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24/3/2014 Old Foes, New Allies?

Mr. Edan Landau

During the past few months, we have witnessed what can only be perceived as a strategic change in U.S. foreign and defense policy. Part of the strategic change is expressed through new alliances, but mainly in reassessment of military needs and capabilities as well as the will to combat terrorism. If past goals were to win the battle against global terrorism on their turf, it would seem today's goals are to contain and engage by ethnic divide.

23/3/2014 In Syria: Assad may now be the greater evil

Dr. Ely Karmon

The U.S., European democracies, and Israel, see the Sunni jihadist in Syria as significant and immediate threat to the future of Syria as a potential basis for al-Qaeda and global jihadists. The West’s hesitation to earnestly support the rebel forces and the U.S.- Russian deal for the dismantling of the Syrian chemical arsenal, has actually given the Assad regime a free hand to quell the disunited opposition forces. At the same time, the West tends to ignore or minimize the Syrian regime’s historical record of support for terrorist forces in the region and beyond. In addition, they ignore the potential threat of the various Shia forces involved in the conflict alongside the Assad regime and strong support offered by Iran.

18/3/2014 Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances

Dr. Ely Karmon

My colleague Jonathan Spyer has published a short and accurate evaluation about the recent strategic shifts in the region which will undoubtedly impact on all the local actors but also beyond the Middle East.

5/3/2014 Making sense of global terrorism now

Fernando Reinares

Al-Qaeda used to be a unitary centralised jihadist organisation. But post 9/11 it evolved into a decentralised terrorist structure within which it is now possible to identify a central nucleus –known as al-Qaeda Central (AQC) and still located in Pakistan’s tribal areas and adjacent territories in Afghanistan– and a number of branches or territorial extensions. These al-Qaeda branches include, for instance, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

4/3/2014 Did the Salafist/Jihadist wave reach China?

Dr. Ely Karmon

While the world is particularly worried about the Ukrainian crisis and the possibility of the return of the Cold War, China suffered probably the most traumatic terrorist attack in its recent history. On March 1, 2014 at least 29 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by knife-wielding assailants at Kunming train station in the Yunnan province.

27/2/2014 Turkish – Israeli Virtual Reconciliation: Read Erdogan’s Lips

Dr. Ely Karmon

On February 3, 2014, Israeli media,citing senior Israeli officials,reportedenthusiastically that following negotiations in Israel between a senior Turkish delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Fridon Sinirlioglu, and National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy Joseph Ciechanover and Foreign Ministry Director-General Nissim Ben-Sheetrit would strike a deal with Turkey was possible “within days.” Turkish media claimed the agreement was waiting for finalization of “minor issues” before being submitted to PMs Erdogan and Netanyahu.

9/2/2014 Israel's Security Challenges

Mr. Avi Dicther

Mr. Avi Dichter discusses Israel's security challenges in RICE university in Houston.

2/2/2014 Al-Qaeda y los yihadistas palestinos: la conexión con Hamás

Dr. Ely Karmon

A finales de enero de 2013, tres miembros de una célula salafista/yihadista que operaban cerca de Hebrón fueron asesinados en una operación militar. La célula estaba planeando ataques con armas de fuego y secuestros de soldados de las Fuerzas de Defensa de Israel (FDI), así como ataques sobre objetivos de la Autoridad Palestina (AP). Majles Shura al-Mujahideen (Asamblea de Guerreros Sagrados) declaró que los tres militantes asesinados en Cisjordania eran miembros suyos y que su presencia en el lugar demostraba que la red islamista se había arraigado en territorio palestino. El grupo denunció las negociaciones de paz y amenazó con atacar Israel y la AP.

First published by El Imparcial on January, 30. 2014

29/1/2014 Al-Qaida and Palestinian jihadists: The Hamas connection

Dr. Ely Karmon

The symbiotic relationship between Hamas and salafi/ jihadi factions in Gaza will continue and probably expand on the background of their common interests to act against Israel.

First published by The Jerusalem Pos on January 29, 2014.

12/1/2014 Why the West should be scared of Syria

Dr. Ely Karmon

Syria has been declared the United States' No. 1 security threat for 2014. With radical forces growing stronger, are drone strikes the solution?

First published by Haaretz on Janury 8, 2014.

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