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With Ashkenzi out of the way, Barak can finally have his wayIsrael's security situation will apparently survive even the latest petty scrap between the defense minister and the army chief of staff.(April 9, 2010)

Snubbed IDF chief won't fight to stick around It remains to be seen how Ashkenazi and Barak work together in the remaining months of Ashkenazi's term.(April 8, 2010)

The race is on for next IDF chiefDefense Minister Ehud Barak announced Tuesday that Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's term will not be extended for a fifth year.(April 7, 2010)

Despite Obama's sanctions, Ahmadinejad can keep smilingThe new sanctions against Iran pushed by the United States government, in coordination with China and Russia, are too little too late.(April 2, 2010)

A nuclear Iran / How far will the world go?The sense is that the world now fully accepts Israel's conclusion that Iran is seeking to obtain nuclear arms and has overcome initial resistance to the finding.(April 1, 2010)

Hamas is reminding the world it existsThere is no doubt that Hamas is satisfied with the renewed attention, but there does not seem to be the will to begin a real escalation.(March 28, 2010)

Despite U.S. anger over settlements, defense ties are flourishingAgainst a background of high-level tensions between Obama and Netanyahu, the U.S. defense establishment has been careful to build an alternative in the form of links with their Israeli counterparts.(March 26, 2010)

Is Gaza now Netanyahu's biggest problem?A common perception of Israeli politics is that only a leftist-centrist government can launch military action and only rightist governments dare make peace agreements. Netanyahu apparently cannot do either.(March 26, 2010)

Netanyahu faces a U.S. adamant about East JerusalemHow could Netanyahu have safeguarded the construction in East Jerusalem? By offering something in return. Netanyahu's government is backtracking on all fronts and offering nothing.(March 25, 2010)

It's impossible to stop Iran without Syrian helpClose scrutiny of the Syrian track is an essential stop on the way to preventing deterioration into a war with Iran.(March 24, 2010)

Is Obama's problem that Netanyahu is a Republican at heart?While our prime minister is reminiscent of a Republican, there doesn't appear to be anyone in the Obama administration in charge of Mideast policy.(March 23, 2010)

America's Mideast woes don't begin and end with IsraelAnyone who heard Petraeus' testimony before Congress, or read his accompanying report, will have a hard time explaining this week's screaming headlines of a crisis in Israel-U.S. ties.(March 21, 2010)

There's more to U.S.-Israel crisis than Netanyahu vs. ObamaIf Obama is serious about advancing the peace process, he may have to make a substitution of his own.(March 18, 2010)

U.S. anger over East Jerusalem row is excessiveEven as it extends a hand to Iran and reaches out to Syria, it seems the Obama administration has made a conscious decision to aggravate a diplomatic crisis with Israel.(March 16, 2010)

Palestinians aren't missing the chance to fan the flamesIsrael sparked the most recent crisis over Jerusalem, but both the U.S. and the PA are adding fuel to the fire.(March 15, 2010)

Mubarak, Egypt regime change and IsraelGiven Egyptian president's advanced age and medical history, his recent operation is no trivial affair.(March 14, 2010)

Palestinian police chief knows 'the secret of the correct use of force'Avi Issacharoff talks to PA Police Commissioner Hazem Atallah in first Israeli media interview.(March 13, 2010)

Thank you for using Qalandiyah checkpointAt Qalandiyah, where chaos rules, Palestinians have taken traffic laws into their own hands.(March 12, 2010)

The U.S. will no longer turn a blind eye to Israeli settlementsThe disappearance of protests against the settlement freeze reveals the actual state of things in the West Bank.(March 11, 2010)

Israel policy allows settlers to rampage uncheckedIsrael's feat is a superficial peace process that is going nowhere but eases pressure on the gov't.(March 10, 2010)

Why are Israel's politicians still prevaricating about rocket defense?While citizens of North, South are safer, government stalling is keeping further plans from materializing.(March 9, 2010)

Israel threatens PA: 'fight violence or we will'Israel threatens to step up West Bank arrests if PA fails to quell protests.(March 8, 2010)

PA holds olive branch in one hand, stone in the otherDiscussing a final-status agreement while allowing a mini-intifada to unfold gives the PA leverage.(March 6, 2010)

Israel treading carefully to avoid war with SyriaIDF cancels part of massive combat training exercise in north to avoid escalating tensions with Syria.(March 5, 2010)

Radical groups in Gaza a growing threat to HamasIsrael may need to take into account that within a few years Hamas could be the moderate force in Gaza.(March 4, 2010)

Hamas moderates can't halt the slide toward TehranA series of failures has not just embarrassed Hamas but revealed a growing rift between Gaza and Damascus.(March 3, 2010)

Is Israel really a target for chemical warfare?Can Israel be certain that it will be able to deter Hezbollah before the group uses chemical weapons? (March 2, 2010)

As the West woos Syria, Assad aligns himself with IranHamas and Hezbollah's presence at a recent Damascus summit shows greater deterrence to Israel, the West. (March 1, 2010)

Exclusive: Hamas leader quits Shalit talks over internal rowMahmoud A-Zahar tendered his resignation two weeks ago from the Hamas team working on a swap that would see the return of Gilad Shalit.(February 26, 2010)

The almost unbelievable story of Israel's spy in HamasThis is in essence the almost unimaginable story of Shin Bet informant Mosab Hassan Yousef, who decided to go against everything that he had been taught.(February 25, 2010)

When Palestinians keep Israelis safeJust as the Mabhouh affair hurt the Mossad, revelations of Israel's Gaza mole will damage the Shin Bet.(February 24, 2010)

Who's afraid of Israeli far-rightists?The coordinated Palestinian Authority and Israeli security crackdown works against Palestinians but not Jews.(February 23, 2010)

Israel and Palestinians pass the Jericho testSecurity cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is improving, despite stalled talks.(February 22, 2010)

Media failed in Dubai hit, not MossadRegardless of who assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, it showed that Hamas is vulnerable.(February 19, 2010)

Iran in the cross-hairsIn their first post, Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff take a look at the brewing storm over Iran's nuclear program.(February 18, 2010)

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