Gershon C. Bacon

Gershon C. Bacon is a Senior Lecturer in Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of the book "From "Poland" to Eastern Europe: The JEws of Eastern Europe, 1772-1914"

Publications by Gershon C. Bacon

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

Luba Mayekiso, the National Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in South Africa, explains how Israeli innovation can help Africa. Read More »

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 »

Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria

Will Iran use Syria as a façade to establish Iranian bases? 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 –
The Everlasting Jewish Tie to the Land of Israel

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

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The Recent Discovery of Heinrich Himmler’s Telegram of November 2, 1943, the Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, to Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem

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 »

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

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Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain

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Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

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The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration

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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

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How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Daily Alert Headlines

Homeland Security Articles from Daily Alert Airport Security Israeli Expert Questions New Airport Security Rules (March 23, 2017) Belgium Takes Tips from Israel on Airport Security (November 23, 2016) After Brussels Attack, World Looks to Israel as Model for Airport […] 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 »

Did Hamas Really Condemn Previous ISIS Attacks in Paris?

A look at Hamas’ reaction to the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo Attacks Read More »

Has France’s All-Out War on Terror Really Begun?

France must find a new balance between liberté and sécurité Read More »

Will the French Anti-Boycott Law Lead to a Pan-European Law?

French high court rules against BDS actions Read More »

Do the Palestinians Want Two States?

The Palestinians and Europeans refuse to allow the Palestinian state’s birth. Read More »

Luxury Alongside Poverty in the Palestinian Authority

Alongside the slums of the old refugee camps, a parallel Palestinian society is emerging. Read More »

Reset U.S.-Israel Relations to April 2004

The Assurances in George W. Bush’s Letter to Ariel Sharon Are Crucial Today Read More »

How a Blood Libel against Israel Is Born

Palestinians leaders glorify knife murderers while claiming they were innocent Read More »

Palestinian Incitement to Violence and Terror:
Nothing New, But Still Dangerous

Palestinian Leaders’ Incitement Undermines their Sincerity as Negotiators Read More »

Stabbing at a West Bank Supermarket – A Blow to Coexistence?

Palestinian leadership is opposed to economic coexistence with Israel Read More »

The Status of Jerusalem in America’s Foreign Policy,
Legislation and Jurisprudence

The U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Policy on Jerusalem Read More »

Secrets under the Al-Aqsa Mosque: A Photographic Essay

Vintage pictures show evidence of the historical Jewish presence in Jerusalem Read More »

Defending Israel, One Article at a Time

Nestled in a small building in the German Colony in Jerusalem, Israel, is a quaint, historic building known as the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). This edifice houses a group of scholars who are interested in defending Israel. I had the pleasure of interning for them this summer. Read More »

Russia Begins to Bleed in Syria

More Russian soldiers likely to deploy to Syria Read More »

The Hidden Hand behind the Palestinian Terror Wave

Hamas tries to spark an intifada in the West Bank and Jerusalem Read More »

Investigating the Role of Palestinians and Arabs in the Holocaust

The claim that Palestinians and Arabs had nothing to do with the Holocaust is false. Read More »

Iran’s Stake in Syria

Iranian and Russian involvement in Syria reflect the instability in the Middle East Read More »

Proposed International Supervision of Jerusalem’s Holy Sites Has a History of Failure

United Nations supervision of the Jewish holy sites over 19 years was a total failure. Read More »

Hamas Tries to Ride the Wave of Violence

Hamas’ image hurt by standing on the sidelines Read More »

The Other Casualty of the Wave of Palestinian Terror

Thousands of Licensed Palestinian Workers from the West Bank Could Lose Jobs. Read More »

Defensible Borders for Israel

Defensible Borders for Israel is a major security and public diplomacy initiative that analyzes current terror threats and Israel’s corresponding territorial requirements, particularly in the strategically vital West Bank that Israel must maintain to fulfill its existential security and defense […] Read More »

Terror Attack Claimed by “Abd al-Qader al-Husseini Storm Troopers”

Palestinian Disturbances: The Legacy of the “Mufti” Returns Read More »

Abbas’ UN Speech and the Unrest in Jerusalem

Abbas’s speech revealed his basic stance, which includes unequivocal support for terror, a racist attitude toward the Jewish people, an entrenched hatred for Israel, and a will to destroy it. Read More »

The Muslim Schism over Jerusalem

Holiness of Al-Aqsa Mosque rejected by key elements in Sunni Islam. Read More »

Growing Tensions in Jerusalem amid Holy Days

Jewish and Muslim holy days this week may spur new tension. Read More »

The Palestinian Predicament, Part 1: The PLO Loses Relevancy

The Palestinians’ Lose the Spotlight, the PLO Loses Relevancy Read More »

The Palestinian Predicament, Part 2: Hamas Plan to Resolve Palestinian Crisis

Hamas Proposes a Plan to Resolve the Palestinian Crisis Read More »

The Islamic State’s Rules for its Christian Subjects

ISIS promulgates draconian rules for Christians Read More »

The Mistaken Rationale behind the Iran Nuclear Deal

Technical details of the Iran Nuclear Deal are troublesome. Read More »

International Courtship of Hamas Shows that Terror Pays

Hamas leaders believe they can fight and negotiate at the same time Read More »

Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective

Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective In December 2000, the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, considered the possible effects of dividing Jerusalem on the fabric of life in […] Read More »

Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division

Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division The tremendous efforts that have been required of the state of Israel to keep Jerusalem united and maintain its Jewish majority have been aimed […] Read More »

Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division

Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division   Freedom of Worship and Access to the […] Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction Introduction About the Book1 This book, which deals with the future of Jerusalem, was first published seven years ago with the title The Dangers of Division. After a wave of extreme Palestinian violence that […] Read More »

Preface to Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

Preface to Jerusalem: Delusions of Division Jerusalem divided, 1949-1967 Preface New Book Backed By New Polling   As the English edition of Jerusalem: Delusions of Division goes to print, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has published remarkable findings of […] Read More »

Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension

Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension   The Existing Law According to existing Israeli law, and in line with Israeli Basic Law: Referendum that was passed on March 12, 2014, […] Read More »

Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach

Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach   One of the main claims of the supporters of division – or “separation from the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem” – is the demographic […] Read More »

Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem (the Historical-Religious Dispute)

Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem (the Historical-Religious Dispute) Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem(the Historical-Religious Dispute)1 The nature of this opening chapter, which focuses on the historical-religious dimension, may seem to […] Read More »

The Disintegration of Syria and Its Impact on Israel

Is Assad’s demise inevitable? Read More »

Vital Points on the Iran Deal: Major Flaws and Positive Elements

Deal paves Iran’s route to a nuclear arsenal Read More »

Questions and Answers about the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 15, No. 26    August 26, 2015 Is it a good deal? Even by the criteria that the Americans declared at the start of the talks and during […] Read More »

The PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas Searches for Legitimacy

As expected, the head of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) announced his resignation from the PLO leadership, in the expectation that the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian National Council (PNC), will renew his leadership mandate. The PNC will reconvene in […] Read More »

Dore Gold: “You Can’t Try and Railroad Israel”

Dore Gold, a longtime adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was appointed director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2015, was interviewed by PBS Frontline on Aug. 24, 2015. Read More »

Is There a Hamas Truce in the Works?

Despite Israel’s sweeping denial of any talks with Hamas about a truce in return for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, the Palestinian political establishment is taking the reports very seriously and ignoring the Israeli denial. Meanwhile, Hamas’ difficulties […] Read More »

The Nuclear Deal: No Pause in Iran’s Vow to Destroy Israel

Ayatollah Khomeini’s founding vision of the eradication of Zionism still guides Iran’s religious, political and military establishment. Read More »

Why We Must Fight Against the Iran Deal

The struggle will also make it clear to our neighbors that Israel has not lost its willingness to defend itself. Read More »

Turkey Attacks the Kurds and the Islamic State

Turkey’s attacks in Syria and Iraq appear directed at the Kurds more than the Islamic State fighters. Read More »

Iran’s Supreme Leader Challenges U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Khamenei: Stopping the Struggle against the United States Contravenes the Koran; Iranian Policy in the Middle East Is the Complete Opposite of U.S. Policy. Read More »

Combating Delegitimization and BDS

Combating Delegitimization and BDS is a major multilingual public diplomacy program exposing those forces that are questioning Israel’s very legitimacy, while carrying out initiatives to strengthen Israel’s fundamental right to security and to reinforce the connection between the Jewish people […] Read More »

Condemnation and Condolence by the UN Secretary General — Genuine or Politically Biased?

In the strong condemnation by the UN Secretary General dated July 31, 2015, issued hours after the tragic event, in a statement attributable to his spokesman, his expression of condolences to the family and his call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice were clearly pertinent and justified. Read More »

The Iranian Nuclear Threat

Vital Points on the Iran Deal: Major Flaws and Positive Elements – Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Amb. Alan Baker Questions and Answers about the Iranian Nuclear Agreement – Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser Why We Must Fight Against the Iran […] Read More »

B’Tselem – Less Reliability and Credibility, More Politics

B’Tselem’s reliance for its funding and sources of information on partisan political organizations places the organization’s credibility and reputation in question. Read More »

Iran: Challenging Our Missile Program Means Crossing a Red Line

Iran’s defense minister: Our missile capability is our own and we won’t accept anyone’s interference. Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Israel Are in the Same Predicament

Saudi Arabia’s fear after the Iran deal Read More »

Egypt Accuses Turkey of Subversion

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

Egypt Fights a Terror Onslaught

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

The Qatari Connection to Terror Incidents in Egypt

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

Terror Escalation in Egypt

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

The Islamic State Deepens Its Presence in North Africa

The terrorist attack in Tunisia underscores the dangers of the Jihadists.
Read More »

The Palestinian Leadership’s Regression in the Peace Process

Palestinian official presents his uncompromising plans. Read More »

The Shameful Failure of the War against ISIS

One year after the founding of the Caliphate, can ISIS be stopped? Read More »

U.S. Administration Highlights Iran’s Involvement in Terror

U.S. Government documents Iran’s international terrorism. Read More »

The Iranian President Toes the Supreme Leader’s Red Lines

Iranian “red lines” are clear.  Are they clear in Washington? Read More »

Pan-Arabism versus Pan-Islam – Where Do the Druze Fit?

The Threat to Ethnic Groups’ Self-Determination Read More »

When the Muslim Leadership Chooses to Be Silent about Insults to Islam

When is blasphemy politically acceptable to Muslim leaders? Read More »

Much Ado About… the Academic Boycott of Israel in the UK

Wisely choosing your BDS battles. Read More »

The Palestinians’ Refusal Strategy

The most talked-about issue in the territories last week was the Palestinian poll that found that half of Gaza residents want to emigrate. Read More »

Egypt’s Projection of Military Power in the Middle East

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

The Islamization of World Soccer?

Palestinian Soccer: Watch the Play Away from the Ball Read More »

“Breaking the Silence” in Zurich, Betraying Swiss Values

The Government of Switzerland sponsors a biased exhibit in Zurich. Read More »

Anti-Semitism is the Motivation for the BDS Campaign Whose Goal is to Delegitimize Israel

Israel is rightly alarmed at the escalating scale of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. BDS constitutes a concrete threat to the future of Israel’s economic, academic, cultural, sports and political standing. BDS is not only a well-organized and structured […] Read More »

Intra-Arab Rifts the Real Reason for Palestinians’ FIFA Failure

The Palestinian FIFA gambit has Qatari-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood motives. Read More »

Tension between Iran and Islamic Jihad in Gaza

Why did the Palestinian Islamic Jihad launch a rocket at Israel? Read More »

Implications of the Fall of Key Syrian and Iraqi Cities to ISIS

Shiite-Sunni battles are changing the map of the Middle East Read More »

Iran Seeks a Foothold in Iraq’s Sunni Anbar Province

“What is occurring in Iraq is actually a Persian conquest” Read More »

The Lessons of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Discovery

Syrian and Iranian Non-Conventional Threats. Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction

Dividing Jerusalem would deny the Jewish people’s right, connection and commitment to Jerusalem. Read More »

Two Summits with Gulf Arabs – Vive la Différence

Why top Gulf Arab leaders did attend a summit — but with the French president. Read More »

After the “Corker Vote”: the State of Opposition to the Iran Deal   

Don’t take for granted that an agreement will be signed by the June 30 deadline.  Read More »

The Status of Western Military Aid to Kurdish Peshmerga Forces

Kurdish peshmerga fighters may have the will, do they have the means? Read More »

Draft International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Anti-Semitism

Clearly, and sadly, the issue of anti-Semitism has always been and remains a major recurring aspect in the international arena and narrative. Read More »

New “Breaking the Silence” Report Maliciously Defames Israel

It is clear that Breaking the Silence is less interested in uncovering the facts and instead seeks to defame the State of Israel. Read More »

Hizbullah’s Golan Heights Front

Hizbullah’s activities on the Golan Heights will likely escalate. Read More »

Toward a Regional Escalation?

Iran, the common denominator to Middle East instability Read More »

The Failure To Deter Genocide

Last month much of the international media became engaged in the question of how the world had handled in recent decades the most heinous crime against humanity: genocide. Read More »

Wechsler Insider Briefings Videos

Why Are Arab States Worried in Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal? Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, April 19, 2016 Iran affairs expert Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall discusses the turmoil in some Arab states in the wake of the 2015 […] Read More »

Iran Keeps Defying the United States in the Persian Gulf – So Far with Impunity

Iran naval ships harass and seize Western commercial ships. Read More »

Israeli Security Policy in Syria

The attempted Hizbullah attack thwarted on the Golan Heights and the air strikes attributed the Israeli Air Force on against military targets in Syria join a series of similar incidents over the past three years. Read More »

The Power Struggle for Leadership of the Palestinian Authority

Reconciliation Efforts between the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan. Read More »

France’s Position on the Emerging Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Why France has a different view of Iran than the United States Read More »

Why Does The West Apologize To Iran?

It is impossible to explain the present policy of the Obama administration toward Iran without an understanding of how a large part of the American foreign policy establishment actually believes that America shares the blame for the deterioration of relations […] Read More »

Holocaust Denial Is Alive and Well in Iran

Iran stages cartoon contest to deny and mock the Holocaust. Read More »

Khamenei Redefines Iran’s Red Lines for Nuclear Talks

After nuclear “agreement,” Iranian leaders stake out hard line positions. Read More »

Killing Americans and their Allies: Iran’s Continuing War against the U.S. and the West

Tehran has used its weapons deliveries to fuel a number of regional insurgencies, like the Houthi revolt in Yemen. – Killing Americans and their Allies: Iran’s Continuing War. Read More »

Does Iran’s Navy Directly Arm Its Jihadist Allies?

U.S. Navy inspects ship for weapons headed to Yemen’s Houthis. Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division cover

Dividing Jerusalem and subtracting its Arab neighborhoods is likely to cause much worse security problems. Read More »

Luxury Alongside Poverty in the Palestinian Authority

Alongside the slums of the old refugee camps, a parallel Palestinian society is emerging. Read More »

The Gaza War 2014: The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted

Gaza Report

Israel was the target of thousands of rockets and mortar attacks against its civilian population and clearly acted out of self-defense. Read More »

The Flawed Underpinnings of the New Nuclear Understandings with Iran

The underlying flaw in the new nuclear understandings between the P5+1 and Iran is the fact that it leaves Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure intact. Read More »

Killing Americans and their Allies: Iran’s Continuing War against the United States and the West

Killing Americans and their Allies: Iran’s Continuing War against the United States and the West By Colonel (ret.) Richard Kemp and Major (ret.) Chris Driver-Williams March 2015 Preface Iranian-supplied weapons have led to casualties across the Western alliance for Britain, Israel, and […] Read More »

The Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen

What lies behind the Arab coalition attack on Yemen? Read More »

The Libyan Quagmire

The civil war in Libya could drag in African, Arab and Western nations. Read More »

Iran Takes Over Iraq

General David Petraeus is the best known top American officer from the Iraq War. There are only a few in the U.S. who know more about internal developments in Iraq than he does. Read More »

Syrian Opposition also Opposes Nuclear Iran

Syrian opposition leaders speak out on Iran’s nuclear plans and Israel. Read More »

The Islamic State Has Saved Bashar Assad’s Regime

The U.S. fears a collapse of the Assad regime. Read More »

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Executive Summary The economic measures that Israel uses against the Hamas proto-government in Gaza fall under legitimate uses of economic sanctions, and conform to the requirements set forth in Article 50 of the 1899 Hague Regulations; Articles 23, 43, 51, […] Read More »

The Palestinian Authority’s New Economic Strategy

Palestinian leaders discuss an economic revolt to break Oslo Accords constraints. Read More »

Iran’s Defiance: Flaunting a Cruise Missile with 2,500 Km. Range

Despite critical nuclear negotiations, Iran defiantly unveils new missile. Read More »

Is the PLO Threat to End Security Coordination with Israel an Empty Threat?

How real is the threat to cut Palestinian security cooperation with Israel? Read More »

Iran’s Show of Force Aimed at Pressuring the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s declared strategy: military threats and diplomatic talks. Read More »

The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle Against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism

The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Deligitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism

This comprehensive survey describes the hateful messages of those who defame Israel, explains how these messages are transmitted to the public, and proposes innovative ideas to combat BDS. Read More »

Iran Deploys Afghan Shiite Brigade to Spread Its Control in Southern Syria

Revolutionary Guard commands force near Israel and Jordan. Read More »

A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East  Stability

Iran regards itself as spearheading a redress of historical injustices that relegated the Shiites to a minor status in the Arab and Islamic world. Read More »

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Swiss Jewry: Between Continuity and Decline

INTRODUCTION In 2010,1 after 146 years2 of continuous existence, the Jewish community of Lucerne seemed to be on the verge of disappearance.3 There were only sixty, mostly elderly members. Hugo Benjamin, head of Lucerne’s Jewish community, announced to the media: […] Read More »

Germany and a Nuclear Iran

Contemporary Germany is personified by Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her famous address to Israel’s Knesset in March 2008, she declared that she would not refrain from “using additional, tougher sanctions to convince Iran to stop its nuclear program.” Read More »

Palestinians, Arabs, and the Holocaust

One of the major Palestinian Arab arguments regarding the establishment of the state of Israel is that the West facilitated its founding out of guilt over the Holocaust. Read More »

Book Reviews – Spring 2014, Volume 26, Numbers 1–2

Jon D. Levenson, Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012, 244 pp. Reviewed by Rivkah Fishman-Duker THE IDEA OF ABRAHAMIC RELIGION In recent years, the idea of Abrahamic religion has […] Read More »

Message from the Editor

The current issue of the Jewish Political Studies Review contains six articles that deal with the Jewish people in the world, as communities abroad, and as the sovereign nation-state of Israel. Read More »

The Jewish Nation-State Bill: Is There a Contradiction between  Judaism and Democracy?

One of the reasons for the breakup of the Netanyahu government in December 2014 was a serious disagreement concerning the “Law of the Nation,” otherwise known as the Jewish Nation-State Bill. Read More »

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Sanctions were only put in place after nothing else stopped attacks from Gaza. Read More »

World Vision: Strategies for Fund-Raising and Support for Hamas

Throughout its history, World Vision (WV), a multi-billion dollar relief, development and advocacy agency that promotes child welfare in poor countries throughout the world,1 has used images and stories of suffering and dying children to solicit donations. When it did […] Read More »

French Jewry and the Dieudonné Affair

The Jewish community in France currently is in the midst of one of its most difficult periods since the end of World War II. According to the Jerusalem Post, “French aliya figures correlate with a spike in anti-Semitic attacks registered […] Read More »

The World Moves Toward a Bad Deal

Just last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, issued its latest report. Read More »

The Islamic Armageddon Lies between Turkey and ISIS

Do ISIS and Turkey hold competing views of the Caliphate? Read More »

The Gaza War 2014

The Gaza War 2014 The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted Executive Summary The Gaza War 2014: The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted is a researched and documented narrative that relates […] Read More »

About the Authors – The Gaza War 2014

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 […] Read More »

The Limits of the Diplomatic Arena

The Limits of the Diplomatic Arena Ambassador Dore Gold Operation Protective Edge, waged in July-August 2014, was the third major military campaign undertaken by Israel in the Gaza Strip since 2007, when Hamas seized control of Gaza, and since 2005, […] Read More »

Israel, Gaza and Humanitarian Law: Efforts to Limit Civilian Casualties

Israel, Gaza and Humanitarian Law: Efforts to Limit Civilian Casualties Lt. Col. (res.) David Benjamin Addressing an audience in New York on November 6, 2014, the highest ranking officer in the U.S. military, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint […] Read More »

Israel’s Narrative – An Overview

Israel’s Narrative – An Overview Hirsh Goodman A Catastrophe Averted The 2014 Gaza war was a seminal event for Israel, a moment when a potential catastrophe was averted as an indirect result of a war Israel did not want and […] Read More »

Telling the Truth about the 2014 Gaza War

Telling the Truth about the 2014 Gaza War Ambassador Dore Gold The 2014 Gaza war began with an outright act of aggression by Hamas of escalating rocket attacks on Israel’s towns and cities. But over time, a completely different version […] Read More »

Key Moments in a 50-Day War: A Timeline

Key Moments in a 50-Day War: A Timeline Daniel Rubenstein Overview In the first week of July 2014, Hamas’ rocket attacks against Israel intensified. In response, the Israel Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government emphasized […] Read More »

Hamas’ Tunnel Network: A Massacre in the Making

Hamas’ Tunnel Network: A Massacre in the Making Daniel Rubenstein In the past decade, Hamas methodically built a sophisticated network of tunnels that would enable its fighters to infiltrate Israel and carry out terrorist attacks and abductions on an unprecedented […] Read More »

Hamas’ Order of Battle: Weapons, Training, and Targets

Hamas’ Order of Battle: Weapons, Training, and Targets Lenny Ben-David In the course of their 50-day war against Israel, Hamas and its terrorist partners in Gaza fired more than 4,500 rockets and mortars at Israel. The weapons’ ranges varied from […] Read More »

Gazan Casualties: How Many and Who They Were

Gazan Casualties: How Many and Who They Were Lenny Ben-David The 50-day Hamas war against Israel left 66 Israeli soldiers and six civilians dead; there were a total of 842 Israeli casualties during the conflict.1 On the other side, UN and […] Read More »

The Legal War: Hamas’ Crimes against Humanity and Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

The Legal War: Hamas’ Crimes against Humanity and Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Ambassador Alan Baker The ideological foundation of Hamas as set out in its national charter, and its actions of indiscriminate terror directed against Israeli towns, villages and citizens, […] Read More »

Preface

Preface What follows is a researched and documented narrative of the 2014 Gaza war. While written from an Israeli perspective, this is not a document intended to negate criticism of Israel’s actions during the war or improve Israel’s image in […] Read More »

Hamas’ Silent Partners

Hamas’ Silent Partners Lenny Ben-David Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh set out his strategy for political warfare against Israel in parallel with his military campaign on October 19, 2013, when he offered “Blessings to all the commissions, individuals, civil society […] Read More »

Hamas’ Strategy Revealed

Hamas’ Strategy Revealed Jonathan D. Halevi The war in Gaza in July and August of 2014, fought between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations, was viewed by Hamas as a critical link in the chain of jihad and […] Read More »

Hamas’ Relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia

Will the new Saudi king improve ties with Hamas? Read More »

Egyptian President Sisi Calls for Reform of Islam

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

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – Jerusalem Center for Public AffairsJoint Conference 100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration February 28, 2017 – Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem Please note that attendance at the conference has reached maximum capacity,and registration has been closed. 100 Years Since […] Read More »

Can the West Rely on Iran?

Does the war against Islamic State provide a basis for the kind of revolution in U.S. policy toward the Middle East that some commentators are describing? Read More »

Anatomy of a Bad Iran Deal: A Preliminary Assessment

The West keeps raising the ceiling for the number of Iranian centrifuges. Read More »

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Incitement Campaign against Egypt

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

Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus

Shi’ite move into Grand Mosque of Damascus “reprehensible and unprecedented,” says Saudi Al Arabiya Read More »

Syrian Rebel Document Confirms Iranian-Hizbullah Military Presence in Syrian Golan Heights

Iran and Hizbullah set up on the Syrian Golan. Read More »

Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan Refuses to Condemn Islamic State for Killing Jordanian Pilot

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Burning of the Jordanian Pilot. Read More »

The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza Conflict:
A Clear Violation of All Accepted International Rules and Norms Governing Fact-Finding Missions

Prof. Shabas and the UN blatantly violated UN standards for impartiality. Read More »

How the UN Mixes Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Israeli War Crimes

The United Nations’ discussions on the Holocaust serve to mask underlying anti-Semitism. Read More »

Iran and Hizbullah Mourn Mughniyeh and Plan Revenge Worldwide

Iran’s top commander in Beirut to deliver a message and a prayer. Read More »

Leadership Program in Arab-Israel Studies

Leadership Program in Arab-Israel Studies About the Program The leadership program is a high level, advanced academic program designed for the elite college bound student interested in the various issues surrounding the Israel-Arab conflict. It provides an intensive, demanding and […] Read More »

Iranian Expansionism and the Nuclear Talks

Iranian expansionism in the Middle East is the best proof that if anyone is counting on a new Iran emerging, they are making a serious mistake. Iran will not abandon its nuclear ambitions. Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood Tries to Sabotage Egyptian-Qatari Reconciliation

Anti-Egypt incitement continues from Qatar. Read More »

Iran: “Killing of Senior Hizbullah and IRGC Officials Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction”

After the death of their commanders in Syria, Hizbullah and Iran have a dilemma. Read More »

International Criminal Court Opens Inquiry into Possible War Crimes in Palestinian Territories

“As we have said repeatedly, we do not believe that Palestine is a state, and therefore we do not believe that it is eligible to join the ICC.” — State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke, January 16, 2015. Read More »

Muhammad Dahlan and the Succession Battle for the PA Chairmanship

PA Chairman Abbas faces a political challenger. Read More »

The Attack in the Golan Exposes Iran’s Growing Presence along Israel’s Borders

Three high-ranking Iranian generals on Israel’s Golan front has special meaning. Read More »

Isolated Incidents or Global War?

In response to the first attack in Paris on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a member of a jihadi forum, affiliated with ISIS, wrote a very striking explanation as to why France in particular was targeted. Read More »

A Clear Answer to an Old Debate: Arafat Colluded with Hamas Against Israel at the Height of the Oslo Years

Hamas confirms Arafat planned the 2000 Intifada. Read More »

The Paris Terrorist Attacks and Hamas’ Conspiracy Theory

Hamas and Turkey blame Israel for Paris Terror. Read More »

North African Fighters in the Syrian and Iraqi Conflict: The Reality and Implications

Jihadist fighters return from the wars to destabilize Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Read More »

以色列边疆防御的重要性

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Terrorism against France: The Hypocrisy of Hamas

Hamas is behind attacks against French Center in Gaza. Read More »

Implications of a Visit by Senior Islamic Official to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Islamic official’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque challenged Hamas and Arab Brotherhood. Read More »

UN Approves PA for ICC

The Palestinians are not a sovereign state and cannot accede to the ICC statute. Read More »

The Palestinian Strategy: Internationalization of the Conflict Plus Intifada

The Palestinian two prong strategy: internationalization and a popular intifada. Read More »

Ten Points Regarding the Fundamental Breach by the Palestinians of the Oslo Accords

The Palestinian leadership has fundamentally violated the Oslo Accords. Read More »

Can Tunisia Navigate the Cross-Currents of the Muslim World?

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 45       January 4, 2015 The “Arab Spring” erupted in Tunisia, the first Arab country to depose its radical Islamist government democratically and nonviolently. The results […] Read More »

Evidence of Tension between the Military and Political Wings of Hamas

In recent weeks several reports in the Arab media have indicated that Hamas is holding the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge. On December 14, 2014 the al-Arabi al-Jadeed newspaper, presumably citing Egyptian sources, reported that […] Read More »

The Failed Palestinian Effort at the UN

Any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be reached through direct negotiations. Read More »

Hamas’ New Base in Turkey

Hamas leader Khaled Mashal’s warm welcome in Turkey. Read More »

The Hamas, Abbas, Dahlan Triangle

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

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Have Their Sights on the West Bank and Jordan

Security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority prevents Hamas attempts to seize the West Bank. Read More »

Iran Accelerates Arming of Hizbullah and Hamas for Possible Clash with Israel

Iran adds the West Bank to its confrontation with Israel. Read More »

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

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

Is the Arab World Turning Its Back on the Palestinians?

Some Arabs and their governments display outright animosity toward the Palestinians today. Read More »

Iran’s Growing Influence on Hamas

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

Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends

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

In Algeria, “After President Bouteflika” Is Rapidly Approaching

For the West, the departure of Algeria’s Bouteflika could be a big loss. Read More »

Palestinian Participation in the “Assembly of States Parties to the ICC Statute”

Current Palestinian statements about the International Criminal Court are nothing more than a deliberate attempt to mislead the international public. Read More »

How the Islamic State (ISIL) Threatens Canada and the West

The Islamic State is an enemy of Western civilization. Read More »

Egyptian President al-Sisi vs. Hamas

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 40       December 4, 2014 At the end of last month, Egypt’s Prosecutor General filed a lawsuit against Hamas’ military arm Ezzedin Al Qassam, intending […] Read More »

Abbas Shuts the Door to Negotiations with Israel

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 39       December 4, 2014 On Nov. 29, the Arab League approved a political action plan by PA President Mahmoud Abbas aimed at imposing the […] Read More »

Internal Hamas Debate about Rethinking Its Policies

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

Hamas Embraces the Path of the Islamic State (ISIS)

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

Hamas-Fatah Rift Is Preventing the Rehabilitation of Gaza

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

After the U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Congressional Role in U.S.-Iran Policy

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 37       November 17, 2014 The new 114th Congress convenes in January 2015 with Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Congressional […] Read More »

The Hidden Hand of ISIS and Its Impact on Palestinian Escalation

The Islamic State’s caliphate serves as inspiration for the Palestinian public. Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded. Read More »

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Annihilation of Israel on Eve of Nuclear Talks

Khameini: Only cure for Israel is to be annihilated Read More »

Iran Marks Ashura and the Takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran

The Shiite holy period of Ashura could be marked with more Sunni-Shiite violence. Read More »

How Iran Views the Fall of Sana’a, Yemen: “The Fourth Arab Capital in Our Hands”

Iran commands the Strait of Hormuz and now is trying to seize the Bab el-Mandeb Strait Read More »

Message from the Editor JPSR

Message from the Editor Tikkun Olam is the subject of the present issue of JPSR. What we understand by this term can at the same time be clear and elusive. While it originated in the Talmudic period, the concept of […] Read More »

The Assimilation of Tikkun Olam

Levi Cooper INTRODUCTION Tikkun olam is most commonly heard as a slogan for activism, political involvement and social justice. The term has had numerous lives, such that its endurance and malleability over time are truly impressive. It has been used […] Read More »

The Place of Tikkun Olam in American Jewish Life1

Jonathan Krasner INTRODUCTION The symbolic moment when the now ubiquitous phrase “tikkun olam” entered the American Jewish mainstream probably took place during the visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States in September 1987. A crisis in Vatican-Jewish […] Read More »

The Limits of Tikkun Olam: Questions and Answers*

Does the very act of positive ethical behavior automatically fall into the category of tikkun olam, and are there conditions where the term does not apply? Read More »

Book Reviews for JPSR Fall 2013, Volume 25, Numbers 3–4

Book Reviews Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Islam in Europa, Revolten in Mittelost: Islamismus und Genozid von Wilhelm II. und Enver Pascha über Hitler und al-Husaini bis Arafat, Usama bin Ladin und Ahmadinejad sowie Gespräche mit Bernard Lewis [Islam in Europe, Revolts […] Read More »

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Mending the World

To understand how the concept of tikkun olam arose, we have to travel back in time to one of the turning-points in Jewish history: the Spanish expulsion and its aftermath. Read More »

Tikkun Olam, Israel and a Just World Order

Several months before he was elected president, Barack Obama invoked the term “tikkun olam” (literally, repairing the world) in order to create a common bond with his American Jewish audience. Read More »

Tikkun Olam: A Case of Semantic Displacement

The term “tikkun olam” has become the shibboleth of American Jewry, and like other Jewish words such as “chutzpah” it has entered English vocabulary without translation. Read More »

The Long Road to Choosing a New Leader in Iran

It appears that during the coming months’ maneuverings Khamenei will continue to signal that he holds the reins of power. Read More »

Is Lebanon on the Brink of a New Civil War?

Tripoli’s fall would have been the beginning of the disintegration of the Lebanese state Read More »

Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable

“Recognition of Palestine” Hinders Peace Negotiations Read More »

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub. Read More »

The Terrorism Threat to Canada

A Canadian convert to Islam killed a soldier and opened fire inside the Parliament in Ottawa. Read More »

New Poll: 75% of Israeli Jews Oppose a Palestinian State on the 1967 Lines, Israeli Withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, and the Division of Jerusalem

Some 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. Read More »

The Significance of the First Hizbullah Attack against Israeli Forces since 2006

For the first time since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hizbullah claimed responsibility for an attack against Israeli forces. Read More »

Yemen Changes Hands. Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?

Historic changes have occurred in Yemen. Will Yemen now be aligned with Iran? – Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea? Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

The U.S. Navy Saved Jews of Eretz Yisrael Exactly 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago the Jews of Palestine suffered terribly from hunger, disease and oppression. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Justifies Palestinian Terror in His UN General Assembly Speech

Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly reflects the political reality that there is no Palestinian partner today for a settlement with Israel based on compromise. Read More »

Qatar’s Support of Hamas and Jihadist Forces in the Middle East

Qatar is unquestionably engaged in international terrorist financing. Read More »

Hamas Policy after Operation “Protective Edge”

Hamas understands that the use of violence and terror does not incur punitive measures against Gaza by the international community. Read More »

Heavy Blow Administered to Assad’s Foes

Ahrar al Sham will need time to re-organize and to fill the ranks of its dead commanders. Read More »

The Structure of the Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements. Read More »

Israel’s Decision to Declare 988 Acres of West Bank Territory as State Land

The area is in the least controversial of the settlement blocs. Read More »

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

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

Iran’s Threats to “Arm the West Bank” Must Be Taken Seriously

Iran’s claims that it was able to intercept an Israeli UAV were apparently meant to serve Iranian propaganda purposes. Read More »

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Military Wing of Fatah, Is Officially Returning to Armed Struggle and Terror

Fatah’s fighting force, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, was reestablished in the West Bank in July 2014 and began its terrorist campaign Read More »

Across Time and Death: Iran and the ISIS Challenge

Fierce, radical Sunni-jihadist winds now blow throughout the region, and the jihadists strive (and sometimes also succeed) to breach and erase borders and states. Read More »

The Gaza Water Crisis

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in general failed to manage Gaza’s civil affairs. Read More »

The Status of Judea & Samaria (The West Bank) and Gaza and the Settlements in International Law

Until a peace treaty is concluded, Israel is entitled, under international law, to continue the settlement of the territories of Judea and Samaria, fulfilling the principles laid down by the League of Nations in the original Mandate Document. Read More »

ISIS Moves on Lebanon

Lebanon may soon face a head-on confrontation with Jihadi forces coming from Syria and Iraq Read More »

Hamas’ Psychological Military Strategies against Israel

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

The Hamas Threat to the West Is No Different from ISIS

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

The Islamic State Ends the Centuries-Old Christian Presence in Mosul, Iraq

July 19, 2014 will go down as just another day in the calendar of humanity, characterized by many wars and events worldwide. However, that day should become a day of remembrance for Christianity in the Middle East. It is the […] Read More »

Iran’s IRGC Quds Force Commander: “The Palestinian Resistance Movement Will Make the Sea, the Land, and Skies into Hell for the Zionists”

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Israel’s Doctrine of Proportionality in Gaza

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

Egypt, Israel and Hamas — the Impossible Equation

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

The Latest Hamas-Israel Confrontation — Some Pertinent Legal Points

The terrorist actions by Hamas are violations of international humanitarian law.  International law recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself, Read More »

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

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

Hamas’s Attack Tunnels: Analysis and Initial Implications

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Unseen Scars of War: Psychological Consequences of the Hamas Attacks on the Israeli Civilian Population

The Hamas attacks on Israel leave unseen but lasting scars Read More »

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA): An Agenda for Conflict

UNRWA has become an active agent in reaching out to international actors and audiences, and a powerful tool within the anti-Israel propaganda campaign. Read More »

Iran: The Regional Power behind the Hamas War Effort

Since the calm that was achieved after Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, Iran has been investing heavily in improving the quantity and quality of the rockets in the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) arsenals. Read More »

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

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

Mahmoud Abbas’ Latest ICC Bluff

To accept the Palestinians as a state would be a grave legal mistake by the ICC prosecutor. Read More »

Long-Range Iranian-Made Missiles Used by Hamas during “Operation Protective Edge”

Iran has not yet reacted officially to “Operation Protective Edge” currently being waged in Gaza. Read More »

A View of Jerusalem through the Smoke

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

What Does an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq Mean?

As a new regional reality emerges in the Middle East, Israel faces new and more complex security challenges than in the past. These threats sharply focus the issue of defensible borders west of the Jordan River. Read More »

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Homeland Security Portal Homeland Security Portal   Area Studies:  Iran  –  Egypt  –  Syria   Terrorism  –  Nuclear and Non-Conventional Weapons   Israeli Strategy and Security  –  Regional Stability  –  Ethnic Conflict Area Studies: Iran Iran’s Fortunes Rising in a Middle East Vacuum Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, March 19, 2014 Iran is implementing […] Read More »

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ISIS: Iran’s Instrument for Regional Hegemony?

If Iran fights ISIS, Tehran would be turning against a movement that has been a useful surrogate for its interests. Read More »

Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region

The current political and military upheavals in the Middle East are producing new and far-reaching demographic realities. Read More »

Is the Fall of Mosul in Iraq to the Jihadists a “Game Changer”?

The radical group, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” has scored a huge achievement with the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city with over 1.5 million inhabitants, and areas of the Kirkuk oil producing province.1 By controlling […] Read More »

Inspections: The Weak Link in a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Is it advisable to make a nuclear agreement with Iran that is so highly dependent upon inspections? Read More »

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

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

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

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

Iran Launches “Hizbullah Syria” to Open a New Front Against Israel on the Golan Heights

“Hizbullah Syria” is a new vehicle for enhanced Iranian subversion in the Golan Heights Read More »

Israel’s Critical Requirements for Defensible Borders: The Foundation for a Secure Peace

President Obama has declared that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” But what are Israeli requirements for “secure” borders? This study, which has been updated to 2014, presents a comprehensive assessment of Israel’s critical requirements for defensible borders. Read More »

Efforts to Establish a Palestinian Unity Government

The Western powers want to see a Palestinian unity government. Read More »

The U.S. and Israel’s Struggle Against the 1967 Lines

The U.S. and Israel’s Struggle Against the 1967 Lines Ambassador Dore Gold Secretary of State John Kerry was the latest of a long line of senior U.S. officials who dealt with the security dimensions of the Arab-Israeli peace process. U.S. Policy […] Read More »

Understanding UN Security Council Resolution 242

Understanding UN Security Council Resolution 242 Ambassador Meir Rosenne The United Nations Security Council in session, May 23, 2002   UN Security Council Resolution 242 has been the pivotal point of reference in all Arab-Israeli diplomacy since 1967. Every major Arab-Israeli agreement […] Read More »

Israel’s Critical Requirements for Defensible Borders
The Foundation for a Secure Peace

Israel’s Critical Requirements for Defensible Borders The Foundation for a Secure Peace While there has been significant public discussion about Palestinian demands in the peace process, there has been little in-depth analysis of Israel’s rights and requirements. This study is […] Read More »

The Risks of Foreign Peacekeeping Forces in the West Bank

The Risks of Foreign Peacekeeping Forces in the West Bank Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror   UN peacekeeping forces from the Philippines after their abduction and release by Syrian rebels. The troops belonged to the UN Disengagement Force (UNDOF)that was stationed […] Read More »

Control of Territorial Airspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Control of Territorial Airspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel Read More »

Key Principles of a Demilitarized Palestinian State

Key Principles of a Demilitarized Palestinian State Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze’evi Farkash Missile launch from Gaza Israel Has Sought Palestinian Demilitarization Since Oslo The State of Israel’s requirement that a prospective Palestinian state be demilitarized has been in effect since the 1993 […] Read More »

A Long-Term Perspective on Israel’s Security Needs

A Long-Term Perspective on Israel’s Security Needs Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser Israel’s security needs must take into account efforts to erode its legitimacy by dispatching ships under the guise of humanitarian action, like the 2010 Gaza flotilla.   In analyzing […] Read More »

About the Authors

About the Authors Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon is Israel’s Minister of Defense. This chapter was written when he served as Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs. He served as IDF Chief of Staff in 2002-2005, during which time […] Read More »

Defensible Borders to Ensure Israel’s Future

Defensible Borders to Ensure Israel’s Future Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan Israel Has a Natural and Internationally Recognized Right to Defensible Borders Israel’s fundamental right to defensible borders is grounded in the strategic and legal circumstances that emerged immediately after the Six-Day War, […] Read More »

Regional Overview: How Defensible Borders Remain Vital for Israel

Regional Overview: How Defensible Borders Remain Vital for Israel Ambassador Dore Gold Libyan jihadist with SA-7 shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missile. These missiles from the Libyan arsenal proliferated across the Middle East and reached the Gaza Strip. Israel’s long-standing diplomatic goal of […] Read More »

Introduction: Restoring a Security-First Peace Policy

Introduction: Restoring a Security-First Peace Policy Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon Map 1 – Israel and the Middle East Israel’s vital security requirements and a conditional endorsement of a Palestinian state were laid out by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his first […] Read More »

Israel’s Return to Security-Based Diplomacy

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

Europe’s Complacency in the Face of Extremism and Anti-Semitism

The appalling terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, was carried out as millions of Europeans registered an apathetic vote at the polling booths. The results illustrate the gradual breakdown of the “European Union” ideal […] Read More »

Middle Eastern Christians: Battered, Violated, and Abused, Do They Have Any Chance of Survival?

Throughout the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, Christians are facing pervasive and systematic persecution that is steadily increasing in its intensity and scope. Read More »

Boko Haram and the Future of Nigeria

Subduing Boko Haram is in the West’s interest. Read More »

Palestinian Reconciliation and the Rising Power of Hamas and Islamic Jihad: An Iranian Windfall

With the reconciliation agreement, Abbas is preparing to integrate Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO. Read More »

Iran Claims to Have Replicated Downed Advanced American Drone

It is not clear how much truth there is to the Iranian claim. Read More »

The Rock and Roll Boycott of Israel

Overall, the cultural boycott of Israel appears to be losing ground. Read More »

Iranian Strategy Feeds Off Perceived Western Weakness

Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation  Vol. 14, No. 12    May 1, 2014 With a further round of the nuclear talks between Iran and the West to be held in mid-May, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali […] Read More »

The Myth of the Moderate Hamas

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

Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community

The lengthy and continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has evolved, over the years, through various phases or cycles of terror on the one hand, and attempts at peace-making on the other. Read More »

The Hamas-Fatah Accord: A Legal Perspective

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

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

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

Fatah Issues Threats against Egypt and Other Arab States

Fatah Issues Threats against Egypt and Arab States Read More »

Egypt and Saudi Arabia Battle the Jihadist Current

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

Palestinian Deception and the Unwarranted Trust of the West: The Case of Palestinian Accession to International Conventions

The hurried acceptance of the Palestinian applications by the UN is a serious violations of international law. Read More »

The Crisis in the Peace Talks Was Pre-Planned by the Palestinians

Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 9    April 10, 2014  In March 2014, Saeb Erekat, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team, prepared a 65-page document that surveys the diplomatic process and […] Read More »

U.S. Policy on Jerusalem

U.S. policy on Jerusalem has gone through different shifts. Back in 1948, the U.S. was originally committed to the failed internationalization proposals in UN General Assembly Resolution 181. This original position was quickly replaced in the 1950s by acceptance of […] Read More »

The Other Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Middle East

Israel’s seizure of the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C near the Eritrean-Sudanese border in the Red Sea, with its cargo of advanced rockets and mortar shells, is only one example of how the Iranian regime uses the supply of arms in […] Read More »

Israel’s Relationship with the UN Human Rights Council: Is There Hope for Change?

The UN Human Rights Council has been characterized by an obsessive bias toward Israel. Read More »

Palestinian Defiance of Washington

Defying the United States is now in fashion. Read More »

Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Dr. Rephael […] Read More »

Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community

Palestinian Manipulation

The lengthy and continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has evolved, over the years, through various phases or cycles of terror on the one hand, and attempts at peace-making on the other. Read More »

Manipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare”Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Dr. Rephael […] Read More »

Universal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the […] Read More »

The Demonization of Israel at the United Nations in Europe Focus on the Human Rights Council and Specialized Agencies Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal […] Read More »

The Role of NGOs in the Palestinian Political War Against Israel Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the […] Read More »

Politicizing the International Criminal Court Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Dr. Rephael Ben-AriThe Demonization […] Read More »

The Abuse of Islam as Part of the Demonization of Israel Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the […] Read More »

Degrading International Institutions: The United Nations Goldstone Report Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Dr. […] Read More »

Palestinian Christian Abuse of Christian Organizations in the West Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way […] Read More »

UNRWA: Blurring the Lines between Humanitarianism and Politics Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the Hard Way Dr. […] Read More »

Manufacturing and Exploiting Compassion: Abuse of the Media by Palestinian Propaganda Contents Overview: Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community Amb. Alan BakerManipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israel “Lawfare” Prof. Robbie SabelUniversal Jurisdiction: Learning the Costs of Political Manipulation the […] Read More »

Changing the Historical Narrative: Saeb Erekat’s New Spin

The Palestinians have not lived in the country for generations, but rather are immigrants who arrived relatively recently. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Even Discussing the Rights of the Jewish People to a State

Since his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated on successive occasions that he is only willing to harden his position on peace with Israel. For example, on March 22, 2014, Abbas spoke […] Read More »

Has Mahmoud Abbas Really Accepted the Clinton Parameters on the Refugee Problem?

Abbas’ position on the refugee issue is not consistent with the Clinton Parameters. Read More »

Iran’s Fortunes Rising in a Middle East Vacuum

Iran is behind recent attacks on Israel’s northern and southern borders. Read More »

Arafat and the Jewish State: Setting the Record Straight

To say that Arafat recognized Israel as the Jewish state is a clear distortion of the historical record. Read More »

Abbas Uses Fatah Speech to Reject U.S. Plan

Abbas repeated emphatically that he would under no circumstances accept the “Jewish state” principle. Read More »

Link Israeli Support for Gaza Infrastructure to Dismantling Terror Infrastructure

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

Hamas Punished by Egypt

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

Japan and the Palestinian Authority: Foreign Policy and Economic Interest

Unlike the U.S. and EU, Japan funds development projects but not the PA budget. Read More »

Ten Fundamental Facts Underlying the Peace Process

There is no such thing as the “Palestinian territories.” Read More »

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

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

How Nuclear Talks Help Iran Dominate the Middle East

Iran foresees no substantial danger as it keeps marching toward its strategic goals. Read More »

The Impending Clash between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is preparing to purchase an atomic bomb from Pakistan to deter Iran. Read More »

What is the Real BDS Endgame? The Elimination of Israel

BDS promotes values that are in opposition to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Read More »

Future EU Sanctions Against Israel? Real, Imagined, and Somewhere in Between

Is the scenario of a full-scale EU boycott of Israel at all realistic? Read More »

Erekat Is Wrong: The Jewish Presence in the Land Dates Back for Millennia

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed at the Munich Security Conference on Jan. 31 that the Palestinians cannot accept Israel as the Jewish state because they lived in the region long before the Jews. In the context of the current […] Read More »

Is Hizbullah about to Withdraw from Syria?

Hizbullah’s military involvement in Syria is now a subject of heated domestic debate in Iran. This debate is being waged against the backdrop of the international refusal to let Iran take part in the Geneva 2 talks on Syria’s future, […] Read More »

Foreign Jihadists Fighting in Syria: An Overview of the Danger

When the Syrian regime said almost two years ago that foreign combatants were fighting with the rebels against the regime, little attention was paid to the subject. Some even purposely ignored the signal and stressed that the Assad regime was […] Read More »

The Syrian Constellation before the Geneva 2 Peace Talks

The U.S. and Russia convened the Geneva 2 peace conference to counter al-Qaeda in Syria. Read More »

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Area Studies:

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem Nadav Shragai     Why This Study Was Written The Israeli building program known as E1 […] Read More »

Iran Honors Hizbullah Commanders – Further Details

Behind Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to present a new policy to the United States, which culminated in last November’s Geneva agreement, it appears that Iran is taking steps which point to a lack of any change in its basic […] Read More »

The Internal Iranian Struggle in the Aftermath of the Geneva Nuclear Agreement

Rouhani’s charm offensive does not add up to a real change in Iran. Read More »

Abbas Denies His Authority to Make Cardinal Decisions for a Lasting Peace Agreement

Mahmoud Abbas is not a serious negotiating partner because he does not have the authority to make decisions for the Palestinian people. Read More »

No End to Palestinian Claims: How Israel and the Palestinians View Borders

There is considerable evidence that the Palestinian leadership has claims to Israeli territory within the 1967 lines. Read More »

Sworn to Destruction: What Iranian Leaders Continue to Say about Israel in the Rouhani Era

Iranian leaders are consistent in their anti-Israel rhetoric, clear about their hostile intentions, and certain of their apocalyptic beliefs. Here are their top anti-Israel statements from 2013, with links to the original source in Persian. Read More »

Multiplying Efforts to Undermine the Unique Status of Mecca in Islam

The Shiite crescent is challenging the status of Mecca. Read More »

The Jerusalem Center Experts Team

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 Foreign Policy Advisor […] Read More »

Africa and Israel, A Unique case of Radical Changes in Foreign Policy, by Arye Oded

Africa Ve’Israel, Yehudiut Vetahapuhot Be’Yehase Hutz shel Israel [Africa and Israel, A Unique case of Radical Changes in Foreign Policy], by Arye Oded, Magnes Press, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011, (in Hebrew). Reviewed by Yosef Govrin In his new work, […] Read More »

Heroes, Hucksters, and Storytellers: On the Jewish Military Union (ŻZW)

This book is written by two historians, one a Pole, Dariusz Libionka, and the other an Israeli, Laurence Weinbaum. Read More »

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

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

Evangelical Anti-Zionism as an Adaptive Response to Shifts in American Cultural Attitudes

INTRODUCTION Since the founding of the Jewish state in 1948, Evangelical Protestants in the United States have been regarded—with good reason—as Israel’s most reliable supporters. In 2008, Jody C. Baumgartner and a number of other researchers reported that Evangelicals are […] Read More »

Charles Taylor and Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

INTRODUCTION: THE CHALLENGE OF DIVERGENCE The Jewish world is losing its ability to discuss its cultural differences. Our intra-Jewish dialogue is becoming less coherent. Indeed, the very ideas underlying our Jewish identities, ideas shaped by our language of values, are […] Read More »

‘Land Swaps’ and the 1967 Lines

Where did the idea of land swaps come from? True, they have been part of the Israeli discourse among peace process experts for years, but were they legally required? Read More »

Battle for our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, by Michael Widlanski, Threshold Editions, Simon and Schuster

Battle for our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, by Michael Widlanski, Threshold Editions, Simon and Schuster. 373 pp. Reviewed by Lela Gilbert Western reactions to Islamist terror attacks inevitably range from disbelief to horror. Author Michael Widlanski knows […] Read More »

Hamas: Abbas Does Not Represent the Palestinians in Negotiations

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

Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner, by Lela Gilbert

The title of Gilbert’s book alludes to an oft-repeated slogan of radical Muslims: “On Saturday we kill the Jews, on Sunday we kill the Christians.” Read More »

The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Deborah E. Lipstadt is a professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Read More »

FDR and the Jews. by Breitman, Richard and Allan J. Lichtman

On the one hand, critics of FDR condemn the then-president for having stood by while Hitler and the Nazis persecuted the Jews of Germany and subsequently attempted to carry out their “Final Solution.” Read More »

The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Read More »

Louis Marshall and the Rise of Jewish Ethnicity in America, A Biography, by M. M. Silver

M. M. Silver, an American-Israeli historian who teaches at the Max Stern College of Emek Yezreel in Israel, has produced an extensively researched and heavily documented study of Louis Marshall, the early twentieth-century American-Jewish leader. Read More »

The Threat to Freedom of Speech about Israel: Campus Shout-Downs and the Spirit of the First Amendment

On February 8, 2010 Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, began speaking to a packed hall at UC Irvine. Read More »

The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity. The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire, by Taner Akçam

Taner Akçam reminds us in his book The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity, that six years ago, a Turkish court sentenced two journalists to a year in jail for using the term, “genocide” to describe “events of 1915.” Read More »

The Clash of Civil Religions: A Paradigm for Understanding Israeli Politics

Almost thirty-five years after Camp David and twenty years after the Oslo Accord, a fundamental question remains unanswered: does the majority of the Israeli public support a left-wing or right-wing ideology? Read More »

Message from the Editor

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The Unhappy Identity, by Alain Finkielkraut

Philosopher, essayist, and professor of “History and Modernity” at the prestigious “École Polytechnique,” Alain Finkielkraut is a frequent guest on talk shows and a regular contributor to the French media. Read More »

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, by Alvin Rosenfeld

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, by Alvin Rosenfeld, ed., Indiana University Press, 2013, 561 pp. Reviewed by Catherine D. Chatterley Today, more than sixty years after the destruction of European Jewry, antisemitism is a globalized phenomenon and one that appears to […] Read More »

God, Jews and the Media: Religion and Israel’s Media, by Yoel Cohen

Several years ago, Bar Ilan University held a symposium on religion and the media. As a newspaper reporter, I was curious as to what the panelists might have to say about the moral issues occasionally faced by journalists. Read More »

The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, by Daniel Greene

The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, by Daniel Greene, Indiana University Press, 2011. 185 pp. Reviewed by Sarah Schmidt Daniel Greene, Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry […] Read More »

From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich

Historian Robert Wistrich, who holds the Neuberger Chair for Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is the head of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, publishes prolifically. Read More »

Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival, by Yosef Mendelevich

More than twenty years ago, the Soviet Union fell and its control over Eastern Europe ended. Read More »

How the Middle East Map Changed in 2013

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

Conflicting Expectations from the Geneva Document between the P5+1 and Iran

Many questions have arisen about whether the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran interpret the interim understanding reached in Geneva on November 24, 2013, in the same way. Read More »

The Iran Deal is Deeply Flawed

The Archeological Digs: Near the Temple Mount and Not Under It

The Archeological Digs: Near the Temple Mount and Not Under It The archeological digs Israel has conducted over the years near the Temple Mount are a laudable scientific and cultural endeavor. Publication of the results has enabled all lovers of […] Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Whether printed in cartoons, preached in mosques or taught in schools, the lie […] Read More »

The Danger to Al-Aksa from Muslim Building Activity in Solomon’s Stables Background: For years Muslims have raised a hue and cry all over the world about Israel’s purported aim to level the Temple Mount mosques and build the Third Temple […] Read More »

Prologue “Al-Aksa is in danger” is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement, and, eventually, the State of Israel. The state and its institutions – so, in […] Read More »

Afterword

Afterword The “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel essentially resembles the anti-Jewish blood libels originating in the Middle Ages. It is a baseless fabrication that emerged in a religious context, but also has clear-cut political and national components. Many Muslims throughout […] Read More »

Terror from the Temple Mount Mosques

Terror from the Temple Mount Mosques Given the “Al Aksa is in danger” libel, the calls to come and defend the mosques even if it means sacrificing one’s life and shedding blood, and the violent language Muslim clerics have used […] Read More »

Notes Prologue 1. At present the Fatah movement is part of the Palestinian Authority. 2. A photo of the letter from December 3, 2000, found at Orient House, which in the 1980s and 1990s served as the PLO’s headquarters in […] Read More »

Introduction This book centers on the modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger” – its roots, attributes, and various manifestations. The libel is directed at the State of Israel, the Zionist movement, and the Jewish people. It has become integral to […] Read More »

The Israeli Relinquishment of the Temple Mount The most relevant factual basis for disproving the “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel is, as noted, the de facto Israeli relinquishment of the Temple Mount, for which I could find no precedent in any […] Read More »

Advocate of the “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel:Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini The birthfather of the “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel, the first in the new era to claim that the Jews were scheming to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque and […] Read More »

The Muslims Rewrite the History of Jerusalem From the moment Jerusalem was unified in June 1967 and its eastern part came under Israeli rule, the Palestinians and the Arabs began to portray Al-Haram al-Sharif as “Al-Aksa that has fallen prisoner […] Read More »

Forms of the Libel: Identifying a Country with the Extremism It Fights Against

Forms of the Libel: Identifying a Country with the Extremism It Fights Against In August 2008, an animated film broadcast on Hamas’ Al-Aksa TV channel showed a group of Jews, haredi in appearance (sidelocks and brimmed hats), busily digging a tunnel under […] Read More »

Sheikh Raed Salah as Successor of the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

Sheikh Raed Salah as Successor of the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini If in the first three decades after the Six-Day War it was Jordan and the Palestinians who set the tone on the Temple Mount,(1) each making use of the “Al-Aksa […] Read More »

Raed Salah and the Vision of a Global Islamic Caliphate: A Danger to Peace and the Western World

Raed Salah and the Vision of a Global Islamic Caliphate: A Danger to Peace and the Western World On June 3, 2010, Iranian television offered a live broadcast of the mass reception that Israeli Arabs gave Sheikh Raed Salah after […] Read More »

Documents in Chinese

  Defensible Borders in Chinese Israel Timeline in Chinese UN Security Council Resolution 242 Israel Jordan Armistice Agreement in Chinese     Read More »

Defensible Borders in Chinese

The Geneva Agreement: The Devil Is Not in the Details But in the Wider Picture

It is easy to reduce any analysis of the Geneva agreement to the number of centrifuges Iran will still have and the levels of enrichment that are permitted. Read More »

Iran Looks Beyond the Nuclear Talks

Iran sees itself coming to the nuclear negotiations from a position of strength. Read More »

Media Bias and Iran’s ‘Right’ to Enrich Uranium

Last weekend, the International Atomic Energy Agency published one of its regular reports on the status of the Iranian nuclear program. Read More »

Why Iran Has No Right of Enrichment

  There are voices in the West who think that if you recognize Iran’s right of enrichment, the crisis between Iran and the West will go away, but it will only get much worse. And it will lead to many […] Read More »

Iran’s New Defense Minister: Behind the 1983 Attack on the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut

The newly-elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has appointed Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan as the new defense minister in place of Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi. The appointment will take effect as soon as it is approved by the Majlis. Brig. […] Read More »

France-Israel Relations and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

Blurb: France has earned Israel’s appreciation for delaying the signing of a bad agreement with Iran in Geneva. Read More »

The Emerging Geneva Agreement with Iran

Allowing the Iranians to continue to produce 3.5%-enriched uranium is unacceptable. Read More »

The Assault on Resolution 242

With unconfirmed rumors appearing in the press about what is likely to happen in the peace process in the months ahead, now is the time to recall exactly what Israel’s rights are in its territorial dispute with the Palestinians over the future of the West Bank. Read More »

Passport Control: An Examination of U.S. Policy on Jerusalem

Designation of place of birth on passports is neither tantamount to the establishment of foreign policy nor to its implementation Read More »

Egypt’s Turn to Russia

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

The Islamic Terrorist Threat in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was severely criticized for stating two years ago, a decade after 9/11, that the biggest security threat to Canada is Islamic terrorism. In an interview with CBC News, Harper said: “There are other threats out there, but […] Read More »

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

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

Still Bickering Over Balfour

Last year, on the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the former Palestinian minister, Nabil Shaath, wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph attacking Britain for issuing its famous statement of support for the establishment in Eretz Yisrael of a […] Read More »

Dore Gold Speaking on CNN

Hamas Strategy: Manipulate Human Rights Groups

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

Attack on the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut

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Hamas Sends a Signal to Iran

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

Iran vs. the West: Endgame?

Iran is not entering the nuclear negotiations out of weakness, but, rather, from a position of strength. Read More »

Why Israel Opposes International Forces in the Jordan Valley

Iran’s First ‘Charm Offensive’

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s recent U.N. visit was not the first time a top Iranian official succeeded in hoodwinking the West and especially its leading newspapers and media outlets. Read More »

Timeline of Main Events in The History of Israel

Timeline of Main Events in The History of Israel Read More »

For Students and Interns

For Students The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is committed to helping students of Israel and Middle Eastern studies achieve their academic and career goals. You are invited to explore the wealth of material related to Israel’s security needs available […] Read More »

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

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

The Holes in Rouhani’s Charm Offensive

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s efforts to change Western perceptions of Iran are already being called a “charm offensive.” Imitating Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, Rouhani decided to place an article in one […] Read More »

Charm Offensive? Hostile Iranian Messages on the Eve of Rouhani’s UN Visit

Vol. 13, No. 26    24 September 2013 With Iranian President Rouhani speaking at the UN in New York, it is useful to see the messages coming out of Tehran from an annual military parade held on Sept. 22, 2013. Significantly, […] Read More »

What Might Be Expected in Monitoring Syria: Lessons from Past Middle East Weapons Inspections

Past attempts to control the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) of rogue regimes in the Middle East have faced problems. Read More »

Why Did Obama Go to Congress on Syria?

U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria is the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle between the executive branch and the legislative branch in the U.S. over each side’s powers to decide […] Read More »

Manufacturing and Exploiting Compassion: Abuse of the Media by Palestinian Propaganda

In the struggle for hearts and minds, imagery is more compelling than dry, defensive arguments. Read More »

President Obama’s Shift on Syria and Western Strategy

A limited military move will allow the Syrian regime to maneuver, yet will provide fresh impetus to the rebel forces. Read More »

Assad’s Standing in Syria on the Eve of US Action

There is a fundamental question concerning President Bashar Assad’s decision to launch the devastating chemical attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, that led to as many as 1,300 fatalities, according to opposition sources. Read More »

Frustration and Disgust: International Inaction over Syria

After civilians were murdered in Syria with chemical weapons, where is the international community? Read More »

Syria Keeps Moving in the Islamic Direction

The formation of the Army of Islam in Syria challenges the National Coalition Read More »

Rouhani Picks a “Moderate” Nuclear Negotiating Team

Iran will present a new “moderate” team for renewed talks with the West to gain time. Read More »

The Chemical Attack in Syria: Implications

The regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad has once again made use of chemical weapons in Syria’s bloody civil war, which has cost over 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011. An aerial bombardment of several communities in the […] Read More »

Have the Fundamentals of Israel’s Strategic Environment Inextricably Changed?

Iraq, 210 miles from Israel, is planning to modernize its ground forces with new armored and mechanized formations. Read More »