Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

Publications by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

Hamas’ New Political Document: Its Implications and Objectives

New Hamas document is no different than previous charter 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 »

Fatah, with Mahmoud Abbas at the Helm, Confirms the Confrontation Strategy toward Israel

Bellicose pronouncements by Palestinian leadership Read More »

The “Spontaneous” Intifada Is Orchestrated by the Palestinian Leadership

The “spontaneous” Intifada is well-organized Read More »

How a Blood Libel against Israel Is Born

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

The Hidden Hand behind the Palestinian Terror Wave

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

International Courtship of Hamas Shows that Terror Pays

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

The Palestinian Leadership’s Regression in the Peace Process

Palestinian official presents his uncompromising plans. Read More »

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

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

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

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

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

Iran and Hizbullah set up on the Syrian Golan. 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 »

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

The Islamic State is an enemy of Western civilization. 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 »

Hamas Embraces the Path of the Islamic State (ISIS)

Hamas adopts the Islamic State’s terror methods of stabbings and vehicular attacks. 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 Terrorism Threat to Canada

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Hamas’s Attack Tunnels: Analysis and Initial Implications

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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 »

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

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

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 »

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 »

The Impending Clash between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is preparing to purchase an atomic bomb from Pakistan to deter 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 »

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 »

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 »

Hamas Strategy: Manipulate Human Rights Groups

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

Syria Keeps Moving in the Islamic Direction

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

Sheikh Qaradawi’s Visit to Gaza

While Sheikh Qaradawi has been portrayed as representing moderate, political Islam, his recent statements in Gaza reflect an approach similar to that of al-Qaeda, differing only in terms of the phases of implementation. Read More »

An Improved Arab Peace Initiative?

The Arab Peace Initiative, which was adopted at the Beirut summit in 2002, returned to the diplomatic discourse after an April 29 visit to Washington by an Arab League delegation. Politicians and commentators attributed supreme importance to the statement by […] Read More »

Al-Qaeda’s Branch in Gaza Set to Escalate Anti-Israeli Terror

The “Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem” has taken responsibility for a series of missile firings at Israeli targets from Gaza and Sinai, which is under Egyptian sovereignty, including: 17 April 2013 – Firing of two Grad missiles […] Read More »

The Agreement on Jerusalem between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan: Initial Implications

Mahmoud Abbas signed a new agreement with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Jerusalem. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada: Its Own Damning Testimony

Yasser Arafat and important segments of the Palestinian leadership were directly responsible for suicide bombing attacks that struck Israel’s major cities during the Second Intifada (2000-2005), leaving more than 1,000 Israelis dead and many more permanently maimed. Read More »

Abbas Reinstates a Radical Political Doctrine

In his speech on January 4, 2013, in honor of Fatah’s anniversary, Mahmoud Abbas was not preparing the Palestinian people for making peace. Read More »

The “Day After” Scenario in Syria

The Assad regime will seek to transfer loyal forces and strategic (including chemical) weaponry to the Alawite enclave to deter acts of revenge. Read More »

The Long-Term Implications of the Israel-Hamas Clash

“Liberating” Palestine is portrayed as a fully realistic goal for the present generation thanks to the Islamic Spring, which has redrawn the map of the Middle East. Read More »

No Change in the Palestinian Position on the Right of Return

The gap between Israel and the Palestinians on the refugee question is unbridgeable. Read More »

The New PA-Hamas Agreement: Opening the Gates to the Trojan Horse

The Hamas leaders are trying to implement the strategy of the Arab Spring in the Palestinian arena.

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The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After “Independence”

According to the Palestinian consensus, non-implementation of the right of return will leave open the gates of the conflict with Israel. This implies justification for the continued armed struggle against Israel even following the establishment of a Palestinian state. Furthermore, the Arab Peace Initiative does not envision the Palestinian refugees being resettled in a West Bank and Gaza Palestinian state. Read More »

The Palestinian “Temporary Cease-Fire”: Israel’s Political Risks and Opportunities with the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit between Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen)

The election of Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen), along with Israel’s political and military pressure, has brought about a change in the Palestinian Authority’s policy on continuing the "armed intifada." At the same time, the paramount interest of Hamas and Islamic Jihad is to reorganize and rebuild their capabilities after they were severely degraded by the Israel Defense Forces. Read More »

Al-Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy: New Radical Thinking Justifying the Genocide of Infidels

The Islamic victory over the USSR in Afghanistan, the creation of the al-Qaeda global network, and the spread of Islam in many Western countries are seen as signs of an Islamic awakening that from the radical Islamist perspective may lead to the restoration of Islam as the world’s most dominant power. Read More »