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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

One more truce has ended yet another round of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip. But as we all know, none of the previous ceasefires have lasted long and have always given way to more bloodshed. The latest flareup, the most serious since the 2014 war, erupted on November 12 and petered out a […]

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on October 26 caught the Middle East by surprise, but it should not have been a surprising event, even though it was the first such trip by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years. For the past several years, Netanyahu has been saying that Israel has unofficial relations and cooperation […]

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The Palestinians’ Poor Human Rights Record

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The Palestinians’ Poor Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip paints a dismal picture on the “perilous state of human rights in Palestinian self-rule areas.” Observers of the Palestinian scene will not be surprised by revelations of arbitrary arrests and torture. Ever since the Palestinian Authority began administering Area A in […]

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The Khashoggi Fiasco

Filed in Middle East by on October 24, 2018 0 Comments
The Khashoggi Fiasco

If you believe Saudi Arabia’s constantly shifting story about the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, you’ll believe the Brooklyn bridge can be bought. Until very recently, the Saudi narrative was that no harm had come to Khashoggi and that he had left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in peace. Judging by the evidence, he […]

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Hamas Confronts Israel As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Filed in Middle East by on October 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hamas Confronts Israel As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Judging by Israel’s discovery and destruction of yet another Palestinian attack tunnel recently, Hamas is still very much in the business of war. The tunnel, which started in the Gaza Strip and penetrated about 200 meters into Israeli territory, was the 15th destroyed by the Israeli army in the past year. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza […]

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Ron Dermer’s Partisan Political Agenda

Filed in Middle East by on October 14, 2018 0 Comments
Ron Dermer’s Partisan Political Agenda

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has painted himself into a corner, revealing himself as an ultra-partisan political operative. Since his appointment in 2013, he has steadfastly refused to meet the leaders of progressive Jewish organizations, notably J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now. All of them are critical […]

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Trump Erred By Freezing Coexistence Programs

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Trump Erred By Freezing Coexistence Programs

Much to the detriment of Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, the United States has frozen a most valuable program designed to promote mutual tolerance, trust and understanding, build relationships across ethnic, religious and political boundaries, and address common problems. These are crucially important concepts in a turbulent region like the Middle East, where intolerance and fanaticism […]

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Russia’s Counter-Measures In Syria Rattle Israel

Filed in Middle East by on September 30, 2018 0 Comments
Russia’s Counter-Measures In Syria Rattle Israel

Israel’s honeymoon with Russia has definitely cooled since a deadly incident in the skies over Syria on September 17. On that day, Israeli jets bombed a weapons facility in the coastal city Latakia, prompting Syrian air defence units to accidentally shoot down a Russian Ilyushin reconnaissance plane with 15 servicemen abroad. The Russian government immediately blamed […]

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Gaza Ceasefire Talks Have Stalled

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Gaza Ceasefire Talks Have Stalled

Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have been trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but without success so far. In line with its efforts to pacify the usually tense Gaza Strip border region, Egypt has also been striving to persuade the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to reconcile after years of mutual acrimony. […]

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Israel Enforcing “Red Lines” In Syria

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Israel Enforcing “Red Lines” In Syria

It’s safe to say that Israel intends to vigorously enforce its “red lines” in Syria, despite a recent upsurge of tension with Russia, Syria’s chief ally and protector. In recent days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it crystal clear that Israel will use force if necessary to achieve four overlapping strategic goals in Syria. […]

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