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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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2013 (continued)

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December 3, 2013

"The Other Iranian Breakthrough"

Op-Ed, Al-Monitor

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel's focus over the coming months, however, should be on an attempt to conduct an intensive and discrete dialogue with the United States and other powers involved, to ensure that the final agreement is the best one possible, given the circumstances. Unfortunately, there will not be a knockout blow and Israel will probably have to continue living with an ongoing, if greatly diminished, Iranian threat. Not the outcome we sought, but apparently better than the alternatives."

 

 

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November 27, 2013

"Netanyahu's Finest Hour—Or Not"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Netanyahu’s hard line is thus both understandable and at least partly justified, but his harsh criticism of the agreement ('a historic mistake') has been too strident, positioning Israel to look as the primary opponent of the agreement and exposing a rift with its irreplaceable ally, the United States. Moreover, in so blatantly positioning himself in opposition, he has probably undermined his own most important objective at this time—ensuring that the final agreement is the best deal possible."

 

 

November 15, 2013

"A Bad Deal on Iran?"

Op-Ed, American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The Obama administration maintains that the sanctions relief offered in exchange was limited and would not have undermined the basic sanctions regime, which has had a devastating effect on Iran's oil exports and access to the international financial system. It also argues, correctly, that a negotiated deal is preferable to the alternatives and the best outcome for all parties concerned, Israel and Saudi Arabia included."

 

 

November 14, 2013

"Iran: Deal in the Making, or Persian Carpet Ride?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Iran is certainly conducting an unprecedented charm offensive—some might say trying to take the international community on a Persian carpet ride—in the hopes of lifting the sanctions, or of shifting the blame to the U.S. and peeling off countries from the existing sanctions regime, in the event of failure. The question remains whether it truly is willing to forgo a military nuclear capability and reach what would be a painful compromise deal for all."

 

 

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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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