Publications - Op-Eds

Israel in a Middle Eastern china shop

Moran Azoulay

The Times of Israel, July 2, 2014

During the past three years Israel has responded to the Arab Spring and to the “great unraveling,” as its sequel is commonly called, with commendable caution. But more recently, in response to the remarkable success in Iraq by the Jihadi organization ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), there have been indications that that caution is being abandoned. Several Israeli spokesmen have offered aid to Jordan should ISIS try to attack the Hashemite Kingdom and Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday stated that Israel should support the Kurdish quest for independence. It is imperative for Israel to return to the restraint of its original response to its tumultuous environment.

Israel’s Ukraine Dilemma

Moran Azoulay

Project Syndicate, April 23, 2014

TEL AVIV ­– As if there were not already enough tension between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government and US President Barack Obama’s administration, Israel has refused to join the United States and its other allies in condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea. But that decision, though risky, is not altogether surprising: The US, after all, lacks an effective policy toward Russia in the Middle East, making it difficult for countries like Israel to stand up to the Kremlin.

Not a Karine A moment

Moran Azoulay

The Times of Israel, March 5, 2014

On the face of it the Israeli capture of an Iranian ship loaded with intermediate range missiles on its way to Gaza bears a striking similarity to the Karine A affair of January 2002. But while the latter had a profound effect on George W Bush’s view of Yasser Arafat and the Israeli Palestinian conflict, it is hardly likely that the exposure of Iran’s ongoing support of terrorist groups such as Islamic Jihad will have a similar impact on the Obama Administration’s give and take with Iran

Kerry’s revealing comments on Syria

Moran Azoulay

The Times of Israel, February 4, 2014


On n Monday The Daily Beast and The Washington Post published accounts of a striking statement made by Secretary of State John Kerry in an off the record closed session with a group of US congressmen. Confirming the rule discovered by numerous politicians and policy makers that there is no such thing as “off the record,” two of the participants, Senators McCain and Graham, shared some of the Secretary’s more intriguing comments with the media

On Syria, four new worries for Israel

Moran Azoulay

The Times of Israel, September 24, 2013

The recent dramatic turn of events in the Syrian crisis presents Israel with the need to revise its assessment of the Syrian civil war and its ramifications for Israel's national security.