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21st August 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Worst Club in the Middle East

David Andrew Weinberg

The Worst Club in the Middle East

Hamas made headlines yesterday when the organization’s West Bank boss, Salah Arouri, finally admitted from his place of exile in Turkey that the group was responsible for the June kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Until now, Hamas leaders blessed the act but denied responsibility, and skeptics argued the kidnappers may have been acting alone. more...

20th August 2014 – The National Interest

Middle East Watchers: Keep Your Eye on Majid Faraj

Grant Rumley

Middle East Watchers: Keep Your Eye on Majid Faraj

There was a moment in July when the cease-fire talks in Cairo were on uneasy footing. more...

13th August 2014 – War on the Rocks

Libya’s Islamist Counteroffensive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Oren Adaki

Through much of June and the first half of July, fighting between the forces of rogue General Khalifa Hifter and Benghazi’s Islamist militias had reached an uneasy stalemate that now appears to be broken. more...

7th August 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Kuwait’s Terrorism Finance Problems Compound

David Andrew Weinberg

Just one day after Kuwait announced new financial regulations to counter terrorism finance, the U.S. Treasury Department yesterday imposed sanctions on three individuals for fundraising in Kuwait on behalf of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. more...

23rd July 2014 – The National Interest

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory. more...

6th August 2014 – War on the Rocks

A Widening Gulf: Impediments to Saudi Rapprochement with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, David Andrew Weinberg

Despite reports to the contrary, Saudi Arabia and Iran are not about to turn a corner in their 35-year-long confrontation. more...

31st July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Ali Alfoneh

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Arm Hamas. That was the main message of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan. more...

30th July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Hamas’s New Commandos

Patrick Megahan

Hamas’s New Commandos

Hamas rocket barrages are reaching deeper into Israel than previous conflicts, but Israel’s military brass is more concerned with the terror group’s newest tactic: commando raids. more...

25th July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day, Palestinian Protests, and West Bank Stability

Grant Rumley

Palestinians in the West Bank organized one of the largest protest marches in recent history last night, sparking clashes with Israeli police late into the morning. more...

23rd July 2014 – USA Today

FAA Hands Hamas A Big Win

Clifford D. May

A colleague and I were waiting for a airplane at Ben-Gurion International Airport just outside Tel Aviv a couple of weeks ago. more...