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How to Talk About Israel’s Recent Strikes in Syria

May 6th, 2013

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Israel carried out several limited strikes in Syria over the weekend, raising the possibility of an expanded Syrian civil war. Here’s how to talk about it:

1. Israel was responding to a real, imminent danger to its security.

U.S. and Israeli sources indicated the Israelis late last week struck a shipment of sophisticated, Iranian-built Fateh-110 missiles bound for the Lebanese terror group Hizbollah. The Syrians also claimed Israel hit the Jamraya military complex outside of Damascus this weekend, which U.S. officials say is Syria’s chemical weapons development center.

If Hizbollah obtained the Fateh-110 missile, the terror group would then be able to accurately deliver a half-ton warhead with a range of 185 miles, which could strike almost all of Israel’s major cities and military bases. Israelis living in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other population centers would find themselves in Hizbollah’s crosshairs. These missiles could travel father and hit a target much more accurately than anything currently in Hizbollah’s arsenal. This was a real, imminent danger to Israel, and its leaders acted to mitigate the threat.

Given the serious threat these weapons pose to Israel’s civilian population, we should stand with Israel in its efforts to blunt the threat from Hizbollah.

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Israel Clings to Status Quo

May 24th, 2011

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“The status quo is unsustainable,” President Obama said when he addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday. That’s the core issue in the controversy over President Obama’s Middle East policy.

The status quo is unsustainable for the United States because it is undermining Obama’s policy of outreach to the Muslim world. General David Petraeus said as much when he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee last year. “The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests” in the Middle East, Petraeus testified. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaza’s place in the West Bank “miracle”

April 9th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Foreign Policy.

Last year — in stories from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times — we saw the emergence of a narrative that Palestinians in the West Bank are living through an economic miracle. One very important missing piece of this puzzling story is Gaza and its desperate state of affairs. While this may seem like a small story in the context of much larger conflict, the economic well-being of West Bank residents has taken on increasing importance as leaders on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide are banking on economic growth as a route to a viable two-state solution, while simultaneously ignoring the situation in Gaza. If there is one thing the Palestinians certainly aren’t buying, it’s this “West Bank economic miracle” narrative.

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