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Easing Sanctions on Sudan Erodes U.S. Leverage

January 16, 2017  •  FDD Policy Brief

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday eased sanctions against Sudan based on improved behavior, and with the expectation that Sudan "sustains [the] positive actions it has taken over the last 6 months." The move, which comes after months of rumors that Sudan would be removed entirely from the U.S. terrorism sponsors list, punts the six-month review to the Donald Trump administration.

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How President-elect Trump might undo Obama's hostility to Israel

December 30, 2016  •  The Hill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is counting the days until Barack Obama leaves office. So are many supporters of Israel here in the United States, including members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

It's not just last week's abstention on an anti-Israel measure at the United Nations Security Council. Nor was it the long-winded speech about Israeli settlements by President Obama's secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier this week.

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Team Obama Is Not Done Slamming Israel

December 28, 2016  •  New York Post

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fuming over President Obama's abstention in last week's anti-Israel vote at the United Nations. Israelis warn Obama may have even more in store for the Jewish state before he leaves office.

Here's why they might be right.

Since September, if not well before that, Obama has been weighing a menu of possible actions to hammer Israel before leaving office. I know this because US officials openly admitted this to me. Indeed, they were almost boasting about it.

This is what we know of the options on Obama's menu:

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Trump Wants to Shake Up the World Order? Here's Where He Should Start

December 11, 2016  •  Politico Magazine

The specifics have often fluctuated, but the core of Donald Trump's foreign policy vision has remained steady. He believes, as the Brookings Institution's Thomas Wright has noted, "that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since World War II."

For some of the alliances that Trump has questioned, such as NATO, critics fiercely contend that the president-elect underestimates the benefits flowing to the United States. But there is a class of messy, increasingly complicated foreign-policy relationships that the Trump administration would do well to reconsider: Middle East countries that simultaneously act as U.S. allies, adversaries and enemies.

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement attracting groups with terrorist ties

November 2, 2016  •  The Hill

This week, George Mason University is hosting a conference promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel campaign that has recently swelled its ranks by participating in "solidarity work" with sympathetic organizations. But as the BDS campaign has grown, its "big tent" philosophy may have attracted organizations with ties to terrorism.

In May 2016, for example, the Miami-based organization Dream Defenders flew a group of activists that included a Florida lawmaker to Israel and the Palestinian territories. While in the West Bank, participants were led by a tour guide identified with the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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