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Battle Lines

Battle Lines Categories: Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Jonathan Spyer

In the last decade, the Middle East has been living through a political convulsion of historic proportions. Regimes that once appeared immovable have been destroyed or have receded. New forces have risen up and are making war over the ruins.  

Will nuclear deal lead to a unity government in Israel?

Will nuclear deal lead to a unity government in Israel? Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having been told that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu equated Iran's anti-Israeli ploys with a biblical Persian anti-Jewish plot commemorated during the Jewish holiday of Purim, Mohammed Zarif said: "He even distorts his own scripture." In the Iranian Foreign Minister's narrative, it turned out,

An Iran deal and the test of reality

An Iran deal and the test of reality Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Yaakov Amidror

The nuclear framework agreement reached between Iran and world powers, namely the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, on April 2, was defined by US President Barack Obama as an "historic understanding," while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defined the deal as "bad."  

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Deal or No Deal?

Deal or No Deal? Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Amos Yadlin

The parameters of the future, comprehensive agreement between Iran and the world powers, as made public by the US Administration in early April, highlight the problematic nature of the ostensible agreement between Iran and the P5+1. The coming three months promise continued negotiations that are mea

Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland

Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland Categories: Europe, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that confounds philosophers and theologians. Now politicians are being confronted with it, too. First among them is Sweden's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström. Her good intentions have cost Sweden the good will of a large chunk of the

Editorial: A Trip to Teheran

Editorial: A Trip to Teheran Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

After her controversial April 18 meetings in Iran, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed that the two sides discussed future co-operation, including intelligence sharing, in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and on asylum seekers, as well as human rights issues.

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Israel at 67 - trailblazing into the future

Israel at 67 - trailblazing into the future Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

One of the highlights of last week's Israel's Independence Day festivities was the official torch lighting ceremony at Jerusalem's Mt Herzl. Honoured this year were people considered to be innovators and trailblazers in their respective fields.

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah?

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah? Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Russia's decision to transfer the advanced S-300 air-defence system to Iran could be a "game changer". The S-300 would significantly bolster Iran's military capability, as one of the most powerful air-defence systems in the world, which would make it much more difficult for Israel or the US to strik

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