EU Blinded By Idealism – Palestine Has Become A European Project

EU blinded by idealism - Palestine has become a European project

OPED IN HAARETZ BY BJÖRN BRENNER Today's Haaretz features an article by Björn Brenner about European perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the EU's unwillingness to revise its policy goal of a two-state solution: "Is Europe more desperate for a Palestinian state than the Palestinians?", Haaretz, 18 June 2017. Excerpts from the article: "Today the European Union is one of the world’s keenest advocates of the two-state solution. Year after year, the EU continues to channel millions of euros from European taxpayers into various projects in the Palestinian territories focusing on building the institutions of a future state. Far from mere…

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Trump Tour – On The Dawn Of A New US Strategy In The Middle East

Trump Tour - on the dawn of a new US strategy in the Middle East

POLICY ANALYSIS BY BJÖRN BRENNER Following Donald Trump's first trip abroad as president, notably to Saudi Arabia and Israel, contours are beginning to appear of a new US strategy in the Middle East. This strategy appears to stand on three pillars: 1. Iran OUT: US takes a new, harsher, position vis-à-vis Iran and seeks to isolate and contain the Shia republic as much as possible. 2. Daesh DOWN: US aims to eradicate the Islamic State and its affiliates. In this, Trump includes Hamas and Hizbollah, putting equal signs between all radical Islamist groups. 3. Sunni states IN: US aims to…

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The Deradicalisation Of Islamists By Islamists In The Gaza Strip

The deradicalisation of Islamists by Islamists in the Gaza Strip

REFEREED ARTICLE IN STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT BY BJÖRN BRENNER 'The Deradicalisation of Islamists by Islamists: Hamas's kid-glove approach to Salafi-Jihadists in the Gaza Strip 2010-2015', Strategic Assessment, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2017. Abstract The Hamas administration in Gaza first set out to crush the territory's Salafi-Jihadi groups by force. Gradually, however, Hamas's approach shifted, from a strategy of attempted elimination to one of containment and assimilation. This shift followed Hamas’s realisation that the Salafi-Jihadi problem was more serious than it had first anticipated. Several of the militants being pursued showed to be former colleagues from the Qassam Brigades who had grown…

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The Enemy Just Blinked – Why Hamas’s New Charter Is A Big Deal

The enemy just blinked - why Hamas's new charter is a big deal

OPED IN HAARETZ BY BJÖRN BRENNER Summary: After several years of internal deliberations, hundreds of thousands of Hamas members have agreed on substantial revisions to their organisation's 30-year-old founding document. The new text excludes anti-Semitic language and embraces a Palestinian state on pre-1967 lines. For Hamas, this amounts to nothing less than a departure from its original goals and a compromise with its thus far rejectionist ideology. Read the article in full here: The Enemy Just Blinked - Why Hamas's New Charter Is A Big Deal "At the end of the day, Hamas has not yet relinquished its arms and is…

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