Articles

After the U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Congressional Role in U.S.-Iran Policy

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 37       November 17, 2014 The new 114th Congress convenes in January 2015 with Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Congressional […]  Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded.  Read More »

How Iran Views the Fall of Sana’a, Yemen: “The Fourth Arab Capital in Our Hands”

Iran commands the Strait of Hormuz and now is trying to seize the Bab el-Mandeb Strait  Read More »

Tikkun Olam: A Case of Semantic Displacement

The term “tikkun olam” has become the shibboleth of American Jewry, and like other Jewish words such as “chutzpah” it has entered English vocabulary without translation.   Read More »

The Long Road to Choosing a New Leader in Iran

It appears that during the coming months’ maneuverings Khamenei will continue to signal that he holds the reins of power.  Read More »

Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable

“Recognition of Palestine” Hinders Peace Negotiations  Read More »

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub.  Read More »

The Significance of the First Hizbullah Attack against Israeli Forces since 2006

For the first time since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hizbullah claimed responsibility for an attack against Israeli forces.  Read More »

Yemen Changes Hands. Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?

Historic changes have occurred in Yemen. Will Yemen now be aligned with Iran? – Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Justifies Palestinian Terror in His UN General Assembly Speech

Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly reflects the political reality that there is no Palestinian partner today for a settlement with Israel based on compromise.  Read More »

Qatar’s Support of Hamas and Jihadist Forces in the Middle East

Qatar is unquestionably engaged in international terrorist financing.  Read More »

Hamas Policy after Operation “Protective Edge”

Hamas understands that the use of violence and terror does not incur punitive measures against Gaza by the international community.  Read More »

Across Time and Death: Iran and the ISIS Challenge

Fierce, radical Sunni-jihadist winds now blow throughout the region, and the jihadists strive (and sometimes also succeed) to breach and erase borders and states.  Read More »

The Gaza Water Crisis

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in general failed to manage Gaza’s civil affairs.  Read More »

The Status of Judea & Samaria (The West Bank) and Gaza and the Settlements in International Law

Until a peace treaty is concluded, Israel is entitled, under international law, to continue the settlement of the territories of Judea and Samaria, fulfilling the principles laid down by the League of Nations in the original Mandate Document.  Read More »