On Monday June 29, 2015, JINSA Gaza Conflict Task Force member Major General Mike Jones, USA (ret.) and legal advisor Professor Geoffrey Corn, USA (ret.) spoke directly to the UNHRC and at a panel co-sponsored by UN Watch and NGO Monitor.
JINSA Fellow Evelyn Gordon on why Israel's limited capabilities and the need to avoid starting a war will necessitate a smaller-scale operation than the U.S. blueprint of multiple airstrikes over many days.
JINSA Visiting Fellow Yaakov Lappin on the recent "Flytilla" where hundreds of anti-Israel activists planned to board passenger planes and fly to Israel to instigate confrontations in their attempts to delegitimize the state. The event failed due to the Israeli government's recognition that it was not obligated to allow organized, hostile members of foreign organizations onto its territory - indeed no democracy is.
The Iron Dome short-range rocket and missile defense system intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on Israeli urban centers during the latest bombardment from Gaza. The system intercepted 27 rockets fired from Gaza over the weekend, raising the interception rate from 75 percent last year to over 90 percent.
Carl von Clausewitz, the renowned Prussian military theorist, famously wrote that war is merely a continuation of politics by other means. If so, then the Obama Administration has disastrously misunderstood the Clausewitzian dictum when it comes to Israeli security.
JINSA Visiting Fellow, Yaakov Lappin on the recent hacking of an Israeli coupon website by a hacker claiming to be from Saudi Arabia. This is indicative of a new kind of conflict developing in the Middle East and should serve as a wake up call for the Israeli private sector to increase its online defenses.
JINSA Visiting Fellow Evelyn Gordon on the military opportunities Israel has wasted in recent years and how costly those missed opportunities could become. If non military options fail in Iran, it is vital that Israel does not waste another opportunity.
JINSA Visiting Fellow Daniel Halper on the president's assertion that, "In fact, I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours, none. Don't let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact."
JINSA Visiting Fellow, Gabriel M. Scheinmann, on Jerusalem's apprehension about the coming American departure from Iraq. Overall, the withdrawal of American forces is a bad sign for Israel, however, there is at least one reason why the departure could prove to be useful.
JINSA Visiting Fellow Evelyn Gordon explains why none of the arguments raised by opponents of an Israeli strike on Iran are likely to dissuade Israel’s government if it becomes convinced that other efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program have failed.