How Not to Fund Hamas -Matt Levitt
[T]he U.S. government announced that President Obama has authorized the use of $20.3 million to address critical post-conflict humanitarian needs in Gaza.
[But] the U.S. Agency for International Development's record has been tainted by a series of awards to entities with established ties to terrorist groups, including Hamas-controlled charity committees and the Islamic University of Gaza.
The necessary first step to fix all this is simple and long-overdue: a partner verification system. It would begin by requiring all applicants for funding to submit identifying information on their principal officers and other employees.
The critical need to provide humanitarian aid in conflict zones must be balanced with the risk that terrorist groups will try to benefit from that aid.
(New York Daily News)
This analysis reveals impressive improvements in the readiness and capability of the Israel Defense Forces since the fighting against Hizbullah in 2006.
Yet the post-conflict situation looks strikingly like the situation before the fighting began.
(Center for Strategic and International Studies)