Articles by Aaron Marcus

Ending Washington’s Two-State Policy

The decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the most heated issues in international relations. Scholars and theorists throughout the world offer no shortage of opinions on the matter. Everyone believes their solution is the right solution, and with fervent emotion … Continue reading

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P5+1 Iran Deal Reduces American Influence

The United States and Iran are not morally equivalent; we do not share the same creed, vision for the world, or idea of liberty and justice. The U.S. initiates violence only to defend the lives of its citizens or liberate people from tyranny. Tehran’s theocracy initiates violence to further expand its reach with an end goal of establishing a global caliphate under the banner of radical Shia Islam. The U.S. is a liberating force, while the Islamic Republic of Iran is a conquering one. Continue reading

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Netanyahu to U.S. Jews: The time is now to “speak up” about Iran

Jerusalem, Israel – In a rousing speech to attendees at the annual General Assembly meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNAGA), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his audience Sunday evening that Iran was an “historical killer,” that cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. The Jewish Federations of North America represent 153 Jewish communities in North America. Netanyahu pleaded with those in attendance to speak up now about Iran because time is running out to stop their nuclear program.

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World Summit on Counter-Terrorism

HERZLIYA, Israel – The 13th annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism ran Sunday through Wednesday, September 8-11, and was hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Sponsored by the IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) founded in 1996 by Dr. Boaz Ganor, the Summit is now a must event for the growing counter-terrorism community. The Summit is held the week of 9/11 to commemorate the victims of the biggest terrorist atrocity ever to occur and marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York by Islamist terrorists.

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Obama’s Red Line: A Different Perspective

As I stood on the beautiful Mediterranean coast last Thursday, my calm was suddenly disrupted by the screeching sound of an Israeli jet fighter. Due to Israel’s miniscule size this is nothing unusual. It is virtually impossible for citizens and tourists to not encounter some aspect of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) during the course of an ordinary day. Security is understandably tight but Thursday was different.

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Obama’s Dangerous Nomination of Samantha Power

With the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations replacing the infamous Susan Rice, Barack Obama has filled out his second term foreign policy team, and it isn’t pretty. With the appointment of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, to that of John Kerry as Secretary of State, the Obama administration has unsurprisingly failed to appoint a responsible foreign policy team that is willing to promote strong American interests in the Middle East.

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Obama’s trip to Israel: A long time in coming

Almost 1,400 days after President Barack Obama stood in front of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and hundreds of leaders from the Arab world in Cairo he is finally making his way to Israel.

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Budgeting in Terrorism: Obama’s Misdirected Foreign Policy

President Obama’s annual message to Congress increases the State Department budget for FY 2013 by 1.6 percent and would establish the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Incentive Fund costing $800 million.

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Has Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Crossed His Own Zone of Immunity?

David Ignatius, senior opinion writer for the Washington Post, was traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta when a firestorm erupted over his column, “Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?” Not because Ignatius has questioned whether such an act is possible, but because he admitted Panetta believes an attack is imminent.

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Newt Gingrich and the “Invented” People

Newt Gingrich has come under fire from liberals, Palestinian leaders and some of his Republican presidential opponents for calling the Palestinians an “invented” people.

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Analysis: Abbas and Netanyahu UN Speeches

As world leaders descended upon New York City for the 61st annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the main question on the minds of most delegations and observers was the fate of the Palestinian territories.

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Obama Address to UN General Assembly Projects Erratic Middle East Policy

As tension between Israelis and Palestinians reach startlingly high levels, President Obama delivered an address at the United Nations on September 21, attempting to calm heightened animosity between the two people and discuss America’s vision for the future of the Middle East.

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Netanyahu to Congress: Without Legitimacy and Security There Can Be No Peace

Less than a week after President Obama revealed a new U.S. strategy for Middle East relations, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress.

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President Obama’s Middle East Address: From Arab Spring to Israeli Winter

In a speech originally intended to advance his administration’s policy of Muslim outreach, President Barack Obama injected controversy into otherwise already strained U.S.-Israeli relations, while appeasing the Arab street.

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