Avi Melamed.

Category: Israel and the Muslim world.

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Here is an article I had published in Forbes…. A generation has passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. The Oslo Accords were guided by the concept that the two-state solution would finally resolve the conflict—but two decades later, Israelis and Palestinians remain caught in a sad, frustrating and vicious cycle that must be…

The Coalition of The Willing

Published in The Cipherbrief,  February 2016 by Avi Melamed   The collapse or weakening of state authority in different parts of the Middle East and Africa, together with growing inner challenges and chronic instability in large parts of the region and the widening and escalating Iranian-Arab power struggle, creates a chaotic environment militant Islamic groups exploit to expand their activities…

מסר משמעותי

Below is the Hebrew version of the English article I posted yesterday “A Significant Message“, please click here for that article. 20 ינואר 2015 מסר משמעותי ארגון חזבאללה הלבנוני הודיע כי שישה מפעיליו נהרגו בתקיפה שהתרחשה באיזור קנייטרה בצד הסורי של רמת הגולן ב 18 בינואר. בנוסף, הודיעה אירן רשמית כי בתקיפה נהרג קצין של משמרות ההפיכה האירניים בדרגת גנרל, אודותיו נמסר במידע ממקורות אחרים, כי הוא היה סגנו של גנרל קאסם סלימאני, מפקד כח אלקדס, חוד החנית של משמרות המהפכה האירניים. בדווחים בלתי מאומתים נמסר גם, כי באירוע נהרגו בסך הכל שישה אירנים בנוסף לאנשי חזבאללה. בין הרוגי חזבאללה באירוע עלו שמותיהם של ג’האד מג’אניה, שתואר כ “מפקד חזבאללה בגזרת הגולן” (ובנו של ראש הזרוע הצבאית של חזבאללה עמאד…

A Significant Message…

January 19, 2015 A Significant Message by Avi Melamed   The Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah announced that six of its militants were killed on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on January 18th. In addition, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced that an Iranian General was killed in the attack. Reportedly, the Iranian general was second-in-command of the Al-Quds Force,…

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – Wrong for Everyone

Over my last two weeks in the US on a Speaking Tour sponsored by the Friends of the IDF many people, asked me about my thoughts regarding BDS. So I have decided to respond by writing an article that I have wanted to write for a long time.   August 17, 201 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – Wrong for Everyone BDS supporters justify the use of sanctions against Israel as a legitimate tool. The underlying concept is that ending any kind of Israeli presence (and on top of it Israeli settlements) in the Palestinian territories is the key for a peaceful solution. Thus, according to that line of thinking- Israeli settlements are the obstacle on that path. Many people argue that BDS is in…

Bewildering American Move – Operation Protective Edge

Why was US Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest cease fire proposal rejected by Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia? Another misstep on the part of the US Administration stemming from a misreading of the Middle Eastern Map, results in the US government scrambling to do damage control. As the Middle East goes through increasing turbulence, stemming from the enormous challenges the region is confronting, it is critical that the West, especially the United States, understand how to foster and cultivate stability in the face of those that are determined to foment instability.   Avi Melamed, former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs and former Intelligence Official and educator, is today an Independent Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst,…

Avi Melamed Examines Possible Cease Fire in Operation Protective Edge

  Avi Melamed Examines Possible Cease Fire on July 25, 2014 – Day 18 of Operation Protective Edge   Avi Melamed, former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs and former Intelligence Official and educator, is today an Independent Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Regional Expert and lecturer specializing in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region. Avi is also the Rosenzwog Overseas Middle East expert at the Eisenhower Institute, Washington DC.

Operation Protective Edge – Light at the End of Tunnel

July 24, 2014   Operation Protective Edge – Light at the End of Tunnel A potential for a positive strategic change for Israelis and Palestinians by Avi Melamed   This article is written in the midst of a fierce war between Israel and Hamas which is taking place inside the Gaza Strip as well in Israeli cities and communities. As I write this I am fully aware of the fact that the situation is completely fluid. Any minute now something could happen that could change everything, and we may find ourselves in a totally different situation going in a completely different direction. It is very possible that the fighting will escalate. It is also possible that a cease fire will…

מבצע “צוק איתן”:אור בקצה המנהרה

This article is entitled Operation Protective Edge The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Prospects for a Positive Strategic Change for Israelis and Palestinians. I will send an English version PLUS a summary video over the next two days, thank you for your patience  22 יולי 2014   מבצע “צוק איתן” : אור בקצה המנהרה סיכוי לשינוי אסטרטגי חיובי עבור ישראל והפלסטינים אבי מלמד הדברים הללו נכתבים בעיצומו של מבצע “צוק איתן” אבל כבר עתה ניתן לקבוע לדעתי כי למבצע “צוק איתן” יש פוטנציאל להציע שינוי אסטרטגי חיובי מבחינתה של ישראל – וגם מבחינתם של הפלסטינים. מדוע אני חושב כך? מבצע “צוק איתן” שונה – בנסיבותיו, במהלכו, בתוצאותיו ובהשלכותיו המיידיות והאפשריות – בהשוואה לסבבי אלימות קודמים בין ישראל…

Muqawama, Money, Missiles

July 15, 2014 Muqawama, Money, Missiles By Avi Melamed The current round of violence between Israel and Hamas is caused by the simplest reason imaginable, yet very few are aware of it. MONEY. Let’s start with a clarification. Today, the real boss in the Gaza Strip, is a massively armed military force of about ten to fifteen thousand Palestinians known as the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades. Ezzedeen Al-Qassam is often presented as the military wing of Hamas – the rulers of the Gaza Strip. However, that definition should be revised to more accurately reflect the current reality. Today, the militia – the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, who rule the Gaza Strip – have a political wing, named Hamas. It is the Ezzedeen…

Avi Melamed US Lecture Tour Spring 2014

A New Middle East Requires a New Understanding. Events of an historic scale are rocking the Middle East. I have spent many years of my life in the streets of the Arab world.  I have watched the Arab Awakening evolve and erupt from the inside. The Middle East in changing before our very eyes, the landscape is shifting and changing every day, and can drastically change any minute now. My upcoming US lecture tour will help you understand the present and navigate the future. Egypt, the biggest and most important Arab State, is embroiled a fierce battle over its identity. Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are disintegrating in a bloody and violent process. Lebanon, once known as the Paris…

One Israeli Soldier Impacts the Arab World

May 21, 2013 In June 2006 the Palestinian organization, Hamas, abducted Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier. Shalit was held in captivity inside the Gaza Strip for more than five years. During this period of time the Israeli government and Hamas held long and complex negotiations regarding the terms for Shalit’s release. Throughout Gilad’s captivity, an intense ongoing campaign for his release was waged inside Israel and across the world. The campaign put pressure on the Israeli government to pay a high price, if needed, to bring Gilad Shalit back home. That demand reflects one of the most profound values of Israeli society – Israel’s moral obligation and responsibility to do whatever it may take to bring back home abducted or missing Israeli soldiers. The campaign…

Israel Opening Its Doors to Syrian Refugees?

******* Immediate Intelligence Bulletin Information Date: May 11, 2013 Event Date: May 10, 2013               Information Item: Israel Allowing Syrian Civilians to Enter Israel       Information Platform: Arab source Source: Random Source Reliability: Unknown Information Validity: Unknown Relevant Information: According to Syrian sources affiliated with the rebels in Syria, Israel allowed the entrance of Syrian civilians from the town of Al-Rafeed, located in the central part of the Syrian Golan Heights. The small town of Al-Rafeed is located in the A Zone of the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line in the Golan Height about a half a mile from the Israeli side. Since the outbreak of war in Syria there were no reports of Syrian civilians trying to enter Israel. However, on different occasions…

Did Israelis Kill Leader of Iranian Revolutionary Guards?

******* Intelligence Bulletin March 16 2013 Information Date:                                    March 16 2013 Information Item:                                    Iranian General was killed by an Israeli Elite force in Beirut? Information Details:                               The Iranian Revolutionary Guards General Hassan Shatri who reportedly was killed during Israeli air strike on the area of Damascus was in fact killed in Beirut by Israeli elite force. Information Platforme:                        Arab Media Source:                                                          Unknown nformation Platform Reliability:     The media platform is generally known as reliable Information Validity:                             Unconfirmed Relevant information:                           Read more about the killing of General Hassan Shatri in my article “How where and when was the Iranian General killed?”published February 15 2013. Assessment:                                                Though the information platform is known to be generally reliable, the information has no confirmation from other sources. Different…

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