Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum

Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum is Senior Research Fellow, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University, and Rosenbloom Israeli Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University.

Publications by Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum

Iran’s Leaders Say: “Destroy Israel”

Calls for Israel’s destruction are being voiced by a broad spectrum of the Iranian leadership. Read More »

The Arab Peace Initiative

By the time Saudi Arabia’s “Arab Peace Initiative” reached the Arab summit in Beirut in March 2002, it had been modified and its terms hardened. Read More »

The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Saudi Arabia was under intense scrutiny since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. In Feb. 2002, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia proposed to Israel “full withdrawal” from the territories in return for “full normalization.” Read More »

Saudi Arabia Contends with the Social Media Challenge

Internet surveillance in Saudi Arabia is quite widespread. Many of those involved in filtering are Saudi “U.S.-educated techies” who understand the idea of Internet freedom but don’t think it applies to Saudi Arabia.
On January 1, the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information announced a new regulation requiring all Internet publishing sites to register and get a license. Read More »

Sunni vs. Shiite in Saudi Arabia

Wahhabism, the leading stream of Islam in Sunni Saudi Arabia, is extremely anti-Shiite. With Shiite Iran on the cusp of nuclear arms, and with demonstrated victories by Iran’s proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza, the Saudi rulers cannot afford to be seen coddling local Shiites. Saudi Sunnis expect their leaders to defend the honor and position of the Sunni majority, lest Shiite victories reverse the age-old dominance of the Sunni sect of Islam. Read More »

King Abdullah’s Illness and the Saudi Succession

If King Abdullah, who is 87, dies, Prince Nayif, 77, will most likely becoming crown prince after current Crown Prince Sultan, 86, assumes the throne. Although every ruler brings his own nuance, the West can be assured that Saudi Arabia will experience no major upheavals as a result of a succession to the throne. Read More »

Arms for the King and His Family: The U.S. Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has notified Congress of the biggest arms sale in American history – a $60 billion purchase by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Totally offensive in nature, the package, with its attack planes, helicopters, and “bunker-buster” bombs, was clearly designed to deter Iran. Read More »

Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People: From the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Netanyahu-Abbas Talks

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the real root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians had been their ongoing refusal to recognize “the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in their historic homeland” and he has singled out this issue as a key “prerequisite for ending the conflict.” Netanyahu’s proposal puts back on the global agenda a fundamental Jewish national right that was once axiomatic but today is rarely mentioned. Read More »

An Alternative Diplomatic Process: A Renewed Regional
Framework for Cooperation in the Middle East

A Renewed Regional Framework for Cooperation in the Middle East

Restarting the multilateral talks begun in 1991 as part of the Madrid framework would allow the West to influence political evolution in the Arab world in a democratic and positive way. Read More »

The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects

What Iranian Leaders Really Say
About Doing Away With Israel

Over the past several years, Iranian leaders have made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. While certain experts have interpreted these statements to be simple expressions of dissatisfaction with the current Israeli government and its policies, in reality, the intent behind Ahmadinejad’s language and that of others is the actual physical destruction of the State of Israel. Read More »