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Egypt’s New Foreign Policy

July 30, 2012 February 3, 2012 Avi publishes an article Is the Israel Egypt Peace Treaty in Jeopardy?  in which he accurately foresees the foreign policy of Egypt’s new rule. Here is an excerpt from the article: “… the current Saudi-Egyptian alliance is crucial for Egypt…and Egypt is keenly aware of its dependence on Saudi support…the Saudis expect Egypt to restore their sovereignty in the Sinai Peninsula – the sooner the better – and to avoid events that could endanger the Saudi’s interests  …Egypt’s dependence on the support of the international community, and mostly the US, is deepening  …some African states are demanding that the agreement concerning the split of the water from Nile River be revised in a way…

Iran: Anatomy of a Desperate Society

May 6, 2012 by Avi Melamed   In 1979 Rouhallah Ayatollah Khomeini sparked the Islamic revolution in Iran.  With that Revolution the rule of the Pahlavi dynasty in Iran came to end. The Islamic Revolution established a theocratic regime in Iran, or as the country has been called from that time on, “The Islamic Republic of Iran.” The regime that came to power envisioned the Islamic Republic of Iran to become a beacon of progress, prosperity and achievement.  In their vision “The Islamic Republic of Iran” would be the ultimate proof of Islam’s (and mostly Shiite Islam’s) moral and practical superiority. However vision is one thing and reality is another…More than 30 years after the Revolution, Iranian society in 2012…

Inside Hezbollah’s Private Dominion

February 14, 2012 by Avi Melamed The southern quarter of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is known by the name Al Dahya Al Janobiya.  Since the 1980’s Al Dahya has been primarily populated by Shiites most of whom came to Beirut from the southern part of Lebanon and the  Beqa’a area (a 120 km long and narrow valley in the center of Lebanon). Al Dahya is also the nerve center of  Hezbollah.  Al Dahya is the home of Hezbollah’s central headquarters as well as their main offices, thousands of Hezbollah members live there, including its senior leadership.  Al Dahya, like southern Lebanon and the Beqa’a area, is completely under the control of Hezbollah.  Practically speaking, the State of Lebanon has…

The ABC’s of the Middle East

September 16, 2011  by Avi Melamed Below is an article published on September 14, 2011 about Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s speech at the meeting of The Arab League on September 12, 2011.  The article was written by Mr. Tariq Alhomayed, the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the leading Arab language daily newspaper and the oldest and most influential in the Arab world. Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the youngest person to be appointed that position. Mr. Alhomayed has an acclaimed and distinguished career as a Journalist and has held many key positions in the field including; Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, Managing Editor of Asharq Al-Awsat in Saudi Arabia, Head of Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper’s Bureau-Jeddah, Correspondent for Al –…

Commemorating 9/11: A Close Look at the Face of Hate

September 11, 2011 by Avi Melamed As the world commemorates September 11, 2001, I would like to share with you a powerful testimony that provides a close, intimate look into the face of the hate. Before I do, allow me to briefly explain how I came across the poignant story I’m about to share with you. In November 2010 I launched a unique web-based initiative called Feenjan, in which I create short videos in Arabic (with English sub-titles) that present different aspects of Israel to the Arab world.  My goal through Feenjan is to add an Israeli-Jewish voice, in Arabic, to the narrative about Israel and to develop a platform for creating relationships between Israelis and Arabs around issues of common…

Is the Israel Egypt Peace Treaty in Jeopardy?

September 1, 2012 by Avi Melamed The calls in Egypt today to revise and even to abolish the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty have grabbed the headlines.  Is the Treaty in danger?  Will it be abolished?  From my analysis the answer is no.  What follows is my reasoning. The main characteristic defining the atmosphere in Egypt today is what I have labeled “political fever.”  More than 20 Egyptians have announced their intention to run for president and dozens of political parties have been formed in the wake of the Mubarak government’s demise. At the same time contemporary Egypt faces enormous challenges.  The most important of these involves their anemic economy which is on the verge of bankruptcy.  It is not at all clear…

Strategic Terror Attack in Southern Israel – Update

A similar analysis that I shared with you in the videos yesteday, regarding the objectives of Thursday’s terror attack, was published today by Tariq Alhomayed, the Chief Editor of the leading Arab newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat.   Click here to view the article in Arabic and in  English It was reported by the Israeli radio network  Galei Zahal  as well as Reuters on Sunday that “Diplomatic Sources” qouted intelligence reports indicating that Iran has cut, or fully-suspended, it’s financial support of Hamas.  (I refer to this in Part 3 of the video).   Click here for the Galei Tzahal report in Hebrew and here for the Reuters report in English

Knights of Human Rights

   July 10, 2011                                                                             by Avi Melamed In my most recent article entitled The Freedom Flotilla or More Accurately – Flotil-LIEI made the following argument: The Flotilla is a cynical PR campaign disguised as “an initiative that aims to provide humanitarian aid to the people in the Gaza Strip.”  Its real purpose is to paint Israel black. That article, like most of my articles and briefings, was based upon Arab sources.  It was my goal to provide you access to primary Arab sources that supported the above thesis.  Therefore, I included links in the paper; links to independent articles and reports as well as links to the official Hamas web site that supported the claim that there is no humanitarian…

The Magic Card Called Israel

June 10, 2011 by Avi Melamed In this short article I would like to share with you a basic rule regarding Israel and the Arab world. The rule is simple – Israel was, is, and to many Arabs will continue to be – a tool, a platform upon which Arab politicians, leaders, scholars, journalists and others could gain popularity, fame and support. Israel is a sure card for these people and many others in the Arab world.  You can always incite against Israel, criticize Israel, attack Israel, and condemn Israel.  That’s a great way to escape responsibility, to avoid the need to confront the real challenges and along the way to gain popularity. A perfect example for that rule was…

Osama Bin Laden is Dead and Alive

May 7, 2011 by Avi Melamed Over the past week the killing of Osama Bin Laden has been discussed from a plethora of perspectives.  In this article I would like to present a less discussed and less familiar part of the discussion.  The killing of Bin Laden reveals deep layers within the Arab world.  What are they?   What can we learn from these layers about the nature of the relations between the Muslim world and the West?  And, inevitably, I will also talk about the Israeli aspect of this issue. Here is a strange sentence:  Osama Bin Laden is dead and Osama Bin Laden is alive. Let me be clear:  In my mind he is definitely dead.  However, many people…

Making Friends with a Scorpion: the Murder of the Italian Peace Activist in the Gaza Strip

May 1, 2011 by Avi Melamed Today, and rightfully so, everyone is following the dramatic assassination of Osama Bin Laden.  I will write more in depth about this issue later this week. At this time, however, I would like to share an article I completed a few days ago.  As the news broke yesterday morning, I debated the timing and thought to delay distribution.  However, as I reflected on the day’s events and its place within our world today, I actually felt that the timing was perfect The article below discusses two aspects that are directly related to Bin Laden’s legacy of terror and death.                                                                                                   One phenomenon is the arm of Radical Islamic Terror, an “Octopus,” that is clearly inspired…

From Japan to Iran: Something to Think About

March 16, 2011 by Avi Melamed As the world closely and anxiously watches the nuclear drama unfold in JapanI would like to share with you the following thought provoking story, which clearly has much relevance. A couple of weeks ago a series of massive explosions rocked the city of Kum in Iran. That was not a terror attack.  The blasts were caused by gas leaking from the huge gas system infrastructure located in the area.  The reason for the explosions was simply the poor and deteriorating conditions of the massive Iranian gas infrastructure.  The Iranian President was alarmed; he knew that this time the regime was lucky, because there were no fatalities.  If such event repeats itself, and causes fatalities, it…

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