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Israel's stick and carrot approach in Gaza
Analysis: Even as it is facing military defeat, Hamas must be given enough of an incentive to agree to a ceasefire.
(00:35 ,07/23/14)
The battle in Saja'iyya is not just against Hamas and Islamic Jihad
Analysis: As the IDF tackles the heart of the terrorist groups' presence in Gaza, Israel can also give a lesson in deterrence to Hezbollah and other enemies of Israel that may soon be on its doorstep.
(15:47 ,07/21/14)
Israel must grit its teeth and keep going in Gaza
Analysis: Israelis must endure the suffering and growing casualty list – or the country will be back in the same place very soon.
(19:25 ,07/20/14)
Israel is fighting defensive, not offensive, war in Gaza
Analysis: The tunnel infiltration by Hamas early Thursday showed even the most skeptical Israelis that a ground operation is a necessity, not a luxury.
(00:05 ,07/19/14)
Ceasefire negotiations bring Gaza ground operation closer than ever
Israel's determination to demilitarize Gaza and Hamas' desire to shed Israeli blood could well mean IDF boots on the ground before calm is restored.
(14:50 ,07/17/14)
Gazans are more scared of Hamas than the IDF
Analysis: Islamist organizations in Gaza are still negotiating over negotiations, while in Israel, defense chiefs are seeing start of unrest against Hamas.
(16:08 ,07/16/14)
Talking and shooting in Gaza
Analysis: Hamas and Islamic Jihad are still aiming rockets at Israel's population centers, claiming they are considering the Egyptian truce proposal that ambushed them on Tuesday; meanwhile, Israel has an ally in Cairo.
(01:25 ,07/16/14)
Israel's message to Hamas: We control the escalation
Analysis: Decision to bomb entire areas in northern Gaza after warning residents indicates is aimed at signaling to Hamas that Israel is climbing one more step up the ladder.
(01:52 ,07/14/14)
A new kind of ground operation in Gaza
The IDF has learned from bitter experience, but sending troops into the Strip will be neither a picnic nor a walk in the park.
(01:14 ,07/12/14)
Why Israel needs to go into Gaza
Analysis: Sending in ground troops will facilitate the hunt for and disposal of hidden rocket launchers, but the soldiers need clear objectives from the political leadership.
(01:16 ,07/11/14)
Toe to toe, both Hamas and Israel are seeking the upper hand
Analysis: It now seems that both sides are staring at a war of attrition, even as each is hoping that the other will blink first and call for a truce.
(01:14 ,07/10/14)
Terrorists' considerations: Where to aim, when and how many rockets to fire?
Analysis: Hamas and other Gaza terror organizations have learned from previous operations how to get past Iron Dome and how to escape the IDF's watchful eye.
(02:08 ,07/09/14)  
Israel's controlled escalation with Gaza
Analysis: Restraint shown by Israel in face of rocket fire and its speedy response to murder of Arab teen have left it in a comfortable situation to launch major operation in Gaza.
(08:08 ,07/08/14)
There cannot be one law for Israeli terrorists and another for Arab
Analysis: The prime minister, the government and Israeli public must examine their own roles in the terrible events of recent days, and consider the impact on the whole of Israeli society.
(00:40 ,07/07/14)
Hamas talks truce terms, but Israel balks
Analysis: With the Arab street at boiling point in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Gaza's Hamas rulers want concrete achievements to dispel the image of a failing organization, but are walking a delicate balancing act with the ongoing rocket fire.
(01:00 ,07/06/14)
On the brink of war: Hamas may still back down
Analysis: Escalation in tensions serve Hamas' interests to improve standing among Palestinians, but war with Israel does not.
(17:18 ,07/04/14)
Escalation scenario starting to fulfill itself
Analysis: With murderous terror attack in Judea and Samaria, rocket fire from Gaza and Jews seeking revenge, reality of past few weeks resembles scenario IDF has been preparing for.
(10:25 ,07/03/14)
Israel must crush Hamas, but do it wisely
Analysis: While destroying the organization's infratructure in the West Bank, Israel needs to be careful that it does not shatter the status quo in Gaza.
(02:47 ,07/01/14)
Indulging the public could cost the IDF and Israel dearly
The army has been pandering to soldiers’ worried mothers, and the politicians to popular sensibilities; neither is a sensible strategy.
(00:34 ,06/28/14)
Identifying kidnapping suspects is vindication for Netanyahu
Analysis: Shin Bet is hoping Palestinians seeking better conditions for themselves will give up two men, while prime minister is keen to show that perpetrators were indeed Hamas members.
(00:30 ,06/27/14)
Missile was fired from Syrian army position, says senior defense source
Analysis: Military establishment certain the anti-tank missile that killed Israeli teen on Golan Heights was fired by
(00:59 ,06/24/14)
Syria will respond to Israel’s airstrikes, but won't dirty its own hands
It's unclear who carried out Golan strike that killed 13-year-old Mohammed Karaka, but all signs point to group allied to Assad regime.
(12:07 ,06/23/14)
Hamas, Israel looking for fight in Gaza
Analysis: With nothing left to lose, Hamas will hope to improve relations with Egypt while Israel will attempt to deal death blow to Palestinian terrorism.
(00:53 ,06/22/14)
West Bank operation delivers a strategic blow to Hamas
Analysis: While Islamic organization scores points on Palestinian street for kidnapping three Israeli teens, Israel's operation weakens Hamas' presence in the West Bank, thwarting its goal of taking over territories.
(01:10 ,06/18/14)
Israel wary of growing Islamic extremism in West Bank
Analysis: As the IDF scours the West Bank for missing teens, Jerusalem worries that extremism has found a partner in Palestinian unity.
(01:10 ,06/17/14)
Netanyahu's ill-timed, ill-judged attacks on Abbas
Analysis: Prime minister's use of abduction to continue 'blame game' with Palestinian unity only creates new enemies while Israeli teens remain in captivity.
(01:28 ,06/16/14)  
Israel must act with its head, not heart, in dealing with teens' abduction
Analysis: With solid intelligence-gathering and by following clear-cut guidelines, Israel could perhaps avoid a tragic outcome and minimize the threat of further kidnappings.
(00:57 ,06/15/14)
Teens' disappearance could be outcome of Palestinian unity
Analysis: Terrorist groups have high motivation for carrying out kidnappings; reconciliation feeds terrorism, which threatens unity.
(01:21 ,06/14/14)
ISIS expansions in Iraq and Syria bring Middle East to brink of complete chaos
ISIS Islamic militants capture Iraq's second biggest city; Iraqi military buckles and runs under pressure of religious, ethnic divisions.
(20:05 ,06/11/14)
Laying low on relations with Egypt's Sisi
Analysis: In a world where our enemy's friend is our bitter enemy, Israel must not hurt Egypt's credibility by forming ties that are too strong with the new regime in Cairo. Simultaneously, Israel must take advantage of the opportunities created by the 'Arab Spring' and foster good relations with its neighbors.
(00:10 ,06/09/14)
Syria is the new Afghanistan
Analysis: Global jihad, which in final years of last millennium treated Afghanistan as a training ground, has relocated to Syria; and this time, Arab states are as worried as West.
(13:03 ,06/03/14)
Israel should work to enhance benefits of Palestinian unity
Drawbacks of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation considerable, but Israel can still act wisely to support a positive Palestinian future.
(01:40 ,06/03/14)
Increasing Russian, Iranian involvement helps Assad make great strides in Syria
Analysis: For the first time since the 80s, Russian consultants arrive in Syria to advise Assad's generals, while Tehran sends Iranian Guard soldiers to aide the Syrian president.
(01:09 ,05/23/14)
Cancellation of reservist training a legitimate call for help
Analysis: IDF chief of staff announces end of all reservist training for 2014; Cash-strapped IDF has no other options to save the billions needed to maintain operational capability.
(17:49 ,05/20/14)
Israeli security officials have a hard time obtaining visa to US
Analysis: High-ranking Israeli officials wait long months for visas, end up receiving short-term visit pass and endure humiliating checks in the process.
(01:32 ,05/16/14)
US spies vindictive on Israel
Op-ed: Newsweek's articles only point out hypocrisy and ignorance in a US intelligence community that harbors a vindictive attitude towards Israel.
(00:42 ,05/11/14)
Israel Air Force is deadlier than ever
Analysis: IAF believes it can shorten next war on its own by striking thousands of targets a day, dropping more than 10 accurate bombs from one plane on different areas. Ron Ben-Yishai reviews revolution in aerial warfare branch perceived as 'Israel's insurance policy.'
(00:40 ,05/08/14)
IDF must put an end to virtual protest
Analysis: If from now on every military or political issue provokes an online protest from soldiers, Israeli army's power of deterrence will pay a heavy price.
(09:39 ,05/01/14)
Hamas wins, Abbas loses
Anaylsis: The unity agreement signed Wednesday is a lifeline for the Islamist organization struggling to ruling Gaza, and poses a threat to the development in the West Bank.
(01:02 ,04/24/14)
A settlement of insurrection
IDF should put radical settlers in Yitzhar under curfew and stop its funding, writes Ron Ben-Yishai, until they understand that they are not the lords of the land.
(00:59 ,04/09/14)
Now is not time to go back to negotiating table
The Palestinians need to regain their equilibrium after their recent diplomatic coup, and Israel must pay the price for handing them that victory.
(00:51 ,04/04/14)
What's the point of extending peace talks?
Analysis: Both Israel and the Palestinians have a lot to gain if they keep talking, but it's not certain that either of them will use it well.
(01:14 ,04/03/14)
Complacency and arrogance: The failures of Ya'alon and Gantz
Analysis: Defense minister's comments on US, chief of staff's boast of Iranian operations illustrate a worrying and dangerous state of mind.
(01:13 ,03/23/14)
War between wars: New rules of engagement
Analysis: As part of what the IDF calls 'war between wars', Israel and terrorist groups and their state sponsors must play a very dangerous game, according to a new set of rules, while trying to create deterrence that doesn't lead to an all-out regional conflict.
(00:18 ,03/20/14)
Nasrallah seeks revenge without fingerprints
Analysis: If Hezbollah is indeed behind explosive that injured four IDF soldiers, it would be considered a success that seals the current round of vengeful attacks – without taking responsibility.
(18:12 ,03/18/14)
Hezbollah's thirst for revenge will not end
Analysis: Recent explosive targeted at IDF soldiers is part of ongoing revenge for attacking of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy. The system: An eye for an eye against military targets only.
(10:40 ,03/15/14)
Iranian-inspired rocket fire from Gaza
Analysis: Islamic Jihad avenged killing of its activists, but massive rocket fire may have also been response to seizure of Iranian arms ship. Use of short-range rockets implies organization is not interested in further escalation.
(10:27 ,03/13/14)
Iran's attempt to evade Iron Dome failed
Analysis: Iranian arms smuggling was likely aimed at preparing ground for response to attack on Tehran's nuclear facilities. Question remains whether weapons were meant to reach Gaza groups or Sinai terrorists. Admirable intelligence move spared Israel the answer.
(10:58 ,03/06/14)
Netanyahu's AIPAC speech – predictable and conventional
The prime minister's speech was without passion, just like the speaker himself, telling the audience exactly what they wanted to hear.
(01:27 ,03/05/14)
Hezbollah tried to use the stormy weather - and failed
Is it safe to deduce there was indeed a strike against targets near the Lebanese-Syrian border last night, and it is safe to assume Israel was behind it.
(11:28 ,02/25/14)
At Iran talks, pessimism is name of the game
Analysis: Ron Ben-Yishai discusses the different scenarios available as the two sides meet in Vienna for more talks.
(11:58 ,02/19/14)
Sinai attack's target: Israeli, Egyptian tourism
Egypt and Israel are the common enemy of the radical Salafist-jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, likely responsible for Sunday's attack which left four dead. The group's weapon of choice? Scaring off tourists
(00:09 ,02/17/14)
IDF draft law must be stopped
Analysis: Instead of advancing an equal share of the burden, the law proposed by the Shaked Committee will only increase inequality.
(15:03 ,02/12/14)
Reformist or conservative - which way will Iran go?
The deployment of warships to the Atlantic is meant for internal Iranian consumption, as Rouhani and his allies seek to quell criticism over the nuclear deal. But can they fend of their conservative detractors?
(00:27 ,02/09/14)
What Abbas did and didn't tell the New York Times
Palestinian president vocal on his own flexibility, but mum on IDF presence in Palestine and why he won't recognize the Jewish state
(20:00 ,02/03/14)
2014 could be even worse
Op-ed: Following release of Shin Bet security data pertaining to terror attacks and defense in 2013, Ynet's Ron Ben-Yishai attributes security escalation to the Palestinian Authority's failing governance, suggests violence could grow worse
(20:09 ,01/27/14)
IDF targeting 'freelance rocket launchers'
Analysis: Instead of automatic response against Hamas, Israel's new policy focuses on targeted assassinations of individuals directly involved in rocket fire
(12:41 ,01/22/14)
Israel will have to do something about the Gaza rockets - but what?
Analysis: What will the IDF do if the rocket fire at southern Israel continues? Ynet analyst Ron Ben-Yishai looks at strategies, understandings with Hamas and agreements with Egypt
(01:14 ,01/21/14)
From late response to preventative act
Analysis: Keeping Hamas in charge of Gaza is, paradoxically, in Israel's interest, as alternative rulers are more radical elements
(19:10 ,01/19/14)
Ya'alon's frustration got out of control
Analysis: After being blasted by Kerry and his team as main obstacle to framework agreement with Palestinians, frustrated defense minister had enough, but frustration is no substitute for sophisticated public diplomacy
(13:26 ,01/15/14)
The terrorists that Israel missed
Analysis: Explosion last week thankfully prevented by citizens' awareness, but organization of group, PA's lack of monitoring are cause for concern
(00:14 ,01/03/14)
IDF barely ready for 2014
Analysis: 'Jihadist tsunami' on Israel's borders, Hamas' underground system, renewed threat to strike Iran and possible violent conflict this summer are just some of challenges facing Israeli army in coming year
(13:45 ,01/01/14)
Israel's message to Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria
The rocket fire from Lebanon was likely the work of some small group aiming to divert Hezbollah forces to southern Lebanon, but Israel will not tolerate ongoing rocket fire on its civilian population
(12:31 ,12/29/13)
Sign of loss of control
Analysis: Abbas must realize that 'popular uprising' he initiated may jeopardize peace talks, as well as PA's survival
(20:07 ,12/23/13)
Without prior warning, West Bank terror spills into Israel
Analysis: Rising tensions, frequent incitement in West Bank, motivated by Hamas' growing involvement, is possible explanation of bus bombing attack. Increase in number of clashes between IDF, Palestinians in West Bank bodes poorly for possible calm. Source: Palestinians not interested in intifada
(23:43 ,12/22/13)
Obama to Israelis: We're not abandoning you
Netanyahu still at odds with US president, secretary of state over Iran, peace deal, but American politicians make it clear to Palestinians, Iranian that Jewish State will remain protected. But what does this message mean for Israel?
(15:26 ,12/08/13)  
US plan for Israel's safety
Analysis: Americans on historic mission to revive deadlocked talks by solving security issues
(19:57 ,12/05/13)
Israel fears Obama is leading region towards catastrophe
Small, ideological group encircling Obama, calling for final deal with Iran, regardless of price, forcing US to lose international leadership position. In Israel, officials believe Israel lost ability to influence White House on deal with Iran, pointing to greatest crisis of confidence in 20 years
(00:48 ,12/03/13)
Fewer threats in 2014
Analysis: Largely optimistic intelligence evaluation includes quite a few causes for concern
(20:02 ,11/28/13)
Pros and cons of Geneva deal
Analysis: Greatest danger is that interim agreement will become permanent, leaving Iran as 'threshold country'
(11:17 ,11/24/13)
It's not a third intifada
Analysis: Afula stabbing attack is part of violent uprising of new nature, which Israel must respond to
(10:39 ,11/14/13)
Alarming precedent
Analysis: According to introduction agreement taking shape, Tehran will be able to run towards bomb whenever it wants
(11:00 ,11/09/13)
Hezbollah-style ambush
Analysis: Gaza border incident that left five soldiers injured shows Hamas employing same tactic used by Hezbollah on northern border
(12:23 ,11/01/13)
Wiretapping game: American paranoia
Analysis: There is no moral, legal or practical justification for US eavesdropping on friendly leaders' phone conversations
(10:22 ,10/31/13)
Benefits of US-Iran reconciliation
Analysis: Historic reconciliation between Iran and the West will yield significant strategic advantages for Israel
(14:03 ,10/25/13)
Iran's strategic landmine
Analysis: If accepted, Tehran's offer to world powers will merely freeze nuclear activity until Khamenei decides to resume it
(13:11 ,10/18/13)
'Spies' in Iran - apparently Kurds
Washington Post's report that Turkey disclosed to Iran names of individuals working with Mossad heightens Erdogan feud with National Kurdish Movement; the spies revealed – apparently Kurdish
(21:23 ,10/17/13)
Hamas merely changed terror method
Analysis: Uncovering of huge tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel proves to int'l community that Hamas has not abandoned its terrorist ways
(09:36 ,10/14/13)
Dangerous slope in West Bank
Terrorist attacks, murder prove that conditions on ground can lead to major eruption of popular terrorism, yet this is not a ‘lite intifada.’ What can security forces, Israeli government do, and what is impact of ‘price tag’ youth?
(15:31 ,10/11/13)
Intelligence dispute continues
Analysis: US, Israeli intelligence agencies in disagreement over which track Iran is pursuing on way to nuclear bomb
(10:29 ,10/06/13)  
No shticks or tricks: Speech to Obama and Putin
Analysis: PM Netanyahu's masterful UN address added credibility to Israel's threat of solo strike on Iran
(11:31 ,10/02/13)
Obama coming to Rohani's aid
Analysis: US president, EU's Ashton launched diplomatic assault aimed at bolstering moderate camp in Iran
(11:52 ,09/29/13)  
Rohani speech proves sanctions stifling Iran
Analysis: Iranian president's UN address indicates he is desperate to ease western sanctions, but fears conservatives in Tehran
(08:45 ,09/25/13)  
What's hiding behind Rohani's smile?
Analysis: Iran can afford to make concessions to West now that it is so close to achieving nuclear capability
(10:51 ,09/20/13)
Looks good on paper
Analysis: US-Russian deal to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons obviously positive, but its implementation will not be easy
(12:11 ,09/15/13)
Syrian deal: World interest map
Obama evaded attack, made Russia fold; Putin killed three birds with one stone; Assad is left standing; Europeans can quietly recuperate from crisis. Meaning of upcoming Syria deal for Israel, Iran
(19:59 ,09/10/13)  
Putin's desperate attempt to save Assad
Analysis: Proposal to disarm Syria of WMDs promising, but may also present great danger if not implemented immediately
(09:44 ,09/10/13)
Obama blinked first
Analysis: Decision to delay strike against Syria sends dangerous message to cruel regimes, terrorists everywhere
(00:56 ,09/01/13)
The battle for legitimacy
Op-ed: In order to carry out strike in Syria, US needs legal, political and public legitimacy. From Israeli point of view, this legitimacy is crucial, particularly because of nuclear threat from Iran
(08:09 ,08/31/13)
No need to panic
Analysis: Israelis must keep in mind that while Assad regime is cruel, it has always acted rationally
(22:59 ,08/28/13)
Western coalition to attack Syria
Analysis: Kerry's statement was unequivocal. There are 2 possible courses of action: Striking chemical weapons reserves or attacking Syrian army, regime establishments. How will Assad act against Israel, what will Russia do?
(20:42 ,08/27/13)  
Israel estimates US will attack in Syria
Day after Gantz-Dempsey conversation, security establishment officials say US expected to operate against Assad forces even without UN mandate
(21:05 ,08/24/13)  
IDF sending message to Beirut
Analysis: Israel chose to target Palestinian site in Lebanon for its location, hoping sound of blast would reach Lebanese, Hezbollah leaders in Beirut
(13:17 ,08/23/13)
Sunnis exact revenge on Hezbollah with rocket attack
International jihadist forces which fired rockets on Galilee wish to inflict damage on Israel – for which their hatred is second to none – but also to harm Hezbollah in revenge for Nasrallah's involvement in the Syrian civil war
(20:40 ,08/22/13)
Assad senses West's weakness
Analysis: Syrian president's use of chemical weapons against opposition should also concern Israel
(08:42 ,08/22/13)
US arrogant and unreliable
Op-ed: Egypt crisis finds US more concerned about nurturing image as champion of democracy rather than safeguarding interests of important Mideast ally
(19:39 ,08/20/13)  
Egypt's war of attrition
Analysis: Chaos in Egypt is in fact well planned strategy, on part of both Muslim Brotherhood, state; Brotherhood provokes security forces, uses high losses to gain public favor. US, EU pushing both sides to rein in talk, ignoring fact that Brotherhood not interested in compromise
(01:04 ,08/18/13)
Street battles in Cairo, and the Israeli connection
Collapse of talks, tensions accompanying conclusion of Ramadan, fear of growing support for Muslim Brotherhood are what prompted Egyptian army to act to dismantle Nahda, Rabaah al-Adawiya mass sit-ins
(20:04 ,08/14/13)
Attack on Egyptian soil, problematic but probably necessary
Analysis: If reports of Israel's alleged attack of terror cell in Sinai are true, it would be second time since 1979 peace treaty Israel has breeched Egyptian sovereignty – a risky move justified only if terror cell was posing immediate threat to Israeli lives
(15:26 ,08/10/13)
Sinai jihadists have Eilat in sights
Analysis: Temporary closure of southernmost city's airport most likely linked to smuggling of shoulder-launched missiles into Sinai
(23:54 ,08/08/13)
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