Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center. He served as Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Publications by Yoni Ben Menachem

The “Black Friday” Massacre in the Sinai Mosque

The Islamic State Is Still Alive and Kicking Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas and Iran

Will Hamas – and Iran – get a toe-hold on the West Bank? Read More »

The Operational Coordination between Hizbullah and Hamas

Hamas, affiliate of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, links with Shiite Hizbullah Read More »

The Terror Tunnels of Gaza

Hamas’ Strategic Weapons Thwarted Once Again Read More »

Hamas Sees Reconciliation with Fatah as Step toward Destroying Israel

Hamas has no intention to moderate its positions Read More »

A Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation. Has Anything Changed?

Will Hamas ever surrender its weapons and armed struggle Read More »

Abbas’ Political Battles Escalate

Will Abbas succeed to use the Palestinian National Council as a cudgel? 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 »

Whatever Happened to the Term “Palestinian State?”

Abbas is concerned over the American “deal” Read More »

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 »

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 »

The Sinai Bedouin Accuse Hamas of Collaborating with ISIS

More Bedouin tribes ally with the Egyptian army Read More »

The Two-Faced Erdoğan

Why did Turkey’s Erdoğan lash out at Israel again? Read More »

Sinai Bedouin Aligning with Egypt Against ISIS

ISIS brutality turned the Sinai Bedouins against it 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 »

Israeli-Palestinian Coordination Against Hamas

Can Mahmoud Abbas help thwart a Hamas attack on Israel? 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 »

Is Dahlan Planning a Coup Against Abbas?

Patronage, politics, and paranoia Read More »

The Palestinian Authority’s Succession Struggle Continues

Who comes after Abbas? Read More »

Does Hamas’ New Leader Portend War in Gaza?

Yahya Sinwar’s aggressive military plans Read More »

ISIS Worries about a Hamas-Egypt Detente

In two recent incidents, Islamic State operatives fired rockets at Israel. Read More »

Hamas Prepares for the Next Round of War

The false quiet in the Gaza Strip 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 Egyptian President’s Payment to Hamas

Egypt’s intelligence services reshuffle Read More »

A Palestinian National Unity Government?

The “Moscow statement” on a Palestinian national unity government should be taken with a grain of salt. Read More »

The Islamic State Is Seeping into Jordan

Terror cells in Jordan may be coordinated Read More »

Resurgent Terror in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood seek revenge 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 »

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority – Ties Are Fraying

Why did the Saudis suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority? Read More »

The Businesses of Mahmoud Abbas and His Sons

Patronage and Corruption in the Palestinian Authority Read More »

Iran Is Courting Hamas

Anti-Israel solidarity papers over Sunni-Shiite animosity 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 »

A Road to Bypass Mahmoud Abbas?

Will Abbas become irrelevant? 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 »

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 »

Hamas’ Terrorism in Egypt

Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood allegedly involved in an attack Read More »

Russia Begins to Bleed in Syria

More Russian soldiers likely to deploy to Syria Read More »

Hamas Tries to Ride the Wave of Violence

Hamas’ image hurt by standing on the sidelines 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 2: Hamas Plan to Resolve Palestinian Crisis

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

Saudi Arabia and Israel Are in the Same Predicament

Saudi Arabia’s fear after the Iran deal 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 Shameful Failure of the War against ISIS

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

Tension between Iran and Islamic Jihad in Gaza

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

Toward a Regional Escalation?

Iran, the common denominator to Middle East instability 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 »

The Islamic State Has Saved Bashar Assad’s Regime

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

The Palestinian Authority’s New Economic Strategy

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

Hamas’ Relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia

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

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Incitement Campaign against Egypt

Will the  new Saudi king calm the tension? 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 Muslim Brotherhood Tries to Sabotage Egyptian-Qatari Reconciliation

Anti-Egypt incitement continues from Qatar. Read More »

Muhammad Dahlan and the Succession Battle for the PA Chairmanship

PA Chairman Abbas faces a political challenger. Read More »

The Paris Terrorist Attacks and Hamas’ Conspiracy Theory

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

Terrorism against France: The Hypocrisy of Hamas

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

The Palestinian Strategy: Internationalization of the Conflict Plus Intifada

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

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 »

Iran’s Growing Influence on Hamas

Hamas plays the Sunni card and the Shiite card. 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 »

Internal Hamas Debate about Rethinking Its Policies

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

Hamas-Fatah Rift Is Preventing the Rehabilitation of Gaza

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