Itamar Rabinovich

For Itamar Rabinovich's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Netanyahu's surprise victory

Commentary / World Mar 20, 2015

Netanyahu's surprise victory

The Israeli election results represent an impressive personal comeback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reflect the sense among Israeli voters that, more than ever, they feel threatened by numerous enemies.

Commentary / World Apr 27, 2014

Israel's dilemma over Putin's move on Ukraine

Israel worries about America's gradual withdrawal from the Middle East, a policy shift that has allowed Russia to regain lost influence there. And Russian President Vladimir Putin's move on Ukraine presented a dilemma for the Netanyahu government.

Commentary / World Aug 20, 2012

Four competing Sinai powder kegs

The crisis in the Sinai Peninsula seems to have been dwarfed by the drama in Cairo. But Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's civilian coup, in which he dismissed General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the leader of the army's supreme command, has not diminished the importance of ...

Commentary / World Aug 1, 2012

Syria's tipping point to desperation

During World War II, Winston Churchill famously drew a distinction between "the end of the beginning" and "the beginning of the end." That distinction is equally applicable to the unfolding Syrian crisis. Recent events — the growing number of high-level defections from the regime's leadership, ...

Commentary / World May 9, 2012

Feared anarchy has arrived in Syria

The failure of the Obama administration, its Western allies and several Middle East regional powers to take bolder action to stop the carnage in Syria is often explained by their fear of anarchy. Given the Syrian opposition's manifest ineffectiveness and disunity, so the argument goes, ...

Commentary / World Mar 30, 2012

Forging a Syrian opposition worthy of support

Syria's crisis is now a year old, with close to 10,000 people, mostly civilians, dead — and no end in sight. The country is at a stalemate: The opposition is unable to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, and Assad's forces are unable to quash ...