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U.S. Adjusts Its Policy In Syria

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U.S. Adjusts Its Policy In Syria

Less than a month after President Donald Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria within 30 days, the United States has adjusted its Syrian policy, much to Israel’s relief. Trump’s announcement on December 19 alarmed Israel, which feared that a precipitous U.S. pullout would leave a dangerous vacuum in Syria that Iran, Israel’s fiercest […]

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West Bank Settlements And Israel’s Future

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West Bank Settlements And Israel’s Future

When Israelis head to the polls on April 9 for the second time in four years to cast their ballots in a general election, they’ll be confronted by an array of political, social and economic issues. This time around, they’ll have to factor one more consideration into their calculations: the criminal charges of corruption and […]

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Netanyahu’s Moment Of Truth Approaches

Filed in Middle East by on January 3, 2019 0 Comments
Netanyahu’s Moment Of Truth Approaches

Israeli police recommended a month ago that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on criminal charges in connection with three corruption, bribery and fraud cases against him. These are extremely serious accusations that should concern Israeli voters. Lest it be forgotten, this was the third time in a year that the police had filed this recommendation. […]

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Hamas Targets The West Bank

Filed in Middle East by on December 24, 2018 0 Comments
Hamas Targets The West Bank

Periodic waves of violence have washed across the West Bank since it was conquered by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War. The reason is crystal clear: Israel’s military occupation, plus its settlement building program, have always been vehemently opposed by the West Bank’s Palestinian Arab inhabitants. The Palestinians under the leadership of Yasser Arafat […]

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Trump’s Strategic Blunder In Syria

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Trump’s Strategic Blunder In Syria

Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw some 2,000 American ground troops from Syria within 30 days struck Washington like a thunderbolt. “We have defeated (Islamic State), my only reason for being (in Syria),” he said in a Twitter post on December 19, blithely disregarding the advice of his national security officials. Trump’s abrupt announcement, though […]

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Canada Should Scrap Saudi Arms Deal

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Canada Should Scrap Saudi Arms Deal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has disclosed he is considering the possibility of cancelling a lucrative contract to sell more than 900 light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, which has a horrendous human rights record. This was not an entirely surprising development. Two months ago, Canada announced it had suspended the approval of new arms […]

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Australia Makes The Right Decision On Jerusalem

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Australia Makes The Right Decision On Jerusalem

Emulating the pragmatic example set by Russia last year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the right decision by announcing that Australia would move its embassy in Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem one day. “Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” […]

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Saudi Arabia Shuns Israel’s Overtures

Filed in Middle East by on December 15, 2018 0 Comments
Saudi Arabia Shuns Israel’s Overtures

If you take Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his word, Israel and Saudi Arabia could be on the cusp of establishing diplomatic relations and becoming good neighbors and even allies. This may happen one day, but at the moment, there are no solid indicators that this scenario will pan out. If anything, the Saudis still […]

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UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

Filed in Middle East by on December 7, 2018 0 Comments
UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

As Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said, December 6 could have been “a historic day” at the UN. Haley had hoped that a non-binding American resolution condemning Hamas, the first of its kind to be considered by the General Assembly, would pass. “For the sake of peace, and for the […]

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Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Filed in Middle East by on December 6, 2018 0 Comments
Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Tensions are flaring again between Israel and Hezbollah, Israel’s most formidable adversary and one of Iran’s chief allies in the Middle East. On December 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Belgium to conduct talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Iran’s plans to strengthen Hezbollah — which fought a month-long war with Israel in […]

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