Israel stands before one of the most difficult periods it has ever known, from a coronavirus economic crisis to Netanyahu's assault on the rule of law. But his annexation plan could lead us to the precipice of war – and beyond
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).
Three years of Trump’s limited and chaotic efforts to thwart Iranian regional expansionism and end Tehran's nuclear ambitions have failed. And Israel is on the frontline of those failures
Israel’s defense establishment has always been cool to the idea of a defense treaty with America. But a formal pact is now urgent - and strategically vital
I found good and caring people. The only problem was that they are living in denial, in a fervent but alternative reality where the occupation is not only sustainable but irreversible
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Israelis voted to save their democracy. But the country may soon face a severe constitutional crisis if Netanyahu, facing political failure and criminal prosecution, adopts Nixon-style desperate measures
Neither Netanyahu nor his crude, illiberal, annexationist, political arsonist ‘friends’ comprehend the magnitude of the storm they’re about to bring down on Israel’s security – and its most foundational ideas
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If the upcoming elections don't produce real change, if West Bank annexation becomes reality, if democratic norms and the rule of law continue to deteriorate, we need a new partition plan – this time, for Israel itself
The Syrian conflict has triggered Israel's primal fear: the threat of an entrenched Iranian presence on its borders. If a resurgent, unreliable Russia doesn't step in, then Assad and his army will be Israel's first targets
We have 30 years before enlightened Israel sinks into poor and illiberal darkness. This time, the threat is a militant religious fundamentalism of our own
Iran is the most sophisticated, dangerous adversary Israel has ever faced. It has adopted a decades-long strategy of attrition until destruction. But Israel, frenetically focused on the here and now, lacks a systematic plan to confront it - and other crucial long-term national objectives
In this candid – and imaginary – letter to the residents of Sderot, the Israeli PM recognizes there is no quick military or political solution to the conflict with Hamas
The Trump administration's well-intentioned efforts to challenge the Iranian regime, its expansionism and nuclear ambitions are partial, unrealistic and incoherent. Israel can't rely on them - or on a mercurial U.S. president
This White House’s preference is for crudely breaking things. But to end the negotiations impasse, the Palestinians need a strong reality check - and Trump's generally grotesque administration has, to its credit, provided just that jolt
If Israel had true leaders, they'd be telling the Israeli public to calm down about Gaza and the limited threat Hamas poses, and focusing on the exponentially more serious threat of Hezbollah and Iran
Obama thought Syria would be Russia’s Vietnam: in fact, the Mideast has become Putin’s playground. Thanks to diplomacy, arms sales and nuclear reactors - and Trump’s policy chaos - Russia is back, big time
The U.S. president thinks he's denuclearized North Korea without dismantling a single bomb. Israel simply can't risk a similar White House 'success' with Iran, but war can't be its only option either
Israel must ensure Iran doesn't dig in on its northern border. Even if that means war with Syria - and air strikes on Iran
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?
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 it’s 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.