Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals

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Turkey’s Syria invasion following the US withdrawal of its troops means that all bets are now off in the Middle East. Smoke billows from targets in Tel Abyad, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP By invading northern … Read More

How to get Erdoğan off the Temple Mount

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Moves to check Turkey’s growing influence in and around the Temple Mount must take into account the difficulty of proving that Turkish-funded “civil” nonprofits encourage and foster terrorist activity. Anyone seeking to address the Turkish presence in Jerusalem must begin … Read More

ANALYSIS: What’s Behind the Crisis Over the Temple Mount?

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On Tuesday, Israeli police finally decided to close the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after a Muslim terrorist threw a firebomb at a station of the Border Police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One police officer was seriously wounded by the firebomb while Muslim … Read More

Opinion For Turkey, All Kurds Are Terrorists

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Turkey’s hatred of the Kurds means we have been shut out of international efforts to find a political resolution to the conflict in Syria. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August … Read More

Sisi: If Jews return to Egypt, We’ll build synagogues

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“President Sisi spoke fondly not only of Egypt’s past vibrant Jewish community, but also said that should there be a resurgence of the Jewish community in Egypt.” If Jews are interested in establishing a Jewish community in Egypt, the government … Read More

A week of military and diplomatic success for Israel; failure and humiliation for Iran and the PA

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On the political and military fronts, Israel outmaneuvers its enemies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured another diplomatic victory for Israel with the dramatic announcement that Chad and the Jewish State would be reestablishing diplomatic relations. The Muslim majority nation had severed ties … Read More

Analysis The Time-bomb That May Set Off the Next Israel-Hamas War Is Ticking in Gaza

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The ongoing crisis between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority could lead Hamas’ chief to launch an offensive against Israel Despite the renewed rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip and growing criticism from the opposition, the government apparently doesn’t … Read More

Analysis Sinai Attack: Astonishing Egyptian Failure Has Israel Worried

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The ineffectiveness cries out to the heavens, especially considering reports that Israel helped Egypt with intelligence and the use of drones against ISIS strongholds. The massacre of worshippers at a mosque in Sinai on Friday – the deadliest jihadi terror … Read More

Are Islamists making a comeback in the Middle East? Here’s why they succeed — and fail.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 23, 2013.  (Muhammad Hammad/Reuters) On Aug. 15, the Islamist National Alliance for Reform won a surprising number of seats in Jordan’s local elections, including the presidency of three municipalities. … Read More

Middle-East Tensions Soar After Critical Phone Call

One phone-call can change a geopolitical landscape. The last bilateral contact between the Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman last Friday is the best example. After some recent indications of a detente between … Read More

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