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25th November 2017 – Quoted by Jason Burke - The Guardian

Sinai attack needs to be a turning point in Egypt’s war on terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Egypt’s restive northern Sinai province, where at least 235 people were killed and scores more injured in a bomb and gun assault on a mosque on Friday, has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, when Islamist militants killed more than 30 soldiers in one operation. more...

25th November 2017 – Quoted by Amanda Erickson - The Washington Post

Trump says mosque attack in Egypt proves U.S. needs border wall with Mexico. Is he right?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the wake of the horrific Egyptian mosque attack that killed more than 300 people, President Trump took to Twitter to both offer his sympathies and plug some favorite policies. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

‘Bad blood’ hovers over latest attempt at Palestinian reconciliation

Grant Rumley

With other major issues in the Middle East such as the Iran nuclear deal taking center stage in recent weeks, two rival Palestinian factions—the terror group Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA)—quietly announced a reconciliation deal and their decision to form a unity government. more...

26th September 2017 – Quoted by Noha El Tawil - Egypt Today

Analyst calls US sanctioning of terrorist groups to reinforce relations with Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism-finance analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury and senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote an op-ed in New York Post on Saturday suggesting sanctioning two terrorist groups that conducted several attacks in Egypt. more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

Egypt may be the newest front in Trump’s battle with North Korea

This week, the State Department announced it will withhold millions of dollars in aid to Egypt, a long-standing U.S. ally and a major recipient of American security assistance. more...

2nd June 2017 – Quoted by Egypt Today Staff - Egypt Today

Ex-US security adviser on Qatar’s appeasement of terrorism

John Hannah

Qatar’s relations with Arab and Gulf States have strained in the recent days following Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ remarks against neighboring countries, which have declared their war on terrorism; senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies John Hannah said in an interview to Egypt Today that the Qatari regime is trying to appease terrorist groups to secure itself from those groups. more...

3rd May 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Middle East Experts Pour Cold Water on Hamas Effort to Market New ‘Moderate’ Image to World

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite its current effort to market itself to the world as a “moderate” force, the Hamas terrorist organization’s goal remains the annihilation of Israel, a trio of experts have told The Algemeiner. more...

3rd May 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

At White House Meeting with Trump, Abbas Signals Abandonment of Unilateral Statehood Re

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered a strong signal on Wednesday that he would abandon the strategy he pursued in recent years seeking unilateral statehood recognition at international fora in place of peace talks with Israel. more...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Alex Kane - Vice News

Hamas Stops Calling for Israel’s Destruction, but Still Thinks the Country has No Right to Exist

Grant Rumley

In a stunning about-face, Hamas has formally declared acceptance of a Palestinian state (based on 1967 borders), moving away from its hyperbolic calls for the destruction of Israel. more...

1st May 2017 – Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Hamas Unveils New Charter

Grant Rumley

In an effort to improve its regional and international relations, the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas Party on Monday released a policy document that nominally softens its official position on Israel while still calling for “the complete liberation of Palestine.” more...

3rd April 2017 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed. more...

19th March 2017 – Quoted by Patrick Poole - PJ Media

New Islamic State Video Threatens Egyptian Christians, Shows December Church Suicide Bomber

A new video released today by the Islamic State in Egypt (titled "And fight against the disbelievers") targets the Coptic Christian community, which is still reeling from the suicide bombing of a church service inside the main Coptic Christian Cathedral compound in December that killed 29 worshipers and injured dozens more. more...

8th February 2017 – Quoted by Blake Hounshell, Nahal Toosi - Politico

CIA Memo: Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’

Jonathan Schanzer

Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency. more...

3rd February 2017 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Trump’s Iran sanctions realign US Mideast policy back toward Sunnis and Israel

David Andrew Weinberg

President Donald Trump’s administration issued new sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program Friday, marking a major step toward realigning U.S. policy in the Middle East away from the Obama administration’s rapprochement with the Iranian-Shi’a axis and back toward supporting the interests of America’s traditional Sunni regional allies. more...

2nd February 2017 – Quoted by Frederick Deknatel - World Politics Review

If Hamas and Egypt Reconcile, Will It Be on Egypt’s Terms?

Grant Rumley

Last week, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ top official in the Gaza Strip, visited Egypt for the first time since 2013, when Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-aligned former president, was ousted in a coup. more...

18th January 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Senate Muslim Brotherhood Bill Provokes Controversy

Jonathan Schanzer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 last week in a bid to “fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” The bill notes that “it is the sense of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist designation.” Nonetheless, since the legislative branch does not have the authority to make such a determination, the measure would require the Secretary of State to submit such an evaluation and report back to Congress within 60 days. more...

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage -

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will provide new opportunities and challenges going forward on issues such as Islamic extremism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the status of Jerusalem. more...

23rd November 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Israeli-Egyptian Relations Reach “Highest Level in History”

Egyptian-Israeli relations are at their “highest level in history,” regional analysts told the Qatari-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday, with Cairo and Jerusalem having forged a “full partnership and unbreakable alliance.” more...

20th November 2016 – Quoted by Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached "full partnership and unbreakable alliance", analysts say. more...

20th November 2016 – Quoted by Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached "full partnership and unbreakable alliance", analysts say. more...


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23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

14th December 2016 - 9:15 AM

Obama’s Gamble vs. Ike’s Gamble: American Influence in the Middle East

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a breakfast conversation on Wednesday, December 14, from 9:00am to 10:30am to discuss President Obama's Iran policy with the background of Michael Doran’s new book, Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East.