Avi Melamed.




Intelligence Analyst.

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Shalom, my name is Avi Melamed.  I am a former Israeli Intelligence Official and Senior Official on Arab Affairs. I am an expert on the Current Affairs in the Arab and Muslim World Arab and their impact on Israel and the Middle East.

I am an Israeli Jew, fluent in Arabic, English and Hebrew, with a unique understanding of Arab society and culture. I have held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities and communities throughout the region – often in very sensitive times – on behalf of the Israeli government agencies.

As an Author, Educator, Strategic Intelligence Analyst, I educate current and future leaders around the world about Israel and the Middle East and train them to be Media Literate Critical Thinkers who dialogue with reality and don’t get sidetracked by concepts, narratives and theories.

I provide intelligence analysis, briefings and tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policy makers, international media outlets and a wide variety of organizations and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East affairs.

As the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute, I spearhead the “Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives” program for college students, designed to ensure that the next generation to be in positions of influence will be more knowledgeable about the Middle East and will apply methods of critical thinking regarding Middle East Affairs.

My newest book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth, is a GPS to help you navigate the dramatically changing Middle East . It offers a unique insight into the Arab world, challenges widely-accepted perceptions and provides a gripping and uniquely enlightening guide to make sense of the events unfolding in the region. . In it he also offers an out of the box idea that could lead to a positive breakthrough in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

My blog offers you insight into my analysis of what goes on in our region and its impact here and globally. I hope you will find my analysis and commentary thought-provoking. I want your feedback – respond by commenting or email me directly.

Please see my Intel Tours & Briefings – be in touch by phone or email if you would like to consider booking me for an event in Israel or anywhere in the world.

My expertise includes: The Arab Awakening and Regional Ramifications; Arab perspectives on Israel; Current Affairs in the Arab World – and their Impact on Israel; Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East; Evolving Forces in the Region; the Geostrategic Environment of the Middle East; the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Jerusalem; Roots and Ideology of Radical Islam; Terrorism; the War in Syria; and In Through the Chimney – A New Approach to Countering BDS.

I hope you enjoy my website and I hope we will have a chance to meet in person either in Israel or in your home town.

Tasting the Bitter Pill of Reality: Hamas’ New Political Pact

June 17th, 2017 Tasting the Bitter Pill of Reality: Hamas’ New Political Pact Information In August 2014 I published an article entitled “Operation Protective Edge: Exiting to a New Space” in which  I analyzed the ramifications of the summer of 2014 war between Hamas and Israel. In that piece I wrote ”…As a result, Hamas enters a long process where…

Immediate Intelligence Bulletin: Senior Syrian or Hezbollah Military Commander Reportedly killed in Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights

******* Immediate Intelligence Bulletin   Date Report Published: March 19,2017 Information: Senior Syrian or Hezbollah Military Commander Reportedly killed in Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights Date of event: March 19, 2017 Date information received: March 19, 2017 Information Platform: Varied Information Platform Evaluation:  Unknown Source: Varied Source Evaluation: Unknown Spring:   Unknown Spring Evaluation: Unknown Information disclosed: Arab platforms of information report that an Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights on March 19th 2017 killed a Syrian named Yaser Mohammed Al-Sayid, identified by some Arab sources as high-ranking officer. According to one source, he was the commander of the Syrian Army’s Anti-Air Defense Force. Other sources argue the person is a senior commander within Lebanese Hezbollah organization. Reportedly,…

A Prediction Materialized: Iranian Proxy Vows to “Fight to Liberate the Golan Heights”

Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives Intelligence Bulletin     March 14, 2017   A Prediction Materialized: Iranian Proxy Vows to “Fight to liberate the Golan Heights”   Information: In my January 2017 article “A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East Legacy of Barack Obama “ I made the following prediction regarding the growing direct and indirect Iranian…

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Video Briefing: Iran Sends a Message in the Indian Ocean

In this video Avi Melamed analyzes Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabian ships in the Indian Ocean  


Video Briefing: The Middle East Legacy of Barack Obama

This video (to watch the video click below on “READ MORE”) compliments my latest article: “A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East Legacy of Barack Obama“ This will also be the theme of my upcoming  North American Tour – February 7 – March 27, 2017. If you would like to invite me to speak to your community please email me at…

A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East Legacy of Barack Obama

Click here for PDF of this Article January 19, 2017     A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle Eastern Legacy of Barack Obama by Avi Melamed   On June 4, 2009 the President of the United States, Barack Obama, delivered a speech at Cairo University entitled “A New Beginning” in which he called for the opening of a new…

Lebanon: No Land for Beginning Politicians

January 7, 2017 Lebanon: No Land for Beginning Politicians by Avi Melamed   On October 31st 2016, 81-year-old, General Michele ‘Aoun, former Chief of Staff of the Lebanese Armed Forces was nominated by the Lebanese Parliament as the new President of Lebanon. In December 2016, a new government was formed in Lebanon under the leadership of the Prime Minister of…

Avi Melamed on I24 News The Lineup

August 30, 2016   Avi Melamed on I24 News Lineup with Nurit Zunger talking about the WAR IN SYRIA Nurit Zunger interviewing Avi Melamed

The Politics of Pragmatism – Jabhat Al-Nusrah Disembarking from Al-Qaeda

August 23rd, 2016 Jabhat Al-Nusrah Disembarking from Al-Qaeda by Avi Melamed Background: Jabhat al-Nusrah li-Ahl al-Sham (The Front for the Support of the People of Sham) is Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Like Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusrah is a Sunni Salafi-Jihadist organization. The word “Salaf” means the past of something, its origin, its roots, its primal source. The origins of Salafi thought are deep in the sands of…

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