Netanyahu Reaches for the Extreme

by Paul R. Pillar The direct, and still extreme, descendant of a U.S.-listed foreign terrorist organization is in position to become part of the next ruling coalition of Israel, and it has been put in that position at the urging… Continue Reading  

Policing Democrats for Israel

by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, after days of cajoling and political arm-twisting from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jewish Home party agreed to enter into coalition with an extremist party, Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power.” As the name implies,… Continue Reading  

Warsaw and the Limits of the Anti-Iran Alliance

by Eldar Mamedov One of the key goals that the Trump administration pursued by organizing the Warsaw conference on the Middle East was to undermine the European Union (EU) as one of the remaining defenders of a multilateral, rules-based international… Continue Reading  

The Warsaw Conference and the Isolated Superpower

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the… Continue Reading  

The United States and Iran Are in a Quantum War

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj It took just under an hour for staff at Israel’s Government Press Office to delete a tweet that suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had finally decided to wage war on Iran. The office replaced that tweet… Continue Reading