Israel's next governing coalition will lead a country that is prosperous and militarily strong but faces security, economic, and social challenges. Five experts weigh in on the country’s policy priorities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week was described here and there as “maximalist”—meaning, he insisted on the best imaginable terms for any agreement with Iran about its nuclear program. Because “Maximalist” is the title of my book on U.S. foreign policy since World War II, people have asked me whether Bibi’s approach isn’t the one the United States used for its own tough negotiations.
In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses Iran’s transformation into a "front line state" against Israel. This turn of events alarms Israelis and Arabs alike, but not nearly so much as another fact: that Iran's expansionism and military adventurism are being met with approval from the Obama administration.
The prime minister's speech to Congress offered a tough critique of the Obama administration's Iran diplomacy, but provided little in the way of alternatives, says CFR president Richard N. Haass.
Robert Danin: Netanyahu hands bat to Obama critics
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015, to address Israel's concerns about U.S. negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave remarks to the U.S. Congress in 2011.
Listen to CFR experts Robert Danin and Ray Takeyh discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 speech before a joint session of U.S. Congress. Experts discuss U.S.-Israel relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu's strategic objectives, and ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.
CFR experts Robert Danin and Ray Takeyh discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 speech before a joint session of U.S. Congress. Experts discuss U.S.-Israel relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu's strategic objectives, and ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.
Though it is almost universally agreed that that Israel’s March 17 election will be a popular referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams argues that this vote is instead a referendum on Isaac “Buji” Herzog, the opposition candidate.
CFR President Richard Haass argues that President Obama and Congress should postpone Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to a United States joint session in Congress until after the Israeli election set for March 17.
William Schabas has recused himself from his post as head of the UN Human Rights Council’s investigation into the Israeli operation in Gaza in 2014. In an article for Newsweek, Elliott Abrams explains why this happened too late to prevent a miscarriage of justice.
On the first anniversary of the death of Ariel Sharon, Elliott Abrams discusses in an article for The Weekly Standard what the late prime minister might have made of the situation Israel faces today.
A UN Security Council vote pushing Israel to leave the Palestinian territories by 2017 would likely undermine the peace process, says expert David Makovsky.
Amid inflamed rhetoric in Jerusalem and strained ties with Washington, Israeli and Palestinian leaders must find ways to avoid an escalation of tensions, says CFR's Robert Danin.
After years of peace negotiations and sporadic conflict, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are at a standstill. Elliott Abrams argues that making small improvements in the welfare of both sides would be more productive than any grand gestures.
Elliott Abrams examines the costs and aims of the Gaza war and explains why it is too early to determine the victor in the conflict.
Elliott Abrams reviews Lawrence Wright’s new book Thirteen Days in September and calls into question Wright’s portrayal of Carter’s role in keeping the 1978 Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations afloat.
Elliott Abrams examines the shifting alliances in the Middle East and the conventional wisdom as to what is “sustainable.”
"Unless we better understand Hamas," writes Ed Husain, and include them in peace negotiations, "we cannot help halt the killings of Israelis and Arabs in the Middle East."
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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