchange for the funding.
25th anniversary of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.
Dr. Josh Krasna discusses the state of Israeli-Jordanian relations, the future of the peace treaty, and the role of the Trump administration.
THE QUESTION ISRAEL’S LEADERS ASK EVERY DAY: WILL TOMORROW BE TOO LATE?
General Amidror of JISS: Iran’s strategic plan is to create a deterrence barrier around Israel, stretching from Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to the Gaza Strip, in order to threaten Israel with an overwhelming and devastating strike on its homeland, should Israel attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Why haven’t more embassies moved to Jerusalem?
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Most countries have too many interests in the Arab and Muslim world to make a move that is seen as hostile in those countries, and the benefits are too small.
‘Israel needs to shift from fear to self-confidence and pride’
Former Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan's next destination is politics, saying the Knesset chaos "only makes me hungrier." Golan explains why Israel should not be afraid to launch a full-fledged invasion of Gaza if necessary.
The Bahrain conundrum: Will the Trump administration succeed in its first phase of Arab-Israeli peacemaking?
David M. Weinberg of JISS: The Trump administration is reversing a long-deleterious global dynamic regarding Israel and the Palestinians, thus transforming the Mideast diplomatic playing field.
Defense and Security experts from the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security sit down with Israel Hayom and outline their new national security plan for Israel. They explain that while Hamas isn't worth a ground offensive, Israel must contain Hezbollah. And Iran? Iran is the biggest threat.
The generals got it right.
General Yair Golan: The IDF is battle ready but the political echelons and the general staff fear deploying the IDF’s ground forces, even when necessary and justified.
Did Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move Help Peace Prospects?
Trump moved the embassy under the pretense that the Palestinians had to recognize 'a reality' — one which dictates that the city belongs to Israel. Did this move help advance the peace process in the long run? Mitvim Institute Director of Development Gayle Meyers and Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security founder Eran Lerman debate.
Interview with Dr. Eran Lerman on Iran crisis.
With Israelis closely watching developments between the US and Iran, as well as Iran’s actives through its proxies in the Persian Gulf, TIP spoke with Col. in reserves, Dr. Eran Lerman, for his assessment of the situation.
Is it time for the IDF to inflict ‘massive damage’ on Hamas?
Prof. Inbar: The IDF concept of using accurate intelligence for pinpoint airstrikes has proven deficient. A land incursion may be needed to convince Israel’s enemies that we are ready to pay a price in casualties in order to secure the well-being of our citizens.
Jordan’s King Abdullah seeks regional prestige and standing … at Israel’s expense.
Dr. Joshua Krasna: It is difficult to see the benefits of giving an important role on the Temple Mount to the Saudis, a fundamentalist Sunni regime which has actively supported radical Salafi movements in the recent past and whose friendship with Israel is new and, unlike our relationship with Jordan, hardly tested.
Why isn’t Iron Dome stopping these deadly rocket attacks?
General Yaakov Amidror: If a rocket is shot at a location less than a few kilometers away, we don’t have enough time to intercept it.
What’s the deal with the Gaza Strip?
The Israel Project interviews Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman of JISS. He explains why Israel’s policy regarding the Gaza Strip needs to change significantly.
Of annexation and Trump’s peace plan, what’s next on the post-Israeli election agenda?
Prof. Inbar: Annexation of the West Bank or parts of the West Bank has been on the agenda of every Israeli government, including Labor-led governments because want the settlement blocs as part of Israel.
Experts Divided Over US Decision on Golan Heights.
Dr. Jonathan Spyer: Israel's de facto control of the Golan is not in doubt, and there is no likelihood in the foreseeable future of any serious attempt by any force to change this situation.
Gaza rocket hits Israeli home injuring seven; Netanyahu cuts short Washington trip.
Dr. Eran Lerman of JISS: “When there was intensive rocket fire on the southern area that borders Gaza, Israel found a workable modus vivendi, involving transfer of Qatari money to Hamas. If Netanyahu now reacts aggressively, then people will say the blood of those in the center of the country is thicker than in the south. If he does not respond, then he’ll be criticized for not doing anything in the face of brazen provocation.”
Tehran eyes vital Syrian port of Latakia as gateway to Med.
Dr. Yossi Mansharof: Moscow is likely to allow Israel to launch strikes on Iranian targets around Latakia if it uses the port to ship weapons.
A different way of dividing the city.
A new Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security report lifts the lid on Palestinian activity that aims to undermine Israeli authority in east Jerusalem, and effectively turn its Arab residents into "citizens" of Ramallah rather than Israel.
What’s in a “Wall”? In Israel, a mix of structures, technology, policy, and cross-border cooperation.
Prof. Inbar: What’s important are actions beyond the fence, combined with intelligence gathering.
Israel Confirms Attacks on Iranian Targets in Syria.
Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror :“If you want to make clear to the other side that you are determined to prevent something, either you escalate the operation, or you say in public I’m doing it, meaning I’m ready to take the risk”.
'Israel will continue to react to military entrenchment by Iran'
Israel has carried out airstrikes on Iranian targets in the vicinity of the Syrian capital Damascus. The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed the military operation in an tweet earlier this morning. Radio Sputnik discussed the development with Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies.
Is the time ripe for Israel to push for recognition of the Golan Heights?
Prof. Efraim Inbar: I am not sure we should spend much political capital on this issue. After all, the Golan is in our hands since ’67, more years than the Syrians ruled the area. Who can change this strategically important fact?
So in Israel's election, who are the Russians for?
Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman: Nobody should fall off their chair at the thought of a foreign country trying to influence another country’s elections. It happens all the time.
PM Netanyahu Planning Unprecedented Trip to Brazil for Bolsonaro Inauguration.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: It is important to have Brazil as an ally and to fight against Iran and its proxy Hizbullah’s influence in that region.
Israel's Netanyahu Embraces European Leaders With Controversial Views On Holocaust.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: No country in the world would sacrifice its national interest for the sake of moral values. Expecting Israel (and only Israel) to do so is absurd.
Bricks In The 'Wall': Israel as a Test-Case for President Trump's Proposed Border Measures.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The West Bank security fence is not a fool-proof system, but what's important are Israeli actions beyond the fence combined with intelligence gathering to thwart terrorism and other threats.
Italy’s far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Israel’s embrace of Salvini and “rebellious European governments” allows it to gain leverage over Western European powers, which have traditionally sympathized with the Palestinians.
Why is murder by Iran, but not Saudi Arabia, permissible?
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: While it is outrageous for President Trump to let Saudi Arabia get away with murder, the atomic agreement was also indefensible. At the end of the day this is about realpolitik.
Is the situation with Gaza ‘the problem from hell?’
Prof. Efraim Inbar: We cannot trust Hamas to keep the calm. Only when Hamas is afraid of IDF retaliation, which has yet to come, will calm prevail. General Amidror: A war in Gaza will only benefit PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and Iran. And we don’t want to give Iran any gifts.
A Fragile Russian-Turkish Cease-fire In Syria’s Idlib.
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak of JISS: Turkey is eager to exclude Syria from negotiations because it does not recognize the government of al-Assad and does not want to grant it legitimacy by engaging in talks.
Defense minister accidentally reveals sensitive information.
Speaking at event hosted by Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman details IDF deployment in exact numbers, which are classified • As minister outranks military censor, it is unclear if he violated guidelines.
Israel remains cautious amid global fury at Saudi Arabia over journalist’s suspicious death.
Dr. Joshua Krasna: I don’t think the Israeli government went too far with MBS. Nut this gives us a reality check of who we are working with here.
Poll: 91% of Israelis favor strikes on Iranian assets in Syria.
Some 77% of respondents believe Israel must pursue hard-line policies to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies poll finds. It also finds 57% are pleased with how PM Netanyahu is handling the Iranian threat.
Trump’s wavering on one-state or two-states leaves many in a state of confusion.
Middle East analysts say there is growing skepticism around the world of the Palestinians’ ability even to create and sustain an independent state. Prof. Efraim Inbar: Sometimes ambiguity serves us better than a clear solution.”
Palestinian-Israeli fragile co-existence to remain intact despite shooting attack in West Bank.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: Good economic conditions do not always overcome the deep hostility of part of the Palestinian population.
Russia Rages at Israel After Syria Downs Russian Plane, Key Israeli Delegation Goes to Moscow.
General Amidror: It is very important for Israel to prevent the Iranians from building this independent war machine in Syria and to prevent the Iranians from transferring game-changer weapons systems into the hands of Hezbollah.
Will Iraqi territory be used to fire rockets on Israel from Iran?
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: Israel needs to be ready to take military risks to prevent Iran from establishing its own forces in Syria.
The desire of eastern Jerusalem Arabs to integrate in Israeli society outweighs the threats of the Palestinian Authority.
Dr. David Koren, Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem, and a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, talks about the struggle between Israelization and Islamization in eastern Jerusalem.
No Matter Who Wins the Syrian Civil War, Israel Loses.
General Amidror: “We cannot do everything, but we can do a lot to force the Iranians to decide if they are ready to pay the price” for their intervention in Syria.
Israel’s “Top Military Strategist” Talks War and Peace
Israeli muscle has left the Jewish state with only 1.5 security problems: Iran and Hezbollah. But that doesn’t mean the next conflict won’t be “a very, very nasty war.”
After Hamas: Why Israel Fears A Power Vacuum in Gaza.
Dr. Eran Lerman: Israel’s reticence to cross the fine line between a “proportional response” and complete invasion is compounded by a lack of desire to re-occupy Gaza, which would be a huge political and economic burden and undoubtedly generate a major diplomatic backlash.
Professor Efraim Inbar, speaks to KAN's Naomi Segal about what to expect from Tuesday's meeting in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Israel’s use of fatal fire in Gaza: Excessive force or justified mob control?
General Amidror: I reject critics who sit in an air-conditioned office, drink coffee and give advice to the Israeli army that is facing off against many thousands of Palestinians.
Former NSC Head Amidror: South Africa And Turkey Not Important for Israel.
"The world doesn’t understand difference between a protest in Brussels and a terrorist group using a protest as cover to destroy a military barrier."
'Nakba Day': To Create Better Future, Palestinians Must Overcome the Past
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The Palestinians need to decide internally whether they are willing to overcome their divisions and problems or be doomed to a chaotic situation. So long as they continue to fan the flames of hatred against Israel and are unprepared to change, they will be unable to create a state.
Israelis Mark Jerusalem Day Amid New Political Reality.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Move of the US embassy to Jerusalem marks a turning point in the city’s history. "It will be remembered as a major event.”
‘America Is Back’: U.S., Israeli Right Plan Next Move
Fresh off Iran deal and Jerusalem embassy wins, CPAC holds an illuminating call. Lerman and Weinberg from JISS say that the US and Israel are on the same page, with a sober understanding of the challenges ahead.
Bucking world opinion, Trump withdraws from Iran nuclear deal, imposes ‘highest level of economic sanctions’
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: "Iran will try to keep the agreement going for the cash and test economic ties with other powers. And it will be easier for Iran to cheat on the agreement without the U.S. involved.”
Israel girds for Tehran’s revenge as the price of getting Iran out of Syria
General Amidror: “We let Hezbollah amass 120,000 missiles in Lebanon. We will not make the same mistake in Syria.”
Suspected Israeli strikes hit Iran-linked targets in Syria, escalating regional tensions.
Dr. Jonathan Spyer of JISS: With Israel determined to prevent the “consolidation and entrenchment” of Iranian influence in Syria, “the chances of confrontation between Israel and Iran are quite significant.”
Plot Thickens For Israel In Syria As Russia Outs Military Operation.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: When it comes to our national security we are entitled to do what is necessary to uphold it
The Media Line, April 9, 2018
How Palestinian votes in municipal elections may change the face of Jerusalem.
Dr. David Koren: Perhaps some Palestinians believe voting will bear more fruit than sticking with the Palestinian Authority. Prof. Efraim Inbar: If Arabs vote in greater numbers, the most pressing challenge will be to bring Zionists to the city to ensure its character.
Predictions scarce regarding Trump’s Mideast ‘deal of the century’
David Weinberg: The best thing Trump and Netanyahu can do is to transform regional peace diplomacy is put ‘final status’ issues on the table, first.
World Israel News, 05.03.2018
Syria: Where Chaos Theory Meets Murphy’s Law. Dr. Jonathan Spyer: A whole series of other contests that have little to do with internal Syrian dynamics—but which are nonetheless taking place on Syrian soil—have now erupted. By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line, February 20, 2018
Can Trump and Netanyahu get Europe to push back against Iran’s ballistic missiles? Col. Eran Lerman: “Trump and Netanyahu cannot get backing on the nuclear deal but they can get Europe to take a stand on the missiles." World Israel News, 25.1.2018
U.S. Embassy Relocation Possible within a Year, Experts Say. Dr. Emmanuel Navon: If Trump and Pence want to get things going they have to be very hands-on about it. The Media Line, 21.1.2018
Interview with Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman: "The main negative is that there is a sense that Trump is inconsistent, and that incoherent policy decisions have reduced America's standing in the world.”