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Palestinians praying on a street outside the Damascus Gate
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Failure of the Palestinian Venture

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

There exists in the world, and even in Israel here and there, the desperate notion that if only the Palestinians can get their state, they will accept Israel's legitimacy and respect its right to exist in peace and security. But no one is willing to address the question: What will the world do when the Palestinian state, with territorial contiguity in Judea and Samaria, turns into a Hamas state?

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Demonstrators march in support of Bashar al-Assad's regime
 

Mordechai Kedar: Syria, Iraq, the Gulf, and the Iranian Octopus

Posted on: April 22nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Whoever wants to bring Iran down must support those rebelling against Asad. The leaders in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan understand this, and their support for the rebels may save them and the Gulf from the Iranian octopus. The question is how much time will it take for the sleeping Europeans and the dreamers in the White House to understand the complicated Middle East reality, and when will they begin to take action in order to bring Iran down?

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS
 

The Failure of the Palestinian Venture

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Palestinian spokesmen have it easy: they just have to blame Israel for their failure. It's convenient and it provides an explanation that the West will buy, because the West doesn't have a deep understanding of the problems of the Middle East. The truth of the matter is, there never was a chance for the Palestinian Authority to succeed, because of the innate problems that stem from the nature of the political culture of the Middle East. We will focus on a few of them.

Sudanese women seen walking in Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan.
 

Mordechai Kedar: Radical Islam in Africa

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The population of Africa is involved in a series of disputes with a tribal background, where the Islamist and ethnic components play an important, and sometimes critical, role. Saudi Arabian money, Wahhabi propaganda, the presence of terror organizations, and wide distribution of weapons do not contribute to a calming of tensions between the various demographics in Africa.

Palestinians carry the body of the Popular Resistance Committees leader Zuhair al-Qaisi during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip
 

Mordechai Kedar: What’s Really Going on in Gaza?

Posted on: March 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The Gaza Strip is no different from the rest of the Arab world, so tribal culture is alive and kicking there. Ever since the Hamas movement took control of Gaza trip in 2007, it has transformed itself from a gang of jihadists into a ruling government, a standard Arab state. The minor movements - Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Resistance Committeess - function like tribes, challenging the authority of the state. Today, these groups are doing to Hamas what Hamas did to the PLO twenty years ago when it was in power.

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King Abdullah of Jordan with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
 

Mordechai Kedar: Is Jordan ‘The Alternative Homeland’?

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Since its establishment, the Kingdom of Jordan has suffered from a split personality between two identities, the Jordanian and the Palestinian, that are intertwined like a pair of Siamese twins who hate one another, but cannot part from each other. The source of the problem is the fact that most of the citizens of the Hashemite Jordanian monarchy define themselves as "Palestinians", but their state is "Jordanian". So how should they relate to it - as their country or as a foreign interloper?

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Arab leaders meet
 

Mordechai Kedar: Tribalism in the Middle East – The Real Thing

Posted on: February 28th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Any real and workable solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict must be based upon this sociological fact: tribalism and loyalty to traditional religious and sectarian frameworks are the prevailing cultural and political framework of the Middle East.

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Demographic map of Syria
 

Mordechai Kedar: The Division of Syria

Posted on: February 21st, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

What will Syria look like the day after Bashar al-Assad's downfall?

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Kedar: Egypt’s Question of Sovereignty

Posted on: February 12th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Egypt's prosecution of pro-democracy NGOs reflects unresolved suspicions and hostilities towards the West and democracy.

Jordan's King Abdullah warns that the Arab Spring will come to Israel if the government does not give Abbas what he wants
 

2011: The Year of the Arab Winter

Posted on: January 10th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

This year six Arab countries experienced severe shocks that brought about the fall of some rulers or serious threat to their rule. The process began at the end of 2010, and continues until today.

Khomeini
 

Iran – The Failed Islamic Revolution

Posted on: January 4th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The Islamic Revolution in Iran has failed to achieve its goals, whether in the domestic, regional or global sphere. Their last chance for salvation is the nuclear project, which still wins support from China and Russia.

MUGHRABI BRIDGE
 

MUST READ: Why Jerusalem is “Holy” for the Muslims

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The question that confronts us today is whether Judaism and Christianity will submit to the Islamic religious narrative, which invalidates Judaism and Christianity, and appropriates their holiness, their prophets and their "founding fathers" unto itself.

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Tahrir_Square_on_February11
 

Egypt’s Rising Crescent Moon

Posted on: December 12th, 2011

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The most important question is how will the new Egyptian government conduct itself, when for the first time in modern Egyptian history ("Since the days of Pharaoh", in the words of the head of the elections committee) it represents the people in a fair way.

Assad
 

The Noose Tightens on Syria

Posted on: November 24th, 2011

InDepthAnalysis

The coalition that Iran built, whose center is Syria, is currently undergoing a tremendous jolt. The fall of the Syrian regime - which the Arab world is stabbing in the back - is only a matter of time estimated at a few weeks.

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