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The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy. Founded in 1976, the Center has produced hundreds of studies and initiatives by leading experts on a wide range of strategic topics. Dr. Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, has headed the Jerusalem Center since 2000.

The Center is a multidisciplinary, independent non-profit think tank for Israel policy research and education, bringing together the best minds in the political, strategic, diplomatic and legal arenas, in Israel and abroad.

Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 8:47am
(Wall Street Journal) Yaroslav Trofimov - Israel faces a harsh new world as Syria's civil war winds down: the Iranian threat now is next door, with Iranian military forces already entrenching themselves in Syrian bases within striking distance of Israeli towns. In Israeli assessments, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria has now switched its primary mission from preventing a collapse of Assad's regime to preparing for a future confrontation with Israel. "Their first priority has changed and Israel is the target," said former Israeli national security adviser Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror. "They want to prevent Israel from reacting in any way to the next stage, in which Iran is building its nuclear capability. For us it is essential to stop Iran and for that we are ready to take the risk of a war....Israel may find itself having to do the critical job of containing Iran in the Levant by itself." Letting Tehran solidify its military presence in Syria would be "agreeing to the Iranians placing a noose around our necks," Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned last week. For Iran, seeking to wipe out the Israeli state has become a central tenet of the Islamic Republic's ideology. "Iran is the cancer in the Middle East. We will not give it a chance to sit next to our border," said Akram Hasson, a Druze member of Israel's parliament. "If it doesn't work in a diplomatic way, then we will use every other solution. If it will have to be a war to defend our cities and our citizens, then we will have to go to war."
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 1:00am
(The Hill) Ellen Mitchell - Lt.-Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said Thursday the Syrian government retains "a residual capability" to conduct a chemical weapons attack, "probably spread throughout the country at a variety of sites. They will have the ability to conduct limited attacks in the future. I would not rule that out. However, as they contemplate the dynamics of conducting those attacks, they've got to look over their shoulder and be worried that we're looking at them and we'll have the ability to strike them again should it be necessary."
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 1:00am
(Deutsche Welle-Germany) Romania has begun efforts to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Thursday. Dragnea told Antena 3 TV that the government had agreed on "the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem. The decision has been taken....I think the decision will produce major benefits for Romania. This is also a pragmatic approach. Like all of us, Israel has the right to establish its capital where it wants." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday six countries were in serious discussions to move their embassies to Jerusalem.
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 1:00am
(Jerusalem Post) Chaya Eisenberg - As a bereaved father read the Yizkor prayer and the Israeli flag was returned to full mast on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Israel's Memorial Day segued into Independence Day. The ceremony opened with the song "Names and Faces," accompanied by a display of the names and faces of all 23,546 soldiers that have died in service to Israel since 1948. Israel's Eurovision-winning song "Hallelujah" was performed simultaneously at the event and 20 other locations around the globe. Torches were lit by 12 prominent members of Israeli society, including Druse spiritual leader in Israel Shaykh Mowafaq Tarif and Margalit Zinati from the Galilee village of Peki'in. The Zinati family has lived in Peki'in since the days of the Second Temple.
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 1:00am
(Ha'aretz) 300 drones lit up the sky over Jerusalem Wednesday night as Israel celebrated 70 years of independence. A modern take on the annual fireworks show, the drones created gorgeous blue and white images against the backdrop of the dark night sky.
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 1:00am