Israel

The 'intifada of knives': A fire with no fuel

 Palestinians using slingshot in Bethlehem. (Photo: MCT)

Yaron Friedman
Analysis: Palestinians committing violence are mainly interested in being hailed as heroes online; Arab world surmises that without support from Fatah and Hamas, the 'knife intifada' won't devolve into anarchy
The first intifada in 1987 was called "the intifada of stones," the second in 2000 "the al-Aqsa intifada."

Into The Fray: What now?

 Palestinian flag

By MARTIN SHERMAN 
Persisting with its declared willingness to establish a Palestinian state while being unable to make the perilous concessions this calls for, makes Israel looks disingenuous and devious. Al-Aksa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours... they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to

The end of Abbas, the end of moderation


Author Uri Savir
We are probably nearing the end of the Mahmoud Abbas era, which also marks the end of the leadership era of the Tunis-based Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) guided by the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and his disciples. Its conclusion will be followed by uncertainty and chaos before a new regime and a new reality take shape.

Will struggle over Jerusalem transform into regional religious war?

 

Author Uri Savir
Doomsday scenarios rarely play out the way they are predicted. Yet, not much imagination is needed to envision what could happen in the Middle East these days if a hand grenade were to be thrown at praying Muslims at Al-Aqsa Mosque or Jews at the Wailing Wall.

New realignment in the Middle East

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) holds a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2012. Putin is on an official visit to Israel. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/FLASH90

By Manish Rai
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to set up a joint team from both countries as Moscow ramps up its military support for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who is losing ground to Islamist militants in country’s bloody civil war.

What's in store for the future of Turkish-Israeli relations?


Author Arad Nir 

Where is Salah al-Arouri these days? Where is the Hamas activist Israel claims has turned Turkey into a base for planning, funding and launching terror attacks in Gaza and the West Bank? It depends on who you ask. 

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