Prof. Efraim Karsh

Professor Efraim Karsh is principal research fellow and chief editor at the Middle East Forum. He formerly headed the Mediterranean Studies Program at King's College, University of London.

Publications by Prof. Efraim Karsh

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 »

What’s Behind Western Condemnation of Israel’s War Against Hamas?

The Palestinians are but the latest lightning rod unleashed against the Jews, their supposed victimization reaffirming the millenarian demonization of the Jews in general, and the medieval blood libel – that Jews delight in the blood of others. Read More »

The Diplomatic Dance with Hamas

While the hope that Hamas could somehow be lured away from its genocidal agenda seems to be gaining wider currency, not only is the destruction of Israel not a bargaining chip, it is the heart of the matter. Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, sees Palestine as but one battle in a worldwide holy war to prevent the fall of a part of the House of Islam to infidels. Read More »

After Annapolis: What Chance for Agreement with Abbas and the PLO?

In reality, there is no fundamental difference between the ultimate goals of Hamas and the PLO: Neither accepts the Jewish state’s right to exist and both are committed to its eventual destruction. By categorically refusing to recognize Israel’s Jewishness, the Palestinian leadership has effectively rejected the two-state solution, based, in the words of the UN partition resolution of November 29, 1947, on the creation of “independent Arab and Jewish States” in Palestine. Read More »