Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute
Harold Rhode received in Ph.D. in Ottoman History and later served as the Turkish Desk Officer at the US Department of Defense. He is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.
- Advisor on Islamic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense - Net Assessment. 1994-Jan. 2010
- Servedin Iraq – Coalition Provisional Authority – Liaison to the Iraqi Opposition,March-June, 2003
- Joined the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon in May 1982 as an advisor on the Islamic world - with special emphasis on Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Wrote papers on how to understand, negotiate, and deal with Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and the Arab countries. (1982-2010)
- Most notably during the Gulf War, he served as the Turkish Desk officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). At that time, he continued to write papers for OSD officials on Iran, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern issues. Papers deal with strategies to accomplish US policy goals, and how Middle Easterners perceive our actions. (1990-91)
- Served on US Department of Defense's Policy Planning Staff. Prepared "think-pieces" and strategy papers on Middle Eastern and Central Asian topics. (1991 -1994)
- Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Islamic History, specializing in the history of the Turks, Arabs, and Iranian peoples. Also studied in the universities in Iran, Egypt, and Israel.
- Studied in and traveled extensively throughout the Islamic world and has studied and done research in universities and libraries in Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.
- Taught Islamic history at the University of Delaware, Adjunct Professor (1979-81)
- Studiedat Ferdosi University, Mashad, IRAN, during the early and mid-stages of the Islamic Revolution, Spring –Summer 1978
- Received Ph.D. from Columbia University in Islamic History, specializing in the history of the Turks, Arabs, and Iranian peoples. (1979)
- Studied in the universities in Iran, Egypt, and Israel.
- Published many Op. Ed. pieces in the late 70s and early 80s published many Op. Ed. pieces in media such as The Wall Street Journal, and the Philadelphia Bulletin.
- Languages: Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew; French, and some Spanish and Italian.
In December 2013, Mr. Rhode was interviewed by The New English Review, in "The Savior of Iraqi Jewish Heritage".
Writings by Harold Rhode (View Biography)
by Khaled Abu Toameh
To understand what drives a young Palestinian to carry out such a deadly attack, one needs to look at the statements of Palestinian Authority leaders during the past few weeks.
The anti-Israel campaign of incitement reached its peak with Abbas's speech at the UN a few weeks ago, when he accused Israel of waging a "war of genocide" in the Gaza Strip. Abbas made no reference to Hamas's crimes against both Israelis and Palestinians.
Whatever his motives, it is clear that the man who carried out the most recent attack, was influenced by the messages that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership have been sending their people.
by Richard Kemp
Would General Allen -- or any other general today -- recommend contracting out his country's defenses if it were his country at stake? Of course not.
The Iranian regime remains dedicated to undermining and ultimately destroying the State of Israel. The Islamic State also has Israel in its sights and would certainly use the West Bank as a point from which to attack, if it were open to them.
There can be no two-state solution and no sovereign Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan, however desirable those things might be. The stark military reality is that Israel cannot withdraw its forces from the West Bank.
Fatah leaders ally themselves with the terrorists of Hamas, and, like Hamas, they continue to reject the every existence of the State of Israel.
If Western leaders actually want to help, they should use all diplomatic and economic means to make it clear to the Palestinians that they will never achieve an independent and sovereign state while they remain set on the destruction of the State of Israel.
by Louis René Beres
The Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO], forerunner of today's Palestinian Authority, was founded in 1964, three years before Israel came into the unintended control of the West Bank and Gaza. What therefore was the PLO planning to "liberate"?
Why does no one expect the Palestinians to cease all deliberate and random violence against Israeli civilians before being considered for admission to statehood?
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States endorsed a "Mandate for Palestine," confirming the right of Jews to settle anywhere they chose between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This is the core American legacy of support for a Jewish State that President Obama now somehow fails to recall.
A sovereign state of Palestine, as identified by the Arabs -- a Muslim land occupied by "Palestinian" Arabs -- has never existed; not before 1948, and not before 1967. From the start, it was, and continues to be, the Arab states -- not Israel -- that became the core impediment to Palestinian sovereignty.
by Timon Dias
It looks as if this new law is meant to serve as a severe roadblock to parties that would like to dismantle the EU in a democratic and peaceful way from within.
A rather dull semantic trick pro-EU figures usually apply, is calling their opponents "anti-Europe."
by Alan M. Dershowitz