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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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2013 (continued)

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October 5, 2013

"What Is Good for Obama Is Good for Us Too"

Op-Ed, Haaretz

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel of 2013 is a strong and secure country, certainly compared to the past. The countries around us are falling apart, and we no longer face existential threats (unless, possibly, if Iran goes nuclear). Hezbollah, Hamas and their ilk can cause us significant damage, but not threaten our fundamental security, and the primary threat they present is to buildings, infrastructure, and the economy, rather than a loss of lives. This is bad enough, but the threat is limited, and we have learned to deter Hezbollah and Hamas and to bring about prolonged cessations of hostilities."

 

 

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September 14, 2013

"Syria Deal: As Good As It Gets?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Amidst all of the uncertainty surrounding the details of the Russian proposal and the chances of it actually being implemented, there are, however, two near-certainties. Syria will do everything possible to delay, prevent, circumvent and minimize the actual transfer of its chemical arsenal to international control, let alone dismantlement, and will enjoy significant Russian and Iranian backing in these efforts."

 

 

August 20, 2013

"Egypt: Balancing Interests Over Values"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Obama has a few primary options. One is to stand firmly behind American values, as advocated by recent editorials in the New York Times and Washington Post and adopt the calls by senators McCain and Graham to suspend all aid. For all the billions in aid over the decades, however, the United States now finds itself with little leverage in Egypt, and by alienating the regime it risks being left with none. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are already rushing in to fill the diplomatic and economic vacuum, and ultimately Russia will provide weapons without any conditions."

 

 

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July 29, 2013

"Closing Window for a Two-state Solution"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Even Netanyahu appears to have recognized that the window for a two-state solution is rapidly closing and has recently begun speaking of his determination to avoid a one-state reality. This quiet, but dramatic rhetorical change is reminiscent of the transformation Sharon underwent 10 years ago. A premier can only deny reality for so long."

 

 

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July 17, 2013

"Egypt's Second Chance at Democracy"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"It is not clear that Egypt has the prerequisites for democracy. But let us recall with humility that it took centuries for democracy to develop in the West, and Egypt's starting point is much more difficult. What is essential is that Egypt be a moderate, stable and peaceful state. Israel too has to do its part. Unable to directly influence events in Egypt, it will be called on to demonstrate restraint in the face of continued attacks from the Sinai Peninsula, as well as from the Gaza Strip."

 

 

May 22, 2013

"How to Make the 'Red Line' Mean Something"

Op-Ed, American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"A failure to respond to Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons would not only encourage him in the belief that he can perhaps get away with an even bigger use next time; it would also undermine U.S. strategic credibility well beyond the Syria case. This begs the obvious question: At what point does the 'red line' really become one?"

 

 

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May 9, 2013

"Options for Action in Syria"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[E]ven the limited use of chemical weapons violates a fundamental international norm and an American failure to respond would create another North Korea–like precedent that would be a source of deep encouragement for the Assads of the world: WMD buys even a heinous regime immunity from international retaliation. Iran is no doubt watching in the wings, deriving its own conclusions regarding what the U.S. defines as unacceptable behavior."

 

 

March 20, 2013

"Renewing Dialogue with Israel"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The most pressing issue on the agenda is a collapsing Syria and the increasingly realistic danger that it may, in extremis, use chemical weapons against its civilian population, or Israel. Recent indications have created the worrisome impression that the administration is focused on ways of responding to a Syrian use of such weapons, rather than preventing them from being used."

 

 

March 13, 2013

"Proceed With Caution"

Op-Ed, American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Circumstances do not call for passivity, for doing nothing. They do call for sober consideration of diplomatic reality; the peace process cannot afford another failure.... Moreover, American diplomatic capital is a finite resource and should not be risked unless the prospects of success are significant."

 

 

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February 24, 2013

"J Street is a Dead End"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel's national security stands on three pillars — the resolve of its people, the strength of the IDF and the US-Israeli relationship. Those who endanger any of these pillars, even if well-intentioned, endanger Israel's security. If pluralism in thought and organizational structure has enriched American-Jewish life internally, the unity in support for Israel was always the basis of the strength of the US-Israeli relationship."

 

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