Author: Dr. Alon Ben - Meir

Israeli and Hamas Leaders Must Face the Bitter Reality

Netanyahu and Abbas The ongoing Palestinian demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border has turned out to be, not surprisingly, violent. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured. If these demonstrations continue through May 15 (Israel’s 70th anniversary) as planned by Hamas, scores more Palestinians will likely be killed, while increasing the probability of Israel invading Gaza for the fourth time to end the crisis. Regardless of how this conflagration ends, however, the biggest losers are the Israeli and Palestinian people. What is truly sad is that when the dust finally settles, the dead are buried, and the wounded heal,...

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‘Army of Islam’: Erdogan’s Plot Against Israel’

Turkish leader and his cabinet Less than a month ago, in advance of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is considered one of the mouthpieces of Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), published an article entitled “A Call for Urgent Action.” The same article was also published on the newspaper’s website with the more explicit title, “What if an Army of Islam was Formed Against Israel?” The article openly called on the 57-member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to...

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Is A War Between Israel And Iran/Hezbollah Imminent?

Benjamin Netanyahu and Hassan Rouhani By Michael Anderson and Sam Ben-Meir This is part 1 of a two-part article The recent violation of Israel’s airspace by an Iranian drone and Israel’s retaliation against Syrian and Iranian targets prompted many observers to suggest that the growing regional tension resulting from such incidents may precipitate a war between Israel and Iran/Hezbollah, and perhaps inadvertently with Syria as well. I disagree with this prognosis. I maintain that none of the players involved want to engage in a war that will inflict tremendous destruction and casualties without realizing any sustainable long-term gains. This,...

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The US’ Enabling Jeopardizes Israel’s Future

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office The United States has been and remains the staunchest supporter of Israel, and its unqualified support will cause significant damage to Israel’s future wellbeing. The US’ continued political, military and economic backing has enabled Israel in the past to maintain the occupation and create new political and physical conditions in the West Bank that have severely undermined, if not destroyed, the prospect of a two-state solution. Every Israeli government, regardless of its political composition, took the US’ support for granted, believing that no American administration...

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Basking In The Shadows Of The Ottoman Era

Great Ottoman Empire In Turkey By Sam Ben-Meir and Michael AndersonIf It is hard to fathom why Turkey’s President Erdogan, who embarked on the most impressive social, political, and economic reforms during his first ten years in office, turned around and systematically destroyed all that he had achieved. In doing so, he transformed the country into a police state where Islamic nationalism runs supreme. It is no secret that Erdogan is an ambitious man who aspires to become the leader of the Sunni Muslim world and dreams of restoring the “glory” of the Ottoman Empire. He is sparing no...

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George Weah First 100 Days

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