Matthew RJ Brodsky
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Did Kushner Tip His Hand on the Peace Plan?

April 23, 2019  •  ClearCut with Michelle Makori / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Eric Mandel, Director of the Middle East Political Information Network, and Michelle Makori on i24News "ClearCut" to discuss U.S. peace envoy Jared Kushner's comments at the Time Magazine 100 gathering, where he seemed to downplay the two-state option in the administration's peace proposal. Kushner confirmed the U.S. peace parameters will be revealed after Ramadan, which ends on June 4. They also discussed Israeli PM Netanyahu's announcement that he's looking into naming an area in the Golan after President Trump, who recognized Israel's sovereignty over the area on behalf of the U.S. a few weeks ago.

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The U.S. Steps Up Pressure on Iran

April 22, 2019  •  ClearCut+ with Michelle Makori / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Michelle Makori via Skype from Phoenix, Arizona to discuss the latest steps the Trump administration is embracing to ratchet up pressure on Iran. They include listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization, ending waivers for eight countries on oil purchases from Iran, the IRGC leadership shuffle, and offering $10 million for info on Hezbollah's financial mechanisms.

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The Importance of the Golan Heights
Jerusalem is likely to keep treating Syria as an extension of Iranian territory

April 5, 2019  •  Washington Free Beacon

Like the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights came as a surprise to many, even if the matter had already gathered steam on Capitol Hill in recent years. It was one of the least publicly discussed aspects of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump at the White House in February 2017. So why is the Golan so important?

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Trump's Golan Decision Addresses the Limits of Land-for-Peace

April 5, 2019  •  The Hill

President Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights advances U.S. interests without physically changing much on the ground in the Middle East. First, it recognizes reality and punctures the kind of mythology that, for decades, has stalled any attempts at a peace agreement with Israel. Perhaps more importantly, it fundamentally alters the land-for-peace formula long thought to be a panacea for regional peacemaking. The decision, therefore, could reverberate to America's benefit as the Trump administration prepares to release its long-awaited Palestinian-Israeli peace parameters.

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Qatar Is the Weakest Link in an 'Arab NATO'
It is too supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and too close to Iran.

April 4, 2019  •  National Review

President Trump's plan to put together an 'Arab NATO' is at risk as Qatar's inclusion will constitute the alliance's Achilles' heel. It is always difficult to find common and unifying causes in the Middle East, but it is harder still when one member of a proposed alliance continuously seeks to undermine the others. Rather than seeking to paper over these very real differences, Washington should push for Qatar to change its subversive behavior.

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Matthew RJ Brodsky's Book

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Matthew RJ Brodsky
Security Studies Group
June 26, 2018

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