President Obama recently complained about "aggressive" settlement construction by Israel, but the facts are otherwise. The new statistics show that Israel is building energetically in Jerusalem and in the blocs it will obviously keep, and slowing construction in smaller settlements beyond its security barrier in areas that may someday be part of a Palestinian state. Elliott Abrams and Uri Sadot explain.
Research Associate Uri Sadot reviews the expert debate in the United States on Israel's limited capacity to strike Iran's nuclear program. He compares the current debate to five historical precedents where the expert consensus in Washington turned out to be wrong. He offers an analysis of why American and Israeli view diverge on this issue, and proposes policy prescriptions that build on these historical lessons.
Research Associate Uri Sadot reviews the U.S. response to Israel's air strike on Iraq's nuclear program on June 7, 1981, and proposes contemporary lessons. He offers an analysis of the psychology of Israeli leaders, which remains largely unchanged today in its determination to prevent nuclear weapons from falling to the hands of an enemy state.
Elliott Abrams and Research Associate Uri Sadot look at the demographics of Israelis living in the West Bank. By analyzing trends in electoral data from the past three Israeli elections, they conclude that settlements continue to grow outside the large blocs, albeit in reducing pace, and that the numbers of Israelis currently living outside those blocs is different than what is commonly accepted.
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