Publications by Dan Diker
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 »
Senior Israeli military and intelligence officials have with a high degree of certainty linked Iran’s senior leadership with direct involvement over the past fifteen years in Qods Force operations against Israel. The Qods Force carries out these types of military operations across the Middle East, to export the revolution and establishing an “Iranian Shiite crescent” through which Iran could assert regional hegemony. Read More »
Israel’s current military operations to uproot Hizballah and to destroy it as a formidable military and terror organization is not merely an operation against another determined terror group like Hamas in Gaza. Hizballah has a disciplined, well-trained army with sophisticated weaponry, backed directly by Syria and Iran. Read More »
Some Israeli opinion-makers, seeking to define Sharon’s political legacy, are determined to transform him into a political dove due to his unilateral disengagement plan that pulled Israel out of Gaza. They claim that the "new" Sharon was willing to lead Israel in another major pullback – this time from at least 90 percent of the West Bank. This interpretation assumed the West Bank security fence would constitute Israel’s eastern border. Read More »
For the first time in Arab diplomatic history, the Jordanians drafted a peace proposal in March 2005 calling for normalization of relations with Israel before the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. King Abdullah’s proposal omits past Arab preconditions to peace with Israel, such as a return to the 1949 Armistice lines and repatriation of Palestinian refugees. Read More »
More than a dozen Palestinian reporters have been attacked since September 2003. The three major PLO-controlled dailies – Al Quds, Al Hayam, and Al Hayat al Jadeeda – are Palestinian versions of the Soviet-era Pravda. Since Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield in March 2002 that reduced Arafat’s control in West Bank cities, Palestinian journalists and reformers have become more outspoken. Read More »
Lessons from the Or Commission: Rethinking the Ideological and Religious Dimensions of the Israeli Arab Riots of October 2000
In mid-September 2000, two weeks before Ariel Sharon’s Temple Mount visit and the outbreak of widespread Israeli Arab violence, Israeli Knesset member Abdel Malik Dehamshe told a meeting of the Supreme Monitoring Committee of the Israeli Arab Leadership that "the Arab public is on the verge of a new, massive, and popular intifada.
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Vol. 3, No. 11 18 December 2003 Despite increasing Palestinian terror, U.S. Middle East envoy David Satterfield “slammed” Israel on December 11 for continued “restrictions on the movement” of Palestinian civilians, according to a report in Ha’aretz. In addition, ... Read More »
Despite increasing Palestinian terror, U.S. Middle East envoy David Satterfield “slammed” Israel on December 11 for continued “restrictions on the movement” of Palestinian civilians, according to a report in Ha’aretz. In addition, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on December 12 to do more to alleviate Palestinian hardship, according to the Washington Post. Read More »
The impending renewal of Arab-Israeli contacts after the Aqaba summit is an appropriate occasion to reassess one of the weak points of Israel’s information effort. At the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, then Deputy Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "broke the ice" with scores of Arab reporters when he provided articulate explanations of Israel’s positions.
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Does the International News Media Overlook Israel’s Legal Rights in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?
International news organizations covering the Arab-Israeli conflict frequently refer to international agreements and resolutions in ways that are prejudiced against Israel’s legal rights and claims. Frequent references to Israel’s legal obligation to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders are inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 242 and the Oslo Accords.
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“Television loves emotions and cares less about facts. The Palestinians don’t care about losing people, and the Israelis can’t fight that,” said one senior international news organization representative. Read More »