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From Israel: Ouch!!, by Arlene Kushner

By   /  October 11, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 12, 2019 The situation I address here is awash in complexities and troubling aspects. This past Sunday, October 6, President Trump, after a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced a very sudden decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria. This was in the face of Turkish threats to invade […]

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Trump did not betray the Kurds, by Caroline B. Glick (Israel Hayom)

By   /  October 11, 2019  /  friends/enemies, International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 11, 2019 The US has neither major influence in Syria nor an interest in confronting Turkey to protect the Kurds. Trump avoided war with Turkey this week and began extracting America from an open-ended commitment to the Kurds it never made. Click here for full article

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How the Syrian War Shifted Attitudes towards Arab-Israeli Rapprochement – Hadeel Oueis (Washington Inst. for Near East Policy via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 8, 2019  /  friends/enemies, Lies & Deceptions, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 8, 2019 How the Syrian War Shifted Attitudes towards Arab-Israeli Rapprochement – Hadeel Oueis (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) The Syrian civil war has slowly shifted the dynamic of who is considered an “enemy” in the Arab world. The war has reinforced the conviction of a broad group of Arab governments and peoples that […]

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Iran Opens a Second Front along Israel’s Border – Jonathan Spyer (WSJ via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 3, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 3, 2019 Iran Opens a Second Front along Israel’s Border – Jonathan Spyer Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and their loyal proxies have laid the groundwork for a second Iranian front with Israel in the Golan Heights, in addition to the one in South Lebanon. In “The Iranian Conquest of Syria,” published by the Jerusalem Center for […]

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Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Dennis Ross (Hoover Inst. via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 27, 2019  /  incitement, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 27, 2019 Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Dennis Ross (Hoover Institution) The Middle East today is not the Middle East of 2000. In 2000, Iran was still weakened by its war with Iraq, ISIS did not even exist, the Iranians had not provided over 100,000 rockets to Hizbullah, Hamas was controlled in Gaza and not […]

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The strategic cost of Israel’s political instability, by Caroline Glick (JNS)

By   /  September 25, 2019  /  International, Israel, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 25, 2019 Israel’s prolonged political volatility and uncertainty has had a disastrous impact on its strategic flexibility. When Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his position as defense minister last November and started the countdown to the Knesset elections in April, he plunged Israel into a state of political instability. Following the April […]

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Europe Turns to U.S. on Iran (WSJ)

By   /  September 25, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 25, 2019 Europe Turns to U.S. on Iran – Editorial Tehran’s attack on the global oil supply finally has moved Europe toward the U.S. position. That’s the meaning of a joint statement Monday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron blaming Tehran for the Sept. 14 attack […]

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Behind the French Enthusiasm for Iran – Amb. Freddy Eytan (JCPA via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  friends/enemies, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 23, 2019 Behind the French Enthusiasm for Iran – Amb. Freddy Eytan (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) From the day Emmanuel Macron entered the French Presidential Palace in May 2017, he has tried to improve France’s image in the international arena and play a central role in resolving conflicts. Macron is essentially […]

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How Saudi Arabia Failed to Protect Itself from Drone and Missile Attacks – Natasha Turak (CNBC via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 20, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 20, 2019 How Saudi Arabia Failed to Protect Itself from Drone and Missile Attacks – Natasha Turak (CNBC) Saudi Arabia, the planet’s third-highest defense spender, fell victim to a drone and missile attack on the world’s largest oil facility. The kingdom’s defenses are designed for entirely different threats. The low-flying and relatively cheap drones and […]

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Why Israel Limits Its Reaction to Provocations from Gaza – Hillel Frisch (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 17, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 17, 2019 Why Israel Limits Its Reaction to Provocations from Gaza – Hillel Frisch (Jerusalem Post) Why has Israel limited its responses to daily violence from Gaza? The answer is that it is in Israel’s interest that the Gaza front remain as quiet as possible for the time being. Iran clearly wants a hot war […]

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