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Analysis & Commentary - Oren Kessler

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

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

Oren Kessler

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

Oren Kessler

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...

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

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

Grant Rumley, Oren Kessler

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...

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

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

Oren Kessler

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...

30th December 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage- JNS.org

Experts: Kerry farewell speech on Israelis and Palestinians places ‘posturing over policy’

Oren Kessler

The timing of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called farewell speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seemed to stem largely from “personal animosity” between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the address obsessively focused on Israeli settlements while ignoring illegal Palestinian building in the West Bank, experts said. more...

23rd November 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Israeli-Egyptian Relations Reach “Highest Level in History”

Oren Kessler

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

Oren Kessler

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

Oren Kessler

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...

11th November 2016 – Quoted by Matthew Bell - PRI

Beloved around the world, the late Leonard Cohen had deity-like status in Israel

Oren Kessler

Cohen’s name is often mentioned among a small circle of songwriting masters like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. The news of Cohen’s passing this week, at age 82, will come as blow to fans around the world. more...

2nd November 2016 – Quoted by Enterprise

Price controls ready to roll. Plus: US trade delegation arrives today

Oren Kessler

It was a reasonably quiet weekend for Egypt in the international press until Saturday afternoon. Shattering the calm: The assassination of an army general outside his Cairo-area home and a court ruling upholding a 20-year prison term for former president Mohamed Morsi and two senior Ikhwan officials. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by Foreign Affairs

How Well Off Is Israel?

Oren Kessler

The lead package of the July/August 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, now available on ForeignAffairs.com, deals with Israel's domestic and foreign challenges. more...

17th February 2016 – Quoted by JNS.org

Under El-Sisi, chapter on Camp David Accords added to Egyptian schoolbook

Oren Kessler

A history textbook to be used in Egyptian schools will discuss the country’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel for the first time, Israel’s Army Radio reported. more...

17th February 2016 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Yes, Religion Motivates Conflicts in the Middle East

Oren Kessler

One need not read very widely to encounter the theory—advanced by pundits, government officials, and scholars—that religion is irrelevant to the wars and disorders currently wracking the Middle East, or is merely used as a smokescreen to conceal other agendas. After marshaling much evidence against this line of reasoning, Oren Kessler explains why it has so much appeal. more...

28th January 2016 – Quoted by Max Fisher- Vox

The very silly controversy over Iran and Italy’s nude statues, explained

Oren Kessler

On Tuesday, Italy hosted an unusual guest: Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, who is touring Europe this week as part of his post–nuclear deal campaign to generate goodwill and economic ties in the West. more...

28th January 2016 – Breitbart

Al-Jazeera Files $150M Claim Against Egypt for Harassment of Journalists

Oren Kessler

The Al-Jazeera news network has filed a $150M arbitration claim against the government of Egypt, making good on a three-year-old threat to seek redress for what it describes as the persecution of its journalists. more...

9th December 2015 – Quoted by Benjy Sarlin - MSNBC

Donald Trump’s Israel Trip Prompts Warnings Of Mideast Firestorm

Oren Kessler

Donald Trump’s Muslim baiting has already roiled American politics. Now, presidential rivals, foreign politicians and security experts across the political spectrum are warning the GOP front-runner could become a one-man national security threat on his planned trip to Israel by further escalating the country’s already bloody conflict. more...

11th September 2015 – Quoted by Margaret Sullivan - The New York Times

Times Was Right to Change Insensitive Graphic

Oren Kessler

Many Times readers wrote to me Thursday about a graphic that appeared online and in print accompanying a story about the Iran nuclear deal. They protested a column in the graphic that identified whether lawmakers were Jewish, with a one-word heading: “Jewish?” more...

31st August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Turkish Delegation Arrives in Israel to Discuss Investment in Palestinian Business Project

Oren Kessler

A Turkish delegation met in Tel Aviv on Monday with Likud Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, the acting minister of the Regional Cooperation Ministry, to promote a proposal to build an industrial zone near Jenin in the West Bank. more...

26th August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Egypt Strips 3 of Citizenship for Becoming Israeli

Oren Kessler

Egypt's Interior Ministry revoked the citizenship of three of its citizens, because they acquired Israeli citizenship. more...

6th July 2015 – Quoted by Christopher Snyder - FOXNews.com

Egypt Faces Challenging Task Containing ISIS Presence in Region

Oren Kessler

The unraveling security situation in parts of Egypt is drawing new attention to the fight against Islamist extremists in the region. more...