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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

December 10, 2012

"Abbas and Netanyahu in Wonderland"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[D]id Israel have to respond to the UN decision by reviving long moribund settlement plans in Ma'ale Adumim and Jerusalem, that it will probably not implement any way and whose sole practical import is to infuriate the entire world, including the US and Europe? Were there no other options, or have we too become more interested in form than substance? Do we truly wish to cut off funding to the PA and undermine the security cooperation which has significantly contributed to the near total absence of terrorism from the West Bank in recent years?"

 

 

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December 2012–January 2013

"Striking Iran: The Debate in Israel"

Journal Article, Survival, issue 6, volume 54

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Although the unusual public nature and stridency of the debate struck many around the world, it is still hard for those abroad to understand how great the effect on the Israeli public has been. The Iranian nuclear programme had been the one consensual issue in an otherwise politically frenetic and deeply divided country and was dealt with, so the public believed, in a manner appropriate to the severity of the threat."

 

 

November 23, 2012

"Renew the Mideast Peace Process? Not Now"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The United States too cannot afford a further blow to its regional status. One aspect of American power is the perception that it can force the sides to reach agreement — and succeed in brokering a deal. Another aborted attempt would merely reinforce the Arab image of the U.S. as a weak, declining power, making it that much harder for the U.S. to play an effective role when the time is right."

 

 

November 17, 2012

"US Should Stay Out of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts, for Now"

Op-Ed, GlobalPost

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Some believe that President Obama should make use of his second term to renew efforts to promote the peace process, as have all of his predecessors. Honorable sentiments aside, he should not, at least not now; the last thing Israelis and Palestinians need is another failed peace initiative. Both already despair of the prospects of peace, and the last thing the US needs is to squander its political capital in the Middle East once again."

 

 

November 2012

Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy

Book

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

In Zion's Dilemmas, a former deputy national security adviser to the State of Israel details the history and, in many cases, the chronic inadequacies in the making of Israeli national security policy. The author uses his insider understanding and substantial archival and interview research to describe how Israel has made strategic decisions and to present a first of its kind model of national security decision-making in Israel. The book concludes with cogent and timely recommendations for reform.

 

 

October 30, 2012

"Iran: No 'Loose Cannon' in Jerusalem"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The entire Israeli national security establishment, at all levels, has been deeply engaged on this issue since the early '90s. Indeed, it is hard to think of any other issue in Israel in recent decades that has been the subject of such extensive and careful attention. Regardless of what one thinks of the ultimate decision, it will not be for lack of painstaking consideration of the options."

 

 

October 29, 2012

"Russia, China on 'Wrong Side of History' in Arab World"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"China, a great power in the making, and Russia, a fading but nonetheless aspiring power, have repeatedly positioned themselves on 'the wrong side of history' in regard to the Iranian nuclear program, events in Syria, and more. Great power status confers not just prestige and influence, but also a need to share responsibility for international security and the 'global good.' With their uncaring pursuit of narrow national interests, neither is demonstrating a predilection to do so."

 

 

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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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