The Middle East has undergone revolutionary changes in the last few years. For most of the 1990s it was the conventional wisdom that the key to regional stability was to be found in the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and, as a result, Western diplomatic energies were primarily focused on that area. Now radical Islam is gaining strength among the Palestinians with the victory of Hamas in the 2006 parliamentary elections of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and its allies completely reject a negotiated solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and align themselves with jihadi organizations across the region. As a result, the Arab-Israeli conflict has become increasingly a part of the much larger struggle between radical Islam and the West. At the same time, Iran is more determined than ever to achieve regional hegemony. Indeed, the Sunni-Shiite rivalry is likely to emerge as the central axis of conflict in the Middle East in the years to come. Given this new strategic context, the U.S. and its Western allies have enormous leverage with the threatened Sunni Arab states. As a consequence, the West does not have to pay for their cooperation in Israeli coin. The book includes top quality pictures and maps
About the Author:
Dr. Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, served as Israel s Amb. to the United Nations (1997-1999). Previously he served as foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was an envoy to Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, and the Gulf States and served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. Dr. Gold is the author of Hatred s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003); Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown Forum, 2004); and The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007). Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Yaalon is the former Chief of General Staff, IDF from 2002 to 2005, during which time he led the army's successful effort to quell the Palestinian terror war launched in September 2000. He is currently a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon shipira served as military secretary to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is a snior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Daniel Diker, is a Foreign and Defense Policy Analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and an analyst for Israel Television s English News on Knesset and Middle East, Uzi Rubin has been involved in Israeli military research, development, and engineering programs for almost forty years. Between 1991 and 1999 he served as head of Israel s Missile Defense Organization, and in that capacity he oversaw the development of Israel s Arrow anti-missile defense system. He was awarded the Israel Defense Prize in 1996 and 2003. Martin Kramer, an authority on contemporary Islam and Arab politicsm is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center and author of the best-selling monograph, Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America. Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam
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