While the Netanyahus drink champagne and Trump tweets, the Russians changed the Mideast’s nuclear calculus - and this time, Israel has no feasible military option. But can Jerusalem really depend on the White House to avert a nuclear arms race?
Chuck Freilich, a former deputy Israeli national security adviser, is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center and author of the forthcoming Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (Oxford University Press).
You've got to be cautious - but also forceful. If the U.S. won't crack heads for Mideast peace, if President Trump won't use real leverage, and if you really think America shouldn't 'impose a deal on anyone' – then you better stay home
Israeli leaders should push for more military restraint, and to moderate their jingoistic rhetoric, to avoid further escalation. The situation on Israel's northern border isn't 'intolerable'- yet
Processes and decisions take many years to play out. Israel should already be conducting its thinking and planning today rather than leaving it for the last minute
Netanyahu is itching to claim defeat over the Palestinians. But that 'victory' would also be a swansong for Zionism
North Korea is a common adversary to both Israel and South Korea. Both countries need forceful but smart deterrent strategies
Netanyahu repeatedly sets goals that may be desirable but are unattainable. It is to be hoped that at least in regard to Iran, he will adopt a different approach
The root causes of America's declining global stature are deep, and abetted by a monumentally incompetent president. The consequences for Israel could be disastrous
U.S. legislation that hitherto had bipartisan support instantly collapsed; now its not clear a majority can be forged to pass sanctions.
Israel must 'shoot first, ask later' to deter groups like al-Qaida from unleashing destruction.