Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Markaz.
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Imposing sanctions on terrorist groups has revealed pathologies on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, as David Phillips and Kelly Berkell recently noted, both politics and bureaucratic inertia make lists too “sticky,” hindering the removal of groups when circumstances change. Conversely, in the EU, inertia and the rigid approach of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) hinder needed efforts to impose sanctions and make them stick.
The controversy over President Obama’s “Iran Deal” concerning nuclear weapons during the spring and summer of 2015 intersects with ongoing debates over Israeli settlers, disputed territories, Palestinians, Gaza, the West Bank, and the “two state” solution.