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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

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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

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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

Essay: End Times?

Essay: End Times? Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Walter Russell Mead

The Christian communities of Syria and Iraq have survived 2,000 years of tumult and war. In some of them, prayers are still said in Aramaic, the language that Jesus used in daily life. These communities now tremble on the brink of destruction.

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

Mohammed Fahmy is an Al Jazeera journalist currently on bail awaiting retrial in Cairo on ludicrous terrorism related charges, and a close colleague of Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who was released after imprisonment on the same trumped-up charges in late January. Fahmy, an Egyptia

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As the fighting between Israel and Gaza continues into the seventh day, a ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt is on the table and has been supported by both the US and Arab League. Israel has accepted the cease-fire proposal, but the proposal has been rejected by the armed wing of Hamas.

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Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai

Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Northern Sinai has long played host to a variety of smuggling networks and jihadi organisations. Since General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's military coup of July 3rd, 2013 in Egypt, however, there has been an exponential increase in attacks emanating from this area. This increasingly lawless region is n

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