Norman A. Bailey is a Professor of Economics and National Security at IWP and Former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs with the White House National Security Council.
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How to leverage the Abraham Accords for maximum geopolitical effect

Simultaneously, what has been referred to as the “cold peace” with Egypt has warmed up a great deal since the beginning of the Abraham Accord process. In the past two-plus years Israel has signed agreements normalizing relations with four Arab/Muslim countries. The agreement with Sudan has remained in suspense until that country sorts out its…

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Going soft on the regime likeliest to use nukes

Only one country has serious thoughts of triggering Armageddon, and it isn’t Russia or China. Recently, commentators have been competing with each other to warn about the possibility of nuclear war, for the first time since 1962. Their concerns involve either Russia using nuclear weapons against Ukraine or China invading Taiwan, leading to a war…

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Reform the Israel Police

A string of recent incidents shows how ill-adapted Israel Police is to its task. It must change before things get out of hand. In my last column, I wrote about the necessity of a reform in the Israeli political system and government structure. This column is about a governmental agency that requires reform equally urgently:…

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Give the people’s wealth to the people

Israel’s sovereign wealth fund, finally activated, should be used to narrow the country’s shockingly wide economic gaps. The Israeli government has finally activated the sovereign wealth fund that was authorized years ago to accumulate the levies collected under the Natural Resources Profits Law, chiefly from the companies and partnerships exploiting Israel’s offshore gas reservoirs. Read…

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Israel Police clobbers public diplomacy

Israel has recently found effective PR responses to its enemies, but the reality of heavy-handed policing is undermining them. In the last few months, a very significant change has taken place in the nature and success of the public relations of the State of Israel. In the past, indifference (“But we’re right!”) or shrill anger…

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Genocide is a word not to be used lightly

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a crime under international law and atrocities have been committed, but the Russians are not trying to annihilate the Ukrainian people. Words matter. Words can and do result in thoughts and then into actions. Words can result in the laudable of human actions and into the most despicable behavior.…

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Will Israel’s Arabs use their new-found power wisely?

If they do, it could well be to Israel’s wider benefit. The anti-Bibi government that took office ten months ago is tottering, due to a defection from Yamina to Likud. As a result, the governing coalition has only half the seats in the Knesset. However, contrary to what many commentators who should know better are…

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Ukraine: Gains for China, worries for Israel

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looks like another chapter in the rise of China and the waning of the U.S. As for Israel, its interests do not justify its ambivalence. Russian President Putin undoubtedly expected that his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine would be over in 48 hours at the most, with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy fleeing the…

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The ignoble descent of Faustian man

The decline of the West, described in great detail by Oswald Spengler a hundred years ago, is now entering its final phase. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” – Yeshua ben Yosef, itinerant Jewish preacher in Roman Palestine in the first half of the 1st century…

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Hurtling towards global chaos and anarchy

Avigdor Liberman correctly predicts the breakdown of international order but does not mention it is being hastened by the social and political deterioration in the U.S. A remarkable interview with Israel’s Minister of Finance Avigdor Liberman was published in the February 4th issue of the Jerusalem Post magazine. In the interview, Liberman states that due…

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