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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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2013 (continued)

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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."

 

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."

 

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