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There Is No “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” – Matti Friedman (NYT via Daily Alert)

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Jan.16, 2019 There Is No “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” – Matti Friedman (New York Times) To someone here in Israel, there isn’t an Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the way that many outsiders seem to think. In the Israeli view, no peacemaker can bring the two sides together because there aren’t just two sides. There are many, many sides. Most […]

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The Man Who Humbled Qassim Suleimani – Bret Stephens interviews IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot (NYT via Daily Alert)

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Jan.13, 2019 The Man Who Humbled Qassim Suleimani – Bret Stephens interviews IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot (New York Times) “We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit,” says Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot about Israel’s undeclared and unfinished military campaign against Iran and its proxies in Syria and Lebanon. “Two-and-a-half years […]

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Summaries of 2 articles on Iran’s economy & military spending, by Daily Alert, with links

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Jan. 10, 2019 New Iranian Draft Budget Slashes Military Spending – Saeed Ghasseminejad and Tzvi Kahn Iran’s military spending will significantly decrease, according to a draft 2019-2020 budget that President Rouhani submitted to parliament in December. The new figures suggest that reimposed U.S. sanctions have forced Tehran to prioritize its stability over its expansionary ambitions. (Foundation […]

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Israel Will Continue to Act Against Iran in Syria with U.S. Support – Michael Doran (Mosaic via Daily Alert)

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Jan. 7, 2019 Israel Will Continue to Act Against Iran in Syria with U.S. Support – Michael Doran (Mosaic) The American presence in Syria had formed the primary obstacle in the way of Iran’s completing an unbroken corridor of political influence from Tehran to Beirut on the Mediterranean shore. With only 2,000 soldiers, the U.S. was […]

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Europe’s New “Munich”: Iran by Giulio Meotti (Gatestone Inst.)

By   /  January 4, 2019  /  History, International, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Jan. 3, 2019 Iran’s terror campaign is not directed only at the West’s democratic ally in the Middle East, but also at Europe itself. “The Iranian regime spends nearly a billion dollars a year just to support terrorism”. — Nathan A. Sales, US State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, November 13, 2018. In 1938, the leaders […]

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The U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Is Essentially Correct – Amb. Robert S. Ford (Washington Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  December 31, 2018  /  International, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Dec. 31, 2018 The U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Is Essentially Correct – Amb. Robert S. Ford (Washington Post) Many observers have asserted that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria gives victory there to Russia, Iran and the Syrian government. That’s absurd. Bashar al-Assad’s regime already controls two-thirds of Syria, including all of the major cities. The portion […]

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Iranian MP: 1,800 Religious Scholars, Preachers Hold Posts in Oil Ministry (Al Arabiya via Daily Alert)

By   /  December 27, 2018  /  friends/enemies, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Dec. 27, 2018 Iranian MP: 1,800 Religious Scholars, Preachers Hold Posts in Oil Ministry (Al Arabiya) The head of the Iranian Parliament Commission on Energy, Hassan Wand, said 1,800 religious scholars have been appointed to posts in the Oil Ministry under the guidance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, although their job titles and the nature […]

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A Dangerous Christmas for Iran’s Christians – Lela Gilbert (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  December 24, 2018  /  dhimmitude, double standards, Human Rights, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Dec. 24, 2018 A Dangerous Christmas for Iran’s Christians – Lela Gilbert “Over 100 Christians have been arrested in Iran in the past week and nearly 150 in the past month, as part of the [Iranian] government’s attempt to ‘warn’ Christians against proselytizing over Christmas,” the Christian website World Watch Monitor reported earlier this month. The U.S. International […]

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Summaries of 7 articles by Daily Alert, with links

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Israel, Mid. East news, stats, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Dec. 14, 2018 Hamas Is Trying to Open a New Front in the West Bank – Anna Ahronheim (Jerusalem Post) According to a senior IDF officer, a “large part of the [Arab] population in the West Bank is very violent and wants to carry out attacks. Only this year we succeeded in thwarting hundreds of terrorist […]

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The Lethal Error in Appeasing Iran – Melanie Phillips (JNS via Daily Alert)

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  friends/enemies, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Dec. 7, 2018 The Lethal Error in Appeasing Iran – Melanie Phillips When the Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015, one of the many reasons offered for that agreement was that it would help the supposedly moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Addressing the annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran last weekend, Rouhani called Israel a […]

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