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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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Email: chuck_freilich@harvard.edu

 

 

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2012 (continued)

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May 23, 2012

"The Least Bad Option on Iran"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[A]ny concessions made by the West should be for a limited time and contingent on a final agreement providing for a full cessation of Iran's nuclear program. We can also hope that the processes of change underway in the region, which began with the Iranian demonstrations of 2009, may return to Iran and sweep away the mullahs, the best long-term solution to the threat Iran presents."

 

 

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May 23, 2012

"Egypt with Dread"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel can, however, make a significant contribution to maintaining the peace treaty in the long run, by launching a renewed peace process with the Palestinians. Partisan political perspectives aside, nothing has undermined peace with Egypt as much as the absence of progress toward peace, and especially ongoing settlement. The prospects for progress appear bleak on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides, but if there is one thing the broad new coalition could do to save the peace with Egypt, it would be to achieve progress toward peace, or at least the appearance of the willingness to do so."

 

 

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April 29, 2012

"A Tale of Three Capitals"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"In Israel, although a range of views exists regarding the means of dealing with the nuclear threat, the approach is very narrowly focused; just prevent, or at least significantly delay, an Iranian bomb, even at the expense of other issues in which Israel has vital interests, such as Iran's massive arming of Hezbollah."

 

 

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April 15, 2012

"The Bitter Truth about Iran"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Some argue that an attack will merely rally the Iranian people around the regime, which is indeed a likely short-term result. There is, however, no reason to presume that this will be the case once the initial fury passes and Iranians truly consider their interests, especially if the international community continues to impose heavy costs. It should be remembered that the regional uprisings began with the demonstrations in Iran in June 2009."

 

 

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February 20, 2012

"Beating a Dead Horse"

Op-Ed, BitterLemons-International.org -- Middle East Roundtable

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The Zionist right, in its blind refusal to recognize demographic realities, is sowing the seeds of our own self-destruction. The Zionist left is no less misguided in its blind tendency to attribute the failure of the peace process solely to Israel, rather than focusing on the primary cause, the ongoing Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and accept that a Palestinian state can only come into being alongside Israel, not in its place. It was Zionism's pragmatism that led to its dramatic success as a national movement, in contrast with the obstinacy that has led to the utter failure of the Palestinian national movement. It is time to return to our roots."

 

 

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February 2, 2012

"Israel's Profound Choice on Iran"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"So herein lies the dilemma: a potential risk to the nation's existence versus the uncertain results of military action, the likelihood of a devastating Iranian/Hezbollah response, the risk of an end to the peace with Egypt and even a military confrontation and regional war, severe international opprobrium and a partial rift with the United States."

 

2011

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September 14, 2011

"Keep the Peace Between Israel and Egypt"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"An Israel worried about the future of peace with Egypt will be understandably less inclined to go forward with the Palestinians, but the need for a major diplomatic initiative, together with military restraint, is greater than ever. The Palestinians must ensure that the U.N. vote becomes a basis for negotiations, not conflict. The U.S. must bring all of its influence to bear on the Palestinians to encourage them to do so, and on Egypt to ensure that it continues to pursue a peaceful course. Responsible Egyptians must make their voices heard."

 

 

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June 9, 2011

"Much Ado About Very Little"

Op-Ed, BitterLemons-International.org -- Middle East Roundtable, issue 16, volume 9

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Denuded of the boilerplate rhetoric, the president's message was clear: the United States will continue to pursue the same policy it has adopted since the Arab spring began. Events in each country will be treated as discrete policy issues, not as part of a broad regional vision or normative commitment, and the US will support reform where it serves its interests and as long as the price—politically, economically and especially militarily—is minimal. No clarion call for democracy, no broad strategic vision, just reactive realpolitik, with best wishes."

 

 

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May 23, 2011

"Waiting for the Tsunami"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel should declare its immediate willingness to negotiate with the new, unified Palestinian Authority on the terms of a provisional Palestinian state as long as it accepts the internationally accepted criteria: renunciation of terrorism and recognition of Israel's right to exist and of the existing bilateral agreements. The Palestinians would be hard pressed to justify a refusal to even negotiate a concrete proposal such as this."

 

 

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April 11, 2011

"Focus on Iran"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

As the popular uprisings sweep through the Middle East, attention has been diverted from Iran, in which all of the components of the revolutionary situation exist as well, writes Chuck Freilich. Regime change in Iran, he says, "should be the number one priority in the Mideast today and is an issue on which virtually all U.S. allies, in the region and beyond, can agree."

 

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