An Agreement That Is Good for Israel, Bad for Netanyahu

by Paul R. Pillar One of the strangest aspects of the frantic crying of alarm over Iran’s nuclear program—with the crying having reached its most publicized peak in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican/Likud campaign rally in the House chamber—is that the chief… Continue Reading  

Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Iran

by Marsha B. Cohen Presenting Israeli President Shimon Peres with the US Medal of Freedom on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said: …in him we see the essence of Israel itself — an indomitable spirit that will not be denied. He’s… Continue Reading  

Israel and Iran’s Shared Policy of Nuclear Ambiguity

Israeli blogger Noam Sheizaf has conducted an interesting interview with Israeli historical researcher and expert on Israel’s nuclear policy, Avner Cohen. Cohen’s latest book, The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb,  addresses the origins of Israel’s nuclear strategy and… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for August 26th, 2010: Reuters: John Irish reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned Iran that, “If a credible agreement [over its nuclear program] cannot be reached, Iran’s isolation would only worsen.” … Continue Reading  

Israel’s Nuclear Opacity Hurts Its Stance on Iran

In the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times, Avner Cohen and Marvin Miller have an op-ed about the Israeli covert nuclear program. Cohen, a non-proliferation fellow at California’s Monterey Institute of International Studies is about… Continue Reading