Ella Belfer

Ella Belfer is the Head of the Department of General History at Bar Ilan University.

Publications by Ella Belfer

Implications of the Khashoggi Murder for the House of Saud

What Do Some in the Region Gain by Saudi Arabia’s Punishment and Humiliation? Read More »

NGOs in Gaza and the West Bank Incite with European Support

Non-Government Organizations Serve as Alternative Governments Read More »

Is Canada’s Justin Trudeau the Great Reformer of Islam?

Can the Prime Minister’s liberalism coexist with a conservative religion? Read More »

Muslim Brotherhood Religious Authority Resigns

Terrorist Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi retires Read More »

A “Joint Operations Room” in Gaza – the New Factor in the Balance of Power in Gaza

Hamas brings all Gaza terrorist organizations under its cloak Read More »

Anti-Israel Sentiments Spread among Young Canadian Muslims

In Canada, it’s never too young to denounce Israel Read More »

The Sky Is Not Falling in Washington: The U.S. Mid-Term Elections

Five Questions and Answers Read More »

After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, It’s Time to Adopt an International Convention on the Crime of Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is a unique, age-old phenomenon, with its own distinct roots, causes, and consequences Read More »

Khan al-Ahmar and the EU’s Violation of Signed Agreements

Khan al-Ahmar is a cluster of Bedouin structures located in the Judean Desert to the east of Jerusalem. This past year this subject has been heating up. It is located on public land and is situated on the main route […] Read More »

The Iranian Economic Situation Continues to Worsen as U.S. Sanctions Loom

Inflation, unemployment, poverty, discontent plague the Iranian people Read More »

Moving the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Will Advance the Peace Process

Arab world telling Palestinians to move forward toward peace. Read More »

PA Ostracizes Palestinians Who Sell Houses to Jews

Palestinian Authority wants to block the Judaizing of Jerusalem Read More »

Understanding the Threats from Iran

What Is Hidden under the Iranian Turban? Read More »

Moving the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Will Advance the Peace Process

Arab world telling Palestinians to move forward toward peace. Read More »

PLO Council Meeting in Ramallah – to Be or Not to Be

Abbas’ “swan song” touches on Hamas, the American peace plan, and Palestinian ambivalence Read More »

Iran Pushes for Escalation of Violence in Gaza

Iran also seeks to disrupt American sanctions and new Israeli-Omani relations Read More »

Why is the ICC Prosecutor Interfering in Khan Al-ahmar?

The ICC has no jurisdiction in cases decided by Israel’s Supreme Court. Read More »

Jordan Renews Its Request to Build a Fifth Minaret on the Temple Mount

King Abdullah II seeks to reassert Jordan and himself in several ways. Read More »

Jordan Challenges Israel on Land-Lease Agreement

Israel has been a vital asset for Jordan Read More »

Palestinian Authority Violates Oslo Accords in East Jerusalem

The PA abducted a Palestinian realtor with dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship Read More »

Will East Jerusalem Residents Participate in Municipal Elections on October 30?

Palestinian Authority’s “governor of Jerusalem” arrested. Intimidated would-be candidates and voters. Read More »

Bethlehem after Oslo: Terror Spiked in Israel’s Absence

The City of Peace Failed to Live Up to Its Name Read More »

The Ancient Hatred of Jews Will Be Defeated by Israel’s Cultural-Technological Hegemony

On March 29, 1516, the Venetian Senate issued a decree declaring that all “Jews should live together” in a fenced and guarded area of the city. The area chosen had been used as a copper foundry (“geto” in old Venetian […] Read More »

Building Bridges in a New “World Disorder”

The state of European-Israel relations reminds me of the issue of climate change. Some deny it, and some are convinced it is happening but are unable to take the right steps to face it and manage it. During the last […] Read More »

The Glass Half-Full

Israeli-European relations are much more diverse and developed than what usually meets the eye. The first impression people get is that there is a lot of tension in these relations because of the deep disagreements on the two most critical […] Read More »

Facing the Same Hydra Monster

The European Union has a very complex relationship with Israel, characterized simultaneously by strong links and generalized antipathy. This happens, not just because of issues related to the conflict, such as the settlements, the borders, and so on, but because […] Read More »

The Iran-Hizbullah Terrorist Network

July 18, 2018, was the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attack in which Hizbullah murdered five Israelis and their local Muslim driver in Burgas, Bulgaria. The interior minister of Bulgaria implicated the Lebanese organization in 2013 as responsible for blowing […] Read More »

Penetration of Islam on the Continent: For Whom the Bells Toll

There are now an estimated 30 million Muslims in Europe – precise figures are hard to come by because of the number of illegal and undocumented immigrants. Their numbers are growing fast through birth rate and immigration. They have brought […] Read More »

Outlawing Hizbullah Action

In recent years, the Iranian regime and its terror proxy Hizbullah have conducted ideological and political warfare against Israel in Europe. While the European Union has outlawed Hizbullah’s military wing, the European Union and nearly all member states have refused […] Read More »

Creating a Real “Special Partnership”

The Jerusalem Center Working Group’s inauguration on March 17, 2018, as noted by Fiamma Nirenstein in her conclusions, was a seminal event with the mutual goal of defining a new pattern in Israeli-European relations. Since the Working Group last met, […] Read More »

The Religious Side of Europe

The battle for Jerusalem is no longer fought in the trenches of the Judean Hills, but in courtrooms in the International Court of Justice in The Hague or UN conference halls in New York and Geneva. The Israeli Foreign Ministry […] Read More »

How European Attitudes toward Israel Are Affected by Shifting U.S. Attitudes

The election of U.S. President Donald Trump has effectively reversed eight years of American policy toward Israel and Palestinians, in which former President Barack Obama called for “daylight” between the United States and Israel on key issues, staunchly criticized Israeli […] Read More »

The Czech Republic and Israel: A Unique Friendship

The Czech Republic is viewed by many people as a country with a very long and friendly relationship with Israel. The era of Communism, when Czechoslovakia was under Soviet influence, cannot be included in this respect, because an independent sovereign […] Read More »

Germany and Israel: Truth and Promises

Political relations between the Jewish State of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany will always have aspects that transcend normal foreign relationships. The Federal Republic of Germany is identical with the “Deutsche Reich” of the past as a subject […] Read More »

The Corbyn Threat to Britain and Beyond

It seems unbelievable that anti-Semitism should be raising its hideous head in Europe, after 70 years of promising “Never Again.” But there are ugly signs of it stirring from the filth. In April, an elderly Holocaust survivor was murdered in […] Read More »

Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof – Anti-Semitism Needs a New Fight

“Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue.” This is how the Torah exhorts a three-word command that encapsulates the basis of Western civilization. These simple words were radical. At a time when power was wielded through the sword […] Read More »

Anti-Semitism in Europe Today Comes Mostly from the Left

Against all odds, after only 70 years since the Holocaust’s massacre of six million Jews, including two million children on European soil, anti-Semitism is dramatically on the rise in thought, rhetoric, and deed. This time around, however, hatred for the […] Read More »

Europe’s NGO Proxy Wars vs. Israel

For two decades, the European Union and western European governments have been providing large budgets to “civil society organizations” for campaigns targeting Israel. Research shows that approximately €100 million ($114,000,000) is transferred annually under frameworks for human rights, development aid, […] Read More »

Understanding the European Narrative

The European community upgraded itself and became the European Union in 1992–1993, roughly at the same time the Oslo accords were launched. There is a correlation between the two projects. Prior to this development, which came about on the heels […] Read More »

Even-Handed or Heavy-Handed Relations?

The state of the EU-Israel relationship would make an ideal topic for an Oxford Union debate. Cite the fact that the European Union is Israel’s biggest trading partner, that Israel is integrated into many exclusive EU programs, or point out […] Read More »

What Is Shared Is Stronger than What Divides

On March 20, 2018, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs held a significant discussion on the future of relations between Israel and Europe. As part of a closed forum, it hosted strategic and diplomatic experts from several European countries, including […] Read More »

Preface

A New Israel-Europe Dialogue Israel and Europe may best be described as “in a relationship” that defies casual description. The Jewish people’s tumultuous but rich history within Europe has evolved into a vibrant tapestry of thriving trade and exchange between […] Read More »

Hamas’ Double Message for Israel and Egypt

Hamas deceives by denying responsibility for the rocket attack on Israel Read More »

Developing Northern Sinai – A New Diplomatic Paradigm

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Hamas Attack Tunnels Are Still a Serious Danger

Israel bombed another tunnel today (October 17, 2018) Read More »

Canadian Imam and the Dehumanization of Israel and “the Jews”

Vancouver Islamic leader preaches “Israel is a fake, illegal state” Read More »

Hamas Probes Israel’s Defenses

New attacks on Israel’s border reflect Hamas’ new aggressive strategy Read More »

Anti-Semitism in Canada

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Read More »

Tension Grows Between the Palestinian Authority and Egypt

What comes first: internal Palestinian reconciliation or a calm with Israel? Read More »

Iran Admits Senior Official Requested Political Asylum in Switzerland

Iranian defections worries the Ayatollah regime Read More »

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Smuggled Suitcases of Explosives into Saudi Arabia

Iranian-Saudi animosity has a long and deadly history Read More »

Mission Impossible? Repairing the Ties between Europe and Israel

Foreword On March 27, 2018, a group of officials, politicians, and intellectuals from Europe and Israel met at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs for a day-long discussion on relations between Israel and Europe. We aimed to engage in a […] Read More »

The Kurdish Presidential Candidate’s “Jewish Wife”

The winds of change in the Kurdish community in Iraq Read More »

Hamas Creates New Force to Fight in Gaza

Night unit formed by Hamas for incursions, IEDs, incendiary devices Read More »

Selling Oslo to the Jewish Community

A translator for Yitzhak Rabin recalls her role in selling the message of Oslo Read More »

Does the Turmoil in Iraq Signal a Nationalist Awakening against Iran?

Iran’s Consulate in Basra, Iraq, was torched by anti-Iran mobs Read More »

Is a Schism Developing in the Sunni Camp?

In a slap at the Saudis, Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh questions need for the Haj Read More »

Iran and Turkey Divert Iraq’s River Waters, Leaving Iraq on the Brink of Catastrophe

A severe water shortage may be the next casus belli in the Middle East Read More »

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future – Q&A Session

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future – Q&A Session Read More »

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future – Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser Read More »

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future – Amb. Dore Gold Read More »

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future

The Munich Agreement: Lessons for the Future – Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy – Q&A Session

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy

80 Years since the Munich Agreement: The Munich Agreement as History and Analogy Read More »

80 Years since the Munich Agreement

80 Years since the Munich Agreement Read More »

80 Years since the Munich Agreement

80 Years since the Munich Agreement Read More »

Iran Will Deploy its Fatehin-Basij Special Forces to Suppress Iranian Unrest

Special Forces unit, volunteers for the Revolutionary Guard, designed for “difficult times” Read More »

A New Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism is growing today in France, facilitated by the exhaustion of the protective functions of the Holocaust and the deterioration of Israel’s image. Read More »

Verses and Reality: What the Koran Really Says about Jews

The question of the Koran’s attitude toward Jews is not merely a theoretical-academic matter. Read More »

No Arab Demographic Time Bomb

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Jewish state is not facing an Arab demographic time bomb. Read More »

Jonathan Neumann, To Heal the World? How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel

The pseudoreligion of tikkun olam is that is has no basis, textual or historical, in Judaism and was created by Jews who had abandoned their religion. Read More »

Avi Gil, The Peres Formula: From the Diary of a Confidant

Gil is apparently perplexed over Peres’s complicated behavior and claims that he had high regard for the thankless mission that Peres took upon himself. Read More »

Vincent Nouzille, Histoires secrètes France-Israël, 1948-2018

This is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date books about Franco-Israeli relations. Read More »

Fiamma Nirenstein, The Caliph and the Ayatollah: Our world under siege.

Khamenei and al-Baghdadi are but two sides of the same coin, both pursuing the same goal of reviving the Islamic caliphate. Read More »

Moshe Arens, In Defense of Israel

Moshe Arens’s memoir sums up his many years of activity on behalf of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. Read More »

Correcting an American Judgment on Hamas’ Murder of Three Teens

Should Israeli parents be held responsible for the abduction and murder of their son? Read More »

Is the Jewish State the Ultimate Evil or a Golden Opportunity? Ideology vs. Politics in the Teachings and Actions of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum – the Satmar Rebbe

Why did Rabbi Yoel attract so much attention both among the general Jewish public and among scholars? Read More »

The Arab-Muslim Slave Trade: Lifting the Taboo

The issue of the Eastern and trans-Saharan slave trade organized by the Arabs is deliberately ignored and considered a taboo subject. Read More »

Freedom Denied: A Firsthand Look at Kurdistan’s Referendum Debacle, One Year On

In 2017, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG) held a highly contentious independence referendum, the fallout of which defines their future one year later. Read More »

Françoise S. Ouzan, Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives: France, the United States, and Israel

Three quarters of a century after the liberation of the last camp, as their numbers steadily dwindle, how are former young Holocaust survivors coping? Read More »

James Loeffler, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

The title of this book is a challenge to two traditional stereotypes of the Jews. Read More »

Stephan Grigat, Israel’s Solitude: Zionism, the Israeli Left, and the Iranian Threat

Amid the transatlantic controversy on how further to deal with the Iranian threat, Grigat’s book has gained renewed importance. Read More »

Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved

This book is in fact a case against the enemies of peace, as Dershowitz analyzes the barriers that the advocates of peace confront. Read More »

Regarding Israel’s Borders: The Bible is neither a Land Registry nor a Legend

Rejection of politico-religious fundamentalism does not have to lead to ignorance of biblical meanings and their interpretation. Read More »

The Saudi Specter over the American Education System

Analysis of Saudi Arabia’s vast investment in the U.S. education system starting in the 1980s but especially after 9/11. Read More »

The Polish Theologian Waldemar Chrostowski and the Setback of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue

Will anti-Semitism become acceptable again at the center of the Catholic Church? Read More »

To Kill Hope? In Search of a Reliable Strategy to Fight Terrorism

Terrorism is stimulated by the rational hope of terrorist leaders to achieve their objectives within a reasonably short period of time. Read More »

UNRWA Go Home!

How to deal with the Palestinian refugee issue Read More »

“Palestine” Refugees or “Palestinian” Refugees?

UNRWA was originally established for relief of refugees from all communities, including Jews. Read More »

Iran’s Defense Minister in Damascus: Iran Will Take an Active Part in Rehabilitating Syria

Iran tightens its grip on Syria Read More »

Time to admit – the Palestinian Authority is
a “Terror Sponsoring Entity”

The PA budgeted $355 million in 2018 to pay terrorists and their families. Read More »

Is Kenya a Target for Iranian Terrorism?

Two Iranian terrorists jailed in 2012 are the center of Kenyan government debate Read More »

Hamas Reports on Israeli Recruitment of Agents in Gaza

Since the IDF’s withdrawal in 2005, collecting human intelligence has become a complex challenge for Israeli intelligence services. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn and the Resurgence of European Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is back – though it can be argued that it never went away. The real focus of our attention should be in the United Kingdom with the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the British Labour party […] Read More »

The Failure of the Palestinian “March of Return” Campaign

Palestinian propaganda is often out of sync with Western audiences Read More »

Palestinian Leaders Threaten Jerusalem’s Arabs on Eve of City’s Municipal Elections

The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Mufti consider voters to be “traitors” Read More »

Nasrallah Presents Hizbullah’s Perception of Confrontation with Israel

Nasrallah: “Hizbullah is even stronger than the Israeli army” Read More »

Negotiations in Cairo may lead to a realignment of Palestinian organizations

Towards “Calm” [Tahdia] in Gaza – the Repercussions Read More »

Terror Strikes Jordan

Jihadist Islamic terror hits the Jordanian security establishment Read More »

A Canadian Newspaper Praises Palestinian Mothers Who Sent Their Sons on Jihad Missions

Is anti-Israel fanaticism instilled in children by mothers? Read More »

Is the International Criminal Court Becoming a Palestinian Propaganda Engine?

The ICC’s outreach to Palestinian “victims” Read More »

80 Years since the Munich Agreement

Joint Conference Appeasement: 80 Years since the Munich Agreement September 5, 2018 at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 13 Tel Hai St. Opening Remarks: Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center View transcript Dr. Alexander Brakel – Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung […] Read More »

What Stands behind Iran’s War Threats?

Is Iran’s leadership becoming unbalanced by the domestic and economic turmoil? Read More »

The Pan-Arab Palestinian Flag Hoisted in Tel Aviv

What does the red, black, green, and white flag represent? Read More »

The Iranian Regime is in Deep Trouble

Will growing pressure force the Iranian government to change its policies? Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Talks in Jordan and Qatar

Concern in Amman over Bedouin-Palestinian tensions Read More »

Stabilizing Israel-Hamas Relations in Gaza: Can It Be Achieved?

Chances for a Gaza deal between Israel and Hamas face many obstacles Read More »

Iran Targets Tajikistan. Its Proxies Are Islamic Terrorists

Iran Trains and Finances Islamic Terrorists Read More »

Hizbullah Reveals Its (Iranian-Made) “Air Force”

New Drone Exhibit at Hizbullah’s “Resistance” Museum Read More »

Ahed Tamimi: What’s in a Name

Palestinian teen icon must navigate now between Fatah and Hamas Read More »

What Israel Should Do when a Stone Falls
out of the Western Wall

The time has come for Israel to demonstrate its sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Read More »

Five Years of Abd el Fattah el Sisi – and Egypt Is at a Crossroads

The internal, terrorist, and economic challenges keep mounting Read More »

How the U.S. Can Pressure Iran to Dismantle Its Nuclear Facilities

What are the chances that Iran will agree to dismantle its nuclear facilities for good? Read More »

Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights

Amb. Dore Gold testified in Washington before the House Subcommittee on National Security on July 17, 2018 Read More »

American Jews and Israel: What We Know and What We Need To Know

The relationship between Israel and American Jewry in light of recent data and theory. Read More »

Testimony: Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights

U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights would constitute the fulfillment of a series of previous diplomatic assurances given to Israel by past administrations regarding the international status of Israel’s position on that strategic plateau. Read More »

Dance at Home – And Face the Wrath of the Ayatollahs

Iran’s women challenge the conservative and repressive Islamic Republic’s leadership Read More »

Will the Trump-Putin Summit Lead to Some Pushback Against Iran in Syria?

Iran refuses to retreat from the Syrian battleground Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse?
Implications for the Region and Israel

Implications for the Region and Israel Read More »

Destabilizing the Iranian Regime in the Aftermath of the JCPOA: The Economic-security Nexus

Book launch of ‘Commercial Risks Entering the Iranian Market: Why Sanctions Make Investment in the Islamic Republic a High-Risk proposition.’ Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse? – Internal Implications

I think all the components of the gathering storm are there. Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse? – Nuclear Implications

The purpose of the JCPOA in the eyes of the Iranians is to allow Iran to have a nuclear arsenal in 15 years without bothering about the economic and legitimacy issues. Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse? – Arab Perspectives

Observations regarding the role of the media and the Arab and the Palestinian perspective. Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse? – Regional Implications

The question of how economic change in Iran affects the ability of Iran to export its revolution is really critical. Read More »

Is Iran Heading for a Collapse?

Almost all the positive elements in the agreement were put there due to our pressure. Read More »

Economics Won’t Help. The Palestinians Will Continue with Terror Attacks

Religious and ideological motives eclipse societal and economic benefits. Read More »

The Spider Web: The Roots of BDS and the Campaign to Delegitimize Israel

The Spider Web: The Roots of BDS and the Campaign to Delegitimize Israel

A roadmap to the malevolent multi-national, global networks and their interlocking connections Read More »

The Spider Web: The Roots of BDS and the Campaign to Delegitimize Israel

A roadmap to the malevolent multi-national, global networks and their interlocking connections Read More »

Iran’s Hardliners Support Rouhani’s Push Back against the United States

President Rouhani and the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force Threaten to Halt Persian Gulf Oil Exports Read More »

Iran’s Regime Faces Widespread Economic and Political Unrest

The scapegoats for the crisis are the U.S. and President Rouhani Read More »

Presentation of the book “The Caliph and the Ayatollah: Our World Under Siege”

New book by Fiamma Nirenstein sheds light on the siege that Shiite and Sunni extremist ideologies have placed upon our world. Read More »

The Gaza Strip and “the Deal of the Century”

Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas digs in his heels against the deal Read More »

Iran’s Response to Trump’s Meeting with Kim Jong-Un

Iran press warns North Korea of Trump’s unreliability and emphasizes differences between Tehran and Pyongyang Read More »

The Israeli-Palestinian Path to Economic Prosperity

The international BDS movements and Palestinian denormalization movements threaten positive economic and interpersonal relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Read More »

The Many Ways Palestinians Violate International Law

Incendiary kites and balloons, poisonous fumes, arson, children as human shields, rockets, attack tunnels, and murder – that’s just a start. Read More »

The Caliph & the Ayatollah

The Caliph & the Ayatollah

The Iranian project to create an atomic bomb and the parallel fight by Sunni ISIS to dominate Christians, Jews, and infidel Muslims appears to many as political fiction. This new book by Fiamma Nirenstein sheds light on the siege that Shiite and Sunni extremist ideologies have placed upon our world, and the reasons why they will not give up unless we defeat them. Read More »

Why Sanctions Make Investment in the Islamic Republic of Iran a High-Risk Proposition

Why Sanctions Make Investment in the Islamic Republic of Iran a High-Risk Proposition

Investing in Iran was not an attractive option even when the JCPOA was in place, but as President Trump moves forward against Iran, the U.S. secondary sanctions are going to make business with Iran unreasonable, and further exacerbate Iran’s economic difficulties. This may lead to greater frustration and dissatisfaction among ordinary Iranians, cause more domestic unrest, and constrict Iran’s ability to spread its influence in the Middle East. Read More »

Students for Justice in Palestine Unmasked

Students for Justice in Palestine Unmasked

Terror Links, Violence, Bigotry and Intimidation on US Campuses Read More »

Defeating Denormalization:
Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace

Defeating Denormalization

This study reveals the demand among a growing number of Palestinians for engagement and opportunity together with their Israeli neighbors. Many Palestinians and virtually all Israelis prefer cooperation over denormalization. Read More »

Who is Responsible for the Harsh Humanitarian Situation in Gaza?

The Palestinian Authority government blames Hamas for abusing Palestinian residents, while taking advantage of their difficult situation. Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey Intensifies Involvement in Gaza and Jerusalem

Erdogan wants to restore the Temple Mount to Muslim rule. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Refuses to Ease Sanctions on Gaza Strip

Tragically, Palestinian suffering is self-inflicted Read More »

“Jerusalem Day” in Iran

Iranians Call on the Regime to Support Them, Not the Palestinians Read More »

Is Tahrir Square Coming to Ramallah?

Did the spark that ignited the Arab Spring in Cairo just land in Ramallah? Read More »

Is Iraq Heading toward a Constitutional Crisis?

Were ballot boxes set ablaze to avoid an election recount? Read More »

Iran’s Soccer Team Faces Sanctions on its Way to the World Cup

Sanctions and anti-Israel animosity cripple the team Read More »

Low Turnout for Al-Quds Day Demonstrations in Iran

“Will the day come when we demonstrate for our homeland Iran…and not for others?” Read More »

Cry for Us, Argentina…

Threats against the team’s families led the Argentine soccer team to cancel Israel visit Read More »

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

This monograph, however, shows that Israel has valid legal status in Jerusalem. Israel gained control of both parts of the city after Jordan and other Arab states declared war upon it in May 1948 and in June 1967 respectively. In doing so, Israel exercised its right to self-defense, which international law recognizes as a legitimate reason for using military force. Read More »

Preface

Rosen has globalized his research and helps the reader understand the extensive web of the delegitimization campaign Read More »

Jordan Faces Serious Government Crisis

Unprecedented protests are going on in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Read More »

Hamas Will Go for Broke in Gaza

Hamas’ plans will perpetuate the Gaza population’s suffering Read More »

Verses and Interpretations: Quranic Attitudes towards Jews and Their Relevance to Our Times

Understand the historical reality hidden behind the Quranic verses and the traditions. Read More »

Russia Constrains Iran

Is Iran’s “Axis of Resistance” cracking? Read More »

Commercial Risks Entering the Iranian Market

Why sanctions makes investment in the Islamic Republic of Iran a high risk proposition
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Tension Mounts between Iran and Mauritania

The Shia-Sunni schism played out by Saudi Arabia and Iran Read More »

Did Israel Use “Disproportionate Force” to Protect the Gaza Fence?

What does international law say about hostile “demonstrators” breaching a border? Read More »

Highlights from Dore Gold Interview on RT – May 24, 2018

Israel does what’s necessary to protect itself, but Israel does what’s also necessary to minimize civilian casualties in any kind of attack. Read More »

Notes

1 Also see Dan Diker, Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2015, pp. 26-29 2 http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/4682/russell-tribunal-on-palestine-at-the-world-social-forum-in-tunis 3 WSF, January 2005: Call from social movements for mobilisations against the war, neoliberalism, exploitation and exclusion. http://cadtm.org/WSF-2005-Call-from-social 4 Palestinian Civil Society Call […] Read More »

Other Organizations and Individuals

If Americans Knew  http://ifamericaknew.org Orientation: far-left Fields of operation: media, publications If Americans Knew is an organization whose mission is “to inform and educate the American public on issues of major significance that are unreported, underreported, or misreported in the […] Read More »

American Far-Left Organizations

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)  https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ Orientation: Jewish far-left, anti-Zionist Fields of operation: campus activism, “direct action” – demonstrations and rallies, BDS promoting Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is probably the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the […] Read More »

Other Palestinian and Arab Organizations

The Electronic Intifada  https://electronicintifada.net/ Orientation: secular anti-Zionist Fields of operation: media, BDS promoting Electronicintifada.net is one of the main BDS-promoting portals in the Western world, which also serves as a communications platform for pro-BDS activists and the promotion of its […] Read More »

Islamist Organizations

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  http://www.cair.com/ Orientation: Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood Fields of operation: pro-Hamas advocacy The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood advocacy group that, as previously stated, was named in a list of co-conspirators and/or […] Read More »

Chapter IV: Delegitimization in the United States

Although the social and political structure in the United States differs from European countries, mapping the structure and networks of delegitimizing Israel resembles European configurations with several unique features, albeit it is more complex in terms of the main groups […] Read More »

Belgian Far-Left Organizations

The European Coordination of Committee and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)  In French: La Coordination Européenne des Comités Palestine (CECP) http://www.eccpalestine.org/ Orientation: Western far-left Fields of operation: political lobbying, BDS promoting The ECCP is a Brussels-based association of NGOs cooperating with […] Read More »

Islamist Organizations

Ligue Islamique Interculturelle De Belgique (LIIB)  www.liib.be (old website, currently inactive) www.liicb.sitew.be/ www.facebook.com/Ligue-Islamique-Interculturelle-de-Belgique-108348905915244 Orientation: Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood Fields of operation: pro-Hamas support and advocacy The Ligue Islamique Interculturelle de Belgique (LIIB) is one of the member organizations of FIOE. A […] Read More »

Chapter III: Delegitimization in Belgium

Belgium is a small European country, with a population of about 11 million people, 60 percent of whom are Dutch-speaking Flemish and 40 percent French-speaking Walloons. In 2008, it was estimated that Muslims consist of 6 percent of the population,274 […] Read More »

French Far-Left Organizations

Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA)  In English: The New Anti-Capitalist Party http://www.npa2009.org Orientation: Western far-left Fields of operation: “direct action,” BDS promoting This is a far-left, extremely anti-capitalist and anti-Israeli party, founded in 2009 by former Communist activists. The NPA plays […] Read More »

Other Palestinian, Arab and Muslim Organizations

Fédération Internationale de Droits de l’Homme (FIDH)  https://www.fidh.org/International-Federation-for-Human-Rights Orientation: Western far-left, Arab far-left Fields of operation: “direct action,” BDS promoting, human rights FIDH is an international human rights organization founded in 1922 and centered in Paris, with branches all over […] Read More »

Islamist Organizations

Le Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens – France (CBSP)  http://cbsp.fr/ https://www.facebook.com/CBSP.FRANCE/ https://twitter.com/CBSP_FRANCE Orientation: Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood Fields of operation: “direct action,” pro-Hamas support and advocacy,BDS promoting Le Comité de Bienfaisance et de Solidarité avec la Palestine was […] Read More »

Chapter II: Delegitimization in France

France is a rather active country when it comes to the delegitimization of Israel, and BDS in particular. Many activities stem from far-left elements in the country, including Jewish organizations. Various activities are co-organized by “red-green” coalitions of far-left and […] Read More »

German Far-Left Organizations

Internationale Liga fur Menschenrechte im Geiste von Carl von Ossietzky (ILMR)  In English: International League for Human Rights In the spirit of Carl von Ossietzky (ILHR) http://ilmr.de/ Orientation: far-left, human rights Fields of operation: BDS promoting, “direct action” – demonstrations and […] Read More »

Other Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim Organizations

Demokratische Komitees Palästinas Berlin e.V. (DKP)  In Arabic: Lijan Filastin Al-Dimokratiyya Birlin In English: Palestinian Democratic Committees Berlin https://www.facebook.com/DemokratischeKomiteesPalaestinas/ Orientation: far-left, PFLP Fields of operation: pro-PFLP advocacy, “direct action” – demonstrations and rallies The Demokratische Komitees Palästinas Berlin e.V. (DKP) […] Read More »

Islamist Organizations

Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland e.V. (IGD)  In English: Islamic Society of Germany http://igd-online.de/ https://www.facebook.com/IGDonline/ Orientation: Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood Fields of operation: anti-Israel petitions The Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland e.V. (IGD) was founded in 1958. The German domestic intelligence agency has […] Read More »

Chapter I: Delegitimization in Germany

With almost 82 million residents, Germany is one of the most important member states of the European Union. Germany’s importance also derives from its economic strength. Germany has the largest national economy in Europe, which makes it very relevant to […] Read More »

Index of Organizations

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R) Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel AK Nahost (Arbeits Kreis Nahost) Berlin Al-Awda – the Palestine Right to Return Coalition American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) BDS Gruppe […] Read More »

Hamas, Gaza, and the Rush to Judgment

What is common among all the critics of Israel is a kind of rush to judgment by which people automatically assume that Israel is to blame for whatever has occurred. Read More »

The Mystery of Mahmoud Abbas’ Health

Who’s next in line to lead the Palestinian Authority? Read More »

The Results of the Iraqi Elections? A Slap in the Face to Iran

Muqtada al-Sadr is the apparent power behind the next throne Read More »

Iranian Demonstrators Killed in Violent Clashes in Kazerun

Iranian media outlets prefer to focus on Gaza rather than on events in Iran Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab States vs. Hamas

Why Hamas is isolated in the Arab World Read More »

Psychological Asymmetry:
Understanding the Gaza “Return” Demonstrations

Why “facts” are inconsequential Read More »

Why Is Hamas So Interested in Palestinian Deaths?

Hamas’ creed: “Our refined, pure blood will enrich the land of Palestine.” Read More »

Israel’s Attacks on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Syria Spur Internal Disputes in Iran

Internal fears in Iran that it will pay a price for its aggression Read More »

Iran: U.S. Embassy Transfer Will Hasten the End of the “Zionist Regime”

$100,000 bounty offered to blow up the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Read More »

Dr. Dore Gold on Fox News Insider

I think slowly but surely, with the deal with North Korea, with getting out of the bad Iran deal, the world will be a safer place. Read More »

Foundations of a New Middle East

Trump believes the United States can ease the situation Read More »

The Conflict in Gaza: Three Ways to View It

Seeing through the smokescreen of Gaza Read More »

What Role Should Israel Play in the War in Syria?

Does Israel have a possible partner north of the border? Read More »

Iran’s Response to the Cancellation of the Nuclear Agreement

Iranian Leadership Expresses Defiance of the West Read More »

Hizbullah’s “Wish List”

How Hizbullah viewed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ rocket attack on the Golan Read More »

Dore Gold on BBC: The Iranians Are Going to Put All Their Illicit Weapons Development in Uninspected Sites

President Trump has done exactly what was needed to be done, and he zeroed in on three central flaws with the Iran agreement that will have to be fixed in any future agreement. Read More »

The New Iranian Expansion into the Sahara

A new conflict over the Western Sahara could lead to a further wave of refugees into Europe. Read More »

Hizbullah’s Victory in the Lebanese Parliamentary Elections Completes Iran’s Takeover of the Lebanese State

Lebanon post-mortem after elections. Read More »

Abbas’ Threat to Revoke Palestinian Recognition of Israel

Abbas’ threat is – as always – a double-edged sword Read More »

Jerusalem: The Renewed Diplomatic Struggle over the City’s Future

Jerusalem Center President Dore Gold confronts the myths which subvert archaeology, history, and international law, and undermine the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Read More »

Syrian Defense Capabilities Improve

Russia responds to unopposed Western attacks on Syrian bases Read More »

Turkey’s Role in Hamas Terror

Hamas even operates out of an office in Istanbul Read More »

The U.S. Embassy Prepares to Move to Jerusalem

Other countries prepare to follow. Read More »

Jerusalem Center Israel at 70 Quiz #2

See also: Quiz #1 Read More »

A Rare Meeting of the Palestinian National Council

Why did Abbas omit Arafat founding the PLO? Read More »

Netanyahu’s Wake-Up Call to the World
on the Iranian Nuclear Program

The Iran Deal was based on Iranian lies Read More »

Manipulating the Truth about Gaza

Some truths about Peter Beinart’s “truth” in Gaza Read More »

Israel and the Lebanon Quagmire, 1982

Bachir Gemayel was commander of the Christian militia and president of Lebanon for a brief moment in 1982. Read More »

Hamas’ Warfare Tactics in the “Great Return March”

Hamas attacks Israel on the land, in the air, and underground Read More »

Iranian Moves in Syria Threaten Israel

Iran is trying to change the status quo Read More »

Assassination in Malaysia

Another Hamas weapons “engineer” is killed Read More »

Why France Attacked Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities

French participation in the coalition that attacked Syria is part of Macron’s effort to maintain France’s position as a leading power now that the United Kingdom is leaving Europe Read More »

Israel at 70: Flourishing against All Odds

Israel is celebrating 70 years of national independence, and there’s a huge irony in that number. For it was in the year 70 that the last Jewish Commonwealth was destroyed by the Roman Empire, and the Temple, the center of […] Read More »

The Implications of the Syrian T-4 Air Base Bombing

Confrontation with Iran on Syrian territory Read More »

Israel Sent a Clear Message to Iran in Syria

Israel caused great damage to Syria’s anti-aircraft systems. Read More »

Israel’s Contribution to the Modern Evolution of International Law

Discrimination against Israel continues in international law institutions Read More »

Israel at 70: Test Your Knowledge!

A series of 10 quizzes created by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in honor of Israel’s 70th year of independence. Read More »

Assad is More Dangerous than ISIS

After the raid on Syria’s chemical warfare installations, what’s next? Read More »

Is President Trump Right to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?

Who will protect Jerusalem for all faiths? Read More »

Why Egypt Is Concerned about Gaza

The Hamas “Return March” could overrun the Egyptian border, too. Read More »

Our Ambassador to the World

Even though he left his official diplomatic position less than two years ago, Dr. Dore Gold has not stopped his work of explaining Israel’s position to world leaders, including those of some of the Arab states. Read More »

Jerusalem: The Renewed Diplomatic Struggle
over the City’s Future

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The Events along the Border with Gaza

International hypocrisy once again Read More »

The Gaza “Return March” Splits Hamas and Organizers

The project’s failure leads to major disagreements between NGOs and Hamas Read More »

The Hamas Gimmick that Failed

Why the Hamas “Great March of Return” hit a dead end.

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Why Israeli Rule in the West Bank Is Legal under International Law

An interview with Professor Eugene Kontorovich by Sarah Haetzni-Cohen Read More »

Why Did Hamas Conduct a Wide-Scale Military Exercise in Gaza?

Hamas seeks to convey military and political messages Read More »

Israel and Syria: The UN and the Distortion of International Law

The problem with the UN Human Rights Council is that it’s distorting international law, focusing on the wrong issues and leaving some of the greatest abuses of human rights since World War II unanswered. Read More »

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

This monograph shows that Israel has valid legal status in Jerusalem. Read More »

Yemen’s Houthis Target Vital Saudi Arabian Infrastructure and Cities

Houthis mark third anniversary of Saudi military campaign Read More »

The Palestinian “Return March” – A Futile Publicity Stunt

Another Hamas exploitation of Gaza civilians Read More »

Jerusalem Center Israel at 70 Quiz #1

Are the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas Mobilizing to Take Over the PLO?

International Islamic organizations support Hamas/Brotherhood efforts Read More »

Israel-Europe Relations: A New Paradigm – Giulio Maria Terzi

There is a lack of understanding between Europeans and Israelis, especially on the concerns. Read More »

Iran and Its Response to Force – Dr. Harold Rhode

What history teaches about Iran is that it responds to force. Read More »

Israel-European Cooperation on Defeating Extremism – Saad Amrani

A lot of knowledge has been developed in Israel over the last decades that we could use. Read More »

Problems with the Current Palestinian Leadership, Extremism in Charities, and Anti-Semitism in England – William Shawcross

The growth of anti-Semitism in Europe is one of the most appalling features of life today. Read More »

Checking the Washington Post’s Fact Checker

Factual and moral clarity absent in column on PA payments to terrorists Read More »

On the Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The conflict with the Palestinians encompasses three elements: it is a national struggle over the land, a struggle with the pan-Arab ideologies that reject Jewish statehood, and it is a Jewish-Islamic conflict as well. Read More »

Agricultural Settlement: Up to the Present and into the Future

My expectation is that there will always be a balance between the kibbutzim and the general society in Israel. Read More »

Don’t Confuse the People of Iran with Its Islamic Regime

Out of all of the larger countries in the region, Iran is, without any doubt, the one that is most likely to transition toward democracy. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority as a Post-Soviet “Frozen Conflict”

The Israeli government should acknowledge that the creation of a Palestinian state with a robust economy, independent infrastructure, and low unemployment may not be in the PA leadership’s best interest. Read More »

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism – African Style

This article will discuss anti-Zionist dogma within the context of African time and space and define its substance and structure as well as its ideological representations. It will identify its grammar, vocabulary, and metaphors, describe its dissemination, and reveal its […] Read More »

Indo-Israeli Relations: A Quest for Great-Power Status Since 1991

Indo-Israeli bilateral relations have grown significantly in recent years, with the two nations’ interests converging on a range of issues. Read More »

The Complexity of the Relations between European Jewry and Israel

From the inception of the Zionist movement to the present, Israel and the Diaspora have been sharply at odds over the future and the nature of the Jewish people. Read More »

The State of Israel:
A Partner in the Development of the African Continent

Africa’s relations with Israel must be understood in light of the need to diversify the African economies and meet the challenges posed by the world’s new geopolitical configuration. Read More »

U.S.-Israeli Ties: The 400-Year-Old Unique Foundations

Israel is the only unconditional ally of the United States, wholeheartedly reciprocating the value-driven unconditional identification, by the American people, with the Jewish state. Read More »

Michelle Mazel, Julius Matthias:  A Pact with the Devil

Mazel ‘s  moving and realistic depiction of the situation in Oradea/Nagyvarad is suspenseful. Read More »

Israel and the World of Catholicism(s)

This article assesses the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church and its faithful to the Jewish people and to Israel. Read More »

From the Editor

I firmly believe that Israel will continue to lead the scientific community and will remain at the forefront of innovation. Read More »

The Effects of BDS and Denormalization on West Bank Industrial Zones

When Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, understood that blatant terror and military warfare against Israel damage the Palestinian cause in the eyes of the world, he decided to shift to “political resistance.” Using this term allowed him to […] Read More »

Palestinian Israeli Equality and Normalization: The Case of Rami Levy Supermarkets

In 1976, I founded Rami Levy HaShikma, a wholesale supermarket chain. Our company’s philosophy and operative policy to employ Israelis and Palestinians and treat them equally reflects our principles and ideals. Rami Levy’s high quality and attractively priced products draw […] Read More »

About the Authors

Dan Diker Dan Diker is a fellow and senior project director at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is the author of BDS Unmasked and SJP Unmasked, and has edited several other policy books including Defensible Borders for Israel […] Read More »

SodaStream as a Model of “Economic Peace”

SodaStream’s recent history has been characterized by growth and opportunity in the face of government bureaucracy and boycotts of our products by various international BDS organizations. I was appointed chief executive of SodaStream in 2007, when the company was teetering […] Read More »

EU-PA Cooperation and Risks to the Palestinian Future

Although the European Union repeatedly emphasizes its opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, its policy of labeling products manufactured in territories east of the 1949 Armistice Lines has reinforced the Palestinian BDS strategy to assault Israel, isolate […] Read More »

Wasatia: The Straight Path from Denormalization to Reconciliation

Introduction Dan Diker In this article, Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi explores the importance of reconciliation and normalization between Palestinians and Israelis. Dajani also elucidates his rejection of the common accusation by Palestinian leaders who brand Israel an apartheid state demanding […] Read More »

Defeating Denormalization:
Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace

Executive Summary The Palestinian Authority’s Policy of Denormalization Khaled Abu Toameh The current Palestinian political economy, influenced far too greatly by the BDS and anti-normalization campaigns, amounts to a corrupt, unsustainable, terrorsupporting regime that is disinterested in the economic well-being […] Read More »

Palestinian-Israeli Normalization in the Workplace: A Manager’s View

I have worked in a variety of positions at SodaStream, first as a worker and then a manager at SodaStream’s Mishor Adumim facility, where I was employed for six years. Currently, I am a manager and team leader, in charge […] Read More »

The Palestinian Authority’s Policy of Denormalization

The Palestinian leadership’s rejection of normalized relations with Israel that were established in 1993 with the Oslo Exchange of Letters between PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the PLO’s subsequent support for the global Boycott, […] Read More »

A Palestinian Woman’s Perspective on Working for an Israeli Company

I was born in east Jerusalem before the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel took control of the eastern part of Jerusalem. When I was very young, we moved to the town of al-Azariya, which is near Jerusalem. Because we […] Read More »

The Desire for Defined Status in Multicultural Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a richly evocative city. The discourses deployed reflect the different images through the ages. In the Judeo-Christian-Muslim theological discourse, Jerusalem is the holy city par excellence. It is one; it is eternal; it is whole and continuous, both […] Read More »

Introduction

The Palestinian leadership’s strategy of “denormalization of relations” with Israel is one of the central, if lesser understood, components of the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Denormalization may be an unfamiliar term to Western observers of […] Read More »

The Hamas Response to Mahmoud Abbas’ Threatened Sanctions

Palestinian factions clash, with Israel caught in between Read More »

Edward Kritzler, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

This book is not only intended to entertain its readers. It is a book about geopolitics in the 16th century. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas May Impose New Sanctions on Gaza

The Palestinian Authority Chairman’s Brinksmanship with Hamas Read More »

Bashar Assad’s Deafening Silence

Israel’s bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria elicits little reaction – so far Read More »

What Lies Behind Mahmoud Abbas’ Latest Intemperate Speech?

Abbas Confronts Deteriorating Palestinian Positions Read More »

Dore Gold Asserts Israel’s Legal Rights to the Golan Heights at International Meeting in Moscow

From the point of view of Israel, in the southern part of that area, the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty. Read More »

Gaza “March of Return” – The Complete Picture

Will Palestinians storm Gaza’s border with Israel? Read More »

Can the Relationship Between Israel and Europe Change?

After years of problematic relations between Europe and Israel, the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs is trying to see if this situation can change Read More »

A Jerusalem Solution: One Sovereignty, Multiple Local Authorities (including for the Arab Neighborhoods)

This study explores the background, the processes, the advantages, and the complexity involved in removing the two Arab neighborhoods from Jerusalem’s jurisdiction and also considers other plans that address the same issue. Read More »

Arab Leaders Pressure Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas’ legacy is more important to him than progress toward peace Read More »

The Gaza Assassination Attempt against Palestinian Authority Leaders

Is this the end of the Hamas-Palestinian Authority reconciliation process? Read More »

Why Five Stars’ Triumph Is Italy’s Tragedy

After Italy’s March 4 elections, still no clear outcome Read More »

The Ongoing Major Distortion of the Holocaust

The ongoing abuse of the Holocaust is increasing at an alarming rate, permeating additional quarters of mainstream society. Read More »

The Real Casualties of the Bomb Attack in Gaza

Why is Hamas suspected of being behind the assassination attempt? Read More »

Work Begins on New Jerusalem Light Rail Extension to Serve Jews and Arabs

Another aspect of coexistence in Jerusalem to serve Jews and Arabs Read More »

Will Lorde’s Concert in Florida Be Canceled after She Boycotted Israel?

Countering performer’s boycotts: damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Read More »

Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

What will be Mahmoud Abbas’ Legacy? Read More »

The “After Abbas” Issue Intensifies Tensions among Fatah Top Brass

Generational, personal, and regional interests stymie Palestinian consensus Read More »

Fatah Prepares to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Will the transition to a new Palestinian leader be peaceful? Read More »

Whither Egypt’s Democracy?

Egypt’s Ongoing Battle against Terrorism and Its Heavy Price on Freedom Read More »

Poland is Not Yet Lost, But …

Good Polish-Israeli relations are not only important for these two countries themselves, but also for the entire free world. Read More »

New Egyptian Effort to Achieve Palestinian Reconciliation

Intensive talks have taken place between Egyptian Intelligence and Hamas Read More »

Jibril Rajoub vs. Muhammad Dahlan to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

The battle to succeed Mahmoud Abbas Read More »

Turkey Embraces Hamas

West Bank terror planning is conducted in Istanbul and Beirut Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Halt Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

Palestinian negotiating positions are stuck in quicksand. Read More »

Jewish-Arab Coexistence in Jerusalem and Local Elections

Normalization grows Read More »

Abbas at the UN: An Exercise in Futility

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council about the peace process. Read More »

Abbas at the UN: An Exercise in Futility

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council on February 20, 2018, about the peace process. Read More »

The Gaza Escalation: A Message from Iran

A Hamas ambush wounded four Israeli soldiers Read More »

Hizbullah Commander Imad Mughniyeh:
10 Years since His Assassination

The man who connected Iran and Osama Bin Laden Read More »

Precursor to the Iranian UAV Intrusion

Did the next Iranian Supreme Leader just visit South Lebanon? Read More »

Egypt’s New Campaign Against Islamic State in Sinai

Egypt moving thousands of local residents from Rafah and El-Arish Read More »

Abbas Rejects Jerusalem Suburb Solution for a Palestinian Capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas confirmed: Abu Dis was offered to us as a capital. Read More »

Hamas Head Ismail Haniyeh Now on the American Terrorist List

Hamas in Gaza Now Fears Assassinations or War Read More »

Can Palestinian Ports Be Developed in Gaza to Relieve the Humanitarian Crisis?

Would Israel’s security suffer if a Gaza port is established? Read More »

The Fake News Narrative of Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Arab Politicians

Joint Arab List MKs share the fictitious narrative Abbas has presented in his speeches. Read More »

East Jerusalem Palestinians Reject Ramallah’s Directives

Tensions between east Jerusalem and Ramallah reach new heights Read More »

The Brewing Conflict along the Red Sea

With all the focus on Syria and Iraq in recent years, it may be necessary to give greater attention to the theater of the Red Sea. Read More »

Europe’s Failure to Exercise the Diplomacy of Truth

The surrender to threats, economic opportunism, and hypocrisy. Read More »

Amb. Dore Gold on “Fox News @ Night”

Ambassador Dore Gold reacts to the ‘Fox News @ Night’ interview of Saeb Erekat. Read More »

Trump is Right to Feel Suckered: To Promote Middle East Peace, Cut Aid to Palestinians

Trump is right to ask whether U.S. aid to the Palestinians serves its intended purpose — promoting peace with Israel. Read More »

Turkey’s Expansionist Military Policies in the Middle East

An “Ottoman Return” makes the region nervous Read More »

Palestinian Manipulation of the International Criminal Court

Will the International Criminal Court disregard international law? Read More »

With his Ramallah Rant, Mahmoud Abbas Declares Intention to Proclaim a Palestinian Entity

Palestinian Authority leader denounces President Trump and Any American Role in Peace Process Read More »

Palestinian and Israeli Officials Debate PA Payments to Terrorists

Kuperwasser: “These payments have nothing to do with whether these families are weak or not. The only reason they get the money is because they carry out terror attacks against Israelis.” Read More »

When Old Conventions Fall

The validity of the Palestinian narrative is waning. Will this spur a shift in Palestinian policy? Read More »

Has the “Arab Spring” Returned to Tunisia?

Tunisia employs a safety valve on protests. Read More »

Palestinian Capital in Abu Dis or Ramallah?

Even in the Arab world, the location of the capital is debated Read More »

From “Lone Wolf” to “Known Wolf”:
The Role of “Cultural Fuel” and “Personal Triggers”

“Lone wolf” attacks continue to present both practical strategic and theoretical challenges, with the nature of individual actions creating difficulty in constructing a “profile” that is relevant to all situations. Read More »

Givat Hamatos: A Strategic Jerusalem Neighborhood

Neighborhood development is frozen for now Read More »

A Changed Saudi Arabia

Israel and Saudi Arabia share common concerns. Read More »

A Changed Saudi Arabia

Israel and Saudi Arabia share common concerns. Read More »

Protests Spread Across Iran

The demonstrators in Iran: we are more important than Syria, Gaza, and Lebanon Read More »

Iran Ignores Israel’s Warnings

Iran prepares for the arrival of Shiite militias in the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon Read More »

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: Action and Impact in Israel and around the World

Report on Jerusalem Center Projects, Social Media Campaigns, Analyses, Reports, and Conferences – in Israel and Internationally Read More »

Chinese Troops Arrive in Syria to Fight Uyghur Rebels

A Chinese attempt to contain Chinese Muslim rebels in Syria Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas vs. Donald Trump

The Palestinians’ futile charge against the Jerusalem declaration Read More »

Can Iran and Its Proxies Be Restrained in Syria?

What do the (reported) Israeli attacks against Iranian assets in Syria signify? Read More »

Israel Has a Better Legal Title and Will Safeguard the Holy Sites of All Faiths in Jerusalem

In a violent intolerant Middle East, only a free and democratic Israel will safeguard the holy sites of all faiths. Read More »

The Origins of the Name “Palestine”

Every Synagogue in the World Faces Jerusalem Read More »

Iran Dispatches a Senior Commander of the Shiite Foreign Legion to Southern Lebanon

Iranian involvement is irrefutable Read More »

Palestinian Negotiators Must Enter the “Box of Realism”

“…for negotiations to succeed…. You have to get the parties into what I call ‘the box of realism.’ …those … on the Palestinian side haven’t been there.” Read More »

Europe, Be a Fair Friend

To the European Union: Israel’s sentiments that accompany Prime Minister Netanyahu Read More »

The Evidence that Jerusalem Is Jewish

We today did not come to Israel as foreign occupiers. We returned. We were here before, and now we came back. Read More »

A European’s Rejoinder to Europe’s Condemnation of Pres. Trump’s Jerusalem Decision.

Fiamma Nirenstein, former Italian MP: Europe’s position hurts the peace process. Read More »

Dan Diker assesses Palestinian threat to Boycott U.S. President, VP, and Secretary of State

Jerusalem Center analyst Dan Diker assesses Palestinian threat to Boycott U.S. President, VP, and Secretary of State – Russia Today International Read More »

Jerusalem Center policy analyst Dan Diker assesses the Trump Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital on BBC World

Trump’s Speech  Recognizing Jerusalem:
What It Says and What It Doesn’t Say

What is in Trump’s speech and what is not Read More »

Dan Diker Analyses Palestinian “Day of Rage”

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Project Director Dan Diker analyses Palestinian “day of rage” following Trump announcement on Jerusalem. Read More »

Three Challenges Face the Palestinians Today

Palestinians are worried and frustrated over U.S. positions on stipends to terrorists, Jerusalem, and a new Peace Plan Read More »

Palestinian Reactions on Jerusalem – “Popular Protests” Are Not Spontaneous

A comprehensive counter-attack by the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas Read More »

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Will not Damage the Peace Process

The United States government is deliberating whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and whether to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Read More »

Ten Reasons for Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

Submitting to threats of violence is a surrender to terror and a sign of weakness. Read More »

Is Reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority Possible?

What if Hamas refuses to disarm? Read More »

The “Black Friday” Massacre in the Sinai Mosque

The Islamic State Is Still Alive and Kicking Read More »

70 Years after UN Resolution 181: An Assessment

November 29, 1947, the penultimate step to Israel’s statehood Read More »

Any Future Security Arrangements for Israel
Will Have to Be Far Stronger

Any arrangements we might make with our Palestinian neighbors, first of all, will not just be with them. Read More »

Angela Merkel Faces Her Greatest Electoral Test

Will the electoral crisis affect Germany’s policies in the Middle East?

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Is It True the UN Created Israel? Seventy years since UN General Assembly Resolution 181

“… since the United Nations did not succeed in implementing its own decisions. In our view, the decision of 29 November about Jerusalem is null and void.” Read More »

Sadat and Me in Jerusalem 40 Years Ago

Would Sadat stand at attention for the playing of the Hatikvah? Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas and Iran

Will Hamas – and Iran – get a toe-hold on the West Bank? Read More »

What Is Wrong with Europe’s “Iran Policy?”

Despite Risks, Italy’s Government Aids Investment in Iran Read More »

Back to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations? – Some Basic Truths

Israel holds these truths to be self-evident Read More »

The Peel Commission Report of 1937 and the Origins of the Partition Concept

The vision of peace through compromise and partition endures in the spirit of the Peel Commission’s proposed solution. Read More »

Israeli-European Relations in an Increasingly Chaotic Reality

Discussion on how the EU is affected by dynamics in a variety of fields and which developments are relevant to Israel. Read More »

The PA-Hamas Negotiations: Reconciliation or Complete Disarray?

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Escalation in the Conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Israel as a Strategic Asset of the West

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Is the Balfour Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

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Jerusalem Center Initiatives and Impact (2017)

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The Operational Coordination between Hizbullah and Hamas

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Why Kurdistan Matters

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The Terror Tunnels of Gaza

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The Historical Significance of the Balfour Declaration

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Hamas Sees Reconciliation with Fatah as Step toward Destroying Israel

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Iran Steps Up Its Economic Domination in Syria

A Shi’ite Railway from Tehran to the Mediterranean Read More »

How the Palestinian “Unity” Talks Put Iran in the Mix

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Nir T. Boms, Expat-ing Democracy: Dissidents, Technology and Democratic Discourse in the Middle East

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There Is a Precedent for Renegotiating Flawed Agreements

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Itamar Rabinovich, Yitzhak Rabin:  Soldier, Leader, Statesman

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Philippe Val, Hide that Identity Which I Can Not Bear to See

According to Val, identity should be based upon those who know their history, are proud to belong to democratic states and contribute to the rule of law. Read More »

Albert Londres, The Wandering Jew has Arrived

The essays describe the lives of Jews of all sorts: religious and secular, ugly and beautiful, Zionist and socialist, washed and unwashed. Read More »

András Kovács ed., Communism’s Jewish Question:  Jewish Issues in Communist Archives

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Tuvia Tenenbom, The Lies They Tell: A Journey through America

Tenenbom’s format remains that of brief interviews with the different people whom he encounters, and general observations following these meetings. Read More »

Palestinian Unification Must Honor Palestinian Commitments

Hamas must surrender its guns, rockets, and tunnels Read More »

Yosef Govrin, Reflections on my Mission as Israel’s Ambassador – To Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia

The book focuses upon Govrin’s two-and a-half years as Israel’s Ambassador to Austria and as non-resident ambassador in Slovenia and Slovakia. Read More »

Jeremiah Unterman, Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics

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Where Can I Get the Latest News on Israel?

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Yossi Katz, The Land Shall Not Be Sold in Perpetuity

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Eunice G. Pollack, ed., From Antisemitism to Antizionism: The Past and Present of a Lethal Ideology

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Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., Self-Determination, Statehood, and the Law of Negotiation: The Case of Palestine

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Students for Justice in Palestine Unmasked

SJP is not as they claim, a “grassroots” student organization; it is a terror-affiliated anti-Semitic network. Read More »

A Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation. Has Anything Changed?

Will Hamas ever surrender its weapons and armed struggle Read More »

Islamic Terrorists Target Europe: Why Spain May Be the Epicenter for Terror Attacks

Why are the terror attacks of Muslim radicals seem to focus on the Iberian Peninsula. Read More »

Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation? Much Ado but Little Results

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Documentary: The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Harold Rhode, the Collection’s Angel. Read More »

INTERPOL Ignores Terror and Criminals

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Inspections and Monitoring:
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Iran and Hamas Reconnect

Hamas’ Troubles Are Pushing It into Tehran’s Arms Read More »

Radical Islam 16 years after the 9/11 attacks

16 years after the 9/11 attacks, do you think that radical Muslims are more convinced that they are going to win eventually, or are they less convinced of that? Read More »

The Struggle for Jerusalem in International Diplomacy

Amb. Dore Gold created a presentation of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, with the assistance of Israel’s state of the art multi-media technology. Read More »

Why Did the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas Avoid the UN Secretary-General when He Toured the Region?

Abbas went to visit Turkey’s Erdoğan instead Read More »

Hijacking the Laws of Occupation

Only one place in the world is called “occupied,” not in Crimea, Cyprus, Iraq… Read More »

Iran’s New Defense Minister Is Committed to Iran’s Missile Program and the Export of the Revolution

“Committed to the end of Israel within 25 years.” Read More »

Do the Original Assumptions Underlying the Iran Nuclear Agreement Have Any Basis Today?

There are multiple indications that Iranian violations of the JCPOA agreement have occurred, or are being planned. Read More »

Italian Journalist Fiamma Nirenstein: After Terror in Spain, I Worry About Europe

Israel is better than anybody else in fighting terrorism. Read More »

An Absurd Assertion: Israel Must Learn from Europe How to Deal with Terror

Israelis are strong, prepared, and dedicated to their country Read More »

Thwarting a New Iranian Empire

Beyond creating the supply corridor from Iran to the Mediterranean, Iran is determined to take Shia forces from around the Middle East and deploy them in Syria. Read More »

Bashar Assad’s Pyrrhic Victory in Syria

Syria remains splintered and propped up by Iran Read More »

Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria

Will Iran use Syria as a façade to establish Iranian bases? Read More »

Foreign Ministers from Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority Prepare for U.S. Delegation

Why the Saudis didn’t participate Read More »

The Temple Mount Affair: What Has Changed?

Terrorism, Religion, Metal Detectors, and a Clash of Perception Read More »

Amb. Dore Gold’s Warning on Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation

A prescient warning to the United States and Israel

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Israeli Innovation in Africa

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Hamas Is Restoring Its Alliance with Iran

Hamas seeks to squeeze Israel and Jordan Read More »

Jordan’s Refusal to Permit the Return of Israel’s Ambassador Is against International Law and the Peace Treaty

Jordan is at odds with the Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty Read More »

Abbas’ Political Battles Escalate

Will Abbas succeed to use the Palestinian National Council as a cudgel? Read More »

UNRWA Condemns the Palestinians to Refugee Status in Perpetuity

The UN’s refugee industry Read More »

The Future Partition of Syria – An Overview

Four players seek to divide the Syrian pie Read More »

Mohammed Dahlan: The Representative of Egypt and the Emirates in the Palestinian Territories?

For Dahlan, Gaza is a springboard to take over the PA Read More »

Recognizing a Palestinian State before a Peace Agreement with Israel Undermines the International Rule of Law

Recognition of a Palestinian state now would contravene the internationally recognized Oslo Accords Read More »

Who Are the Palestinians?

Claims that they are descendants of the Canaanites are ridiculous Read More »

The Jews:  One of the World’s Oldest Indigenous Peoples

The Balfour Declaration and Jewish Peoplehood Read More »

Netanyahu in Paris: The Holocaust, Friendships, and Disagreements

Netanyahu’s July 16, 2017, visit to Paris was undoubtedly a success. Read More »

Beyond the Debate Over Metal Detectors

Anything Israel would try to put in place would produce a very strong reaction for reasons that have nothing to do with electronics and preventing terror. Read More »

Palestinian Payments to Incarcerated Terrorists and Martyrs’ Families Rise in 2017

The amount allocated for the families of those killed or wounded in the struggle against Zionism, rose by 4 – 8 percent in 2017. Read More »

Argentina-Israel Relations: Nazi Trials and Terrorist Tribulations

Throughout the history Argentina-Israel relations have been marred by numerous trials and tribulations. Read More »

Palestinians’ Dilemma on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: Opposing Israel or Each Other?

Is Mahmoud Abbas avoiding the issue? Read More »

After the Defeat of ISIS in Mosul,
Iran Prepares for Regional Domination

Iraqi militias in Mosul sponsored by Iran Read More »

Creation of the Western Wall Plaza in 1967
Was Necessary and Legal

Photographs refute a “war crime” charge in the New Yorker Magazine Read More »

Hizbullah Mouthpiece Presents “Israel’s Options in the Face of the Resistance”

On July 3, 2017, Ibrahim al-Amin who often expresses the views of Hizbullah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, issued a muscle-flexing editorial. Read More »

Israel and UNESCO: A New Era Has Not Yet Arrived

Some change seen in UNESCO voting patterns Read More »

Remembering the Indian Soldiers Who Helped Liberate Jerusalem 100 Years Ago

In honor of the visit of Indian President Narendra Modi to Israel Read More »

The Russian Perspective on Developments in the International Arena and the Middle East

Russia has become a major player in the Middle East: its military presence in Syria and growing ties with Iran have played an important role in the region. Read More »

Nasrallah Invites the Iranian Shi’ite Legion to the Next War with Israel

Iran sets up weapons factories in Lebanon Read More »

In Memoriam – Harry C. Wechsler, Founder of the
Institute for Contemporary Affairs

Harry C. Wechsler Harry C. Wechsler has been a true friend of the Jerusalem Center for over fifteen years. When we first met him we sensed that he understood the deep crisis Israel was facing from those who sought to […] Read More »

JCPA Interns: Where Are They Today?

Mollie Adatto (Summer 2013) is Associate Area Director at Pacific NW AIPAC. Mason Barnard (2014) is a research assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Joseph Benedyk (2016) is a senior in in Politics and International […] Read More »

Lessons from Israel’s Response to Terrorism

How does Israel fight as a democracy so well against terror? Read More »

What Are Defensible Borders and Why Are They Important for Israel?

Strategic depth, ability to defend yourself from an attack from the outside, and finally fighting terrorism effectively. Read More »

Whatever Happened to the Term “Palestinian State?”

Abbas is concerned over the American “deal” Read More »

The True Diplomatic Legacy of 1967

There Was No International Border Before the War. New Defensible Lines Needed to be Negotiated. Read More »

New Palestinian Attempt at UNESCO to Claim Hebron and the Patriarch’s Tomb as a Palestinian Site

Palestinian campaign to delegitimize Israel by manipulating UNESCO is proceeding at an enhanced pace. Read More »

Is the Tunisian “Arab Spring” about to Repeat in Morocco?

Domestic tensions in Morocco are brewing Read More »

From Cape Town to Jerusalem

Black South African activists say it’s possible for Israel to win the public diplomacy war. Read More »

Between Begin and Mandela

Nelson Mandela read Menachem Begin’s book The Revolt. Read More »

ISIS Attacks in Tehran will Limit Rouhani’s Reform Bid and Embolden Revolutionary Guard

Evaluation of the ISIS Attack on Iran’s Parliament – Challenge to Rouhani

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Question of the Day: Did the Palestinians Stop Payments to Terrorist Convicts and Martyrs’ Families?

Can the Palestinian Authority end its incentives for violence? Read More »

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Palestinians must stop these payments. Read More »

Rouhani’s Second Term: On a Collision Course with the Revolutionary Guards

Domestic and external differences are inevitable Read More »

Question of the Day: Has Jibril Rajoub reneged on his comments on Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall?

Ben Menachem: The wolf has failed trying to fit into sheep’s clothing. Read More »

Question of the Day: Did Jibril Rajoub say on Israeli TV that the Kotel should be under Jewish control?

Inbari: Yes. There may be a theological break among Palestinians Read More »

Question of the Day: Did the Palestinian Authority Really Cut Off Payments to Terrorist Prisoners?

Kuperwasser: It sounds true to me. Today, the PA’s relations with Hamas are strained
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Investigating the Psychological Profile of the Palestinian “Lone Wolf” Terrorist: Preliminary Findings

Are there behavioral differences between refugee camp residents and residents of other villages? Read More »

The Sinai Bedouin Accuse Hamas of Collaborating with ISIS

More Bedouin tribes ally with the Egyptian army Read More »

Iran’s Foreign Legion in Syria

Iran’s many proxy armies from the Shiite world Read More »

Briefing for European Ambassadors on Israel’s Response to Terrorism

Dore Gold stressed the commonality of the European countries and Israel in facing the threat of jihadist terror. Read More »

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 »

Dore Gold on “Fox & Friends,” May 22, 2017

Former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. provides perspective on Trump’s trip to Israel. Read More »

Four Pertinent and Timely Comments on the Trump Visit

American policy and President Trump’s visit to Israel Read More »

Is There a Palestinian Partner?

Abbas does not support two states for two peoples. Read More »

The Two-Faced Erdoğan

Why did Turkey’s Erdoğan lash out at Israel again? Read More »

A Proposal for a Trump Initiative for the Economic Development of the West Bank and Gaza

How to create an atmosphere of cooperation for the economic development of the West Bank and Gaza Read More »

Dore Gold on Fox News, May 13, 2017

Dore Gold talks defense of Israel, Trump’s upcoming visit Read More »

Abbas, UNESCO, and the Test of Diplomacy

International organizations dedicated to education have to reflect the truth and not politicize deception. Read More »

Hamas’ New Political Document: Its Implications and Objectives

New Hamas document is no different than previous charter Read More »

Sinai Bedouin Aligning with Egypt Against ISIS

ISIS brutality turned the Sinai Bedouins against it Read More »

UNESCO’s Latest Resolution on Jerusalem: Much of the Same

UNESCO again denies the ties between the Jewish People and Jerusalem Read More »

From Time Immemorial –
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Continuous Jewish presence in the Land of Israel throughout the past 2,000 years Read More »

Dore Gold on Hannity at Sarona Market – Fox News

The real stumbling block for making peace is the culture of hatred that the Palestinian Authority has built. Read More »

The Legacy of the Taliban: Sunni Allies of Tehran

The West must not allow terror sanctuaries to grow, thrive, and be used to plan attacks against the West. Read More »

The Legacy of the Taliban: Sunni Allies of Tehran

The West must not allow terror sanctuaries to grow, thrive, and be used to plan attacks against the West. Read More »

The Real Marwan Barghouti

Who is the real Marwan Barghouti behind his whitewashed portrayal in the media?
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Who is Marwan Barghouti?

Barghouti, leader of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, operated under the direct command of Yasser Arafat. Read More »

Israel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

Israel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem Read More »

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The telegram confirms that there was a partnership between Nazi-Germany, the Arabs of Palestine and the Arab World. Read More »

Rising Tensions in Gaza after PA Cuts Salaries

The State Department published a travel warning on April 11 that called on all U.S. citizens to evacuate Gaza immediately, and to be careful in the West Bank and in Israel. It put special emphasis on the volatile situation in […] Read More »

Does the U.S. Attack in Syria Risk a Regional War?

The U.S. also sent a message to Iran and North Korea with its attack in Syria. Read More »

Revised Hamas Charter Is Not Acceptable to Gaza Leadership

Hamas has not renounced its principles but simply “powdered” them slightly. Read More »

What were the British government’s motivations for issuing the Balfour Declaration?

It was not just a remarkable constellation of events, it was also a remarkable constellation of people that led to the Balfour Declaration. Read More »

How is a 100-year-old document still legally binding today?

The Balfour Declaration was not in itself a legal document, but it was an official declaration by the state of Britain and as such, it was binding. Read More »

Today, what is the legal standing of the Balfour Declaration?

The Balfour Declaration was replaced by the Covenant of the League of Nations, which addressed all the legal questions left open by it. Read More »

Were there military motives behind the Balfour Declaration?

The fighting in the First World War was a major influence on the British government’s decision to make the Balfour Declaration. Read More »

What were Lord Balfour’s motivations for his 1917 Declaration?

Arthur Balfour had many motivations for his declaration. It was a multi causal phenomenon. Read More »

How does the Balfour Declaration stand as a legal document?

The Balfour Declaration is an extremely important event historically. Read More »

New Moves toward a Peace Agreement Must Consider Israeli Public Opinion

New poll reflects Israeli suspicions of Palestinian intentions. Read More »

Georges Bensoussan, A Submissive France: The Voices of Refusal

The book describes the disintegration of law and order and the threat of a resident Muslim community which refuses to accept the values of the host country. Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian Coordination Against Hamas

Can Mahmoud Abbas help thwart a Hamas attack on Israel? Read More »

New Poll: Survey of Israeli Jewish Attitudes on Future Peace Agreement

Decrease in support for a withdrawal from the West Bank and the establishment of a Palestinian state Read More »

Lessons from Israel’s Response to Terrorism

Book cover

A team of Jerusalem Center experts headed by Fiamma Nirenstein – former Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies – takes a very timely look at Israel’s model for dealing with terror.

Contributors to this study include Amb. Dore Gold, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Amb. Freddy Eytan, Amb. Alan Baker, Dan Diker, Prof. Asa Kasher, Jennifer Roskies, and Dr. Irwin Mansdorf.

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The Dangers of a Unilateral Israeli Withdrawal from the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem

The Trap of Unilateral Withdrawal Read More »

The Chinese Approach to Radical Islam

Islamic separatists, including ISIS fighters, in Xinjiang threaten China Read More »

Does the Assassination of a Senior Hamas Member in Gaza Mean Escalation?

Hamas says Israel was behind the killing of Mazen Fuqha. Read More »

Incentivizing Terrorism: Palestinian Authority Allocations to Terrorists and their Families

Incentivizing Terrorism: Palestinian Authority Allocations to Terrorists and their Families - Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser

The Palestinian Authority’s legislation and allocations of monthly salaries and benefits rewarding imprisoned and released terrorists, and the families of “Martyrs,” amount to $300 million annually. This financial reward clearly demonstrates the PA’s institutional commitment to sponsoring terror against Israel.

Foreword by Sander Gerber

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Mahmoud Abbas Against Freedom of Expression

Abbas will crush any criticism against him with an iron fist. Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s Warnings to North Korea Reached the Middle East

North Korea has been acting behind the scenes to accelerate the Iranian ballistic missile program Read More »

The Legal Veracity of the Balfour Declaration

Was the Balfour Declaration a Legal Document? Read More »

Trump’s Envoy Visits an Anxious Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas faces two challenges Read More »

Understanding Resolution 2334: Did the Obama Administration Betray Israel at the UN?

Resolution 2334 removes the incentive for the Palestinians to return to bilateral negotiations with Israel. Read More »

Message from the Editor

The current issue of the Jewish Political Studies Review brings the reader a selection of articles which deal with a wide range of issues and ideas. Read More »

Jay Solomon, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East

The Iran Wars effectively exposes and criticizes the remarkable naiveté of US policy makers in their approach to the Middle East. Read More »

Georges Bensoussan, Hijacking the History of the Destruction of the Jews of Europe

Despite the occasional lack of rigor and tendency toward repetition, L’histoire confisquée provides much food for thought, but little hope. Read More »

Jacques Neriah, Between Rabin and Arafat: A Political Diary, 1993-1994

Rabin emerges as a solid analyst, capable of reaching decisions, and a man of integrity. Read More »

Lessons from Israel’s Response to Terror –
Book Launch at Italian Chamber of Deputies

The President of the III Committee (Foreign and communitarian Affairs) of the Italian Chamber of Deputies invites to the seminar Israel and the Fight Against Terror: Suggestions for Europe On the occasion of the publishing of the book Lessons from […] Read More »

Lebanon’s Army and Hizbullah Join Ranks

Risking Lebanon’s future Read More »

Yemen Has Become Iran’s Testing Ground for New Weapons

Iran’s drones and naval weapons also threaten Israel Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

Opening Remarks Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

Opening Remarks Read More »

The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948

Connecting the Dots from the Perspective of International Law Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration: Legal Issues

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth, Prof. Nicholas Rostow, and Dr. Jacques Gauthier. Chair: David Horowitz Read More »

From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State?

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration. Read More »

Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration: Diplomatic and Political Aspects

Amb. Daniel Taub, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, and Moshe Arens. Chair: Dan Diker. Read More »

The History of the West’s Struggle against Terror

Introduction Numerous books and studies have been written about terror in various languages. They have tried to explain the phenomenon, including its sources and its ramifications, from social, military, economic, diplomatic, and legal standpoints. Since the 1970s, international terror has […] Read More »

The Legal Response to Terrorism

International terror, by definition, openly and overtly undermines and abuses international humanitarian law and norms that bind civilized states and by which they act. Whether it targets one particular country, territory or population, or is directed against Western values, religions, […] Read More »

Is the Terror against Europe Different from the Terror against Israel?

The war of the West against the rising tide of jihadist terrorism cannot be won without full coordination between the members of the coalition of threatened countries. Since the terrorist attacks in the 1960s, terrorist organizations have geographically distributed their […] Read More »

About the Authors

Amb. Dore Gold Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as […] Read More »

Israel as a Model for Coping with Terror

Introduction Terror, as a political and religious tool, has become more common in the West and especially in Europe over the last few decades. Moreover, it has escalated both in form and in frequency, moving from the overtly functional, such […] Read More »

Resilience, the Israeli People’s Weapon against Terror

On the afternoon of March 7, 2002, Shlomi Harel, 23, a waiter looking to make a little money after completing his military service, saw a husky youth arguing with a guard at the door of Café Cafit on Emek Refaim, […] Read More »

The National Security Aspect of Fighting Terror
– The Israeli Experience

Israel’s long experience of fighting terror has led to an understanding that terror is a strategy that presents a significant threat to Israel’s national security, even if most of the time it appears as a low-intensity action with limited damage […] Read More »

Cyber Terror and Security

The challenge of dealing with the terror threats on the Internet is becoming more complicated, as the quantity of data grows exponentially and as the terrorists make effective use of the cyber dimension for a wide variety of purposes. They […] 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 »

Lessons from Israel’s
Response to Terrorism

Executive Summary: Amb. Dore Gold: Is the Terror against Europe Different from the Terror against Israel? Effective solidarity among states has become a prerequisite for ultimately succeeding in the war of the West against jihadist terrorism. Yet, in the aftermath […] Read More »

Democracy Facing Terrorism:
Human Rights and Military Ethics

The ability to successfully fight the enemies of Israel has for many decades been an essential ingredient of Israel’s collective identity. This is not the only element of the collective identity: Israel has a democratic regime and is the nation-state […] Read More »

Timeline of World War I and the Balfour Declaration

June 28, 1914: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Austro-Hungary declared war on Serbia in July; Russia allied with Serbia. Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. August 4, 1914: The United Kingdom declared war on Germany. November 1914: Ottoman […] Read More »

Is Dahlan Planning a Coup Against Abbas?

Patronage, politics, and paranoia Read More »

Chaim Weizmann and the Balfour Declaration:
“A Unique Act of World Moral Conscience”

Weizmann called Balfour Declaration “the righting of a historical wrong,” and an “act of justice.” Read More »

Winston Churchill’s Defense of the Balfour Declaration in 1921

“It is manifestly right that the Jews … should have a national centre and a National Home where some of them may be reunited.” Read More »

The False Narrative of Iranian Moderation

No Signs of Iranian Moderation, Only Aggression Read More »

The Palestinian Authority’s Succession Struggle Continues

Who comes after Abbas? Read More »

Why a New Academic Discipline of Post-Holocaust Studies Should Be Established and What Its Content Should Be

Post-Holocaust studies is a huge field of study that merits becoming a defined, formal area of study. Read More »

Does Hamas’ New Leader Portend War in Gaza?

Yahya Sinwar’s aggressive military plans Read More »

Iranian Official and Social Media Call for the
Destruction of Israel after the JCPOA

The signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran has not stopped its religious, political, and military establishment – and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – from propagating Israel’s destruction. Read More »

Iran Grabs the Reins in Gaza

Iran-affiliated terrorist “elected” to head Hamas’ military wing Read More »

“The Two-State Solution”: What Does It Really Mean?

Any Palestinian state must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people Read More »

ISIS Worries about a Hamas-Egypt Detente

In two recent incidents, Islamic State operatives fired rockets at Israel. Read More »

Palestinian ISIS Fighters Push for Engaging Israel

Up until now, ISIS has avoided antagonizing Israel. Read More »

Hamas Prepares for the Next Round of War

The false quiet in the Gaza Strip Read More »

Why Post-Holocaust Studies Are Important to Societies Today

The subject of genocide overshadows the very important impact the Holocaust has made on post-war societies. Read More »

Hamas Prepares for the Next Round of War

The false quiet in the Gaza Strip Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Refrained from Appointing a Deputy

Après moi, le déluge? Read More »

The Palestinian Authority Continues to Crumble

The PA fails to unify the Palestinian camp or aid Palestinians in Syria Read More »

Can the Palestinians Mobilize the Arab World on the U.S. Embassy Issue?

Do the Arab states support them? Read More »

The Egyptian President’s Payment to Hamas

Egypt’s intelligence services reshuffle Read More »

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration – Jerusalem Center Resources

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Contents Conference Videos – February 28, 2017 Refuting Balfour Detractors at the House of Commons More Resources Conference Videos – February 28, 2017 Opening Remarks Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center for Public […] Read More »

The Revival of British Jewry

British Jewry in the 21st century is more buoyant than expected. Read More »

Rethinking the Iran Agreement

Current dangers of the Iran Agreement and what needs to be done.

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A Palestinian National Unity Government?

The “Moscow statement” on a Palestinian national unity government should be taken with a grain of salt. Read More »

Russia Seeks Another Mediterranean Naval Base in Libya

Russia expands areas of influence in the Middle East Read More »

The Dangers of a Unilateral Israeli Withdrawal from the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem

The Trap of Unilateral Withdrawal Read More »

The Trump Administration:
A Turning Point in Middle East Policy?

Pay attention to the issues of defensible borders and Palestinian refugees. Read More »

Incentivizing Terrorism: Palestinian Authority Allocations to Terrorists and their Families

The PA’s allocations of benefits rewarding terrorists amount to $300 million annually. Read More »

Lessons for the Trump Administration from the Failed Paris “Peace” Conference

Why did the UN and Europe press for diplomatic action now, in the waning days of Obama’s Administration?

Amb. Dore Gold explains the sudden interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict that led to the Paris Peace Conference that took place in mid January 2017. Read More »

Amb. Dore Gold on BBC World News, January 15, 2017

Only direct negotiations have worked in creating peace treaties for Israel and its neighbors; an international forum pushes peace further away. Read More »

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

Terror is terror is terror Read More »

A Life of Degradation and Bitterness under Fatah Rule

A letter from a West Bank Palestinian attorney Read More »

The Islamic State Is Seeping into Jordan

Terror cells in Jordan may be coordinated Read More »

Iranian-Saudi Tensions Are Played Out in Bahrain

What is happening in Bahrain? Read More »

Radical Messages: Understanding the Rising Wave of Islamist Terror

ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas. Why are there so many different radical Islamic groups? What do they have in common? And what do they ALL want to achieve? Read More »

Rafsanjani’s Death Strengthens the Revolutionary Guards

An ally of President Hassan Rouhani departs the scene Read More »

Debunking 11 More False Assumptions Regarding Israel

Falsehoods and misperceptions in the service of bias Read More »

Was ISIS behind the Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem on January 8?

ISIS’ avoidance of Palestinians and Jerusalem – until now? Read More »

The Dangers of the January 15 “Peace Talks” in Paris

Why Israel Will Not Attend Read More »

Diplomatic Dispatch by Amb. Dore Gold

Video series produced for the Jerusalem Center’s Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation. Read More »

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Dore Gold: Where Can I Get the Latest News on Israel? Daily Alert is the work of a team of expert analysts who find the most important and timely articles from around the world on Israel, the Middle East and […] Read More »

What does the December 23, 2016 UN Security Council Resolution contribute to the peace process?

Why the UN Security Council resolution on the legality of Israel’s “settlements” is so wrong and hypocritical. Read More »

Jacques Picard, Jacques Revel, Michael P. Steinberg and Idith Zertal, eds., Makers of Jewish Modernity: Thinkers, Artists, Leaders and the World They Made

This book is about Jewish modernity insofar as it is a “dimension” of the contemporary world at large. Read More »

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Familiarity Breeds Respect: Awareness of Social Mores as a Factor in the Fight against Terror

Among the numerous distinctions between Israel and Western countries when it comes to fighting terror, one characteristic stands out as paradoxical. It stems from the historical proximity between Jews and Arabs in Israel. The lesson of this proximity-familiarity model forms […] Read More »

Dore Gold Response to Kerry Speech: “Back to ’67 borders? That’s not going to happen.”

“Only Israel can decide how its security will be planned, implemented, and above all safeguarded.” Read More »

The Dangers of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)

The prospects for peace were set-back by the United States’ troubling UN vote Read More »

A Scandalous UN Resolution

A UN Resolution that legitimizes Palestinian rejectionism, contravenes the Oslo agreement, and empowers Israel’s enemies. Read More »

Was U.S. Policy on Israel and the UN Changing?

Was the U.S. about to sharply break with its past policy on the use of the UN for Israeli-Palestinian differences? Read More »

How Did Israeli Settlements Become a Legally Contentious Issue at the UN?

UN should halt ethnic cleansing of Sunni Arabs in Syria. Read More »

The Rabin-Arafat Negotiations on Oslo,
New Book by Jacques Neriah.

Rabin advisor served as the go-between. Read More »

An Existential Battle for the Demographic Future of Syria

The Syrian government, Russia, and Iran are changing the demographic makeup of Syria. Read More »

The Fall of Aleppo: What Does It Portend?

What are the causes of the fall of Aleppo? What are the ramifications? Read More »

John-Paul Himka and Joanna Beata Michlic, eds., Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe

Bringing the Dark Past to Light offers many examples of the manipulation of history and its impact upon numerous aspects of daily life. Read More »

Old Historians, New Historians, No Historians:
The Derailed Debate on 1948

Was Israel born in sin? Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

Building a new geo-strategic partnership in the eastern Mediterranean. Read More »

Resurgent Terror in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood seek revenge Read More »

Making the Case for Israel: The U.S. Presidential Elections, American Jewry, and Israel

Annual Memorial Lecture in honor of Professor Daniel J. Elazar, z“l,
Founding President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Read More »

Iranian Vigilance over Netanyahu Visit to Azerbaijan

Iran fears the ties between the Jewish state and the secular Shia state. Read More »

Tricia Miller, Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church

Anti-Judaism in the different versions of the book of Esther; the interpretation of Esther by Christian thinkers; and the hatred of Jews, Zionism and Israel Read More »

Italy Said “No”

The vote in Italy defeated political reform and the prime minister Read More »

Planning the Holocaust in the Middle East:
Nazi Designs to Bomb Jewish Cities in Palestine

As a means of striking out against Zionism, the Luftwaffe considered bombing Jerusalem. Read More »

On December 11, 1917, 99 Years Ago, the British Liberated Jerusalem

400 years of Ottoman rule ended in Jerusalem 99 years ago Read More »

Making the Case for Israel: The U.S. Presidential Elections, American Jewry, and Israel

Join us for a live video streaming event from Jerusalem. Making the Case for Israel: The U.S. Presidential Elections, American Jewry, and Israel Ambassador Dore Gold – President of the Jerusalem       Center for Public Affairs, in dialogue […] Read More »

Trump’s Big Decision on Iran

Options before the President-Elect 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 »

End of the Sarkozy Era and François Fillon’s Return to Gaullist Values

Do primaries reflect a French turn to the Right? Read More »

Abbas in a Race against Time to Choose Successor

According to Fatah sources, Abbas intends to retire and move to Qatar. Read More »

Stop the Palestinian Authority’s Funding of Terrorism

The Palestinian Authority’s annual budget lists hundreds of millions of dollars to fund terrorists in prison, so-called martyrs’ families. The Jerusalem Center’s Yossi Kuperwasser challenges the international donors to end this illegal and immoral practice. Read More »

Europe in Shock after Donald Trump’s Victory

Trump breaks European political and diplomatic norms Read More »

Can Turkey and Israel Reconcile?

Turkey’s activities in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem Read More »

Refuting Balfour’s Detractors

The goal of the discussion was to emphasize that the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel began well before General Allenby marched into Jerusalem in December 1917. Read More »

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority – Ties Are Fraying

Why did the Saudis suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority? Read More »

Reflections on the U.S. Presidential Election and its Implications for American Jewry and the State of Israel

American democracy with all of its complexities continues to serve the nation well. Read More »

Trump’s Election Upsets the Palestinian Authority’s Diplomatic Campaign Against Israel

Plan to expel Israel from the UN thwarted? Read More »

Middle East Looks to America for Leadership

The countries of the Middle East are looking for America to be an ally. Read More »

Who is Michel Aoun, Lebanon’s New President?

Who is the new president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun? What challenges will he face? Does Aoun see Israel as Lebanon’s enemy? Read More »

Lebanon under General Michel Aoun – A Profile and a Preliminary Assessment

President must walk a tightrope at age 81 Read More »

Have Some of the Palestinian Security Forces Gone Rogue?

Another attack on Israelis by a Palestinian officer. Read More »

Incentivizing Terrorism:
Palestinian Authority Allocations to Terrorists and their Families

Palestinian Authority payments of salaries to imprisoned terrorists and to families of dead terrorists reflect its commitment to an ongoing struggle against Zionism. Read More »

Dore Gold Returns to Head the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Gold returns after serving as Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Read More »

UNESCO’s Regrettable Self-Assisted Suicide

UNESCO denies Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem Read More »

The Battle for Mosul and Its Aftermath

Who are the actors and why Turkey may not follow the script Read More »

Iranian Missiles in Houthi Hands Threaten Freedom of Navigation in Red Sea

Iran and proxies could throttle regional choke points Read More »

Why the Jewish Vote Matters in 2016

Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: listen to Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University explain why the Jewish vote plays an important role in the 2016 elections. Read More »

American BDS Organization Takes Its Case to Capitol Hill

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

Why Is a Delegation from the International Criminal Court Visiting Israel This Week?

A delegation from the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor’s office is visiting Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah this week (October 5 – 9, 2016) to meet “with Israeli and Palestinian officials at the working levels.”

What is the delegation’s mission? Read More »

“The Iran Wars” – Briefing by Jay Solomon

Jay Solomon is the author of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, and the chief foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. For nearly two decades, he has written from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including stints in Jakarta, Seoul, New Delhi, and Washington. The Journal has nominated him for three Pulitzer Prizes. Read More »

Interview with Jay Solomon, author of “The Iran Wars”

The Iranian sanctions and the covert actions against Iran’s nuclear program began under the Bush Administration. When did the Obama Administration start changing directions? Are there any positive changes in Iran’s foreign policy since the nuclear agreement in 2015? Are the Iranian’s adhering to the JCPOA? Read More »

Jews and American Politics:
Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities

Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: it does not exist and should not exist. The historical record going all the way back to Abraham Lincoln paints a different picture. Focusing on presidential elections, this lecture will survey Jewish politics in the United States from the Civil War to the present. Read More »

Will the Obama-Netanyahu Talks Impact on U.S. Elections?

Words in New York and actions in the Middle East Read More »

The Businesses of Mahmoud Abbas and His Sons

Patronage and Corruption in the Palestinian Authority Read More »

A Shift in the Islamic Center of Gravity?

Iran and Saudi Arabia argue over which is the holiest city. Read More »

Palestinian Affairs

Israel’s Rights in the Territories under International Law

Reference to the “Palestinian territories” is a complete fallacy. Read More »

A New Law Aims to Make Building Churches in Egypt Easier – but Will It Work?

New Egyptian law may repeal old Ottoman restrictions, but will it stop anti-Christian hate? Read More »

International Law Expert: Israel Is Not an “Occupier”

International law defines “occupation” as one power occupying the lands of a foreign sovereign. In Israel’s case, Israel is not occupying any foreign sovereign’s land; Israel entered the area known as the West Bank in 1967 and took over the authority to administer the land from Jordan, which was never considered to be a sovereign in the area. Read More »

Iran Is Courting Hamas

Anti-Israel solidarity papers over Sunni-Shiite animosity Read More »

Jerusalem Center Initiatives and Impact (Summer-Fall 2016)

Click here to view the report. See report of Jerusalem Center Initiatives and Impact (Winter-Spring 2015-16). Read More »

The Islamic State – the Beginning of the End

The shrinking Caliphate in Iraq, Syria and beyond Read More »

The West Must Insist that the Palestinians Change Their Narrative

Only real mutual recognition will lead to peace. Read More »

Jerusalem Talks: Expert Analysis Podcast

Hear what Israel’s top experts in the fields of intelligence, security, international relations and diplomacy have to say about Israel and the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century. Our podcast is available on the following platforms: iTunes […] Read More »

Arab Affairs Expert Pinhas Inbari on Instability in Palestinian Cities

Tensions and even anarchy in Nablus, Hebron, and Ramallah on the eve of Palestinian local elections. The Palestinian Authority has little control in the municipalities. Read More »

Palestinian Ballots and Bullets. Anarchy in the West Bank in the run-up to October elections.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, the Jerusalem Center’s senior Middle East Analyst: The Palestinian Authority has arrested 100 suspects and in Nablus confiscated some one million shekel’s worth of weapons, including rockets. Read More »

Egypt and Jordan Fear a Hamas Victory in the West Bank

Sharp divisions within Abbas’ Fatah organization Read More »

The Hot Arab Summer in the West Bank

Internal tensions continue in Palestinian cities. Read More »

Has the Cultural Boycott of Israel Peaked?

In the 2016 concert season, there is no shortage of international performers coming to Israel and virtually all categories are represented. Read More »

A Road to Bypass Mahmoud Abbas?

Will Abbas become irrelevant? Read More »

The Historical Problem of Haj Amin al-Husseini, “Grand Mufti” of Jerusalem

The issue of the Mufti’s historical responsibility became a subject of controversy when Benjamin Netanyahu mistakenly argued that Husseini “was one of the leading architects of the Final Solution,” Read More »

Israeli Expert: Arab Regime Crackdowns Are Pushing New ISIS Recruiting

Assessing the strength of the Islamic State, Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, former Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence, said:
“A huge coalition of forces, air forces, and other countries are participating in trying to quell the Islamic state. But they haven’t reached the final goal because they don’t have boots on the ground. Now with 30,000 fighters, it seems that the Islamic State is still there to accompany us for the next couple of years at least.”
Read More »

The PA, Based in Ramallah, Faces Opposition in Other Towns

Gun battles in Nablus and Tulkarem Read More »

Iranian Dissidents Visit Israel, View Iran after the Nuclear Deal

After the Iran nuclear deal, a group of Iranian dissidents met with researchers at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to discuss Iran in the post-agreement era, as part of the Center’s long-term project analyzing the Iranian role in the Middle East. While the dissidents who visited Israel cannot be identified, two Israeli experts who met with them – Dr. Avi Davidi, Director of the Jerusalem Center’s Iran project, and Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of research of IDF Military Intelligence – describe the outcome of the meeting.
See also the full study, Iran in the Post-Nuclear Deal Era: Iranian Dissidents’ Perspective, by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Dr. Avi Davidi Read More »

King Abdullah: Jordan Is Responsible for Arab Interests in Jerusalem, Not the Palestinians

King Abdullah of Jordan made some very strong statements against Jews going to the Temple Mount. Should Israel be concerned?
Jerusalem Center Arab Affairs analyst Pinhas Inbari noted: “I think that the Muqata in Ramallah should be more concerned than Israel because King Abdullah’s main message was not against Israel, as strange as it may seem, it was against the Muqata in Ramallah, because King Abdullah of Jordan was representing the Palestinian problem instead of the PLO, and he mentioned his sole responsibility over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is the role of the Palestinians, as far as they are perceiving their role in Jerusalem. And he did not mention the Palestinians in Jerusalem, but he mentioned the Arabs in Jerusalem, which means there is no legitimacy to the PA in Jerusalem.” Read More »

Iranian Dissidents Visit Israel, View Iran after the Nuclear Deal

Iranian dissidents met with Israeli researchers to discuss Iran after the nuclear deal. Read More »

Ten False Assumptions Regarding Israel

Falsehoods and misperceptions in the service of bias Read More »

Anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party against the Background of Brexit

In recent months, a large number of extreme anti-Semitic expressions by elected representatives of the British Labour Party have come to light. The publicity has forced Labour, which is under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, to investigate anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and racism in the party. The anti-Semitism issue is overshadowed by the many consequences of Brexit, which include a major crisis in Labour. Read More »

The Fraying Palestinian Political Entity in the West Bank

The Fragmented West Bank: The Whole Is Less than the Sum of Its Parts The Palestinian Authority is failing to control extensive parts of the West Bank. As a result, some districts of the West Bank are developing in different […] Read More »

The Curious State Department Announcement on Israeli Settlements

The State Department’s obsession with Jewish settlements Read More »

The Nature of Radical Islamic Warfare and the Western Response

What is “Islamic Warfare?”

* We in the West are in a war with Islam. It’s not a religion; it’s a civilization; it’s a culture. The religion is part of the civilization.

* The goal of Islamic warfare is to terrorize the other side, that they become afraid and run away.

Why don’t Western leaders see that?

* Because they refuse to.

* The American government … won’t even use the word “Islamic terrorism” … If you don’t identify your enemy you cannot defeat him. Read More »

How the West can Win

Why are the millions of Muslim refugees from Syria, Libya, and Yemen trying to get to Europe?

* A significant portion of refugees are young males – the high testosterone age, imbued with a spirit for making Europe into the world of Islam.

* The Muslims were stopped twice in their advancement on Europe. They got to Vienna twice (last time 1683) and they were stopped in Spain at the Pyrenees Mountains. Now the Muslims are taking the airplane around Vienna and they’re skipping Spain. It is the resumption of the Islamic attempt to Islamify Europe. Read More »

European-Israel Relations

* When Abu Mazen gave his speech to the EU Assembly with his “anti-Semitic 14th century blood libel about Israelis poisoning Palestinian waters, nobody said a word; he even received a standing ovation.”

* The recent Quartet/EU document shows two attitudes: the first says “Palestinian terrorism and incitement are a big obstacle to peace. Afterwards is the same old point about settlements which is the European fixation. That’s a European mantra.”

* Abu Mazen thinks “the Europeans will always be on his side…. The Europeans always vote together like a superstition. [The EU representative for foreign affairs] Federica Mogherini repeats all the time ‘the unity, the unity, the unity of the EU.’ Why do they say that? Because the unity is not there. The only kind of union they can repeat is the unity against Israel.” Read More »

European Anti-Semitism

* We must never ignore that Europe has been an anti-Semitic continent, not only Germany and Italy.

* Europe never avoided fighting anti-Semitism after World War II.

* Now, anti-Semitism is connected to “Israelphobia.”

* The EU was born to destroy borders, to overcome ethnic and religious identities. In the eyes of Europe, Israel is a country with borders, defends its borders, searching for roots, identity and has a strong religious drive …. Israel is always at war; “war” is a word that Europe cannot stand. Read More »

Ethnic Opposition to Iran’s Regime Is on the Rise

In Iran, oppressed Kurdish and Arab Sunni minorities awaken Read More »

One Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran is reaping the benefits; the West pays the price of its weakness; and we will all live with the consequences Read More »

Why Is France the Preferred Target for Terrorists?

Does France grasp the nature of the threat? Read More »

International Funding for Salaries and Benefits to Terrorists

How the Palestinian Authority launders money through the PLO Read More »

Collaboration with the Third Reich: The Wider Historical Debate and the Role of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem

How the problem of collaboration and awareness of the Holocaust have been purged from the collective memories of the countries of Europe. Read More »

Why Egypt’s Foreign Minister Came to Israel

Egypt sends a message to the Arab world Read More »

Egyptian Foreign Minister in Israel – Something Positive at Last

Beyond intelligence to fight ISIS, Israel can help Egypt’s economy, science, hi-tech, and agriculture
Read More »

Jewish Identities in Postmodern Societies

Is being Jewish a matter of culture, religion, belonging to a nation or to a community? Or is it also something else? Read More »

The Ninja Who Beat the Boycott

Performers defy the call to boycott Israel Read More »

The Postwar Career of Nazi Ideologue Johann von Leers, aka Omar Amin, the “First Ranking German” in Nasser’s Egypt

Abstract Johann von Leers, aka Omar Amin (1902-1965), was one of the foremost antisemitic propagandists of the Third Reich. He hated Jews and Judaism, as well as Christianity, which he regarded as a Jewish sect. As a young man, he […] Read More »

An Ottoman Return to Jerusalem?

Turkey’s renewed interest in Jerusalem affairs Read More »

Russian Policy in the Middle East

Alexey Drobinin is a Minister-Counselor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Israel. He gives an analysis of Russian policy in the Middle East. Read More »

Turkish Foreign Policy and the Specter of Sykes-Picot

Strategic and Geopolitical Aspects of the Sykes-Picot Agreement

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center discusses strategic and geopolitical aspects of the Sykes-Picot agrement. Read More »

League of Nations Mandates and Subsequent Nation State Borders

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich
Northwestern University School of Law.
Teaching: Federal Courts; Constitutional Law; Constitutional Law Colloquium; Universal Jurisdiction seminar; International Law Colloquium. Read More »

What’s the history of the Egypt-Israel Border ?

Professor Ruth Lapidoth, Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem addresses the legal aspects of Sykes-Picot Agreement. Read More »

Earthquakes of the Middle East

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, senior fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Former Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence discusses the history and ongoing repercussions of the Sykes-Picot agreement, and the modern political unrest in the Middle East across border lines, such as the influence of ISIS and the war in Syria. Read More »

Sykes-Picot Agreement: The French Perspective

Dr. Richard Rossin, Former Head of the European Academy of Geopolitics, on the French historical perspective of Sykes-Picot’s legacy. Read More »

How the Middle East Views Sykes-Picot: Then and Now

Professor Efraim Karsh of King’s College, London subverts the established narrative of Sykes-Picot, explaining how French and British interventions led to pan-Arab nationalist movements. Read More »

Sykes-Picot: An Obstacle to the Jewish State: Dr. Martin Kramer

President of Shalem College, Dr. Martin Kramer, reveals how Sykes-Picot was an obstacle to the creation of the Jewish state and the Zionist dream. Read More »

Sykes-Picot Conference: Opening Remarks. Amb. Freddy Eytan and Prof Shlomo Avineri

Ambassador Freddy Eytan introduces Professor Shlomo Avineri of Hebrew University on the historical legacy of Sykes-Picot. Read More »

Sykes-Picot Conference: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sykes Picot Conference opening remarks by Director General of the Jerusalem Center, Chaya Herskovic; Ambassador Freddy Eytan; and Dr. Michael Borchard of Konrad-Adenauer-Stifung Israel. Read More »

The Post-Brexit Future of European-Israeli Relations

Brexit won’t break Israel’s relations with Britain or Europe Read More »

Hebron – Torn between Fundamentalism, Nationalism, and Commercial Interests

The most significant recent development in Hebron and Mount Hebron is the revival of an old institution that had been dormant and inactive: the Mount Hebron Tribal Council (Majlis Asha’er Jebel al-Khali).1 Noteworthy is that its latest conference was held […] Read More »

Ramallah and the Palestinian Non-Government Organizations (PNGOs)

Generational battles in Ramallah: The “Tunisian” Palestinians vs the Locals Read More »

The Fate of Nablus (Shechem): Anarchy Prevails

Hebron is consolidating itself as a community that is led by clans and tribes and is linked with Jordan. Ramallah is beginning a consolidation process within a civil-society framework. Nablus, however, while trying to remain connected with Ramallah, is in […] Read More »

After the Israel-Turkey Agreement, Turkey and Hamas Will Still Collaborate

How the renewal of relations plays out in Egypt and the PA Read More »

Arab Peace Initiative Is Negotiable, Saudi Arabia and Jordan Say

“Be flexible,” Arab kings tell the PA leader Abbas Read More »

Cracks in the Iran-Syria-Hizbullah-Russia Axis

Even a scorecard won’t explain who’s shooting at whom today. Read More »

The Knife and the Message

Was this recent terror wave in Israel as random as it seemed?
Experts reveal a larger underlying political framework orchestrated by Palestinian leaders and fueled by incitement. It is “a plan to be unplanned.” Read More »

Alvin H. Rosenfeld (ed.), Deciphering the New Antisemitism

Alvin Rosenfeld’s formidable, encyclopedic, and terrifying collection of essays entitled Deciphering the New Antisemitism Read More »

Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Same Idea, New Cloak

See how the U.S. State Department defines anti-Semitism. Read More »

Arab World: Distancing Religion from Politics?

Is political reform possible in the Arab World? Read More »

Michel Houellebecq, Soumission (Submission)

Michel Houellebecq, Soumission (Submission), Paris: Éditions Flammarion, 2015, 300 pp. Designated as “the most important novel of 2015,” Soumission, by Michel Houellebecq , is a provocative French political cautionary tale. Houellebecq is a well-known, controversial French poet, film-maker and writer. […] Read More »

Manfred Gerstenfeld, The War of a Million Cuts

The War of a Million Cuts deals with the question of how antisemitism was able to attract a wide range of different types in the Western public sphere. Read More »

Hillel Can’t Be a Soapbox for Jewish Millenials’ Anti-Israel Crusade

No obligation to groups agnostic about the right of the Jewish people to their own state. Read More »

Why the Islamic State Is in Retreat

Is the Islamic State just a passing phase? Read More »

Why the Islamic State Is in Retreat

Is the Islamic State just a passing phase? Read More »

The Sunni-Shiite Split and the Iranian Threat

Prof. Bernard Lewis interviewed by Dan Diker (2009) Read More »

European-Israel Relations

Fiamma Nirenstein is an Italian-Israeli journalist, author and politician. In 2008 she was elected to the Italian Parliament for Silvio Berlusconi’s The People of Freedom party and she served as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the […] Read More »

Islamic Issues in the Middle East Today

Interview with Dr. Harold Rhode Dr. Harold Rhode studied in Iran at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad in 1978 during the early and middle stages of the Islamic Revolution. In 1979, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Islamic history. […] Read More »

The New Jordanian-Palestinian Chasm

Is Jordan reasserting guardianship in Jerusalem? Read More »

The Requirements of Nation-States Then and Today

Why Middle Eastern states failed Read More »

Problems Created by the Sykes-Picot Agreement

Dr. Michael Borchard is the Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Israel. Europe should not underestimate the Islamist movements today which is challenging the Sykes-Picot arrangements. Read More »

How Resilient is the Current Middle Eastern State System?

Professor Itamar Rabinovich is a former Israeli Ambassador to Washington and head of the Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. Colonial powers built shaky foundations for artificial states that never built civil society. The one exception: Jordan. Read More »

Turkish Foreign Policy and the Specter of Sykes-Picot

Dr. Ahmet K. Han, Kadir Has University in Turkey, discusses the “New Turkey,” today’s Islamicism, and Turkey’s relations with Israel. Read More »

Sykes-Picot Agreement was Actually an Obstacle to Zionist Ideals

Dr. Martin Kramer is president designate of the Shalem College in Jerusalem. He also serves as Wexler-Fromer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Read More »

Russian Policy in the Middle East

Russian Minister-Counsellor Alexey Drobinin discusses Israel-Russian cooperation, Syria, Golan and Crimea Read More »

Günther Jikeli and Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun, eds., Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communites

The indiscriminate mass immigration of Muslims to Europe has brought extremely negative consequences for most of its Jewish communities. Read More »

Matthias Küntzel, Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold

Küntzel’s book demonstrates that if Iran should acquire nuclear weapons and use them against the Jews of Israel, then Germany will have played a central role in paving the way for the Iranian perpetrators. Read More »

Sykes-Picot and the Zionists

The Sykes-Picot map divided Palestine into five parts. Read More »

How Close Are We to Unconventional Terror Attacks by ISIS? The Dirty Bomb Scenario

ISIS’ unconventional mega-terror potential Read More »

Iran in the Post-Nuclear Deal Era: Iranian Dissidents’ Perspective

Iranian dissidents expect that the Iranian regime will eventually violate the 2015 nuclear deal. Read More »

Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps: The Revolution Continues beyond Iran’s Borders

No restraint in Revolutionary Guard’s campaigns Read More »

Borders Melt-Down: 100 Years After the Sykes-Picot Agreement

A century after the Sykes Picot Agreement, the Middle East has become a political powder keg and the setting for successive armed conflicts. Read More »

Returning to Hamas’ Gaza Battlefield: Drones

If you were to now think about the components of Hamas’ military arsenal after this devastating war, what would you say?  Are the Iranians supplying them with the know-how to manufacture drones? Hirsh Goodman, author of the Jerusalem Center’s “The […] Read More »

Returning to Hamas’ Gaza Battlefield: Tunnels

The Hamas tunnels are back in the news. What is Hamas up to? Have they changed their tactics? Have they changed their desire to destroy Israel? Has there been any moderation on their part? Lenny Ben-David, Director of Publications and […] Read More »

Israel at 68: Changing threats to Israel

As Yom Ha’atzmaut approaches, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser assesses Israel’s general security situation today. Israel is not facing standing armies from neighboring states today, but terrorist armies with missiles, tunnels and radical countries like Iran building long-range missiles. Read More »

Israel at 68: Enemies don’t hide their intentions

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser discusses the threats Israel faces from Lebanon and along the Golan Heights. The coalition of Iran, Hizbullah, Iraq don’t hide their threats to Israel. We will oppose the establishment of terrorist bases in Syria. Read More »

Israel at 68: Surrounded by instability

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser discusses the instability of Palestinians in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria/West Bank. In Gaza, the Palestinians have failed to improve their civilian infrastructure and continue to make efforts to build for war.  On the West […] Read More »

Whither Turkey? Its leadership, role in the Middle East, and ties with Israel.

Dr. Harold Rhode, retired U.S. Defense Department head of the Turkish desk, discusses President Erdogan’s ties with Russia, Europe, the United Sates, and Israel. Interviewed by Lenny Ben-David, Director of Publications. Question: How do you explain the significant political change […] Read More »

Edward Alexander, Jews Against Themselves

These remarkable essays by Edward Alexander bring intellectual precision, moral fearlessness and literary elegance to bear on a syndrome that could be called “Jewish suicidalism.” Read More »

Protecting the Status of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

The impact of the two waves of terror instigated by the Palestinians in 2014 and 2015 on the status quo on the Temple Mount is the major focus of this study. Read More »

British Policy, Jews and Israel

The British government has been pro-Arab since the early days of the British Empire Read More »

Has Egyptian President Abd el Fattah el Sisi Lost his Charm?

Harsh Reaction to Decision to Cede Islands to Saudi Arabia Read More »

From Welcome Euphoria to Pandora’s Box – The European Refugee Crisis, Israel and the Jews.

The massive chaotic influx of over a million refugees into Europe in recent months has sparked radical new developments, in particular in Germany and Sweden, the two countries which have accepted the largest numbers of refugees. These ongoing developments create […] Read More »

International Conference
“100 Years since the Sykes-Picot Agreement:
Lessons for the Middle East”

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – Jerusalem Center for Public AffairsJoint Conference 100 Years since the Sykes-Picot Agreement: Lessons for the Middle East May 18, 2016 – Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem Please note that attendance at the conference has reached maximum capacity,and registration has been […] Read More »

The Self-Destruction of UNESCO

UNESCO is denying the history, culture and integrity of the Jewish People Read More »

Why Are Arab States Worried in Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran affairs expert Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall discusses the turmoil in some Arab states in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Read More »

Understanding the Significance of Protests Over Egypt’s Handing Over Two Islands to Saudi Arabia

Middle East experts Jacques Neriah, Amb. Zvi Mazel and Brig.Gen (ret) Yossi Kuperwasser discuss the implications of widespread protests over Egypt’s relinquishing control over two Red Sea Islands. Read More »

Will Growing Tension on Israel-Gaza Border Lead to Another War with Hamas?

Amb. Zvi Mazel, Israel’s former Ambassador to Egypt, and journalist and Middle East affairs analyst Yoni Ben Menahem discuss the latest tensions on Israel’s border with Gaza. 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 »

Does UNESCO’s Resolution to Condemn Israel Conflict with its Mission?

Adam Shay interviews Amb. Alan Baker. Q: The UN agency UNESCO voted last week to condemn Israel for actions on the Temple Mount and Western Wall Plaza. Does UNESCO’s resolution conflict with its mission? Amb. Alan Baker: Absolutely, it 100% […] Read More »

Jerusalem Center Initiatives and Impact (Winter-Spring 2015-16)

Click here to view the report. Read More »

The Internal Palestinian Fight for Jerusalem

Who’s who in the battle for “Al Quds” Read More »

Top International Law Expert Takes Down “Occupied Palestinian Territories” Meme

Amb.Alan Baker, who participated in negotiations on the Oslo Accords and today is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs explains how the OPT concept has no basis in international law. Read More »

Is Egypt’s Transfer Of Two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia a Risk for Israel?

Lenny Ben-David, Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications interviews Amb. Alan Baker. Question of the day: It was announced today that Saudi Arabia and Egypt have an agreement on two very key small Islands at the mouth of the Red Sea: […] Read More »

Whitewashing Palestine to Eliminate Israel: The Case of the One-State Advocates

The one-state proponents systematically whitewash Palestinian political culture by denying or obscuring its antisemitic aspects. Read More »

What is the Significance of a UN Resolution the Palestinians Want to Introduce?

Lenny Ben-David, Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications interviews Amb. Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs. Question of the day: As the former legal advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Ambassador to Canada, can you respond to reports […] Read More »

Abu Mazen’s Attempt to Blunt the Knife Terror Wave

Effort reflects pressure he is facing and his original incitement Read More »

Is the Palestinian Terrorism Against Israelis Decreasing? – Question of the Day

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser interviewed by Ahuva Volk, Projects Director at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Question of the day: In light of your recent Haaretz article, and in light of Netanyahu’s comment at the Cabinet meeting about the […] Read More »

Understanding the Basic Elements of Being a Palestinian

Top Israeli intelligence expert, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center, former Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military […] Read More »

Understanding Fatah and Hamas: Top Israel Experts Weigh In

Is Fatah and Hamas policy toward Israel motivated by nationalism or religious fervor? Read More »

The Aftershock of the Nazi War against the Jews, 1947–48:
Could War in the Middle East Have Been Prevented?

This article deals with the after-effects of Nazi anti-Zionist propaganda in the Arab world and the antisemitic campaign of the Mufti of Jerusalem. Read More »

Can Europe Cope With the New Wave of Terror? – Question of the Day

Following the recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, do France and Belgium have a better understanding of the terrorist threat they are now facing, and if so, what are they doing in order to deal with it? Read More »

Is Turkey Planning to Destabilize Lebanon?

A strategy to counter the Russian-Iranian-Hizbullah success in Syria Read More »

The Syrian Army Captured the City of Palmyra. Is it a Significant Development? – Question of the Day

The Syrian army backed by Russian aircraft defeated ISIS and captured the ancient city of Palmyra on March 26. Is it a significant development? Read More »

Is Turkey Planning to Destabilize Lebanon? – Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah interviewed by Lenny Ben-David, Director of Publications, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. 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 »

Dying for Allah

The Palestinian terror campaign is part of their Islamic-national fight against Zionism Read More »

Message from the Editor:
Ten Years since the Disengagement from Gaza

The disengagement from Gaza in 2005 requires thorough study and national introspection. Read More »

The AIPAC Conference in Washington Isn’t Over

The candidates’ AIPAC speeches set the standards for others in the parties Read More »

Hamas’ Terrorism in Egypt

Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood allegedly involved in an attack Read More »

The Etrog: The Media, the Courts and Prime Minister Sharon during the Disengagement

The protection and favor that the media and the courts extended to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from the moment that he announced the disengagement plan. Read More »

David Silberklang, Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District

Silberklang’s incisive and analytical book is an outstanding contribution to the rapidly expanding literature on the destruction of Jewish communities. Read More »

Tuvia Tenenbom, Catch The Jew!

Tenenbom’s engrossing, shocking, cynical and humorously scripted book peels away layers of the context behind the news about Israel’s administration of Judea and Samaria. Read More »

The Two States in the West Bank and Gaza Annul the Two-State Solution

Peace initiatives have not solved the Palestinian rift Read More »

Palestinian Authority Funding to Terrorists and their Families

The Palestinian Authority pays large bounties to the families of attackers of Jews. Read More »

The Delusion of Separation from the Palestinians

Separation will only lead to more demands Read More »

In Memoriam: Yehuda Avner: Our Shakespeare

As we commemorate a year since Yehuda Avner passed away at the age of 86, we honor a noble Israeli who devoted his entire life to serving the Jewish state and the Jewish people. Read More »

The Knife and the Message:
The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising

There is incitement that is done by the [Palestinian] leadership and you see it in the Palestinian media. Other than that I don’t see a source that is guiding the terrorism. – Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, IDF Chief of Staff, […] Read More »

The Knife and the Message:
The First 100 Days of the New Palestinian Uprising
(October 2015 – January 2016)

Overview On the afternoon of Saturday, October 3, 2015, two Israelis were stabbed to death near Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Both were rabbis, one had come to pray at the Western Wall with his young family, […] Read More »

The Palestinian Knife Campaign:
A Policy of Limited Liability

Five months into the stabbing terror campaign, the Palestinian leadership keeps evaluating its costs and benefits to date and the prospects for its future. As described by Hirsh Goodman, the decision to embark on this course of action was a […] Read More »

Incitement on Social Media:
The Fuel and Detonator of Palestinian Violence

The Major Role of Social Media Networks An important aspect of the terror wave of recent months is the major role of social media networks in shaping the Palestinian narrative about the incidents and influencing their course. The contents conveyed […] Read More »

Incitement by the Palestinians’ Post-Attack PR Industry

On January 25, 2016, two Palestinian terrorists jumped a fence and entered the Jewish community of Beit Horon where they stabbed two Jewish women, killing 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman. The assailants were shot and killed by the community’s security guard. The […] Read More »

Palestinian Authority Funding to Terrorists and their Families

Blood Money Incitement The Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for one more nefarious form of incitement to attack Jews – paying large bounties to the attackers and their families. An attacker can go out to commit murder assured that if […] Read More »

The Palestinian Authority-Fatah’s Incitement Strategy

“The popular intifada will continue until the occupation is over and there will be no return to negotiations without full recognition of Palestinian rights. Movement towards a settlement will be achieved through international intervention.”1 – Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President […] Read More »

Breakdown: The Stabbers and the Message that Motivates Them

The First Knife Appears Many point to Muhannad Shafiq Halabi as the first stabber in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3, 2015, the first inspiration to the many terrorists to stab their victims to death. However, the first […] Read More »

The Knife and the Message: The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising

A carefully calibrated policy of incitement has brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a new level, one that generates terror without fingerprints, but which adroitly serves Fatah’s strategy of an endless war of attrition against Israel. Read More »

Appendix: Profiles of the Perpetrators
(September 13, 2015 – January 18, 2016)

Sep. 13, 2015, Stones thrown at Israeli vehicle in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem, killing the driver Abd Mahmoud Abd Rabbo Dawiyat, 19, from Sur Bahr, east Jerusalem Affiliation: Unknown. During interrogation he claimed he had gone to carry out the attack […] Read More »

About the Authors

Hirsh Goodman established the program on media strategy at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He was a former military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report and a strategic fellow at the […] Read More »

Michelle Mazel, La Maison du Pacha; Souvenirs d’une Israélienne au Caire (The Pasha’s House – Memories of an Israeli Woman in Cairo)

The Pasha’s House is well-written, highly readable and interesting for those who have little knowledge of Egypt as well as for those who are well-acquainted with the country. Read More »

In Memoriam: Meir Rosenne (1931-2015)

Meir Rosenne was one of the last representatives of a generation of Israeli diplomats who made the defense of the Jewish State their purpose in life. Read More »

Geoffrey Herman, A Prince without a Kingdom

A Prince without a Kingdom, by Geoffrey Herman, Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 150, Tuebingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2012, 411 pp. Read More »

Patrick Henry, editor, Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis

Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis by Patrick Henry, ed., Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press of America, 2014, 630 pp. Read More »

Earthquakes of the Middle East

Shifting magma changes the entire landscape Read More »

Innocence Lost: The Impact of the Disengagement on Religious Zionism

The changes among religious Zionists during the decade since the disengagement. Read More »

The Disengagement: The Unanswered Question

Did Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implement this plan because he genuinely believed in it or were his motives based upon self-interest? Was his real aim to extricate himself from the criminal investigations against him? Read More »

The Disengagement from Gaza: Understanding the Ideological Background

It took only several days to expel more than 9,000 Israelis from their homes. Read More »

Have the Palestinians Renounced the Peace Process?

PA foreign minister’s announcement may be a fundamental breach of the Oslo accords. Read More »

The Arab Attitude toward Israel’s 2005 Unilateral Disengagement:
A First-Hand Account from an Israeli Insider

Hamas’ 2000 election victory came after it claimed it had forced Israel out of Gaza. Read More »

Interpreting Palestinian “Sign Language”

Color War: the clash of colors, flags and symbols Read More »

France’s Ultimatum to Israel – Legally Flawed and Politically Imprudent

A curious, unprecedented, biased and unfriendly ultimatum from France Read More »

Incitement by the Palestinians’ Post-Attack PR Industry

The PR efforts for this dead terrorist leave incitement footprints Read More »

The 2016 Election: Jews and Their Politics

American Jewish voting behavior explained in 12 principles Read More »

The Iranian Penetration of Iraqi Kurdistan

The West could push the Kurds into Tehran’s arms Read More »

Are There Double Standards in Israel’s Application of the Rule of Law in the Territories?

Response to criticism by U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Read More »

Explaining the Islamic State Phenomenon

ISIS rules today over a swath of land bigger than the United Kingdom, with almost 10 million people. Read More »

Iranian Terror and Argentinian Justice: The Case of Alberto Nisman, the Prosecutor Who Knew Too Much

Alberto Nisman was a genuine hero and a brilliant idealist who believed that forces of law can defeat terrorism. Read More »

The Psychology of “Lone Wolf” Palestinian Arab Violence: The Interaction between Religious, Cultural and Political-National Motives

The material and social support provided by the PA and the cultural support of Palestinian society help sustain “lone wolf” attacks Read More »

The True Face of the Palestinians’ Leader

For Mahmoud Abbas the wave of attacks on Israelis is a national campaign Read More »

The Moral Relativism of the United Nations

UN member states, led by the Arab bloc, apply a radically different moral standard to Israel Read More »

Why the Palestinian Authority Hesitated to Honor Israeli Arab Terrorist as a “Martyr”

The fear of appearing like ISIS Read More »

Sunni vs Shiite: A Cold War Simmers in an Ancient Hatred

Iran-Saudi sectarian proxy hostilities set to explode Read More »

Iranian-Saudi Relations before the Abyss

An ancient cold war turns hot Read More »

Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Nazis and the Holocaust:
The Origins, Nature and Aftereffects of Collaboration

Husseini played a central role in shaping the anti-Semetic political tradition of Islamism. Read More »

The Failures of the International Community in the Middle East since the Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916‑2016

This study is a recap of historical facts and aims to shed new light on the many failures of the Sykes-Picot agreement and implementation during the past century. Read More »

How to Block the Ongoing Palestinian Terror Wave

The mission of the Palestinians is to hasten Israel’s disappearance through struggle Read More »

Saving Gazans or Saving Gaza’s Terrorist Tunnels?

Hamas’ supporters want to stop Egypt’s flooding operation Read More »

The Palestinian Authority Will Find No Friend in ISIS

ISIS Leader threatens Israel Read More »

“State of Palestine” Passports? Another Violation of the Oslo Accords

All countries cosigning the Oslo Accords should reject Palestinian passports Read More »

Will the West Defend Its Own Values Against Radical Islam?

U.S. policy toward Iran could endanger the region Read More »

Samir Kuntar: Iranian Proxy Leader Killed in Syria

Sacred Shiite site in Syria becomes killing field Read More »

Hizbullah’s Golan Heights Front Loses its Leader

What Samir Kuntar was doing in Syria Read More »

Sweden and Israel: A History of Tense Relations

Is Sweden’s anti-Israel policy tied to mass Muslim immigration? Read More »

How Jihadists Link Paris and Jerusalem

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

Do Stabbing Attacks Constitute Terrorism?

Sweden claimed knife attacks on Israelis aren’t terror Read More »

Fatah, with Mahmoud Abbas at the Helm, Confirms the Confrontation Strategy toward Israel

Bellicose pronouncements by Palestinian leadership Read More »

Connecting the Terror in Paris with the Terror against Israel

Ultra-radical Islam, realistic radical Islam, or pragmatic Islam Read More »

The “Spontaneous” Intifada Is Orchestrated by the Palestinian Leadership

The “spontaneous” Intifada is well-organized Read More »

10 Things to Know about the UN Partition Vote of November 29, 1947

The historic UN vote on partition of Palestine, November 29, 1947 Read More »

Who Were the Palestinians Killed in Attacks during October 2015?

Behind Hamas’ anonymous numbers: Names of terrorist attackers Read More »

Hamas Looks beyond Jerusalem … to Rome and Beyond

The conquest of Europe Read More »

Outlawing the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel

Evidence of cooperation of the Islamic Movement with Hamas and the Moslem Brotherhood Read More »

Terror Is Terror Is Terror

The US approach to terror is unfocused, selective and indulgent Read More »

Are There Any Moderate Rebels in Syria?

The events and shifts in Syria mean there are few moderates Read More »

Will Cameras on the Temple Mount Work?

Looking for a Solution on the Temple Mount Read More »