Writing for Foreign Policy, John Judis discusses AIPAC's recent failure to push the Iran sanctions bill through Congress, describing the history of AIPAC and the lobby's growing weaknesses, which runs deeper than the mere shortcomings of its ground game.
The New York Times
Walk-Through West Bank Industrial Zones
With international consensus firmly against Israeli policies across the Green Line, Jodi Rudoren walks through the West Bank industrial zones in the The New York Times. See Molad's report on Israel's standing in the world and the question of isolation here.
Times of Israel
Following the Taxpayer Money
Finance Minister Yair Lapid has announced that he is freezing all funding to the settlements pending investigation in to the likely illegal redirection of taxpayer shekels to the Yesha Council uncovered yesterday in a Channel 2 report.
The Potential of Boycotts and International Isolation
As the question of European boycotts of Israel come to the fore, Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid takes a look at what geopolitical isolation could mean for Israeli companies, citing Molad's recent report analyzing Israel's standing in the world.
Naftali Bennett and the Jordan Valley
Gen (res) Nati Sharoni writes about the falsehood of Naftali Bennett's outdated argument that the Jordan Valley is strategically necessary for Israel — Bennett and his party, says Sharoni, wants to "prevent a political agreement with the Palestinians and the evacuation of the settlements at any cost". His argument to retain full control over the Jordan Valley likely simply a part of that policy.
Prisoners for Settlements
Molad analyst Elisheva Goldberg highlights deal struck by Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu before negotiations were announced in July— that new settlement expansion would be the price of each prisoner release. When Secretary Kerry acquiesced he became knowingly party to a negotiations deal that actively moves away from a future Palestinian state.
The New Republic
How Liberals Succeeded in the US
Jonathan Cohen takes a look at the decade-old Center for American Progress, discussing its blend policy and politics, its institutional leverage, what it's done for American progressives.
Ian Lustick Responds to Molad
Anver Inbar and Assaf Sharon of Molad penned a response to UPenn's Ian Lustick's talked-about New York Times op-ed, "Two-State Illusion". Now, Professor Lustick responds at length, clarifying that he was not arguing for a one-state solution, but for a re-thinking of the entrenched two-state paradigm.
US-Iran Negotiations Can Be Good for Israel
Trita Parsi argues in Foreign Affairs that Iran’s position on Israel is far more likely to change in the direction Israel desires if U.S.-Iranian relations improve and the first tangible steps are taken to rehabilitate Iran into the region’s political and economic structures.