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Analysis: Meshal loses control of Hamas military wing as authority moves to Gaza leadership

Though he is expected to keep his position following an internal Hamas vote in the next few weeks, Khaled Mashaal, leader in exile of the Islamist movement, has lost his control over both the budget and the military wing which are now controlled by the Gaza-based leadership. This reflects a larger shift of authority within … Continue reading

Debate: Is Netanyahu misleading Israelis over Iran?

Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election? Guests: Naftali Bennett, a former chief of staff to Binyamin Netanyahu; Daniel Ben Simon, a member of the Knesset for Labor; Rami Khouri, the director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International … Continue reading

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

As Israel celebrates its 64th independence day, Knesset member Dr. Einat Wilf discusses Israel’s relations with its neighbors and the regional issues. France 24, France

Analysis: Arab revolts fail to stir divided Palestinians

While the rest of the region is subject to intense movements of protest, Noah Browning attempts to explain why such massive demonstrations did not take place in the Palestinian territories. According to the author, it is the division of the Palestinian leadership, the lack of support for movements of protests against Israel by this very … Continue reading

Opinion: Egypt-Israel Gas Crisis: publicity stunt or smoke screen?

Ayman Qenawi says the decision by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company to suspend the sale of natural gas to Israel because of a “business dispute” would  not have been possible without “a crystal-clear go-ahead from the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).” But the author says the reasons behind this … Continue reading

Opinion: How to save the two-state solution

Observing the deadlock in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and arguing that this deadlock may lead to a renewal of violence, Anders Persson asks the question: what can the European Union do to help bring about a resolution of the conflict? The author advises for the EU to: a robust process of delegitimization of the … Continue reading

Debate: Israel: The fear of a ‘flytilla’

As Israel stops hundreds of foreign activists which took part in the second ‘flytilla’, the panel will discuss whether Israel is over-reacting to the so-called ‘flytilla’ activists and whether foreign activists can really make a difference on the ground. Guests: Gregg Roman, the deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Mustafa Barghouti, … Continue reading

Opinion: Termination of Israeli-Egyptian natural gas agreement serves dangerous precedent

Following the announcement by the CEO of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company of the termination of the agreement with Israel, after 14 attacks against the pipeline since the revolution, Zvi Bar’el explores the causes behind the decision. As the agreement symbolizes for many the corruption of the Mubarak regime, pressure from the street may … Continue reading

Opinion: Understanding the truth behind Bahrain

Sami-al-Awar argues here that Bahrain is the victim of poor publicity by human rights organizations and Western media which do not understand “the difference between countries in the region and treat them all the same in their approach to events.” The authors indeed claim that the small island country is, despite the need for further … Continue reading

Debate: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates

Guests: Ahmed Naguib, Spokesperson for the Trustees Council of the Revolution and member of the Egyptian Tayyar party; Myra Daridan, Egyptian author and researcher; Alain Gresh, Deputy Director, Le Monde Diplomatique. France 24, France Part 1: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates Part 1 Part 2: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after … Continue reading

MEO will start publishing again in the next few days

The Middle-East Observer will soon be back! Check again soon In the meantime, have a look at our most read items (articles and videos) for the past several weeks: 1: Deployment of thousands of U.S. troops in Israel, a start of war against Iran? 2: Turkey dropping Marmara lawsuits 3: Map of Egyptian political parties 4: Interview: Palestinian President … Continue reading

Tehran rejects Israeli claims on Iranian role in attacks abroad

Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that claims by Israel that the recent attacks on its embassies in Georgia and India  were perpetrated by Iran and its ally Hezbollah were part of psychological war against the Islamic Republic. He said Israel was responsible for the attacks to tarnish Iran’s relations with the two host embassies’ host countries, … Continue reading

Analysis: Al-Qaeda Grows in Sinai

Since the ousting of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak a year ago, our attention has been turned to Cairo and the political developments taking place there, in particular the rise of Islamist political parties and the role of the military in the democratic transition process. But in the Sinai , bordering Israel, tensions have increased between … Continue reading

Interview: Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador

Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador, resigned a year ago, saying he could no longer defend his government’s policies Russia Today, Russia  

Interview: Yoel Edelstein, Israeli Minister of Information

Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Israel’s minister of information, questions the accuracy of EU reports about Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza. EU Observer, European Union

EU to keep paying new Hamas-linked government

Despite Hamas being designated a terrorist group by the European Union, Palestinian authorities will keep on receiving money from Europe despite the Fatah-Hamas unity government taking shape following the Doha declaration. “The EU looks forward to continuing its support, including through direct financial assistance, for a new Palestinian government that should uphold the principle of non-violence,” … Continue reading

Focus: Jerusalem SOS

In Jerusalem, Jewish and Arab paramedics cross psychological and geographical divisions to save lives. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Focus: Arab doctors historic meeting held in Gaza

Dozens of doctors from all over the Arab world arrived in Gaza for the first ever meeting of the union’s general secretariat in the Palestinian territory. Press TV, Iran

Analysis: After Doha deal, challenges remain to Hamas- Fatah unity

Though the Doha declaration is an important step in the process of national reconciliation within Palestinian society, much remains to be achieved and many challenges are still ahead. “What happened in Doha is an expression of good intentions and is a good step, but the reconciliation file is thick and will not be resolved quickly,” an analyst … Continue reading

Why Israeli radio transmits in Farsi for listeners in Iran

As tension has been growing between the Jewish state and Iran over the latter’s alleged nuclear weapons program, an Farsi-language Israeli radio aims at bridging the gap between the two countries and hopes to help spread peace between the two peoples. It even takes calls from Iranian listeners. “We, the people in Israel, are a peaceful … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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