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Professor Hillel Frisch is a professor of political studies and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University, and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

ARTICLES BY: Hillel Frisch

January 8, 2019 8:59 am

The Story of Israel and Abbas: Security Cooperation (and Terrorism)

At one and the same time, the Palestinian Authority (PA) indirectly encourages terrorism while pursuing extensive security cooperation with Israel to quell it. Israel accepts...

November 27, 2018 11:51 am

Another Round, Not More Extortion, Is Needed in Gaza - To urge a fourth round of warfare against Hamas is no easy matter, least of all at a moment when Israeli decision makers...

November 26, 2018 9:22 am

To Ensure Sovereignty Over Jerusalem, Arab Residents Must Be Equally Protected

Benjamin Netanyahu takes pride in having played a key role in President Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and...

November 8, 2018 8:33 am

There Is No Political Solution for Gaza

According to Tzipi Livni, the MK for the Zionist Union and leader of the opposition, not only is there a political solution to Gaza, but...

November 1, 2018 12:34 am

Comparing Hebrew and Arabic Wikipedia Entries on the 1973 War Is Somewhat Hopeful

To Israelis, it is the Yom Kippur War. To Egyptians, it is the October (Tishrin), Ramadan, or Freedom War. Fought 45 years ago, the war...

September 28, 2018 9:01 am

How to Deal with Hamas: Make Concessions or Fight?

Israel’s leading politicians, Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been engaged in a fierce debate with Minister of Education Naftali...

September 26, 2018 11:30 am

Israel’s Nationality Law, UN Resolution 181, and the Arab List

Ever since 1988, when after 40 years of rejection, the PLO feigned acceptance of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 on the partition of mandatory Palestine...

September 20, 2018 10:33 am

Humanitarian Concessions Will Not Reduce Hamas Violence: Here’s the Evidence

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman appears to be accepting the argument that humanitarian gestures towards Hamas will buy quiet from the terror group. But the...

September 18, 2018 6:17 am

The Price of Israeli Withdrawal: Lessons from the Past

Twelve years after the tidal wave of terrorist violence known by the misnomer "the al-Aqsa Intifada," one still hears prominent politicians, commentators, and political researchers...

September 6, 2018 9:46 am

Why Hamas Escalated Its War — and Why It Is Winning

The accumulated deterrence achieved in the three previous rounds of wide-scale fighting between Israel and Hamas in 2008-9, 2012, and 2014 has come to a...

August 14, 2018 8:05 am

The Gulf States: The Weak Link in Sanctions on Iran

The Trump administration and Congress should address a major loophole in the Iran sanctions regime: the robust financial and economic ties between Gulf States and...

August 2, 2018 4:01 pm

How Popular Is Iran in Lebanon?

Iran’s hard power in Lebanon is well-known. At its beck and call is the Hezbollah militia, the powerful military force through which Iran largely controls...

July 18, 2018 11:30 am

Despite Putin’s Despotism, Russia Needs Israel

Why has Russia under Vladimir Putin acknowledged Israel’s need to prevent the buildup of an Iranian military presence in Syria? Putin’s vision is to cement...

July 17, 2018 12:05 pm

Have Putin and Netanyahu Struck a Grand Bargain?

Israel allegedly struck the T4 base near Homs, Syria on July 8, but did not conduct any airstrikes to stop the advance of Syrian and...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Trump Missile Defense Review Calls North Korea ‘Extraordinary Threat&...

President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped US missile defense strategy on Thursday that called North Korea an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months...


Israeli Navy Rescues French Sailor Stranded in Mediterranean Sea

A French sailor stranded in the Mediterranean Sea was saved on Thursday night by the Israeli Navy, the IDF said. In a tweet on Friday, the Israeli military noted the sailor -- whose...

Middle East

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Calls for Syria’s Return to Arab Lea...

Lebanon's Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. "Syria should return to us ... Syria...