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02/18/2019 - 8:39pm

American policymakers must revisit the recent decision to spend over $100 million of taxpayer money on advanced weapons for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Conceivably these armaments could reinforce Hezbollah against Israel or other Iranian proxies threatening the United States and its allies around the Middle East.

02/04/2019 - 8:33pm

The 68-23 vote by the Senate Thursday for an amendment opposing the withdrawal American troops from Syria and Afghanistan demonstrates the Republican-controlled chamber doesn't support President Trump's desire to pull U.S. troops out of both nations at this time. The amendment is to a bill that has yet to be voted on in the Senate.

01/08/2019 - 8:31pm

After much obfuscation and obstruction by the Palestinian Authority and the media, the existence of these payment programs has finally been exposed. But officials such as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas typically defend these benefits as a form of welfare.

01/07/2019 - 8:24pm

“It seems increasingly likely the United States is prepared to officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Acknowledging Israeli sovereignty over the strategically-critical heights would obviously be in Israel’s interest, but also in the interest of the United States,” explained Jonathan Ruhe, Associate Director, JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. “It would underscore U.S. support for Israel’s self-defense, in particular against Iran and its proxies in neighboring Syria – an issue that’s increasingly important as the United States reduces its own presence in that country and relies increasingly on its Middle East allies to push back against Tehran.”

12/21/2018 - 10:59am

Sometimes big things do come in small packages - 91 characters, to be exact. In one tweet President Trump abruptly declared mission accomplished in Syria and initiated a precipitous U.S. withdrawal that gives ISIS a lifeline while handing the strategic heart of the Middle East to Iran. The United States urgently must begin bolstering key regional allies to mitigate the fallout of this decision.

12/19/2018 - 10:47am

Iran's recent nuclear-capable ballistic missile test exploded three myths popular in Washington: that missile development was forbidden by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; that Saudi Arabia's reckless and heinous killing of Jamal Khashoggi represents the most pressing regional threat to the United States; and that U.S. sanctions are addressing Iran's growing missile threat. The United States should offer a more robust approach to addressing that threat, including developing a regional missile defense capability for our Middle Eastern partners.

12/15/2018 - 9:45am

Israel prizes stealth and surprise in battle. Yet it’s now conducting a highly publicized military operation, destroying Hezbollah attack tunnels snaking under its border with Lebanon. Why?

12/03/2018 - 8:47pm

National Security Advisor John Bolton stated recently about Iran, "it's our intention to squeeze them very hard." But to what end? The Trump administration has been admirably tough on Iran but vague about its objectives and has insufficiently acted upon its rhetoric. It needs a clear, concise, consistent and consequential Iran policy: "prevention and rollback."

11/27/2018 - 8:18pm

Gemunder Center Iran Task Force co-chair Ambassador Eric Edelman testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on November 27, 2018 to present the findings and recommendations of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy.

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