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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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2012

"Israel in Lebanon—Getting It Wrong: The 1982 Invasion, 2000 Withdrawal, and 2006 War"

Journal Article, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, issue 3, volume VI

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The present study assesses the reasons for Israel's repeated policy failures in Lebanon by comparing the decision making processes (DMPs) in the three most important cases above: the two wars and the unilateral withdrawal. Failure, of course, is both a relative and subjective term. Indeed, it can be argued that not all of these cases were unequivocal failures; the outcome of the 2006 war was not entirely negative from Israel's perspective and the alternative in 2000, such as remaining in Lebanon, might have been worse. Thus, failure, for the purposes of this study, refers not to the quality of the outcomes, but to Israel's ability to achieve the objectives set out by its leaders."

 

 

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October 4, 2012

"Inside Bibi's Bunker"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"How these debates will be resolved depends on Israel's unique policymaking process. The question of whether to strike Iran is not just up to Netanyahu: In Israel, like other parliamentary democracies, the premier is merely "first among equals" — not the chief executive or commander in chief, as in the United States. With the exception of very limited circumstances, such as responding to imminent attacks, the Israeli prime minister requires cabinet approval for all national security decisions."

 

 

October 3, 2012

"'Never Again!'"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Then, as now, fanatical leaders called for Jewish extermination, while an irresolute, self-preoccupied West, failed to take effective action. The USA, however, is a very different country from what it was in 1938, and while one can legitimately believe that Obama should take even firmer action, he has done more than any other Western leader."

 

 

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September 4, 2012

"Too Soon... Too Soon... Too Late!"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"If Obama is elected, but maybe not if Romney is, there may still be time for one last diplomatic push, but only if backed up with a clear threat and deadline, and the US should put a far more generous proposal on the table, so that no one can argue that it has not fully tried. Simply strengthening sanctions will no longer cut it, it is too late for that."

 

 

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August 4, 2012

"A Security Guarantee Now"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...Israel should explore the possibility of obtaining a U.S. security guarantee that is limited to the Iranian nuclear program (and possibly other existential threats), on the condition that it does not restrict our freedom of maneuver in other areas—or limit our strategic capabilities. These capabilities are the ultimate guarantor of our security and cannot be compromised, indeed, they may be sufficient in themselves to deter Iran. The United States, in any event, which is greatly concerned over the ramifications of an Israeli strike and is doing everything in its power to prevent one, may demonstrate greater openness to the idea than it did in the past...."

 

 

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July 29, 2012

"Managing the Endgame in Syria"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[I]t increasingly looks like a new regime may be as unsavory as its predecessor and may threaten the four decades of calm that have prevailed on the Golan Heights.  The danger of escalation is great, especially if Syria, or its Iranian and Hezbollah allies, in a desperate attempt to save itself in its final extremis, seek to divert attention from their shared problems by using Syria's vast chemical arsenal against Israel, Syria's own citizens, or international players, should they seek to intervene. A long-established rule of dictatorship is that an external crisis is always a good means of deflecting attention from domestic challenges."

 

 

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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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