Yaakov Lappin

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Obama's Soft Stance on Iran Might Force Israel to Strike

The international community and Iran meet again in Geneva this week for a fateful round of talks. The discussions are meant to ensure that Iran ceases activities designed to produce the first Shi'ite nuclear bomb--the first of many bombs, if Iran's program isn't stopped. Nov 19, 2013 2:34 PM PT

Israel Hopes to Avoid Third Intifada Despite Palestinian Rhetoric, Violence

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lost two soldiers to Palestinian violence in the West Bank last week. Although a third intifada remains unlikely according to intelligence assessments, the threat of terrorism in the West Bank remains ever-present, and the army has beefed up its forces to prevent an escalation of incidents. Oct 3, 2013 8:17 AM PT

Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

At the time of this writing, the United States appears to be making final preparations for a military strike on Syria in response to a chemical massacre perpetrated by the Assad regime against hundreds of civilians living in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. Aug 27, 2013 1:01 PM PT

How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

The chaos and carnage of the Syrian civil war is a conflict Israel would like to avoid, but Israeli leaders have stated that any attempts by Hizballah to exploit the situation to import advanced arms, such as guided missiles that can threaten Israeli population centers and strategically sensitive targets, are a red line Jerusalem will not accept. Aug 8, 2013 8:21 AM PT

Iranian Nuclear Crisis Nearing a Critical Tipping Point

Iran is edging closer toward its goal of nuclear weapons possession and is leading the already deeply unstable Middle East region down a path to a new crisis. The warning signs are being drowned out somewhat by the horrors of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating unrest in Egypt, but they are present for any observer to see. Jul 16, 2013 1:34 PM PT

The Shi'ite Crescent Holds Its Ground

After two years of fighting and at least 80,000 casualties, it is possible to conclude that the Syrian civil war has degenerated into a long-term, regional, sectarian Sunni-Shi'ite conflict which has crossed into neighboring Lebanon and Iraq and threatens to spill over into Turkey, Jordan and Israel. No resolution to this feud is in sight. Jun 13, 2013 4:34 PM PT

Hamas in Gaza Sending Out Tentacles to the West Bank

Hamas's West Bank terrorism infrastructure has not recovered after being devastated by waves of Israeli counter-terror operations launched a decade ago, and the organization's leadership would like to change that. May 23, 2013 4:47 PM PT

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