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Gen (res) Nati Sharoni writes about the falsehood of Naftali Bennett's outdated argument that the Jordan Valley is strategically necessary for Israel — Bennett and his party, says Sharoni, wants to "prevent a political agreement with the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.
The American Interest
Israel, Turkey, & Rogue Incidents
Gabriel Mitchell explains the Mavi Marmara and the lesser-known Jussiyeh incident of 1982. He argues that Israel and Turkey's disagreements in both cases divide between public and private approaches to foreign policy and demonstrate how disagreements can be "disaggregated" from larger relationships under heated circumstances.
The American Jewish Cocoon
The American Jewish community, says Peter Beinart, is woefully oblivious to Palestinian life. They do not hear their stories, they do not go to their villages, and they do not understand their motivations. In his most recent New York Review of Books piece, Beinart describes how this perspective is extended to Congress people, and how the American Jewish sense of Palestinains in the conflict cann affect not only its solution, but themsleves.
War Is Boring
Thinking Through Syria
In the wake of the regime's use of chemical weapons freelance writer Joshua Foust takes on a number of pieces of conventional wisdom regarding potential US involvement in Syria for the blog "War is Boring". Foust demonstrates why much of what we believe about a strike on Syria should be challenged.
The National Interest
Managing Chaos in Sinai
Daniel Byman and Khaled Elgind exhaustively outline the history of lawlessness and current issues surrounding the Sinai. Their recommendations to the US include encouraging Israel to explore options with Hamas that fall short of an all-out deal and an eventual policy that supports Egyptian development initiatives in the Sinai.