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Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

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Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

Is bipartisan support for Israel in the U.S. Congress slipping? This appears to be the case, judging by a series of recent events. A festive ceremony in Jerusalem on May 14 marking Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood and the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem attracted a small delegation of Republicans from the Senate […]

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Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

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Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

Once again, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shooting from the hip, creating a diplomatic crisis with one of Turkey’s most important neighbors. The volatile and authoritarian Turkish president did it again this week when he denounced Israel as a “terror state,” reiterated his allegiance to the Palestinian cause and downgraded Turkey’s loveless relationship with Israel, at […]

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Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

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Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

Tellingly enough, Russia refrained from condemning Israel after it carried out massive air strikes in Syria against Iranian and Syrian targets on May 10. Russia, which has cordial relations with both Israel and Iran and a special relationship with Syria, issued an innocuous statement rather than a condemnation after Israel’s ferocious attack. Its deputy foreign minister, Mikhail […]

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Jubilation And Bloodshed

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Jubilation And Bloodshed

It was a day of jubilation and bloodshed, a surrealistic commingling of events. As the United States officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, thereby fulfilling  President Donald Trump’s campaign promise, Israeli troops, acting in self-defence, killed 60 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,300 from the Gaza Strip who had charged toward Israel’s […]

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In A Turning Point, Israel And Iran Clash

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In A Turning Point, Israel And Iran Clash

It was a momentous moment in the Middle East, a dangerous turning point fraught with uncertainty. On May 9, a day after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow on one of his periodic trips to Russia to discuss current Middle Eastern issues with Russian President Vladimir […]

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Trump’s Strategic Blunder

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Trump’s Strategic Blunder

In what is probably a strategic blunder, U.S. President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 landmark Iran nuclear agreement, having denounced it as a “disastrous” and “horrible one-sided deal” that was “defective at its core.” Trump, however, offered to negotiate a new deal with Iran, but Iran is very likely to reject his proposition. […]

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Mahmoud Abbas’ “History Lesson”

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Mahmoud Abbas’ “History Lesson”

A few days ago, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered what he described as a “history lesson” to the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah. Some history lesson! During the course of a long and rambling speech, he made false and grotesque claims. They will surely diminish him in the eyes of peace-loving Israelis and Jews […]

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Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

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Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

As Israel celebrated its 7oth anniversary on April 19 by the Hebrew calendar  — the day the doomed but heroic Warsaw ghetto uprising erupted in 1943 — it grappled with a paradox. Never has Israel been as militarily strong, yet so insecure. Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East, with a humming […]

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U.S. Strategy In Syria Is Muddled

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U.S. Strategy In Syria Is Muddled

The United States is torn by indecision in Syria, and recent events illustrate this pattern of confusion. On April 7, Syrian government forces launched a chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, and it immediately placed the United States on the horns of a dilemma. President Donald Trump was reluctant to intervene, in line with his […]

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Syria Undeterred By Latest U.S. Strike

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Syria Undeterred By Latest U.S. Strike

Mission Accomplished, U.S. President Donald Trump boasted in a triumphant Twitter post on April 14, resorting to a discredited phrase appropriated by President George W. Bush in May 2003 to declare victory in Iraq after the controversial American invasion. Trump, hardly concerned by the negative comparison it would inevitably evoke, trotted it out less than […]

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