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November 20, 2017

Briefing on Saudi Arabia versus Iran, Power Struggle in the Middle East

 Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri’s unusual resignation in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago highlighted the region’s uncertainty and growing power struggle between Iran and Saudia Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Arab Allies are meeting in Egypt today to discuss Iran. This tension is already felt across the Middle East. The Syrian Civil War and ISIS’s influence are […]

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September 19, 2017

Historic Kurdish Independence Referendum

Kurdish regional authorities have called for an independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan on September 25. According to the Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHREC), more than 5 million people across Erbil, Baghdad, and the Kurdish diaspora are eligible to vote. However the United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and many internal […]

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July 24, 2017

Temple Mount Status Quo Briefing

Tensions are high near the Temple Mount/ Haram Al Sharif after the riots and terrorist attacks this past weekend. The recent escalation began after three terrorists killed Israeli policemen outside the Temple Mount/ Haram Al Sharif over a week ago. Israel responded with new security measures. The Sheikh Yousef Abu Snaineh, Imam and Preacher of Al Aqsa Mosque, […]

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July 6, 2017

Field Tour: Hebron and UNESCO Vote on the Old City and Cave of the Patriarchs

This Friday, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is scheduled to vote on the Palestinian proposal to recognize Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage sites. This follows Tuesday’s vote when UNESCO passed a resolution denouncing Israeli activity in Jerusalem’s Old City. In May, UNESCO’s board ratified a resolution denying any legal or […]

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July 5, 2017

3 Years to Protected Edge: Changes in Hamas and Israeli Security

This Saturday marks three years since Operation Protective Edge began. While the border seems quiet and Hamas is growing increasingly isolated; both Israel and Hamas are preparing for the next expected, imminent conflict. Hamas is expanding it’s tunnel network. In response, Israel’s Ministry of Defense recently started working on an underground tunnel barrier. Hamas is under increasing […]

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April 4, 2017

Incitement or History? Israeli-Palestinian Curriculum Debate Rages

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas are slated to meet this month. According to senior PA officials, Abbas is expected to renew his commitment to combating anti-Israel incitement. This may prove challenging in light of the recent IMPACT-se study which found that the new Palestinian curricula is significantly more radical than in previous years, denying […]

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January 19, 2017

The Trump Administration and Israel: Analysis with Professor Efraim Inbar Director of the BESA Center

As President-elect Donald Trump is taking office, the geopolitical arena is changing as well. This is particularly relevant to the Middle East conflict and the policies of the US in the region. Professor Efraim Inbar, an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict, US-Israel relations and US-Middle East policy, will provide his perspective on how the new […]

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January 11, 2017

Pre-Paris Peace Conference: Briefing with Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

International pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to renew the peace talks has been increasing rapidly recently. It started with the Security Council’s controversial resolution concerning the illegality of settlements (23 Dec.), continued with John Kerry’s “Six Points” speech (28 Dec.) and will reach its peak at the Paris Peace Conference on the 15th of January. The Paris […]

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December 22, 2016

Israeli Civilian Campaign for Syria

Half a million Syrians have been killed in the five-year civil war, more than seven million have been forced to flee Syria including the hundreds of thousands who went to Europe. According to recent publications an estimated 400,000 people are living in besieged areas where humanitarian access is limited, and where some are dying of starvation. […]

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November 9, 2016

The “Morning After” the US Presidential Elections – US Presidential and Congressional Elections Briefing at INSS

Choosing the Next US President: The “Morning After” the US Presidential Elections with US Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro, INSS Director Amos Yadlin and others. The event took place at the INSS, 40 Haim Levanon St, Ramat Aviv on Wednesday, November 9th. MediaCentral was pleased to invite you to the INSS post-elections morning briefings and analyses of voting results and their […]

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