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Asia Watch: Being There

Asia Watch: Being There Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

A small contingent of Israeli officials attended a conference in Malaysia, which has long retained a stiff anti-Israel posture. Post-visit, the Israelis spoke positively of the experience, with hopes for a thaw in relations; the Malaysians, not so much.

The Dangerous US-Russia game in Syria

The Dangerous US-Russia game in Syria Categories: Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Noah Rothman

The US-Russian relationship in Syria has been a frosty one with its share of risks. Russia's direct intervention in the Syrian civil war began with strikes on anti-Assad militias covertly supported by the West and on the CIA-provided weapons depots that supplied them. Those strikes exposed to the wo

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The Last Word: Vienna variations

The Last Word: Vienna variations Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

The title of the conference, "An End to Antisemitism!", was in and of itself a topic of much discussion. French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy asserted that the only part of it he agreed with was the exclamation mark, while others even questioned this, proffering a question mark as an alterna

Deconstruction Zone: Why is Gaza so broke?

Deconstruction Zone: Why is Gaza so broke? Categories: Hamas, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Tobin

Gaza is broke. As a front-page New York Times feature on Feb. 11 explained at length, the conflict between the Gaza Strip's Hamas overlords and the Fatah party that runs the West Bank has resulted in a cash crunch that has left many of the area's two million people without money. Along with Gaza's i

All roads lead to Teheran

All roads lead to Teheran Categories: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Eyal Zisser

An escalation of violence on the Gaza border came on Feb. 17, precisely one week after the IDF intercepted an Iranian drone over Israel, subsequently carried out broad-scale airstrikes in Syria, and an air force F-16 was downed by the Syrian military. Purportedly, the events in Gaza and the north ha

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Coming soon - a Nuclear Middle East

Coming soon - a Nuclear Middle East Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East     Author: Ran Porat

A new Israeli report (February 2018) reveals a dramatic trend of expanding nuclear capabilities among Arab countries over the next few years... Dozens of nuclear reactors are in various stages of planning in the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia and even Sudan (led by the wanted war

Russia and the Israel-Iran confrontation

Russia and the Israel-Iran confrontation Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Herb Keinon

The scorecard for those actively involved in the events over the skies of Israel and Syria on Saturday, Feb. 10, looks something like this: Israel lost an F-16 fighter jet and an aura of complete invincibility over Syrian skies. Iran lost a drone, the drone's command and control centre, and some of

Scribblings: Good News from Jerusalem

Scribblings: Good News from Jerusalem Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's some good news from Jerusalem - according to a poll taken by Hebrew University, 60% of Palestinian residents of the city think that Palestinians should vote in municipal elections. Only 13% said they shouldn't. Why is this a big deal?

It's time Australia recognised Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organisation

It's time Australia recognised Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organisation Categories: Australasia, Lebanon, Op-eds, Terrorism, United Kingdom     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THERE is a group that was ­described by a senior US ­security official 15 years ago as the "A-Team of terrorists" and has only gone from strength to strength in the years since then. This group perpetrates violent acts against civilians, calls for mass murder and, by its own admission, doesn

Israel’s Iran problem heats up

Israel’s Iran problem heats up Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Saturday mornings in the Jordan Valley are usually as tranquil as the fishponds that dot the river floodplains, but dawn on February 10 was different. A pilotless drone emerged from the north and glided several kilometres along the river before sparking an unprecedented Israeli-Iranian confrontation

The Netanyahu Investigations: A backgrounder

The Netanyahu Investigations: A backgrounder Categories: Israel     Author: BICOM

Israeli police have formally submitted their recommendation to the Attorney-General (AG) that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases. Netanyahu denies all charges and is determined to remain in office. He appears under no immediate

History's real lessons on Iran

History's real lessons on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Several recent articles have called on President Donald Trump to change the Iran policy of the United States based on ‘past lessons' and Persian history. If we follow these writers to a logical conclusion, then they appear to accept that Iran must be appeased and accommodated, not confronted o

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