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Dr. Mordechai Kedar
General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving orders to American paratroopers in England. (D-Day, June 6, 1944)
 

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Thus Passes the Glory of the World

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar outlines how weak U.S. policy in the Middle East has encouraged more aggressive behavior on the part of radical Islamic groups.

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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's grandfather was fearful of a Muslim massacre and appreciated Zionism.
 

Assad’s Grandfather’s 1936 Letter Predicts Muslim Slaughter of Minorities, Praises Zionists

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Many of the problems of the Middle Eastern states can be traced to the mistakes of the European state charged with developing them between the World Wars. The fierceness with which the Alawite minority - led by Bashir al Assad - will fight to retain control can be explained by their fear of Sunni Muslims. Way back in 1936, Assad's grandfather, Suleiman Assad warned France, which was then the power in charge of Syria, of the dangers of a Sunni Muslim takeover of Syria in 1936. He also spoke warmly about Jewish accomplishments in then Palestine and the injustice of Arab-Muslim violence towards Zionism.

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Mahmoud Agmadinejad tells Columbia University students "We don't have homosexuals in Iran," September 24, 2007.
 

Dr. Mordechai Kedar: Iran’s Culture of Deception Marks its Policies

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The Shi'a ethnic-religious tradition of pretending to be Sunni in order to avoid violent attack, even death, has resulted in a culture of deception which continues today, especially in Iran. This is reflected in Iran's dealings with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the West regarding its nuclear program and more recently when it hosted the Non-Aligned Movement conference in its capital. At the conference, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi - a Sunni - attacked Iran's ally Bashir al-Assad and his regime for slaughtering its own citizens in Syria as well as Assad’s unnamed supporters, i.e. Iran. Iran purposefully mistranslated the speech in Farsi to make it seem that Morsi was talking about Bahrain, not Syria.

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President George W. Bush with Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, April 25, 2002. Saudi Arabia is considered on of the leaders of the Sunni faction of Islam in the struggle against the Shi'a, now led by Iran.
 

The Sectarian Genie: The Sunni-Shi’ite Struggle Released by the Arab Spring

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

A more important and stronger phenomenon than Islamization is the escape of the factional genie from the bottle in which it was confined while dictators controlled the region.recognized the "factional genie" well , whether in the Shi'ite version or the Sunni version. The dictators took every means at their disposal, principally torture chambers, in order to deal with the factional jihadism which has no boundaries of law or ethics. Today, dictators are taken down one by one, and jihadism is flourishing.

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From left: Mr. Adnan Oktar, The Chief Rabbi of Geneva Rav Dr. Izhak Dayan, Dr. Mordechai Kedar
 

The Diplomacy of Rabbis (in Turkey and Beyond)

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Dr. Mordechai Kedar on the visit of a recent Israeli delegation to Turkey and why Israelis faithful to their religion and not the disciples of Left may be Israel's best chance at improving relations with its neighbors.

King Mursi the First
 

Mordechai Kedar: King Mursi the First

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Many Israelis do not know the rules of the game of the Middle East: the more we show enthusiasm for something, the higher its price rises, and the opposite holds true as well: the less interest we express in something, the lower the demanded price will be. If we announce day and night that we want peace with our enemies or to obtain the release of a kidnapped soldier who is in their hands - the price for the peace or the soldier will be more than we can pay.

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Aftermath of the Sinai terror attack
 

Mordechai Kedar: Terror on the Border – Who is the True Victim?

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The circumstances that were created after the murder of the Egyptian soldiers and the failure of the terror act against Israel proves the truth of the saying: "Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan." We can only imagine how great would be the cries of joy in Gaza if 18 Israeli soldiers had been killed, heaven forbid, instead of Egyptians.

 

Mordechai Kedar: Christians of the Middle East – Endangered Communities

Posted on: August 5th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The "Christian West" is perceived by traditional Islam as responsible for all of the ills of the region: the establishment of the State of Israel, its arming and its reinforcement, are perceived as a "Western" project and therefore also as a "Christian plot" and "modern crusade."

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Demonstration in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Arab World on the Precipice

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The situation in Syria is deteriorating quickly, and the state is literally disintegrating. The cracks in the government are widening; ambassadors, generals and soldiers are deserting, some branches of the Ba'ath party are announcing their secession from the regime, the Russian advisers are fleeing for their lives and the feeling that the end is near is taking hold more and more. Not the end of Asad, but of Syria. Not the regime, but the system.

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Ariel University
 

On Academia, Politics and Survival in the Middle East

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

All of the universities in Israel are political, and moreover, all of the colleges, yeshivas, hospitals, prisons, factories, homes, roads, trees - everything that we have established, built, and planted in Israel - everything, but everything, is political. The whole Zionist enterprise is a political project because it is the political and nationalistic manifestation of the desire of the Jewish people to return to its land and to renew within it its national life, its independence and its sovereignty.

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Demonstrating in solidarity with Libyan people
 

Mordechai Kedar: Tribal Democracy

Posted on: July 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Since Qadhaffi was overthrown a year ago, conflicts have broken out between the tribes and the main ethnic groups in Libya, Arabs and Berbers, and it was clear that the new political framework, in order to be an acceptable and legitimate system, must consider the social, tribal structure of the population and not try to fight it.

Supporters of Jordan's King Abdullah
 

Mordechai Kedar: Jordan and Radical Islam

Posted on: July 10th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Jordan has managed until now to remain untouched by these problems, and King Abdullah II knew how to navigate matters of the kingdom in a way that the waves of the revolution washing over the rest of the Arab world did not yet wash over his kingdom. But in the past few weeks - mainly since the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco - a different sort of problem is now becoming apparent: the problem of radical political Islam.

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Mordechai Kedar: The Brothers and the Muslims

Posted on: July 1st, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood is "God is our objective, the Qur'an is our law, the prophet is our leader, jihad is our way and death in the name of Allah is our supreme aspiration." Their symbol expresses this ideology well: the color green represents Paradise, two swords in the center express the two avowals of Islam - there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger - and one word, which appears in the Qur'an just once: "Wa-aidu" - "and prepare."

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
 

Mordechai Kedar: What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

Posted on: June 21st, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

In light of the situation in which the kingdom must stand up to external challenges - principally an Iranian threat to the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia - it is not clear whether the population of the kingdom will indeed lend strong support to the leadership of the ruling family.

Bashar Assad
 

Mordechai Kedar: An Open Letter to President Assad

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

After all of these crimes carried out by the regime that you head, life in Syria will never return to the way it was in the past. It cannot be that the storms of emotion will be calmed as if nothing ever happened. Mr. President, the time has come for you to understand the bitter truth, and so you must pack your suitcases.

African women seen walking in South Sudan
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Suffering of Africa – Sins of Europe Projected on Israel

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Politicians and European public figures, who have no desire to open the wounds of the past and stand in front of the mirror of history that will reveal their great wealth from Africa and their ethical nakedness, searched out a scapegoat, onto whom it would be possible to place all of the sins of their colonialism. Together with Arabs -themselves descendants of slave traders- they found the sacrificial victim: Israel

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Palestinian and Turkish flags
 

Mordechai Kedar: What Drives Turkey?

Posted on: June 4th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Turkey, no doubt, is an important regional power, and Israel must weigh its steps carefully when dealing with it, because of the changes that are occurring in the region and in light of the unsolved difficulties with Turkey – the flotilla two years ago and the gas in the future.

UAE leaders meeting with Hamas PM Haniyeh
 

Mordechai Kedar: Engulfed by Fear

Posted on: May 31st, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The states of the Arabian Peninsula feel increasingly dependent on the US and the West to safeguard their independence and their political and economic maneuverability, but the West seems tired and exhausted, and its leadership - especially the current resident in the White House, who is heavily influenced by the approaching elections - lacks backbone and has no ability to stop the Iranians from galloping towards regional hegemony.

A Palestinian woman kisses a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Syrian Crisis Spills Over into Lebanon

Posted on: May 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

From the tragedy of Tripoli and Lebanon we can draw several conclusions: in the Middle East it is not possible to establish a state with an Arab society and Western political characteristics; Iranian involvement - even the economic and cultural – will ultimately undermine Western cultural and political influence in the Middle East; and whoever legitimizes jihad against Israel receives terror in his own streets in return.

Muslim women protesting
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Frustrated Intellectual – Tariq Hagi

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Egyptian intellectual Tariq Hagi speaks frankly and openly about the many deep flaws that exist in Arab cultures. His message is different from that of most Arab spokesmen, because most Arab spokesmen strive to cover up the flaws in their societies, to conceal them and repress them - mainly because of the shame and the feeling of inferiority that these flaws arouse in them.

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