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ANALYSIS: America Should Change Its Iraq Policy

ANALYSIS: America Should Change Its Iraq Policy

The U.S. should not help Shia Islamists to the detriment of Sunni Islamists. The U.S. should support toleration and moderation in Iraq. Their current policies don’t do this. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently stated that it would be a serious mistake to ease pressure on Iran in the nuclear talks in exchange for help […]

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Mordechai Kedar: “Iraq Should Be Broken Up Into Homogeneous States”

Mordechai Kedar: “Iraq Should Be Broken Up Into Homogeneous States”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a prominent Middle East scholar at Bar Ilan University, told an audience at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel that the United States made a great mistake by not dividing Iraq into three states, one Kurdish, one Sunni, and one Shia. He believes that this mistake led to a situation […]

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Egyptian Jewish Leader: Sisi Will Bring Egypt in a Cosmopolitan Direction

Egyptian Jewish Leader: Sisi Will Bring Egypt in a Cosmopolitan Direction

Levana Zamir, the head of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, stressed that Sisi is bringing Egypt in a more cosmopolitan and less hateful direction. She believes that it is good for everyone that he is Egypt’s President. Levana Zamir, the head of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, told the Foreign Policy […]

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Jordanian Palestinian Leader Condemns Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Jordanian Palestinian Leader Condemns Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Mudar Zahran, a Jordanian Palestinian political dissident journalist who aspires to overthrow the Hashemite Monarchy and personally establish a Palestinian majority democracy in Jordan, has condemned the Fatah-Hamas unity deal. He called for a Palestinian majority democratic state in Jordan to serve as an alternative to Hamas-Fatah totalitarian rule. Zahran, while condemning the Hamas-Fatah unity […]

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Exploiting Christian Imagery to Denounce Israel during Pope’s Visit

Exploiting Christian Imagery to Denounce Israel during Pope’s Visit

  During Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, the Palestinians utilized Christian symbols in order to demonize Israel. No official Palestinian source took advantage of the opportunity to make a peace gesture towards Israel. Pope Francis recently visited the Holy Land in an effort to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He made a […]

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Turkish Dissident Journalist: “Erdogan Behaves Like a Sultan”

Turkish Dissident Journalist: “Erdogan Behaves Like a Sultan”

Recently, over 300 Turkish citizens were killed after a mine exploded and caught on fire. In the wake of this disaster, there have been massive protests in Turkey calling upon Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. They view him to be personally responsible for the disaster. As a result, Erdogan’s government has begun […]

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Freedom House: The Turkish Press is No Longer Free

Freedom House: The Turkish Press is No Longer Free

Freedom House has recently noted that the Turkish press has entered into the not free category and that there has been a gradual decline in freedom of the press within the Turkish republic. Erdogan and his government are outraged, yet offer no counter proof. Hurriyet Daily News reported this week that Turkish Prime Minister Recep […]

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ANALYSIS: Sixty-Six Years of Yearning for Peace

ANALYSIS: Sixty-Six Years of Yearning for Peace

As Israelis celebrate sixty-six years of independence, they recall that they still have not managed to make peace with the Muslim world. However, despite the difficult situation, they continue to seek peace with their Muslim neighbors. Israelis are celebrating sixty-six years of being an independent country. As a state, they have thrived economically, scientifically, educationally, […]

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Are the Palestinians Finally Recognizing the Horrors of the Holocaust?

Are the Palestinians Finally Recognizing the Horrors of the Holocaust?

Holocaust denial and even the praise of the slaughter of six million Jews during WWII are widespread within Palestinian society. However, there are indications that this phenomenon is beginning to change, although some critics remain skeptical. Holocaust denial and even the praise of the slaughter of six million Jews during World War II are widespread […]

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ANALYSIS: There is No Difference between Fatah and Hamas

ANALYSIS: There is No Difference between Fatah and Hamas

Western claims that Abu Mazen was a peace partner for Israel have turned out to be a delusion, in the wake of the recent Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement. When it comes to Israel, Fatah and Hamas see eye-to-eye. Israel presently has no peace partner. The official peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have officially collapsed, as […]

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Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

The journalist who broke the story of the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal believes that the al Nusra Front backed by Turkey, not Assad, was responsible for the chemical weapons attack last August. Numerous Turkish commentators disagree with his assessment. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who broke the story of the My […]

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Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Despite losing an American friend to Palestinian terrorism and also almost getting murdered herself, Kay Wilson refuses to hate all Arabs merely because the Palestinian educational system teaches children to hate and some Palestinians decided to act on such hatred they were taught from birth. Kay Wilson has lived a difficult life. Both she and […]

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Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Following the recent Palestinian initiative to go unilaterally to the U.N. in order to declare statehood, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Israeli Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the Palestinian Authority. Ariel called for Pollard to be released unconditionally, while associates of Lieberman stated that he would permit his ministers […]

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Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

The recent tensions between the Obama administration and Israel are based upon cultural misunderstandings. If U.S. decision makers understood Israeli culture and mentality, Ya’alon’s statements would not be so offensive to them. A basic understanding of Israeli culture by U.S. decision makers could enhance Israeli-American relations. Last week, Samantha Quint wrote an article for the […]

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Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the director for the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (under formation) and a lecturer in the Arabic department at Bar Ilan University, believes that the two-state for two-people solution is out of touch with the Middle East reality. He believes that an eight-state solution better reflects the […]

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About the Author

Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Center for Human Rights in Middle East (under formation) and is a political analyst at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights. She is also a fellow at the Haym Salomon Center, a news and public policy group. For over 6 years, she has been an Israel-based journalist, specializing in radical Islam, abuses of human rights and minority rights, counter-terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iran, Kurdistan and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground-breaking book endorsed by Former Israel Consul General Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara that discusses how the media exploits the life stories of Palestinian female terrorists in order to justify wanton acts of violence. Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She received her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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