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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

The Iran nuclear agreement, the object of Donald Trump’s withering wrath, could well be in jeopardy. The U.S. president has denigrated the accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Geneva in the summer of 2015, as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” Furthermore, he has threatened to abandon it unless it is […]

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Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

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Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Draft- dodging seems to come naturally to the ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, community in Israel. While tens of thousands of new recruits are called up annually to do their national service, risking life and limb to protect their fellow citizens, the vast majority of able-bodied haredi men shamelessly shirk their duty, claiming that their Torah studies […]

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Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Filed in Middle East by on September 9, 2017 0 Comments
Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Syrian government spokespersons have steadfastly denied deploying chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, but these claims have always rung hollow. Last spring, as per usual, the Syrian regime shamelessly stuck to its script by denying responsibility for a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in northern Syria. The strike killed 83 civilians […]

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The Crumbling Islamic State Caliphate

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The Crumbling Islamic State Caliphate

The caliphate is crumbling. Islamic State’s much-vaunted state-building project in Iraq and Syria, which attracted regional and international support and tens of thousands of recruits from the far corners of the globe, is tottering and on the cusp of collapse. Since July, Islamic State has lost two more cities in Iraq, the loss of which […]

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Hezbollah’s Arms Buildup In Lebanon

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Hezbollah’s Arms Buildup In Lebanon

As expected, the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was renewed on August 30 for another year. Renewals have not usually posed serious problems because the presence of peacekeepers in southern Lebanon is in everyone’s interest. That’s understood. This year, however, a potential problem arose. Israel, having complained about Hezbollah’s alarming arms buildup […]

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U.S. Diplomacy Could Well Fail

Filed in Middle East by on August 27, 2017 0 Comments
U.S. Diplomacy Could Well Fail

U.S. representatives charged with restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and achieving the “ultimate deal” struck a remarkably upbeat note following their trip to the Middle East last week. Why they were so optimistic is most puzzling. Israel and the PA broke off bilateral negotiations three and half years ago after nine […]

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A Punishment That Fits The Crime

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A Punishment That Fits The Crime

On October 11, 2015, Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud, an Arab citizen of Israel and a resident of Umm al-Fahm, drove his car into a soldier and gravely injured her. He then stabbed three others in the vicinity, inflicting light to moderate injuries on his victims. The attack took place northeast of the city of Hadera, […]

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Israel has learned a sobering lesson from the nearly two week standoff at the Temple Mount: Its sovereignty in East Jerusalem, already widely challenged by the international community, is subject to a panoply of constraints and pressures. Israel possesses sweeping powers in the eastern half of the city, conquered by the Israeli army in the […]

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New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 25, 2017 0 Comments
New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

The new ceasefire in southwestern Syria, brokered recently by the United States, Russia and Jordan, has led to the first public dispute between Israel and the Trump administration. The truce, the culmination of months of negotiations in which Israel was involved, was announced on July 7 following the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump […]

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The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

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The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

Three years years after the eruption of the third Gaza war, the Gaza Strip remains a tinderbox. The Gaza region has been fairly quiet since the end of the war, with relatively little cross-border fighting having broken out, but both sides are acutely aware that a fourth round of hostilities could easily flare up again. […]

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