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Iran Seeks Scapegoats To Explain Protests

Filed in Middle East by on January 8, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Seeks Scapegoats To Explain Protests

To no one’s surprise, Iranian officials conveniently blamed the latest outburst of anti-government protests in Iran, the most serious since 2009, on outside meddling. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused external “enemies” of fomenting the nation-wide disturbances, which broke out on December 28 and have so far claimed the lives of 21 people. Iran’s […]

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Israel Challenging Iran’s Presence On The Golan

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Israel Challenging Iran’s Presence On The Golan

With the start of a new year, Israel is focused on countering a looming threat developing on the Golan Heights. Iran, which has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel, is establishing a military presence on Syria’s side of the Golan, which, until very recently, was partially held by rebel forces seeking the removal of Syrian President […]

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Israel Is Neutralizing Gaza Tunnels

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Israel Is Neutralizing Gaza Tunnels

Israel is haunted by the specter of tunnels. For years now, Israel has been consumed by the fear that Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip will sneak into Israeli territory through tunnels and attack border communities in murderous raids that will cause multiple casualties. Palestinian tunnels have been on Israel’s mind especially since the summer of […]

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Erdogan’s Bombast

Filed in Middle East by on December 16, 2017 0 Comments
Erdogan’s Bombast

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been shooting off his mouth again. Since Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Turkish president has been vocal in his denunciations of his move. But while condemning the American president, Erdogan has gone out of his way to demonize Israel, which restored full diplomatic relations with Turkey in […]

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The Bizarre Saga Of Saad Hariri

Filed in Middle East by on December 12, 2017 0 Comments
The Bizarre Saga Of Saad Hariri

It was one of the strangest incidents in the annals of the Middle East. Middle Eastern politics can often be murky, but the Saad Hariri comic opera was unprecedented in terms of its layered opaqueness. Now, more than a month after the Lebanese prime minister tendered his resignation in Saudi Arabia, only to rescind it […]

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Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

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Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

Fulfilling a solemn presidential campaign promise, Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His historic decision, which touched off anti-American and anti-Israel demonstrations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and a host of […]

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Sinai Insurgency Challenges Egypt

Filed in Middle East by on November 30, 2017 0 Comments
Sinai Insurgency Challenges Egypt

The massacre of 311 Muslims in a Sufi mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula on November 24 underscores an unpalatable reality that Egypt has yet to accept and internalize: the Egyptian armed forces have utterly failed to quell the jihadist insurgency in the Sinai. No group claimed responsibility for the attack in the remote town […]

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Russia: Syria’s Protective Shield

Filed in Middle East by on November 21, 2017 0 Comments
Russia: Syria’s Protective Shield

Despite all his troubles, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria can count his blessings. His steadfast ally, Russia, is fully behind him, no matter what atrocities his armed forces commit in the ongoing civil war in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin is assisting Damascus militarily and politically. Without Russia, Assad might already have lost the war […]

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Anwar Sadat’s Historic Visit To Israel

Filed in Middle East by on November 19, 2017 0 Comments
Anwar Sadat’s Historic Visit To Israel

It was a visit like no other in Israel’s history. Forty years ago, on November 19 at 7:59 p.m., a Boeing 707, code-named Egypt 01, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport, one minute ahead of schedule. Anwar Sadat, the president of Egypt, had arrived in Israel, the first Arab head of state to set foot in the Jewish […]

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Israel Resisting Iranian Military Presence In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on November 13, 2017 0 Comments
Israel Resisting Iranian Military Presence In Syria

Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out Iran as the source of most of Israel’s security concerns. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires — a terrorist attack which claimed the lives of 29 Israeli diplomats and local workers and which was […]

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