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Egypt Accuses Turkey of Subversion

Egypt claims to have captured Turkish intelligence officers.  Read More »

Egypt Fights a Terror Onslaught

Egypt’s army was ill-suited to counter Islamic State’s attacks.  Read More »

The Qatari Connection to Terror Incidents in Egypt

Is Qatar-Egypt tension over Muslim Brotherhood dangerously escalating?   Read More »

Terror Escalation in Egypt

Egypt battles ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood – to the death.  Read More »

Egypt’s Projection of Military Power in the Middle East

Egypt loses its restraint in dealing with Muslim terrorists  Read More »

Egyptian President Sisi Calls for Reform of Islam

Egypt’s Sisi: “We are in need of a religious revolution.”  Read More »

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Incitement Campaign against Egypt

Will the  new Saudi king calm the tension?  Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood Tries to Sabotage Egyptian-Qatari Reconciliation

Anti-Egypt incitement continues from Qatar.  Read More »

Muhammad Dahlan and the Succession Battle for the PA Chairmanship

PA Chairman Abbas faces a political challenger.  Read More »

Egypt, Israel and Hamas — the Impossible Equation

It is in the national interest of both Egypt and Israel to subdue Hamas   Read More »

Sissi’s Election as President: What Does It Mean for Egypt?

Sissi is the first Egyptian president who has not participated in a war with Israel.  Read More »

Fatah Issues Threats against Egypt and Other Arab States

Fatah Issues Threats against Egypt and Arab States  Read More »

Egypt and Saudi Arabia Battle the Jihadist Current

Saudi Arabia has decided to join the battle against jihadists in the Middle East  Read More »

Hamas Punished by Egypt

Hamas needs to devise a new survival strategy.  Read More »

Egyptian Field Marshal Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi: A Profile

Field Marshal Sisi is viewed as a superhero who saved Egypt from anarchy and civil war.  Read More »

Zionism in the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Zionist Movement in Egypt: 1918–1948, by Ruth Kimche

Zionism in the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Zionist Movement in Egypt: 1918–1948, by Ruth Kimche, Am Oved Publishers, 2009, 850 pp. (in Hebrew) Reviewed by Michelle Mazel This important work, yet to be translated into English, covers thirty fateful […]  Read More »

How the Middle East Map Changed in 2013

The End of Pan-Islamisim In the three years since the beginning of the “Arab Spring,” a number of striking changes have occurred in the Arab world. First and foremost, the Arab Spring represents the end of pan-Islamism championed by Iran […]  Read More »

Egypt’s Turn to Russia

Russia’s share of the Egyptian arms market could greatly increase with the proposed $4 billion deal.  Read More »

Sisi Fever: Will the General be the Next President of Egypt?

The mood of Egyptians has changed from friendship and admiration toward the U.S. to open hostility.   Read More »

After the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Is Hamas in Gaza Next in Line?

Vol. 13, No. 27    1 October 2013  Egypt has finally decided to tackle the security threat from the Sinai Peninsula, a region that was nearly under the control of jihadist organizations with links to al-Qaeda and Hamas. The Egyptian army’s […]  Read More »

New Threats to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty

Some Egyptians have begun to mobilize to urge the Egyptian government to cancel the peace treaty with Israel.  Read More »

Egypt after Morsi: The Defeat of Political Islam?

The Muslim Brotherhood’s 80-year dream to take over Egypt ended in a fiasco, barely one year after one of their own was democratically elected to the office of President of Egypt.  Read More »

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 »

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 »

Is Egypt Heading toward a Military Regime?

An increasing number of Egyptians are calling on the army to return to the political scene to replace President Morsi.  Read More »

Iran’s Attempted Rapprochement with Egypt: Implications for Sunni-Shiite Relations

In the wake of the Arab Spring there is a closing of ranks in the Arab world along Sunni Islamic and less Arab-nationalist lines.  Read More »

Egyptian Emigres in the Levant

A Hamas leader made the surprising claim that a large part of the Palestinian Arabs are not indigenous to this area but rather immigrated from surrounding countries.  Read More »

F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood

The latest American crisis with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Muhammad Morsi, came out into the open on January 14, 2013, when the New York Times published a report on its front page that three years earlier he used blatantly anti-Semitic motifs for describing “Zionists” as “…bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”  Read More »

Egypt’s Shiite Minority: Between the Egyptian Hammer and the Iranian Anvil

Egyptian President Morsi is reported to have said the Shia are more dangerous to Islam than the Jews.  Read More »

Sinai, the New Egypt, and the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

The challenge posed by the evolving character of Sinai should be handled within the context of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.  Read More »

Intelligence Document Reveals Muslim Brotherhood Role in Egyptian Revolution

An official Egyptian intelligence document reveals the central Muslim Brotherhood role in the Egyptian revolution.  Read More »

The Role of Hamas in the Formation of Global Jihadi Networks in Sinai

Egypt’s supreme interest is to alter the terms of the Camp David agreement and enable full Egyptian sovereignty over all of Sinai, including in the military domain.  Read More »

Morsi’s Victory and Egypt’s Second Republic

Hamas in Gaza – an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood – has high hopes, but it will soon be disappointed.   Read More »

Morsi and the future of the peace treaty

One of the questions that needs to be answered is whether the Muslim Brotherhood feels that it has wider latitude with Israel after Morsi’s victory. Last week, the Egyptian daily al-Ahram reported that some secular parties in Egypt expressed their anger at the Obama administration for what they perceived was its decision to give its blessing to the Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral victory. Commentators in the Jordanian and Palestinian press made the same observation.  Read More »

The West’s Embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood

For if the West continues down this course and uncritically embraces the Muslim Brotherhood, then it will be extremely unlikely that it will temper its confrontational political program in the future and become a more moderate movement as many in the West presently hope.  Read More »

Dore Gold discussing the Muslim Brotherhood with Neil Cavuto on Fox News

Neil Cavuto on Fox News with Amb. Dore Gold The Muslim Brotherhood Click here  Read More »

Where is The Muslim Brotherhood Headed?

The Muslim Brotherhood is increasingly at the center of a heated political controversy in the U.S.and among its Western allies. Foreign Affairs, an important weathervane of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, featured in its March-April issue an article by Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke arguing that the Muslim Brotherhood had become a moderate organization.  Read More »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: In Their Own Words

The Muslim Brotherhood’s second-in-command, Rashad al-Bayumi, announced in an interview with Japanese TV that the group would join a transitional government in order to cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel  Read More »

Updating Israel’s Security Policy

If you ask any Arab leader about the greatest threat, he will say Iran – not Israel – but not publicly.   Read More »

Are Egypt’s Islamists Headed for a Collision with the Military?

The Islamists have hijacked the Egyptian revolution. They created the illusion that they would share power with the non-Islamic forces, but then went on to win 70% of the seats in parliament.  Read More »

Michael Widlanski on the Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith

Jewish Political Studies Review 23:1-2 (Spring 2011) What is the key to understanding the Middle East? Sometimes a perceptive outsider can grasp the political culture of a state or a region better than a native observer or an academic. Lee […]  Read More »

The First Year of the Egyptian Revolution: Assessment and Predictions

Few in Egypt believe that the army is sincere about the transfer of power to the civilians.   Read More »

From Toulouse to Cairo

They would, in effect, be strengthening the movements that are currently undermining their internal security most directly.  Read More »

Egypt: ‘Islamocracy’ under Military Rule

Will Egypt’s Islamists accept the military as the country’s source of power and authority? Since the beginning of the revolution against Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood has avoided any direct confrontation with the military and has repeatedly sought dialog with it. Indeed, since the Brotherhood is focused on domestic policy, it should have no intrinsic problem accepting the fact that the military will decide on matters of national security and foreign policy, at least initially.  Read More »

The New Egyptian Parliament Takes Aim at the Camp David Accords

The new Egyptian Parliament recently issued a statement undermining the 1979 peace accord.  Read More »

A Year after the Revolution: Egypt and the U.S. Battle over Democracy

In a move former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime did not dare to make, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) ordered Egyptian soldiers and police to raid the offices of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cairo on December 30, 2011. At least 17 U.S.-based and local groups receiving foreign funding were targeted, according to activists and Egyptian state media.  Read More »

The New Regime in Egypt and the 1979 Peace Treaty

Professor Ruth Lapidoth Fellow of the Jerusalem Center Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel Prize Recipient, 2006  Read More »

Will Egypt’s Islamic Parties Nullify Peace Treaty with Israel?

Egypt’s Islamic movements seek a way to cast off the Camp David agreement in a manner that will incur minimal diplomatic and economic damage while restoring Egypt to its leading role in the circle of states confronting Israel. This means re-examining the Camp David agreement and submitting it to the decision of the new parliament that will be controlled by the Islamic parties or to a referendum – thereby alleviating the responsibility of any future Egyptian government for cancelling the peace treaty.  Read More »

What Do the Egyptian Protests Mean for Israel?

Israelis are concerned about Egypt preserving its peace with Israel in a new government, said Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, in an appearance on the Glenn Beck show. He also said that contrary to U.S. not intelligence […]  Read More »

Will the Armed Forces Retain Power in Egypt?

n September 26, 2011, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, chose to walk the streets of Cairo without his trademark military attire.   Read More »

The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Saudi Arabia was under intense scrutiny since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. In Feb. 2002, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia proposed to Israel “full withdrawal” from the territories in return for “full normalization.”  Read More »

Territorially Speaking

This is a political corner that Israel must avoid being put into.  Read More »

Al-Qaida Gains Strength in Sinai

But the need for both countries to continue their cooperation, given their joint interests, should help protect their relationship despite the more challenging period they face ahead.  Read More »

Israel to allow more Egyptian forces into Sinai

Tens of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria on Friday to protest against Israel after last week’s killing of five Egyptian soldiers in cross-border violence with Israeli forces along the Sinai border. Organizers were calling for a “‘million-man march” on the Israeli embassy, the scene of daily protests and rallies, which some have compared to a mini-Tahrir Square. Friday’s rally is expected to be large, as it comes on the last Friday of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting.  Read More »

Egypt and Israel Caught in an Al-Qaeda Whirlpool?

A clear strategic context explains the recent flare-up between Israel and the Palestinian extremist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which was sparked by the armed incursion into Israel, across the Egyptian border, of more than twenty Palestinian terrorists from the […]  Read More »

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Under Field Marshal Tantawi: A Recipe for Revolution or More of the Same?

Egypt is ruled today by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, under the leadership of Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein Tantawi. The country is now ruled under military law, something which the masses did not expect and which does not fit in with the idea of democratic reform. At 76, Tantawi is no revolutionary. He and his colleagues have a lot to lose if they accede to actual demands for change.  Read More »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: In Their Own Words

The Muslim Brotherhood participates in the democratic process not because it has accepted the principles of Western democracy, but rather because the democratic process can be exploited to establish an Islamic regime which will then render democracy unnecessary.  Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis

Initially, the Muslim Brotherhood was very low-key during the crisis in Egypt. Yet since January 28, its involvement has become more prominent with its support of Mohamed ElBaradei to lead the opposition forces against the government. In the streets of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators disdainfully call people like ElBaradei “donkeys of the revolution” – to be used and then pushed away – exploiting ElBaradei in order to hijack the Egyptian revolution.  Read More »

Egypt – What Next?

Mubarak’s regime in Egypt is on the verge of collapse as the stalemate continues between the army and the crowds. The army is trying to exhaust the demonstrators and at the same time appear to the silent majority as the […]  Read More »

How the Israeli Press Is Interpreting Obama’s Policy on Egypt

In a striking newspaper column in the liberal Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, its chief diplomatic correspondent, Aluf Benn, writes that if Jimmy Carter went down in history as “the president who lost Iran,” Barack Obama will be known as the president […]  Read More »

The Expulsion of the Jews from Muslim Countries, 1920-1970: A History of Ongoing Cruelty and Discrimination

Between 1920 and 1970, 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab and other Muslim countries. The 1940s were a turning point in this tragedy; of those expelled, 600,000 settled in the new state of Israel, and 300,000 in France and the United States. Today, they and their descendents form the majority of the French Jewish community and a large part of Israel’s population.  Read More »

Iran’s Nuclear Aspirations Threaten the World

The Islamic Republic has already proved it only uses talks with the West as a delaying tactic as it relentlessly pursues nuclear arms. Only severe sanctions backed by military threat will have any impact.  Read More »

Hizbullah’s Struggle to Change the Lebanese Regime

On April 3, 2009, Hizbullah published its political platform in advance of elections to the Lebanese parliament scheduled for June 7, 2009. The document calls for the abolition of sectarian politics and for the enactment of a new election law that would alter the equation of sectarian forces in Lebanon. The abolition of the existing political system will advance Hizbullah toward its fundamental goal: the establishment of an Islamic state and a complete Iranian takeover of Lebanon.  Read More »

The Gaza-Egypt Smuggling Tunnels Must Be Closed

When Israelis look back on what caused the current conflict in Gaza, they point to their government’s decision in September 2005 to leave the narrow “Philadelphi Route” that runs along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. More than Israel’s disengagement from the Strip as a whole, the abandonment of this strategic area made full-scale war inevitable.  Read More »

Israel and the Egyptian-Gazan Border

CAMERA has put out an excellent summary of the status of border controls along the Egyptian-Palestinian border of Gaza.   Read More »

Al-Qaeda Affiliate – Jaish al-Islam – Receives Formal Sanctuary in Hamas-Ruled Gaza

Hamas has established a terror hothouse in Gaza designed to continue the jihad against apostates, pursue the struggle against Israel, secure the overthrow of the Abbas regime in the West Bank, and assist the efforts of the parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, in overthrowing the moderate regimes in the Middle East headed by Jordan and Egypt.  Read More »

Strategic Implications for Israel of the Gaza-Egypt Border Opening

Gaza has transformed from its prior status as part of the Palestinian Authority to its new role as a mini-state that is now an integral part of the Arab world. Since the border opening, weapons have flowed unimpeded into Gaza, enabling the transfer of higher-grade weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles.  Read More »

Weapons Smuggling from Egypt to Gaza: What Can Egypt and Israel Do?

The next round in Gaza will look more like Lebanon than what Israel faced in Operation Defensive Shield in Judea and Samaria in 2002 or in previous rounds in Gaza. Israel should reoccupy the Philadelphi corridor between Egypt and Gaza and should stay there until we have had a peaceful relationship with the Palestinians for at least 25 years.  Read More »

Why Israel Must Now Move from Concessions-Based Diplomacy to Rights-Based Diplomacy

Once Israel dropped its past reliance on a diplomacy based on its own rights and adopted a new concession-based diplomacy instead, its spokesmen essentially acquiesced to the Palestinian historical narrative.  Read More »

How Egypt Molded Modern Radical Islam

The basic ideology of political Islam – which was adopted later by all radical groups – finds its origin within Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. During the 1940s the Muslim Brotherhood turned into a powerful extra-political force, leading a campaign of violence and assassinations that eventually brought about the Free Officers revolution in 1952, thus ending the sole liberal experience in Egypt’s history.  Read More »

After the Palestinian Elections

The new Palestinian leadership has decided implicitly to deny Arafat his wish to be recognized as a martyr, as someone who died in battle. This is probably the first step on the road to the de-Arafatization of the PLO and the PA. Abu Mazen wants to do a Sadat. Within six months of succeeding Nasser, Sadat changed the political lay of the land in Egypt, introducing new people and new policies in a dramatic manner.  Read More »

Beyond Iraq: Missile Proliferation in the Middle East

Beyond the Iraqi missile threat to Israel in the 1990s, missile threats to Israel have emerged from Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Libya. Yet many of the New Middle East missile powers are determined to project their power toward Europe. Missile suppliers in the Middle East include North Korea, China, and Russian and Indian companies.  Read More »

Mubarak Changes His Tune

On the day after the Israeli elections, in a move both surprising and personally dangerous, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak telephoned Prime Minister Sharon to congratulate him on his election victory and to invite him to a summit meeting after the establishment of the new Israeli government. The Egyptian press later stated that the meeting would take place in Sharm el-Sheikh.  Read More »

Israel Looks Over the Horizon: Responding to the Threats of Weapons Proliferation

The wave of Palestinian violence and terrorism that began at the end of September 2000 led to a widespread tendency to focus exclusively on Israeli-Palestinian political and security relationships. This narrow concentration of attention is potentially misleading and obscures the fundamental security threats that Israel is facing at the beginning of the twenty-first century.  Read More »

Failure of Perception and Self-Deception: Israel’s Quest for Peace in the Context of Related Historical Cases

An examination of the historical record reveals many examples of failures of perception, and of leaders and governments refusing to integrate compelling information of existential importance. Taking account of new information and responding to changing circumstances is vital to man’s relationship with his environment. When a dysfunction in the process of absorbing important new knowledge and correcting mistakes occurs, the faculty of rational judgment may be fatefully impaired.  Read More »

A New Diplomacy . . .

Whether the Sharm el-Sheikh summit succeeds or not, at some point the violence in the Middle East will subside, and Israelis will ask themselves where do they go from here. Today a growing majority of Israelis, including many disillusioned members of the peace camp, are stating that PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat is not a partner for peace. They are right, but implied in this view is that Israel has no diplomatic options for the future.  Read More »

Jews in Egypt – 1983

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East After Sadat

Bolstering the Regime from Within

Where Do We Go From Here?

The Palestinian Arabs’ Reaction to the Sadat Initiative