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

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 »

Intelligence Document Reveals Muslim Brotherhood Role in Egyptian Revolution

An official Egyptian intelligence document reveals the central Muslim Brotherhood role in the Egyptian revolution. Read More »

The Role of Hamas in the Formation of Global Jihadi Networks in Sinai

Egypt’s supreme interest is to alter the terms of the Camp David agreement and enable full Egyptian sovereignty over all of Sinai, including in the military domain. Read More »

Moment of Truth Approaching in Damascus

In his instructions to the rebel forces, Free Syrian Army commander Riad al-Asaad outlined the main points of his battle plan. In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, Asaad ordered the rebel forces in southern Syria and in the rural part of Damascus to make their way to the neighborhoods of Damascus. Read More »

Where is The Muslim Brotherhood Headed?

The Muslim Brotherhood is increasingly at the center of a heated political controversy in the U.S.and among its Western allies. Foreign Affairs, an important weathervane of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, featured in its March-April issue an article by Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke arguing that the Muslim Brotherhood had become a moderate organization. Read More »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: In Their Own Words

The Muslim Brotherhood’s second-in-command, Rashad al-Bayumi, announced in an interview with Japanese TV that the group would join a transitional government in order to cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel Read More »

The New Egyptian Parliament Takes Aim at the Camp David Accords

The new Egyptian Parliament recently issued a statement undermining the 1979 peace accord. 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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Will Palestinian Reconciliation Lead to a Hamas Takeover of the PLO?

Hamas’ joining of the PLO does not herald a strategic shift in the movement’s policy or recognition of the agreements the PLO has signed with Israel. Read More »

Will Egypt’s Islamic Parties Nullify Peace Treaty with Israel?

Egypt’s Islamic movements seek a way to cast off the Camp David agreement in a manner that will incur minimal diplomatic and economic damage while restoring Egypt to its leading role in the circle of states confronting Israel. This means re-examining the Camp David agreement and submitting it to the decision of the new parliament that will be controlled by the Islamic parties or to a referendum – thereby alleviating the responsibility of any future Egyptian government for cancelling the peace treaty. Read More »

The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After “Independence”

The gap between Israel and the Palestinians on the refugee question cannot be reconciled. The Palestinians reject any compromise on the issue. Read More »

Palestinian Refugees – the Day After “Independence”

Without the “right of return,” the armed struggle against Israel will continue even after a Palestinian state is established. Read More »

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Victory of the Islamist Justice and Development Party in Morocco

The Justice and Development Party (Hizb Al-Adala Wa At-tanmia), which is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has won the elections in Morocco held on 26 November 2011. The party won 107 of the 395 parliamentary seats. The party said in […] Read More »

Yoni Halevi: Palestinian Incitement

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs fellow and Israeli intelligence expert Yoni Halevi on the political instruments used by the Palestinians to incite violence. Read More »

Did the Libyan Leadership Deceive the West?

The political debate in Libya will be within an essentially Islamist universe, with different leaders distinguished by the degree to which they seek to implement their Islamism. It seems that the strategy of the democratic states that trusted the promises of the rebel forces to adopt and implement the principles of democracy has collapsed, and that Western aid to overthrow Gaddafi’s tyrannical regime prepared the groundwork for the establishment of an Islamic state, which eventually may become hostile to the West. Read More »

The Palestinian “Right of Return” Law Leaves No Room for Political Flexibility

In the long-standing debate regarding the Palestinian political strategy and the prospects of reaching a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some argue that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ultimately relinquish its demand for the “ right of return ” […] Read More »

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 Terrorist Attack on Southern Israel: Under the Authority of Hamas, Using the Tactics of A

Palestinian terrorist organization known as the “Popular Resistance Committees,” which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas. Read More »

Power Dynamics Inside Hamas: The Increasing Weight of the Gaza Leadership

The recent overt confrontation between Mahmoud al-Zahar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Gaza, and Damascus-based Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Mashaal reflects underground currents feeding the tension within the Hamas leadership in Gaza and Syria. Read More »

The Politics Behind the Opening of the Rafah Crossing

The Rafah border crossing connecting Gaza with Egypt was officially opened on May 28, 2011, by the Egyptian authorities and the Hamas government. Read More »

Who Else Is Condemning the U.S. for Killing Bin Laden?

The global Muslim Brotherhood movement published an official statement on May 2, 2011, regarding the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by the United States. The statement was carefully drafted to blur the movement’s identification with bin Laden and the strategy (as opposed to the tactic) of confrontation that he espoused against Christianity, the West, the democratic world, and the infidels. Read More »

The Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Analysis and Initial Consequences

With Egypt serving as a go-between, senior representatives of Fatah and Hamas initialed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on April 27 that puts an end to the governmental bifurcation between Ramallah and Gaza and paves the way to political partnership, reform of the PLO, and general elections. Read More »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: In Their Own Words

The Muslim Brotherhood has taken a greater role in organizing the protest against the Egyptian regime as it unfolds its independent political agenda. Rashad al-Bayumi, the Brotherhood’s second-in-command, announced in an interview with Japanese TV that the group would join […] Read More »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: In Their Own Words

The Muslim Brotherhood participates in the democratic process not because it has accepted the principles of Western democracy, but rather because the democratic process can be exploited to establish an Islamic regime which will then render democracy unnecessary. Read More »

Talking to Hamas? – Increasing Expressions of Genocidal Intent by Hamas Leaders Against the Jews

Over the last few years there has been a steady drumbeat of calls from leading figures in the international community for Israel to open a dialogue with Hamas. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of a new pragmatism among the Hamas leadership, but only greater indications of a much harder line, which is expressed by its adoption of expressions of genocidal intent in its war against Israel and the Jewish people. Read More »

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 »

Why Are the Palestinians Opposed to Ending the Occupation?

Foreign Minister Lieberman’s plan to assist the Gaza Strip in becoming an independent entity has encountered wall-to-wall Palestinian opposition. The dual-headed Palestinian regime in Ramallah (Fatah) and in the Gaza Strip (Hamas) totally rejects Lieberman’s proposal to recruit the European […] Read More »

The Myth of the Siege of Gaza

Gaza is not cut off from the outside world. In the last year, the markets of Gaza have been flooded with produce and merchandise.
From June 2007 (the date of the Hamas military takeover of Gaza), overall monetary transfers to Gaza have totaled over $5 billion from governmental and extragovernmental sources. Read More »

New Revelations About the UN Goldstone Report that Seriously Undermine its Credibility

Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, the Goldstone Commission’s military expert, displayed a fundamental bias against the Israel Defense Forces, reported false information about IDF weapons systems, claimed that Hamas fired only two rockets at Israel prior to last winter’s conflict, and displayed a clear lack of professionalism in conducting his investigations. Read More »

Turning a Blind Eye to Hamas War Crimes

On August 14, 2009, “police” forces belonging to the Hamas de-facto administration and the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, its military-terrorist wing, attacked the Ibn Taymmiyah mosque in Rafah, where operatives of the Jund Ansar Allah group (affiliated ideologically with Al-Qaeda) were located. Twenty-eight Palestinians were killed in the attack, at least 100 were wounded, and the mosque suffered heavy damages. Read More »

Blocking the Truth of the Gaza War:
How the Goldstone Commission Understated
the Hamas Threat to Palestinian Civilians

On June 28 and 29, 2009, the Goldstone Commission recorded Palestinian statements at the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City. This study is an analysis of the four main statements, the way the commission interpreted them, and reports from other Palestinian sources which contradict the testimony presented to the commission. Read More »

Palestinian “Policemen” Killed in Gaza Operation Were Trained Terrorists

The human rights organizations which reported on Palestinian casualties in Gaza failed to mention the affiliation of hundreds of Palestinian security personnel who were members of terrorist organizations and who were trained fighters, thus artificially inflating the list of “civilians” killed by the IDF. Among the 343 members of the Palestinian security forces who were killed, 286 have been identified as terror organization members (83 percent). Read More »

Soldiers’ Testimonies to “Breaking the Silence”:
Was It Really Like This?

The public debate about anonymous soldiers’ testimonies to the Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika) organization shows how rarely those testimonies were read in full. The testimonies indicate a state of preparedness for warfare which is different from the ongoing security situation in the territories as part of the Second Lebanese War; they bear witness to the IDF fighting ethic and also include claims (as distinct from hearsay) of a suspected breach of the laws of armed conflict in a number of isolated, localized events which did not originate from orders issued by senior command ranks, and which require in-depth investigation by the IDF. Read More »

The Hamas Regime in the Gaza Strip: An Iranian Satellite that Threatens Regional Stability

Hizbullah’s Role in Attacks Against U.S. and British Forces in Iraq

Asharq Alawsat reported on August 18, 2008, that Hizbullah operatives were involved in attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces in four Iraqi provinces. In June 2006, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield disclosed that Hizbullah cadres had attacked U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq. Hizbullah units claimed responsibility for operations against coalition forces and Iraqi security personnel as early as the latter part of 2005. Read More »

Al-Qaeda Affiliate – Jaish al-Islam – Receives Formal Sanctuary in Hamas-Ruled Gaza

Hamas has established a terror hothouse in Gaza designed to continue the jihad against apostates, pursue the struggle against Israel, secure the overthrow of the Abbas regime in the West Bank, and assist the efforts of the parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, in overthrowing the moderate regimes in the Middle East headed by Jordan and Egypt. Read More »

The Hamas Interest in the Tahdiya (Temporary Truce) with Israel

In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April 26, 2008), Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is “a tactic in conflict management.” He added that it “is not unusual for the resistance…to escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the tide does….The tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel…to remove the siege…and if it happens it will be a remarkable achievement.” Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood: A Moderate Islamic Alternative to al-Qaeda or a Partner in Global Jihad?

While prominent voices in the West are calling for a new political dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood, in the Arab world many serious analysts warn about its continuing violent nature and global ambitions. Read More »

Al-Qaeda: The Next Goal Is to Liberate Spain from the Infidels

The memory of Islamic rule in Spain has become increasingly part of the discourse in radical Islam. The very same principle invoked for waging war against Israel – recovery of what was once Islamic territory – is being applied to Spain, the Balkans, Southern Russia, and India. Israel, therefore, is a small link in the greater confrontation between radical Islam and the West. Read More »

“The Army of the Nation” – Another Al-Qaeda Affiliate in the Gaza Strip

Hamas is trying to improve its image in the eyes of the West, arguing that it is succeeding in restoring public order in Gaza. In the West – and even in Israel – there are voices calling for a dialogue with Hamas. Providing legitimacy to Hamas as an acceptable political partner – without any preconditions regarding its renunciation of terrorism – is essentially a "green light" to Hamas to continue to provide sanctuary for al-Qaeda affiliates in Gaza. Read More »

Iran’s Renewed Threats to Take Over the Arab Gulf States

Recent Iranian implied threats to “liberate” some of the Gulf states, and an Iranian editorial calling Bahrain a district of Iran, have caused great consternation in the Gulf states. In Iran’s view, every region of the Gulf is essentially Persian and not Arab; moreover, a large Shiite population lives in the Gulf. In the eyes of the Arab states, the threat to wipe the Sunni world from the map is graver than the Iranian promise to annihilate Israel. Read More »

The Growing Hamas-Al Qaeda Connection

Al-Qaeda generally thrives wherever central authority of governments is collapsing and therefore its current success in the war-torn Gaza Strip should not come as a surprise. Just after Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, there were reports that al-Qaeda had exploited the new security vacuum that had been created and begun to dispatch its operatives to this territory. Read More »

The Growing al-Qaeda Presence in the Hamas-Controlled Gaza Strip

Al-Qaeda generally thrives wherever central authority of governments is collapsing and therefore its current success in the war-torn Gaza Strip should not come as a surprise. Just after Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, there were reports that al-Qaeda had exploited the new security vacuum that had been created and begun to dispatch its operatives to this territory. Read More »

The International Implications of the Hamas-Fatah Mecca Agreement

The Mecca agreement between Hamas and Fatah does not presage a favorable diplomatic turn. It is merely a tactical political measure calculated to create a false impression regarding Hamas’ political flexibility in order to whitewash the organization into being accepted as a legitimate player in the international arena without it having to meet the three preconditions of the Quartet. Read More »

The Popular Resistance Committees: Hamas’ New Partners?

Said Sayyam, the Palestinian interior minister in the Hamas government, has appointed the head of the Popular Resistance Committees, Jamal Abu Samhadana, to be in charge of building the core of a new Palestinian army. Formally, he will be under the overall supervision of the Interior Ministry. Read More »

Understanding the Direction of the New Hamas Government: Between Tactical Pragmatism and Al-Qaeda Jihadism

Hamas has reaped the fruits of the "Green Revolution" that it led in recent years to win many local authority elections, obtain a stable majority in the Palestinian parliament, and take decisive control of executive authority. Hamas’ tactical agreement to play by the democratic rules was a Trojan horse. Read More »

Al-Qaeda, Zarqawi, and Israel: Is There a New Jihadi Threat Destabilizing the Eastern Front?

For the first time, Israeli defense experts are noting that groups identifying with al-Qaeda – or the global jihad – are determined to acquire operational footholds close to Israel’s borders. The most dramatic sign was the announcement of "al-Qaeda Mesopotamia" – the organization led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – that it fired four Katyusha rockets from Lebanon on December 27, 2005, that struck northern Israel. Read More »

Zarqawi and Israel: Is There a New Jihadi Threat Destabilizing the Eastern Front?

For the first time, Israeli defense experts are noting that groups identifying with al-Qaeda – or the global jihad – are determined to acquire operational footholds close to Israel’s borders. The most dramatic sign was the November 9, 2005, suicide bombing of three Jordanian hotels in Amman by "al-Qaeda Mesopotamia" – the organization led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Read More »

What Drives Saudi Arabia to Persist in Terrorist Financing? Al-Jihad bi-al-Mal – Financial Jihad Against the Infidels

No. 531     23 Iyar 5765 / 1 June 2005   The U.S. offensive against terrorism has succeeded in reducing the extent of global terrorism. However, under the surface, the financial channels that are the arteries of radical Islamic […] Read More »

Undermining Mahmud Abbas: The “Green Revolution” and the Hamas Strategy to Take Over the Palestinian Authority

Examination of the new Hamas strategy to join the political process within the Palestinian Authority led many analysts to posit that the terrorist organization is undergoing a pragmatic shift, whereby it has renounced terrorism in exchange for participation in the beginnings of Palestinian democracy. 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 »

Palestinian Priorities After Arafat: Palestinian Unity or Peace?

Arafat’s death generated new hopes in the international community that a "window of opportunity" had now opened in the Middle East peace process. Meanwhile, Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who was elected to succeed Arafat as the PLO chairman, faces grave challenges to his leadership. Arafat left to his successors a regime that necessarily – and unlike his absolutist pattern of governing – will be based on a broad coalition between the various political and terrorist factions. Read More »

Understanding Arafat Before His Attempted Rehabilitation

The internal crisis in the Palestinian Authority over the leadership of Yasser Arafat has resulted in renewed efforts on his part to present himself at the end of the day as the only realistic partner for moving forward in the peace process. Arafat’s hope for rehabilitation has many sources. Read More »

The Palestinian Rebellion in Fatah: Foreshadowing the Politics of the Post-Arafat Era

For the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, popular rage aimed at the "corrupt leadership" enjoys the backing of the most powerful militia in Gaza – the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Arafat’s opponents support the holding of municipal elections and elections to the Palestinian parliament in order to remove the Old Guard from power. Read More »

Is Hamas Preparing to Inherit the Palestinian Authority?

There is growing evidence that Fatah, the Palestinian faction that today dominates the PLO, may not remain the power center of Palestinian politics in the post-Arafat era. Hamas is preparing itself to inherit the Palestinian Authority. At the Cairo talks in December 2003, for the first time, Hamas openly and confidently challenged the basic Palestinian view that the PLO is the sole and exclusive representative of the Palestinian people. 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 »

Who is Taking Credit for Attacks on the U.S. Army in Western Iraq? Al-Jama’a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida

The new Iraqi Sunni resistance organization al-Jama’a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida offers a radical Islamic platform that contains many points in common with al-Qaeda. It views Americans not just as modern crusaders waging a religious war in the name of Christianity against Islam, but as an infidel people who believe in a new infidel religion – democracy – that is striving to achieve world hegemony. Read More »

Hizballah’s Threat to Regional Security

Hizballah is an international terrorist organization that has been killing Americans and other Westerners for decades. Indeed, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said if al-Qaeda is the B-team of terrorism, Hizballah is the A-team. Hizballah has a very large capability to do harm throughout northern Israel, with hundreds of Grad missiles, dozens of short-range missiles like the "Fajar 3" and "Fajar 5," and longer-range rockets of Iranian make that can reach 40-70 km. Read More »

Understanding the Breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

The second Camp David summit (July 2000) was the culmination of nearly ten years of political dialogue between Israel and the representatives of the Palestinian people, and of almost six years of interim agreements since the mutual recognition of Israel and the PLO. Yet Camp David II did not result in the conclusion of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement to end the protracted conflict between the Palestinian national movement and the Jewish national (Zionist) movement. Read More »

What is Known about Iraq’s Biological Weapons Program — Could it be the Source of America’s Anthrax Attack?

White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer stated on October 26 that the anthrax sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was not necessarily manufactured by a foreign government. Yet, Fleischer did not rule out foreign involvement either. One Middle Eastern state with vast proven experience in biological warfare is Iraq, which actually tested biological agents on Iranian prisoners in the 1980s. Read More »