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Operation Pillar of Defense – Geopolitical Ramifications Part 1

November 21, 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense: Geopolitical Ramifications – Part 1 Rocket Attacks on Israel: Sirens in Israeli Cities Must Echo in the West by: Avi Melamed It is essential to understand that the most current round of rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip onto Israeli cities is yet another chapter in the long War by Proxies imposed on Israel by the Iranian regime. On many occasions, I have described the militant axis nurtured and operated by the Iranian regime as “the axis of Resistance” (for an example read my article Masters of Chaos: The Iranian Mullah Regime, June 2010).  In this article I outlined the mechanisms this axis employs time and again to create violence and instability,…

Operation Pillar of Defense

November 15 2012 by Avi Melamed We are clearly in the midst of an escalation in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Palestinian organizations based in The Gaza Strip. Yet, it my evaluation, at this juncture – keeping in mind that at any moment an unexpected event could change the picture dramatically – a long drawn-out violent round is not in the interest of the major players involved and mainly Hamas. My assessment is based upon the following: 1.            A long violent round will weaken Hamas and will play into the hands of the Palestinian organizations that constantly challenge Hamas.  A long and drawn out round will also endanger Hamas’ most important interest – its rule in…

The King of Bahrain to visit the Gaza Strip This Week?

October 29, 2012 by Avi Melamed According to reports in the Arab media – which have been denied by official Bahraini spokesmen – the King of Bahrain will visit the Gaza Strip by the end of this week. Such a visit, should it take place, would be another indication of the Gulf States willingness to reward Hamas following its detachment from the Iranian-Syrian axis. A visit by the King of Bahrain, following last week’s visit of the Emir of Qatar to the Gaza Strip is a clear sign of support of the Gulf monarchies for the pragmatic wing of Hamas. The visit is also a signal from Saudi Arabia.  Qatar’s tendency to conduct independent foreign policy and to promote its…

The Gaza Strip – Mercedes Benz and iPhone 5’s

October 16 2012  by Avi Melamed On October 7, 2012 the Estelle (boat) left Naples, Italy heading for the Gaza Strip. Reportedly, the boat is carrying goods for the people of Gaza like games, musical instruments, cement, etc.  The organizers announced that their goal is to draw the world’s attention to the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip caused by the Israeli siege. On many occasions, both in briefings as well as in articles, I have discussed everyday life in the Gaza Strip.  Each time I talk about this issue I emphasize the following: Many people in Gaza struggle economically.  However, the narrative of the “humanitarian crisis” and the “suffering of the people of Gaza” (caused by the Israeli siege) that…

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 –…

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…

The Gaza Jungle: Hamas is Under Stress and Other Predators Smell It

April 16, 2011 by Avi Melamed According to reports, a senior Hamas terror militant was killed in a military attack that took place a couple of days ago in Sudan.  The Sudanese Government blames the attack on Israel. Sources say that the person who was killed was Abd al Latif Alashkar “The Blonde” a senior leader within Hamas’ weapon smuggling system.  “The Blonde” is the translation of “Alashkar,” yet this specific person, in his early 30’s, was totally not blonde (Alashkar, according to some information, replaced Mahmud Almabhuh, a senior Hamas leader that was killed in Dubai in January 2011.  According to reports, Almanbhuh was killed by Israeli Mossad agents).  Hamas denies reports of Alashkar’s death and claims that he is…

Chaos Spreads in Syria – An Opportunity for a Strategic Positive Turn in the Middle East

April 13 2011 by Avi Melamed The following message is a brief summary of an expanded article. Here are the main points: As of April 13th 2011, the situation in Syria is becoming more chaotic by the moment. Hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed by Syrian security forces. The Syrian regime is operating a death squad called “The Ghosts” to take down Syrian civilian protestors. The University of Damascus is under siege and is occupied by the Syrian security forces. A humanitarian crisis is quickly developing in some Syrian cities. There is no bread or electricity in the city of Banias – one of the major centers of the uprising – and civilians that were shot and injured are…

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…

شبان الاتلال Special Report: A Journey to the Land of Conflict, The Youth of the Hills דו”ח מיוחד של פנג’אן – מסע לארץ המריבה, נוער הגבעות

في هذا الفيديو كليب يزور آفي ميلاميد مستوطنة اتلال العالم ويتحدث عن موضوع شبان الاتلال In this Video Clip, Avi Melamed, the founder of feenjan.com (a non-profit organization) is visiting the Israeli Settlement named the World's Hills and talking about the phenomenon of the "Youth of the Hills אבי מלמד, מייסד עמותת פנג'אן- מדברים עברית בערבית (ע"ר) מבקר בהתנחלות "גבעות…

رحلة الى ارض النزاع – الجزء الاختتامى للمقدمة Special Report – A Journey to the Land of Conflict: Introduction, Final דו”ח מיוחד של פנג’אן – מסע לארץ המריבה, סיכום ההקדמה

How many Settlers live in the West Bank? How many Palestinians? What motivates the large group of the Settlerrs? What is the every day routine for Settlers and Palestinian? Learn about that and more in the last segment if the Introduction to A Journey to the Land of Conflict.

رحلة الى ارض النزاع – المقدمة1 Special Report – A Journey to the Land of Conflict: Introduction, Part 1 דו”ח מיוחד של פנג’אן- מסע לארץ המריבה

Avi Melamed the founder of www.feenjan.com is talking about the history of the Israeli settlements.

القتال في البيئة المدنية The Front Line as the Home Front – Part 2 העורף כחזית חלק

Following the Israeli Military Court's sanctioning of two ex-Israeli soldiers for using a young Palestinian boy as a human shield. The court's decision is another milestone in the process of defining the right way for Israel as a democracy to confront a reality imposed on her, where the home front on both sides becomes the front line.


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