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Hamas and the Decision by the European Union Court: More Deception and Manipulation

Hamas terrorist status has not changed in Europe.  Read More »

Iran’s Growing Influence on Hamas

Hamas plays the Sunni card and the Shiite card.  Read More »

Internal Hamas Debate about Rethinking Its Policies

Hamas failures lead some of its leaders to reassess.  Read More »

Hamas Slanders the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas remains in charge for now despite the Hamas campaign  Read More »

Hamas Embraces the Path of the Islamic State (ISIS)

Hamas adopts the Islamic State’s terror methods of stabbings and vehicular attacks.  Read More »

Hamas-Fatah Rift Is Preventing the Rehabilitation of Gaza

Hamas-Fatah rift means no Palestinian reconciliation or Gaza reconstruction.  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 »

The Ties Between the Nusra Front – the Syrian al Qaeda Affiliate – and Hamas

Does Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal run two other jihadi groups now on the Golan Heights?  Read More »

Hamas’ Psychological Military Strategies against Israel

The humanitarian concern for civilian noncombatants by the media, governments and NGOs serves as a psychological tool that allows “enabling” of Hamas behavior.  Read More »

The Hamas Threat to the West Is No Different from ISIS

The outgoing head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, asserted at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2014 that the fall of Hamas in the Gaza Strip would probably lead to a worse alternative along […]  Read More »

Israel’s Doctrine of Proportionality in Gaza

(Los Angeles Times) The images of destruction after the battle between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas that began July 20 in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the Gaza Strip have caused many to declare, in a now-frequent refrain, that the […]  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 »

Hamas May Be Alienating Other Arabs, But It’s Making New Friends in the West

(Washington Post) Hamas has seen a strange turnabout in its international status, and this reversal is truer than ever since it launched its rocket war against Israel three weeks ago. In recent years, the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group and its […]  Read More »

“The Father of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Missile Program Is Firing at Tel Aviv”

The current round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in “Operation Protective Edge,” illustrates the regional isolation of Hamas.  Read More »

A View of Jerusalem through the Smoke

The rioting in Jerusalem conceals Hamas-Palestinian Authority debate on Jerusalem  Read More »

“Cold-Blooded Murder” or a War on Terror?

Almost all Palestinians killed since talks began were from radical and Islamic terrorist groups.  Read More »

The Myth of the Moderate Hamas

Despite speculation in the West that Hamas is moderating, in the Middle East there is no question of its militant nature.  Read More »

The Hamas-Fatah Accord: A Legal Perspective

Hamas – and not just the Palestinian government – must accept Israel.  Read More »

The “Shati Reconciliation Agreement” between Fatah and Hamas: A Preliminary Evaluation

Qatar may supply an economic safety net to support the Hamas-Fatah unity government.  Read More »

Link Israeli Support for Gaza Infrastructure to Dismantling Terror Infrastructure

Israel’s situation regarding Gaza cannot be understood without grasping two terms: hudna and tahdiya. Hudna is a binding religious concept based on the agreement that the Prophet Muhammad made with the Quraysh tribe, in which he undertook a total ceasefire. […]  Read More »

Hamas Punished by Egypt

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

Hamas: Abbas Does Not Represent the Palestinians in Negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East in an effort to promote a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, as a first step, to press the two parties to sign a framework agreement by […]  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 »

Hamas Strategy: Manipulate Human Rights Groups

Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh delivered a speech on October 19 detailing Hamas’ positions.  Read More »

Hamas Sends a Signal to Iran

Musa Abu Marzook, deputy to Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas politburo, gave a recent interview to the pro-Assad Al Mayadeen TV station in Lebanon that has not received appropriate attention.  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 »

The Long-Term Implications of the Israel-Hamas Clash

“Liberating” Palestine is portrayed as a fully realistic goal for the present generation thanks to the Islamic Spring, which has redrawn the map of the Middle East.  Read More »

International Background to Hamas’ Escalation Against Israel

Hamas, with massive aid from Iran, doubled its rocket arsenal since 2009 and acquired the Iranian Fajr-5 rocket, putting Tel Aviv in striking distance.  Read More »

Anti-Jewish Sentiments and Stereotypes in Arab and Muslim Schoolbooks

Deception: The Palestinian Authority’s Public Commitments and Its Actual Activities and Messages

Anti-Zionism, the Left, and the Islamists in Britain

The Hybrid Terrorist Organization and Incitement

Beyond Radical Libertarianism: Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law

Incitement to Terror: Introduction

The Psychological Asymmetry between Israel and Hamas

In the conventional wisdom and historical sense of “winning wars,” the photo of the white flag, the raised hands and the empty shoes of fleeing enemy soldiers used to be the staple of Israeli “victory” albums. But after this latest […]  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 »

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 »

Targeted Killings and Double Standards

According to Human Rights Watch’s test of legality of targeted killings, there are significant differences between Israel’s policy and the policies of Western armies, which have resulted in far more civilian fatalities.   Read More »

Updating the Ancient Infrastructure of Christian Contempt: Sabeel

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, headquartered in Jerusalem, has been a persistent source of anti-Zionist agitation in mainline Protestant churches in the United States since its founding in 1994. The organization subjects Israel, Jews, and Judaism to intense scrutiny while remaining nearly silent about Arab and Muslim extremism in the Middle East. In addition to publicizing the writings of its founder, Anglican priest Naim Ateek, Sabeel broadcasts its message via regional conferenc  Read More »

Reversing the Poles: How the Pro-Israeli Policy of Canada’s Conservative Government May Be Moving Jewish Voters from Left to Right

Until recently, Jews living in the Western democracies have favored the politics of the Center-Left. Today, however, as the campaign of delegitimization of Israel gains ground, the duty of loyalty to Israel bulks larger in the imaginations of Jews everywhere, and many are currently adjusting their political priorities to reckon realistically with the fact that support for Israel is now stronger on the right end of the political spectrum than on the left. The recent political history of Canada  Read More »

Legalizing Targeted Killings

Belatedly, the major powers are validating the same Israeli strategy against terrorism that they had universally condemned a little more than a decade ago.  Read More »

Iran Takes Off the Gloves

It is no longer clear that Iran sees carrying out an attack in the U.S. as crossing some sort of red line.  Read More »

Iran: From Regional Challenge
to Global Threat

This anthology of 31 recent studies by eleven leading security and diplomatic experts outlines the Iranian threat to Israel, the Middle East region, and the West.  Read More »

The New PA-Hamas Agreement: Opening the Gates to the Trojan Horse

The Hamas leaders are trying to implement the strategy of the Arab Spring in the Palestinian arena.

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Iran: The Syrian Highway in the Fight Against Israel Is Still Open

The wave of protest in Syria has put to the test the strategic alliance between Iran (and Hizbullah) and Bashar Assad’s regime. Syria is the main state component of the “resistance camp” and serves as a logistical hinterland for Hizbullah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Iran sees its unequivocal backing for Syria as a demonstration of its ability to stay loyal to its allies despite the regional turmoil.   Read More »

The Risk of Talking to Terrorists

But these are unlikely to be the conditions for talks with the Taliban, which will heavily influence their chances of success.  Read More »

Will Palestinian Reconciliation Lead to a Hamas Takeover of the PLO?

Hamas’ joining of the PLO does not herald a strategic shift in the movement’s policy or recognition of the agreements the PLO has signed with Israel.   Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad: A New Conflict Paradigm for the West

Now radical Islam is gaining strength among the Palestinians with the victory of Hamas in the 2006 parliamentary elections of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and its allies completely reject a negotiated solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and align themselves with jihadi organizations across the region. As a result, the Arab-Israeli conflict has become increasingly a part of the much larger struggle between radical Islam and the West.  Read More »

Hard Choices for Hamas with the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Hamas is abandoning the sinking ship of Syria and many senior cadres have already settled in Gaza.  Read More »

How Does Iron Dome Protect Israel From Rockets?

Dr. Uzi Rubin, former director of Israel’s “Arrow” missile defense system, discusses the new measures being taken by Israel to protect itself against rockets fired from Hamas in Gaza. He also discusses the range of today’s rockets.  Read More »

What will Iran do if Assad Falls?

The changing situation provides yet another reason why Israel must not be pushed into sacrificing vital security assets, like the Jordan Valley, which has been the front line of its defense for decades and will be critical in the future against the uncertainty it faces to its east in the years ahead.  Read More »

Iran’s Race for Regional Supremacy: Strategic Implications for the Middle East

Iran has accelerated its quest for regional supremacy through its mobilization of both Shiite and Sunni terror surrogates, including Hizbullah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq and in the Gulf, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades in the Palestinian territories. This pivotal Iranian role has unfortunately not been fully appreciated, and even downplayed in certain quarters.  Read More »

Israels Rights as a Nation State in International Diplomacy: Introduction

A concerted campaign is being waged against Israel to question its very legitimacy in virtually every aspect of its historical, political, and cultural life, with the aim of undermining the very foundations of Israel’s existence.  Read More »

Why the West Cares about Israel-Turkey Relations

Will Turkey return to being a pragmatic ally of the West that serves as a bridge to the Middle East or will it pursue a new radical course that increasingly draws it into conflict with the countries around it?  Read More »

The Terrorist Attack on Southern Israel: Under the Authority of Hamas, Using the Tactics of A

Palestinian terrorist organization known as the “Popular Resistance Committees,” which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas.   Read More »

A Tsunami or a Summer Storm?

. This was how East Timor became independent in 2002, after several years of U.N. administration.  Read More »

Power Dynamics Inside Hamas: The Increasing Weight of the Gaza Leadership

The recent overt confrontation between Mahmoud al-Zahar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Gaza, and Damascus-based Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Mashaal reflects underground currents feeding the tension within the Hamas leadership in Gaza and Syria.  Read More »

The Gaza Flotillas to Come: Some Ground Rules before Setting Out

There is no humanitarian emergency among the civilian population in Gaza, and hence there can be no justification for conveying emergency shipments intended to alleviate an emergency that clearly does not exist. Provoking a confrontation with Israel continues to be the primary aim of flotilla organizers like the Turkish IHH.  Read More »

The Arab Spring from a Counter-Terrorism Perspective

World War III is occurring right now. It is a religious war – first and foremost within the religion of Islam. It is a war of the culture of Islamic radicalism against the rest of the world, which includes the majority of Muslims worldwide.  Read More »

A Bad Deal: Why Palestinian Unity Won’t Lead to Peace

Representatives of Fatah and Hamas announced that they had suddenly reached a reconciliation agreement. Although the agreement may solve some of the short-term problems of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s statehood drive, it will create larger problems that promise to doom the plan to irrelevancy — and make a historic peace agreement with Israel far less likely.  Read More »

The Palestine Papers: Al-Jazeera Has an Agenda

For years al-Jazeera has sought to advance the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood against the Arab regimes.
The PA success in gathering support for statehood recognition was turning Hamas rule in Gaza into a liability.
Now, after al-Jazeera has brainwashed Arab minds with charges of PLO treason, no declaration of statehood can be expected.  Read More »

American Muslims: The Community and Their Relations with Jews

Muslims in the United States number slightly under three million according to the most accurate population studies.They are among the wealthiest, most educated, and most ethnically diverse Muslim communities in the world.Their integration into the United States is remarkably different than in European countries, most notably in the near-absence of Muslim ghettos or enclaves common across the Atlantic. Three well-organized and well-funded political and civil rights organizations form the core Muslim advocacy.They work within the American political process to advance Muslim interests, but frequently present their community as victims of widespread “Islamophobia.”Leaders in all three have drawn controversy for support of extremist groups, and are overall hostile to Israel.  Read More »

Talking to Hamas? – Increasing Expressions of Genocidal Intent by Hamas Leaders Against the Jews

Over the last few years there has been a steady drumbeat of calls from leading figures in the international community for Israel to open a dialogue with Hamas. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of a new pragmatism among the Hamas leadership, but only greater indications of a much harder line, which is expressed by its adoption of expressions of genocidal intent in its war against Israel and the Jewish people.  Read More »

Anti-Zionist Expression on the UK Campus: Free Speech or Hate Speech?

The last few years have witnessed an explosion of anti-Zionist rhetoric on university campuses across the United Kingdom. Encouraged by the University and College Union’s annual calls for discriminatory measures against Israeli institutions and academics, the rhetoric has become even more strident since Operation Cast Lead. A recent boycott-divestment-sanctions campus tour explicitly invoked anti-Semitic tropes. The consequently hostile environment for Jewish students has jeopardized their educ  Read More »

The Gaza Flotilla: Facts and Official Reactions

The Gaza flotilla was a well-thought-out provocation against Israel. The flotilla was falsely presented as an enterprise of humanitarian aid to a needy population. If that were indeed the case the organizers would have accepted Israel’s offer to dock the flotilla at the port of Ashdod.  Read More »

The Legal Basis of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza

A ship that clearly intends to breach a lawful blockade may be stopped when it is still on the high seas.  Read More »

New Revelations About the UN Goldstone Report that Seriously Undermine its Credibility

Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, the Goldstone Commission’s military expert, displayed a fundamental bias against the Israel Defense Forces, reported false information about IDF weapons systems, claimed that Hamas fired only two rockets at Israel prior to last winter’s conflict, and displayed a clear lack of professionalism in conducting his investigations.  Read More »

New Revelations About the UN Goldstone Report that Seriously Undermine its Credibility

Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, the Goldstone Commission’s military expert, displayed a fundamental bias against the Israel Defense Forces, reported false information about IDF weapons systems, claimed that Hamas fired only two rockets at Israel prior to last winter’s conflict, and displayed a clear lack of professionalism in conducting his investigations.  Read More »

The Expansion of Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Jihadi Groups in Gaza: Diplomatic Implications

In the West there is a growing trend to view Hamas as separate from al-Qaeda in order to open a political dialogue with Hamas, but is this view correct? Hamas was founded in 1987 as the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood still defines its goal as "a world Islamic state."  Read More »

Free Lunch for Hamas

As far back as 1996, the NGO Human Rights Watch has been predicting an “imminent humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. Indeed, various NGOs have lodged annual claims that the Jewish state is responsible for the “imminent humanitarian crisis” in the Gaza Strip. Might they have stopped to ask: How has the Gaza Strip been “on the verge” of a humanitarian crisis in excess of 10 years?  Read More »

Children on the Frontlines:
Palestinian and Pakistani Child Abuse

This disturbing practice of deadly child abuse is on the rise in these two Muslim societies. Recent events in both the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent have made the magnitude of the problem that much more acute.  Read More »

Israel’s Foreign Policy in the Shadow of Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Israel must simultaneously pursue three interdependent tracks for advancing Israeli-Palestinian relations: capacity-building measures that foster the rule of law within the Palestinian Authority, regional economic cooperation, and meaningful political dialogue.  Read More »

Europe Seeks to Divide Jerusalem

According to the 1993 Oslo Agreements, Jerusalem is one of the issues to be discussed in future permanent status negotiations. The Swedish move to have the European foreign ministers back a declaration recognizing eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state clearly pre-judges the outcome of those talks.  Read More »

Mainline American Christian “Peacemakers” against Israel

In 2004 and 2005, a group of five liberal Protestant (or "mainline") churches in the United States broadcasted a narrative that portrayed Israel as almost solely responsible for the violence of the Second Intifada. This campaign was evident in "peacemaking" resolutions approved by the legislative bodies of these churches and in the books produced by the publishing houses associated with them.  Read More »

Turning a Blind Eye to Hamas War Crimes

On August 14, 2009, “police” forces belonging to the Hamas de-facto administration and the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, its military-terrorist wing, attacked the Ibn Taymmiyah mosque in Rafah, where operatives of the Jund Ansar Allah group (affiliated ideologically with Al-Qaeda) were located. Twenty-eight Palestinians were killed in the attack, at least 100 were wounded, and the mosque suffered heavy damages.  Read More »

Blocking the Truth of the Gaza War:
How the Goldstone Commission Understated
the Hamas Threat to Palestinian Civilians

On June 28 and 29, 2009, the Goldstone Commission recorded Palestinian statements at the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City. This study is an analysis of the four main statements, the way the commission interpreted them, and reports from other Palestinian sources which contradict the testimony presented to the commission.  Read More »

Is the Palestinian Authority Stable Enough for Peace Talks?

While Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s stellar reputation in the West as a reformer-statesman continues to inspire confidence among U.S. security officials and donor nations, he does not have the political base to succeed in the long term. Moreover, Washington’s notion that reformed political power can be purchased is naïve. Furthermore, Fayyad has continued to pay monthly salaries to nearly 12,000 Hamas Executive Force members, the same force that fought IDF troops in the recent Gaza war.  Read More »

The Gaza War and the New Outburst of Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli manifestations reached post-Second World War highs during Israel’s recent Gaza campaign. A number of new hate thresholds were crossed. There were much-increased public expressions of equating Israel with Nazi Germany. Calls for the murder of Jews abounded for the first time in demonstrations in Germany, as well as in the United States. A number of actions by various independent Muslim bodies in several Western countries manifested their desire to conquer the public  Read More »

The Saudi Connection to the Mumbai Massacres: Strategic Implications for Israel

The Mumbai attacks have been linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba and radical Islamic groups in Kashmir generally. Yet it would be a mistake to see Lashkar only as a local organization with only a local agenda. Saudi Arabia has contributed very much to what Lashkar-e-Taiba looks like, how it thinks, its motivation, ideology, and funding. Saudi Arabia presents itself as the protector and the spearhead of the defense of Muslims around the world against what they define as the Western cultural attack.  Read More »

Can the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah Forces Retake Gaza? Obstacles and Opportunities

It is widely believed that the PA in Ramallah only pays the salaries of civil service employees in Gaza to encourage them to stay at home to avoid working with Hamas. However, PA Prime Minister Fayyad also pays the monthly salaries of between 6,000 and 12,000 Hamas Executive Force operatives in Gaza, in line with the 2007 Mecca national unity agreement, as well as to Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorists. The U.S. must avoid the temptation of once again blindly relyin  Read More »

What’s Behind Western Condemnation of Israel’s War Against Hamas?

The Palestinians are but the latest lightning rod unleashed against the Jews, their supposed victimization reaffirming the millenarian demonization of the Jews in general, and the medieval blood libel – that Jews delight in the blood of others.  Read More »

The Muhammad Al-Dura Blood Libel: A Case Analysis

On 30 September 2000, Charles Enderlin, the Jerusalem-based head of the Middle East Bureau of the French television station France 2, presented sixty seconds of footage of what he described as the killing of a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura targeted by Israeli soldiers. Enderlin claimed that he had additional film material of the boy’s “death throes” that was too shocking to be shown.  Read More »

Israel’s Current Strategic Environment

Hamas could have pretended it wanted a political solution and the whole world would have recognized this. The Quartet posed to Hamas only three conditions: recognize your neighbor, recognize the peace agreements, and avoid terror. But Hamas said, no, Israel has no right to exist. They have a dream – to join the other Islamic forces, to revolutionize the whole Middle East.  Read More »

The Muhammad Al-Dura Blood Libel: A Case Analysis

On 30 September 2000, Charles Enderlin, the Jerusalem-based head of the Middle East Bureau of the French television station France 2, presented sixty seconds of footage of what he described as the killing of a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura targeted by Israeli soldiers. The selectively presented photo material, accompanied by the accusation of deliberate murder of a defenseless Palestinian boy, led to mass demonstrations against Israel and the Jews in the Western world. T  Read More »

Israeli Approvals for Medical Entry in the Shadow of Terror Attacks at the Erez Crossing

Human rights groups have criticized the Israeli government for denying access to Gazans seeking to receive permits for care in hospitals in Israel, the PA and Jordan. Yet the data shows that the number of patients receiving permits for referrals to hospitals in Israel – or the PA or Jordan – increased by 45 percent from 4,932 in 2006 to 7,176 in 2007, and continued to increase in the first six months of 2008, despite increasing rocket attacks on Israel’s civilian population.  Read More »

Palestinian Crimes against Christian Arabs and Their Manipulation against Israel

Under the Palestinian regime Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims. Palestinian Authority officials are directly responsible for many of the human rights violations. Yet for political and economic reasons many Palestinian Christian leaders blame Israel for these crimes rather than the actual perpetrators.  Read More »

Jordan’s Outreach to Hamas: The Politics of Distress

Hamas influence in Jordan and the West Bank is rising. Iran and Russia are moving to reshape the Middle East. At the same time, Jordan fears it cannot trust the political will of its traditional allies as Israel has diplomatically engaged Jordan’s adversaries – Syria and Hamas.  Read More »

The Hamas Regime in the Gaza Strip: An Iranian Satellite that Threatens Regional Stability

Hamas: “Glocal” Islamism

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 »

Talking to Terrorists: The Myths, Misconceptions and Misapplication of the Northern Ireland Peace Process

For the British government, formal negotiations with the IRA could only occur in a context in which republican violence had been brought to an end.  Read More »

The Hamas Interest in the Tahdiya (Temporary Truce) with Israel

In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April 26, 2008), Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is “a tactic in conflict management.” He added that it “is not unusual for the resistance…to escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the tide does….The tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel…to remove the siege…and if it happens it will be a remarkable achievement.”  Read More »

The Diplomatic Dance with Hamas

While the hope that Hamas could somehow be lured away from its genocidal agenda seems to be gaining wider currency, not only is the destruction of Israel not a bargaining chip, it is the heart of the matter. Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, sees Palestine as but one battle in a worldwide holy war to prevent the fall of a part of the House of Islam to infidels.   Read More »

Israel’s War to Halt Palestinian Rocket Attacks

The 2005 Gaza disengagement provided Hamas with a sense of empowerment and self-confidence that led to a clear-cut escalation in the employment of the rocket capabilities that they had previously acquired. As long as the Philadelphi route is open for Hamas smuggling, the risk to Israel will grow as Iran exports rockets of increasing range to Gaza. The port of Ashdod is the next likely target, but should Fajr rockets reach Gaza, there is no reason why Hamas cannot pose a threat to Tel Aviv.  Read More »

After Annapolis: What Chance for Agreement with Abbas and the PLO?

In reality, there is no fundamental difference between the ultimate goals of Hamas and the PLO: Neither accepts the Jewish state’s right to exist and both are committed to its eventual destruction. By categorically refusing to recognize Israel’s Jewishness, the Palestinian leadership has effectively rejected the two-state solution, based, in the words of the UN partition resolution of November 29, 1947, on the creation of “independent Arab and Jewish States” in Palestine.  Read More »

Israeli Arabs between Palestinianization and Islamism

Israeli Arabs increasingly affiliate with the Palestinians and at the same time are undergoing a rapid increase of Islamization. Most of Israel’s Arab citizens are still seeking greater integration with the Israeli Jewish population. More than 70 percent of Israeli Arabs favor national service so as to gain equal footing with Israeli Jews and Druze, who serve in the army.  Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad: A New Conflict Paradigm for the West

If there remains doubt over the underlying reasons for the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the Second
Lebanon War with hizbullah is one of the clearest illustrations in many years that “the Middle East conflict” does not stem from
Israel’s “occupation of Arab o  Read More »

“The Army of the Nation” – Another Al-Qaeda Affiliate in the Gaza Strip

Hamas is trying to improve its image in the eyes of the West, arguing that it is succeeding in restoring public order in Gaza. In the West – and even in Israel – there are voices calling for a dialogue with Hamas. Providing legitimacy to Hamas as an acceptable political partner – without any preconditions regarding its renunciation of terrorism – is essentially a "green light" to Hamas to continue to provide sanctuary for al-Qaeda affiliates in Gaza.  Read More »

What to Do Now About the Palestinian Authority?

What should Israel do at this stage? Nothing. There is no one to deal with on a serious basis on the Palestinian side. Israel should not repeat the mistake of unilateralism, when Israel left Gaza to Hamas and Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.  Read More »