Dan Diker

Dan Diker is a foreign policy fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC Herzliya.

He can be reached at diker@jcpa.org

Publications by Dan Diker

The Jewish People’s Ties to Jerusalem: 3,000 Years Ago, Today, and Forever

Jerusalem’s connection to the Jewish people must be protected today, tomorrow, and forever. Read More »

International Legitimization of Terror Groups: Lessons from Israel’s Experience

Introduction Islamic warfare against the West has exploited strategies and tactics that it also has used in its war against Israel. Twenty-first century Islamic terror campaigns combine conventional terror operations with cyber-attacks, diplomatic and economic pressure, and propaganda campaigns. Israel […] Read More »

Understanding Israel’s Message on ISIS-Inspired Terror in Jerusalem

Terror is terror is terror Read More »

BDS Unmasked: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends

Many believe the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a progressive, nonviolent movement to boycott Israeli goods produced in the disputed West Bank. This is a deception. The BDS leadership’s publicly stated goal is to delegitimize and isolate Israel internationally with the strategic objective of causing its implosion. Read More »

American BDS Organization Takes Its Case to Capitol Hill

Organizers mask their anti-Semitism and goal of Israel’s demise Read More »

BDS – Middle East Alert

This show spoke about the BDS Movement and how to fight it. Participants: * Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser Senior Project Director JCPA Former Director General Ministry of Strategic Affairs, former Head, IDF intelligence Research and Assessment * Dr Irwin Mansdorf, […] Read More »

What is the Roadblock to Palestinian-Israeli Peace?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Pinhas Inbari Read More »

Are Israeli-European Relations in Crisis?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Amb. Zvi Mazel Read More »

After JCPOA: Has the Iranian Threat to Israel Intensified?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah and Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall Read More »

Israel’s Settlements: Legal or Illegal?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Amb. Alan Baker and Irit Kohn adv. Read More »

How Jihadists Link Paris and Jerusalem

Jihadists seek the establishment of an Islamic caliphate anywhere Islam has ever ruled Read More »

Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends

Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends Dan Diker Introduction In the summer of 2014, Hamas fired more than four thousand rockets, and assaulted Israel using a vast underground network of attack tunnels that reached well into Israeli territory. The Israel […] Read More »

Israel’s Return to Security-Based Diplomacy

Israel’s Return to Security-Based Diplomacy Dan Diker Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a major policy speech at Bar-Ilan University, June 14, 2009. Netanyahu called for the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, called […] 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 »

Israel’s Return to Security-Based Diplomacy

The Palestinians’ Unilateral “Kosovo Strategy”: Implications for the PA and Israel

Mahmoud Abbas’ new precondition that the international community recognize the 1967 lines in the West Bank as the new Palestinian border bolsters the assessment that the Palestinians have largely abandoned a negotiated settlement and instead are actively pursuing a unilateral approach to statehood. Read More »

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Two-Year Path to Palestinian Statehood

The one-sided establishment of a Palestinian state would contravene a key provision of the Oslo Interim Agreement, according to which: “Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status agreement.” 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 »

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 »

Iran’s “Second” Islamic Revolution: Its Challenge to the West

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 »

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 »

President Bush and the Qods Force Controversy: Lessons Learned

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 »

A Strategic Assessment of the Hizballah War: Defeating the Iranian-Syrian Axis in Lebanon

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 »

Sharon’s Strategic Legacy for Israel: Competing Perspectives

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 »

The Murder of Musa Arafat and the Battle for the Spoils of Gaza

Israeli assessments have pointed to both Fatah and Hamas as responsible for the murder of Gen. Musa Arafat – security advisor to PA Chairman Mahmud Abbas and former head of Military Intelligence and the National Security forces in Gaza – on September 7, 2005. However, ongoing Palestinian investigations have led some senior officials to assign responsibility to Mohammed Dahlan, the PA Minister of Civil Affairs and former head of PA Preventive Security in Gaza. Read More »

Are There Signs of a Jordanian-Palestinian Reengagement?

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 »

The Expulsion of the Palestinian Authority from Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

Israel has ended the Palestinian Authority’s penetration of eastern Jerusalem and its control of the Muslim Waqf on the Temple Mount, restoring Jordanian religious administration of the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound. Read More »

The Struggle of Palestinian Journalists for Freedom of the Press

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 »

What Happened to Reform of the Palestinian Authority?

According to public opinion polls, Palestinians support an end to rampant corruption and lawlessness, which they increasingly associate with Yasser Arafat. A Palestinian poll released on February 9, 2004, revealed that only 27 percent of the Palestinian public expressed “strong support” for Arafat. 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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Lethal Gestures

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 »

Lethal Gestures

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 »

Should Israel Now Send a New Message to the Arab World?

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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The Influence of Palestinian Organizations on Foreign News Reporting

“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 »

Why are Israel’s Public Relations So Poor?

The Israel State Comptroller’s report released on October 7, 2002, leveled unprecedented criticism on Israel’s public relations efforts. The State Comptroller revealed that "since its establishment in 1948, Israel’s intelligence organs have not succeeded to respond to the broad-based propaganda and incitement by the Arab world." Read More »