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Essay: The Great Rift Categories: Iran, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Syria     Author: Y. Carmon, Y. Yehoshua, A. Savyon and H. Migron

The Saudi-Iranian conflict, whose various aspects - geostrategic, religious, ethnic and economic - have been affecting the Middle East for the past 30 years, began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Philadelphi story Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

A primary target of the Israeli operation against Hamas in December and January was weapons smuggling tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Sinai. This border zone is known as the Philadelphi corridor.

What Israelis Know Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Most Israelis believe that the Palestinians don't want to make a comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state. Hamas doesn't want it; the Palestinian Authority (PA) is both unwilling and unable to do it. Israel faces a hostile Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah...

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Scribblings: The Numbers Game Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have released semi-official casualty figures for the Gaza campaign, and found no more than one-third of those killed were civilians. This is contrary to numerous media reports based primarily on claims by Hamas and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

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An Israeli-Palestinian agenda for Obama Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Adam Frey

Before his inauguration, US President Barack Obama promised that his administration would be engaged in the Middle East peace process from "day one". Because he is venerated in Europe and the Arab world for being perceived as fundamentally different from previous President George W. Bush, but has al

Teheran's Gaza Gambit Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Behind the scenes in the war between Hamas and Israel, there was a party playing a key role that aspires to be the big winner in the fighting - Iran. As in the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran is gaining precious time to promote the leading strategic goal of its policy in recent

Cracks in Hamas Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Ehud Ya’ari

Hamas has the ability to rehabilitate itself and this should not be taken lightly. But this time it will be hard to mollify Palestinian public opinion. There is no enthusiasm for Hamas' period in power; its fighting prowess has hardly inspired awe, and there is no longer any faith in its leaders.

After the Gaza storm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Having Hamas as a neighbour is like living next door to a serial killer who abuses his children and threatens to kill them if you go in after him. You can defend yourself but if the police won't arrest him the only choices left are to build a wall around him, stop him from getting weapons, and send

Scribblings: A notable absence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel bombed at least six mosques during the first week of its Gaza campaign. The silence about this has been pretty deafening. Why? Because it was absolutely clear that Hamas was caught red-handed using mosques as weapons storage centres and military command centres.

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