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The Decline of Wilayat Sinai

The Decline of Wilayat Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Wilayat Sinai, an organisation identified with Islamic State, has recently suffered a series of serious blows from the Egyptian Army. Most prominent among them was the air strike in early August 2016 that killed dozens of senior commanders, launched as part of a targeted campaign against terrorism i

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Israel’s diplomatic spring

Israel’s diplomatic spring Categories: Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel, in short, had always had at any given time at least two friends within the Turkish-Iranian-Egyptian triangle. In 2012, however, all three were at odds with the Jewish state. Four years on, the tables have turned.

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Islands of Stability?

Islands of Stability? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Eran Lerman & Joshua Teitelbaum

Having played a major role in sustaining the present Egyptian regime against political and economic challenges, the Saudis were now in a position to finalise the restoration of their sovereignty over the islands, control of which they had ceded to Egypt back in 1949 in the context of the latter's be

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

Hamas and ISIS in Sinai

Hamas and ISIS in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update is devoted to new evidence of increasing cooperation between Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, and ISIS - especially in terms of their branch in Sinai fighting the Egyptian regime, calling itself their Sinai Province ("Wilayat Sinai"). It also looks at Israel's challenges in confrontin

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

ISIS has killed thousands of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, with the city of Raqqa as its de facto capital... In Israel, concern is increasing as ISIS nears Israeli borders. Yet, several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessarily alarmist. ISIS

What ISIS might do next

What ISIS might do next Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria     Author: Yaakov Amidror

Over the past several months, ISIS, the militant jihadist Islamic State, has made significant gains. It controls a huge expanse stretching in Iraq from Ramadi west of Baghdad across the Syrian border to the archeologically rich Tadmur (Palmyra). And, at the same time, it has been consolidating its h

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Four years after pan-Arab upheaval shook its political foundations, Egypt is treading new economic, political, and diplomatic paths while increasingly harmonising with the Jewish state next door. The 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year autocracy was followed by three successors within less t

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