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13
Jun
2013

Ethiopian Dam over Blue Nile Raises Specter of Conflict with Egypt

President Morsi threatened that "all options were open" if Ethiopia diverts the Blue Nile. Read More »

7
Jun
2013

Iranian Presidential Candidate Saeed Jalili Calls for Enrichment to 100 Percent

The Iranian nuclear file is one of the burning issues in the current presidential campaign. Two candidates, Saeed Jalili and Hasan Rowhani, have served as Iranian negotiators with the West and flaunt this fact in their election propaganda. Jalili currently […] Read More »

5
Jun
2013

Towards a Constitutional Crisis in Egypt?

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on June 2, 2013, that the laws governing the election of members of the Islamist-dominated Shura Council (Egypt’s upper house) were illegal and invalid.1 President Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s political […] Read More »

29
May
2013

Iranian Forces on the Golan?

On May 26, 2013, the Iranian regime officially began to recruit Basiji fighters to fight with Assad’s troops in Syria. The Basij are the popular militia of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and serve as a reserve formation. Known […] Read More »

17
May
2013

Iran’s Arms Supply to Hizbullah: International Dimensions

In an exceptional political signal, a senior Israeli official contacted Mark Landler of the New York Times and explained that the Israeli government was determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah. The official, who remained […] Read More »

14
May
2013

Sheikh Qaradawi’s Visit to Gaza

While Sheikh Qaradawi has been portrayed as representing moderate, political Islam, his recent statements in Gaza reflect an approach similar to that of al-Qaeda, differing only in terms of the phases of implementation. Read More »

5
May
2013

An Improved Arab Peace Initiative?

The Arab Peace Initiative, which was adopted at the Beirut summit in 2002, returned to the diplomatic discourse after an April 29 visit to Washington by an Arab League delegation. Politicians and commentators attributed supreme importance to the statement by […] Read More »

25
Apr
2013

Al-Qaeda’s Branch in Gaza Set to Escalate Anti-Israeli Terror

The “Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem” has taken responsibility for a series of missile firings at Israeli targets from Gaza and Sinai, which is under Egyptian sovereignty, including: 17 April 2013 – Firing of two Grad missiles […] Read More »

4
Apr
2013

The Agreement on Jerusalem between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan: Initial Implications

Mahmoud Abbas signed a new agreement with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Jerusalem. Read More »

18
Feb
2013

Will Europe Define Hizbullah as a Terrorist Organization?

This is not the first time Europe has waffled when it comes to defining terrorism. Since the days of Maximilian Robespierre, the word Terreur has evoked horror and aversion and sparked philosophical and political debates. The organizations and militias that […] Read More »

27
Jan
2013

France at War against Global Jihad

France’s operation in Mali was launched after previous French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s military intervention and intensive activity in Libya, which led to the overthrow of Gaddafi. The chaos that has prevailed since then has enabled the strengthening of the radical […] Read More »

13
Jan
2013

Two Years of the Arab Spring: Reflections about Democracy in the Arab World

Two years after the outburst of what was naively called the “Arab Spring” by romantics and wishful thinkers who thought the Arab world was about to witness a new era of liberty and democracy, one can only be disappointed by the realities on the ground: Read More »

8
Jan
2013

The Legal Basis of Israel’s Rights in the Disputed Territories

The oft-used term "occupied Palestinian territories" is totally inaccurate and false. The territories are neither occupied nor Palestinian. Read More »

27
Dec
2012

Syria: Has the Assad Regime Reached the Terminal Phase?

The Syrian regime is steadily losing ground to rebel forces, since as much as 60 to 70 percent of the territory has fallen into their hands. Read More »

30
Sep
2012

Iran’s Response to Netanyahu’s UN Speech:
Israel, Not Iran, Is the Problem

Iran’s leadership, UN representatives, and state-run media responded to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s UN speech with a coordinated line that presents Israel as the problem instead of Iran, which is said to be pursuing a nuclear program for peaceful purposes […] Read More »