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Dismiss This Rabbi

Filed in Middle East by on March 20, 2017 0 Comments
Dismiss This Rabbi

Women have always served in the Israeli armed forces and are an integral part of it, but in the past few years, they’ve played an increasingly important role in Israel’s defence. From training new recruits and flying aircraft to manning outposts and driving tanks, they form an indispensable component of Israel’s defence shield. “Since the […]

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Israel Should Heed Liberman’s Warning

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Israel Should Heed Liberman’s Warning

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has issued a warning that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be wise to heed. In an appearance before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee a few days ago, Liberman warned that Israel’s annexation of the West Bank would spark a crisis with the United States, its chief benefactor and […]

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Russia Props Up Syrian Police State

Filed in Middle East by on March 6, 2017 0 Comments
Russia Props Up Syrian Police State

Late last month, for the seventh time in six years, Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution in defence of its ally, Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. The resolution, proposed by France and Britain and supported by the United States, condemned Syria for deploying banned chemical weapons against rebel […]

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Fake News Out Of Israel

Filed in Middle East by on February 25, 2017 0 Comments
Fake News Out Of Israel

Credible politicians should not indulge in self-deception, but that’s exactly what Ayoub Kara, the Israeli minister-without-portfolio, did recently. On February 14, a day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump were due to hold their first formal meeting at the White House, Kara floated a ridiculous trial balloon that quickly ran out […]

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Has Trump Upended U.S. Policy?

Filed in Middle East by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
Has Trump Upended U.S. Policy?

Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States as a disrupter of received convention. Judging by his first official meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. on February 15, the newly-inaugurated president has no intention of changing his disruptive and confusing style. At a joint news conference with Netanyahu prior to […]

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The Regulation Law Should Be Struck Down

Filed in Middle East by on February 13, 2017 0 Comments
The Regulation Law Should Be Struck Down

For the sake of peace, one can only hope that Israel’s ill-conceived Regulation Law, passed earlier this month by the Knesset by a margin of 60 to 52, will be declared null and void. Sponsored and promoted by Naftali Bennett’s far right Jewish Home Party, which calls for the annexation of much of the West […]

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Islamic State, though In Retreat, Is Far From Beaten

Filed in Middle East by on February 7, 2017 0 Comments
Islamic State, though In Retreat, Is Far From Beaten

Islamic State, the jihadist organization bent on establishing a caliphate in the Middle East, is being pounded relentlessly by the United States and its partners in a concerted military campaign to dislodge it from its bases in Iraq (torn by sectarian strife), Syria (bloodied by a civil war) and Libya (mired in anarchy). The new […]

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The Real Face Of Netanyahu’s Government

Filed in Middle East by on February 2, 2017 0 Comments
The Real Face Of Netanyahu’s Government

Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election as America’s 45th president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flaunting his true colours as an arch nationalist bent on expanding Israel’s borders at the expense of peace with the Palestinians through a two-state solution. No  longer constrained by Barack Obama’s critique of settlement construction, and heartened by the Trump […]

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Trump And The Iran Nuclear Accord

Filed in Middle East by on January 30, 2017 0 Comments
Trump And The Iran Nuclear Accord

As newly-inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump settles into his job at the White House, a host of thorny foreign policy issues are competing for his attention. How will he manage bilateral relations with China and Russia? How strong a position will he stake out in confronting the Islamic State organization? What will be his attitude […]

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Donald Trump And Israel

Filed in Middle East by on January 17, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump And Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu could hardly contain himself after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in last November’s U.S. presidential election. In a video congratulating him on his victory, the Israeli prime minister, a catch in his voice, exuded glee, calling Trump “a true friend” of Israel and expressing confidence that he and president-elect would “strengthen the special alliance […]

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