Prof. Hillel Frisch

Prof. Hillel Frisch

Prof. Hillel Frisch

(Ph.D. Hebrew University) Expert on Palestinian and Islamic politics, institutions and military strategies; Israeli Arabs; Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East; Palestinian-Jordanian relations; and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan. Email: [email protected]

The Fatah Conference: Finally an Abbas Victory

| August 25, 2009

Abbas finally appears to have gained some power in his party, Fatah. But due to persisting Palestinian internal divisions, he will still need the help of Israel and the US for controlling the West Bank.

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Israel in 2009: A One-Block State of the Right

| February 12, 2009

The Israeli election result this week confirms the emergence of a one-block, right-of-center dominant political reality in Israel; a fact that is
likely to dominate for many years to come. Kadima’s electoral achievement is ephemeral.

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Obama and the Muslim Cold War

| January 28, 2009

Throughout the Middle East, deep Muslim political divide could stymie
President Obama’s well-intentioned Mideast efforts. Mainstream Arab
countries, like Israel, seek US resolve in confronting the Iranian-led axis, not an “outstretched American hand” to the radical part of the Muslim world.

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The Need for a Decisive Israeli Victory Over Hamas

| January 12, 2009

A decisive, concretely visible Israeli victory over Hamas – which means
pursuing the enemy into its hideouts in Gaza urban areas and refugee camps and bringing about its surrender – is critical to rolling back the march of Islamic fundamentalist political power in the Middle East.

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Hamas: A Case of Strategic Suicide

| January 4, 2009

Hamas miscalculated its strength and support; erred in ending the six-month ceasefire with Israel; unwisely offended and threatened Egypt; and misread Israeli politics.

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The Iran-Hamas Alliance: Threat and Folly

| May 1, 2007

Since the US invasion of Iraq, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran has taken on the behavior of a regional hegemon. Indeed, Ahmadinejad speaks and acts as if he is the new leader of the Third World. Iran is setting itself up as the leader of a Mideast “axis of evil” with radical proxies and allies. An important aspect of the new Iranian reach is Tehran’s growing alliance with Hamas, which dates back to January 2006. Under Ahmadinejad, Iran has become an active revisionist state guided by radical religious conviction, while Hamas has captured almost complete control of the PA.

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The Palestinians and the Second Lebanese War

| January 4, 2007

Many have suggested that Israel’s questionable military performance in the Second Lebanon War have impacted negatively on Israel’s ability to deal with the Palestinians. However, in reality the recent war revealed that the tendency to see the conflict in broader terms, such as a clash of civilizations, is very much exaggerated.

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The Hamas Takeover Serves Israel’s Interests

| January 29, 2006

The decisive victory by Hamas in this week’s Palestinian elections, paradoxically, serves Israel’s interests. Hamas’’ win provides Israel and the international community with an opportunity to fashion a tough line against Palestinian Islamic terrorism and to bring the aid-dependent PA into line. Moreover, Hamas is bound to fail in running the PA, leaving open the possibility in the long term for the emergence of a more mature Palestinian leadership.

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