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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Israel’s Labor Party Moves Rightward

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Israel’s Labor Party Moves Rightward

Israel’s next general election is about two years away, but the newly elected leader of the center-left Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, is already maneuvering for advantage. Gabbay, who was elected to his post in July, has moved the Labor Party rightward in the hope of siphoning votes away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud […]

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Kurdish Gambit For Statehood Fizzles

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Kurdish Gambit For Statehood Fizzles

Massoud Barzani, the longtime president of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, announced his resignation on October 29 in a tacit acknowledgement that his historic gambit for Kurdish statehood had failed spectacularly. In the face of Iraqi and regional animosity, Barzani — the head of the Kurdish Democratic Party — went ahead with […]

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Retired Israeli General Calls for A Two-State Solution

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Retired Israeli General Calls for A Two-State Solution

Conditions are not yet ripe for Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement, but in the meantime, the Israeli government should adopt pragmatic measures to ensure that final-status talks will be possible in the future, says Amnon Reshef, the founder of Commanders for Israel’s Security, a non-partisan Israeli organization that promotes a two-state […]

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The Complex Battlefield In Syria

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The Complex Battlefield In Syria

The recent fall of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is one more indicator that the days of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria are numbered. Raqqa, its self-proclaimed capital since 2014, was captured by U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish forces on October 17 after four months of intense battles, which reduced much of it to rubble […]

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Donald Trump May Be Playing With Fire

Filed in Middle East by on October 17, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump May Be Playing With Fire

President Donald Trump’s risky decision on October 13 not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement raises several troubling questions. Is he recklessly playing with fire by jeopardizing an accord that placed strict and verifiable limits on Iran’s budding nuclear program? Is he giving Iran a pretext to resume its quest for a nuclear arsenal? […]

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