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Iran-Saudi Talks: No Easing of Tense Relations Expected (Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, JCPA)

In recent weeks, there have been several rounds of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to temper tense relations. While Saudi Arabia is cautious about the chances of successful negotiations, Iran is showing a more optimistic approach and a willingness to echo talks taking place mainly in Iraq, for the first time […]

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Saudi Arabia is No Longer a Kingdom of Hate (Amb. Dore Gold, JCPA)

In September we commemorated 20 years since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.  Those of us who have been professionally involved in the study of the Middle East were shocked to learn that the vast majority of the terrorists who flew hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did not come […]

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Mahmoud Abbas’ Message of Hopelessness and Hostility at the UN (Alan Baker, JCPA)

PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2021, was almost identical to Yasser Arafat’s statement at the 2001 Durban Conference. Nothing has changed in the Palestinian message and narrative. Mahmoud Abbas’ Message of Hopelessness and Hostility at the UN (jcpa.org)

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Iran. Iran’s New Government: An Assertive Regional Policy and a Firm Stance toward the West (Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, JCPA)

Ministers of the new government pledge allegiance to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s legacy at his mausoleum. (Irna) Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) approved the list of ministers presented by President Ibrahim Raisi (excluding the Minister of Education). Most ministers are considered conservative, some are on the U.S. government’s sanctions list and are accused of international terrorism, such as […]

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Iran/Taliban. Iran and the Taliban: Bitter Enemies or Potential Partners (Amb. Dore Gold, JCPA)

Just as the Taliban emerged as a political force in Afghanistan in 1994, it became clear very quickly that their relations with their western neighbor, Iran, were for the most part based on mutual hostility. They were each radical extremes of the Sunni-Shiite divide with their political systems claiming that the head of their movement […]

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Taliban/Palestine/Middle East. The Taliban’s Palestinian Partners: Implications for the Middle East Peace Process (Dan Diker, Khaled Abu Toameh, JCPA)

Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met in Doha, Qatar, in August 2021. (Hamas) The Taliban’s reconquering of Afghanistan, followed by the ISIS-K terror bombing that killed 13 U.S. military personnel and scores of civilians, underscores the far-reaching implications of the U.S. withdrawal. The mujahideen’s takeover, following a 20-year, post-9/11, U.S. […]

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Israel/Palestine. Why Did the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas Meet with Defense Minister Benny Gantz? (Pinhas Inbari, JCPA)

Mahmoud Abbas and his cabinet in Ramallah. Prime Minister Mohammed Shteyah is closest to him on the left and Majed Faraj, head of the Intelligence Service, is on the right. (President.ps) The August 29, 2021, meeting between Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas provoked heated reactions across the entire Palestinian […]

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Israel. To Secretary of State Blinken: Repatriating Israeli Captives Is a Basic Humanitarian Right under International Conventions (Alan Baker, JCPA)

Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu, and Hisham al-Sayed During the August 27, 2021, meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Joe Biden, and senior U.S. officials, among the subjects discussed were Israel’s preconditions for the reconstruction of Gaza. Prime Minister Bennett stressed Israel’s requirement that, prior to any reconstruction of Gaza, there […]

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Iran. Iran Reinforces the Aerial Defense around its Nuclear Facilities (JCPA)

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall In parallel with reports of Israel’s preparations for a possible attack on Iran and a visit by the Israeli prime minister to the United States, Iran inaugurated a command and control facility of the Hazrat Masumeh Air Defense Group (HM ADG) around the nuclear site in Fordow in the Qom […]

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Saudi Arabia/Hamas – Saudi Arabia Acts Against Hamas Terrorism (JCPA)

Yoni Ben Menachem Hamas is deeply shocked by a Saudi court’s decision to send dozens of its activists to prison. They were arrested more than two years ago on suspicion of money laundering and smuggling funds to Hamas’ military-terrorist wing in the Gaza Strip, aided by money exchange companies in Turkey. Saudi Arabia Acts Against […]

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Iran – Iran Is Testing All Boundaries (JCPA)

Internal view of the “Iranian UAV impact site” on the Mercer Street ship on July 29-30, 2021, according to a U.S. Central Command report. The radical Islamic regime in Iran is carefully pushing an escalation with Israel to deter the new government from continuing to carry out attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. At the […]

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Israel – Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” Law (JCPA)

Amb. Alan Baker The Israel-Palestinian conflict is typified by periodic outbreaks of violence and terror carried out against Israel’s citizens within Israel by Palestinian terror groups and individuals. Such violence has included suicide attacks by Palestinian residents of the West Bank areas of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into […]