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Israel Latest Books and Briefings

1st January 2016 – Oxford University Press

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Orde Kittrie

In Lawfare, author Orde Kittrie draws on his experiences as a lawfare practitioner, US State Department attorney, and international law scholar in analyzing the theory and practice of lawfare. more...

18th July 2014 – FDD Translation from The Turkish Daily

A Call to the Chief Rabbi

Merve Tahiroglu

A translation of the open-letter by Turkish journalist Faruk Kose to the chief Rabbi of Turkey: When these Jews, who cause strife and mischief every place they go, were banished from Spain, Ottomans opened their arms to them. more...

8th May 2014 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the Peace Process: What’s Next?

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Deutch, and distinguished members of the subcommittee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I thank you... more...

29th October 2013 – Palgrave Macmillan

State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State

State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State

Jonathan Schanzer

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve recognition... more...

31st May 2012 –

United States Contributions to UNRWA

Below is a spreadsheet of America’s yearly contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency, accompanied by the corresponding amounts in today’s dollars. more...

23rd November 2011 – The 37th Interparliamentary Meeting Between European Parliament and Knesset

Common Threats, Different Approaches

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel, the EU and the U.S. confront the challenge of a nuclear Iran more...

14th September 2011 – House Foreign Affairs Committee

Reexamining U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Schanzer

I testify today having conducted interviews last week with Palestinian Authority figures, Fatah party officials, and Israeli authorities in both Ramallah and Jerusalem. I will base much of my testimony on these interviews, but also draw from other open-source documents and some broader historical observations. more...

19th October 2010 –

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released the first-ever study mining the Arabic-language Palestinian social media environment to determine Palestinian public sentiment and its potential impact on U.S. foreign policy. The report, entitled "Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media," used military-grade software to cull information from social networks. more...

24th January 2009 –

Egyptians’ Nuanced Approach to the Gaza Crisis

Speaking with Egyptians in Cairo and the Nile Delta during my recent visit, it was evident that the war in Gaza elicited passionate expressions of anger against Israel. However, while Israel remained the primary target of Egyptian outcry, as it traditionally is, the general reaction was far more nuanced. more...

9th January 2009 –

Intelligence Briefing #003: Israel Attacked from the North


11th November 2008 – Palgrave Macmillan

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

Jonathan Schanzer

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two decades reveals that the Palestinians have long been a house divided. more...

28th October 2005 –

Iran Calls for Israel to “Be Wiped Off the Map”

On October 26th, 2005, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke at the “World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran. At the conference, Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of the democratic state of Israel, and spoke about the confrontation, as he sees it, between Islam and the West. more...

19th November 2004 –

Briefing: EU Funding of PA Terrorism

There have been persistent reports that the Palestinians have used foreign aid, in particular from the European Union (EU), to finance terrorism. The EU has provided the Palestinian Authority (PA) with €2 billion ($2.5 billion) since 1993 and it is the largest single contributor of direct budgetary assistance, giving €112 million ($142 million) between January 2003 and June 2004. more...

26th March 2004 –

The Targeted Killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin



Clifford D. May

Founder and President

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow


18th May 2016 - 11:00 AM

A Conversation with Yair Lapid

A conversation with Yair Lapid. 

14th November 2014 - 11:00 AM

After the Gaza Conflict: Hamas’ Goals, Military Capabilities, and Financial Networks

Please join us for a panel discussion and conversation with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Dr. Matthew Levitt, Dan Moger, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Dr. Samuel Tadros, and Jeffrey White.

Rosie Gray, reporter for BuzzFeed, will serve as moderator 

Two months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what is known of Hamas’ military capabilities, tactics, and regional alliances? Where will the group’s monetary and military resources come from next? Will Hamas benefit from taking part in a revived unity government with the Palestinian Authority? What, if anything, can Washington do to prevent a resurgence of Hamas in the Middle East?