Category Archives: Gaza

Egypt and Gaza

This piece is published in Daily News Egypt Last Friday, a small group of Palestinians protested near the Egyptian border demanding the opening of the Rafah border. Their congregation ended uneventfully, however, it highlights a brewing crisis between post-Morsi Egypt and … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: November Edition

This is my second monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering  the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find useful. Main Headlines  Iran Iran FM Zarif outlines ideas to exit nuclear dispute Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: October Edition

This is a monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find it useful.  Syria Chemical experts  begin destroying Syria’s weapons arsenal UN urges immediate humanitarian access to Syria Syria wins cautious … Continue reading

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Israel Already Deals With Hamas

I wrote this piece for  The Daily Beast’s Open Zion Here is a copy, in case you missed it. As the debate about the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense becomes increasingly heated, many have expressed their … Continue reading

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The Era of Sadat

Jerusalem, 20th of November, 1977:  After prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Egyptian President Sadat addressed a special session of the Knesset. President Sadat spoke in Arabic: “If God … Continue reading

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Escalation in Gaza: Update 2

The frantic diplomatic efforts are ongoing in Cairo and all players are present. From the Palestinian side, Meshaal and Abu-Marzook ( Hamas), Ramadan Shalah ( Islamic Jihad) and Nabil Shaath ( Fatah). Israeli TV channel two has announced that an … Continue reading

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Escalation in Gaza: Update 1

In a previously undeclared summit, on Saturday Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi will meet Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo to discuss ways to manage the Gaza crisis. Sources … Continue reading

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The End of Deterrence

I published this piece few days ago in The Daily Beast-Open Zion , only few hours before the recent escalation in Gaza. Now I added a postscript following the recent events. Hopefully Later I will write more about Gaza, Israel and Hamas. … Continue reading

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Abu Mazen Pressured By New Hamas Alliances

I wrote this piece for AlMonitor. The Pulse of the Middle East It may be subtle, it may be slow, but undoubtedly the uprisings in the Arab world — particularly in Egypt — have resulted in new dynamics on the … Continue reading

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Qatar and Gaza between Perception and Reality

Image credit AFP In politics, perception is reality, a simple basic rule that is hard to evade or abolish. No country understands that concept better than Qatar. The monarchy, with wide ambitions that defy both history and geography, is working … Continue reading

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