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Obama’s visit is moment of truth for Netanyahu

Moran Azoulay

Announcing the president’s visit is an unprecedented attempt to shape an Israeli coalition amenable to the peace process. Resolving the conflict, in Obama’s view, is key to the U.S.’s relationship with the Arab and Muslim worlds; for Israel, the dividend would be smoother coordination over Iran and Syria.


Haaretz, February 6, 2013


The White House's surprising, dramatic announcement this week that President Obama will come to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan has had an immediate impact on Israel's domestic political agenda and on the larger Middle Eastern political and diplomatic landscape.

The Drone In the Desert

Project Syndicate

TEL AVIV, October 11, 2012 – A drone recently penetrated Israel’s airspace from the Mediterranean. It was allowed to fly for about half an hour over southern Israel before being shot down by the Israeli air force over a sparely populated area. It is still not known who dispatched the drone and from where, but it is now assumed that it was launched from Lebanon, either by Hezbollah, acting in Iran's service, or by forces of the Iranian regime itself.

The Syrian Tipping Point

Project Syndicate

Project Syndicate, 20 July 2012 – During World War II, Winston Churchill famously drew a distinction between “the end of the beginning” and “the beginning of the end.” That distinction is equally applicable to the unfolding Syrian crisis. Recent events – the growing number of high-level defections from the regime’s leadership, the killing of three of President Bashar al-Assad’s most senior officials in a bomb attack, and the rebellion’s spread into Damascus itself – suggest that, after a long period of gradual decline, the Assad regime is now approaching collapse or implosion.

U.S. and Israel: A Recent History of Intimacy and Distance

Haaretz, July 3, 2012 

U.S. and Israeli administrations have found common cause as well as periods of difficult relations. But the U.S. itself is changing: When we celebrate the 4th of July with our American friends a decade from now we may be celebrating it with a different America.

Forging Syria’s Opposition

Project Syndicate, March 2012

TEL AVIV – Syria’s crisis is now a year old, with close to 10,000 people, mostly civilians, dead and no end in sight. The country is at a stalemate: the opposition is unable to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and Assad’s forces are unable to quash the resistance.