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Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

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Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

The Palestinians have signed yet another reconciliation agreement, but will it last? In the past decade, the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement, Fatah and Hamas, have reached multiple unity agreements, only to see them dissolve in mutual acrimony within weeks or months. Can the latest one, brokered by Egypt’s General Intelligence Service […]

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The Land Is Full

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The Land Is Full

Israel is emerging as the most crowded country in the Western world, according to one of its leading environmentalists. “The elephant in the room is over-population,” says Alon Tal, the former chairman of Israel’s Green Party and the founder of the Israeli Union for Environmental Defence and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Tal, the […]

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The Kurds Deserve Statehood

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The Kurds Deserve Statehood

Kurdish independence is long overdue, as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (New York) declared the other day in hailing the outcome of the September 25th referendum on Kurdish independence in the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. As he put it, “The historic vote in Iraqi Kurdistan should be recognized and respected by the world, and the Kurdish […]

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U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

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U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

David Friedman, the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, has been shooting off his mouth again, issuing statements at odds with American policy. An outspoken supporter of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, he recently claimed that “settlements are a part of Israel,” a loaded comment that surely embarrasses the United States. “I think that was […]

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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

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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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