Middle East

Conspiracy Theories Abound In The Muslim World

Filed in Middle East by on June 23, 2018 0 Comments
Conspiracy Theories Abound In The Muslim World

Conspiracy theories in the Muslim world are as common and as popular as vanilla ice cream and apple pie in the United States. Arabs and Turks, in particular, have an insatiable appetite for this variant of fake news. As Abd al-Hamid al-Majjali wrote in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour last year, “The Arabs seem to believe […]

Continue Reading »

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Ridiculous Rhetoric

Filed in Middle East by on June 15, 2018 0 Comments
Ayatollah Khamenei’s Ridiculous Rhetoric

Just weeks after ferociously labelling Israel “a malignant cancer” that must “be removed and eradicated,” Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dialed down his rhetoric. In a series of recent tweets from his official website, he wrote that Israel’s protracted struggle with the Palestinians should be resolved peacefully rather than through war. “To define Palestine’s […]

Continue Reading »

Environmental Terrorism

Filed in Middle East by on June 9, 2018 0 Comments
Environmental Terrorism

For about the past two months, the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have turned to a new yet primitive weapon, incendiary kites, to harass and harm neighboring Israel. Comparatively small in size, cobbled together with transparent plastic wrapping and carrying  flammable materials, they set fire to nearby agricultural fields, grasslands, and nature reserves. By Israeli Defence Minister […]

Continue Reading »

Iran Nuclear Deal May Yet Collapse

Filed in Middle East by on June 7, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Nuclear Deal May Yet Collapse

Hard on the heels of the United States’ withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Germany, France and Britain this week in an attempt to persuade them to pull out of the landmark accord. Acknowledging that Iran had complied with the agreement, but complaining that Tehran had violated its […]

Continue Reading »

Disarming Hezbollah

Filed in Middle East by on June 3, 2018 0 Comments
Disarming Hezbollah

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres performed a valuable public service recently when he urged Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, to cease military activities and disarm. As well, he called upon Lebanon and the Lebanese armed forces to prohibit Hezbollah from acquiring weapons and building a military capacity outside the framework of the […]

Continue Reading »

Russia Addressing Israeli Concerns In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on June 1, 2018 0 Comments
Russia Addressing Israeli Concerns In Syria

It appears that Israel’s concerns about an Iranian military presence in Syria are being seriously addressed by Russia, Syria’s longtime ally. The issue, considered of the utmost importance by Israel, has topped Israel’s agenda for months now. In February, in an unprecedented incident that sent shock waves through the Middle East, Israel shot down an […]

Continue Reading »

A Surreal Development

Filed in Middle East by on May 27, 2018 0 Comments
A Surreal Development

On May 28, Syria assumed the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament, a non-governmental organization which, among other achievements, was instrumental in the promulgation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, an arms-control treaty that prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons. The presidency is rotated among its 65  members, and now it is Syria’s turn […]

Continue Reading »

Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

Filed in Middle East by on May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

Is bipartisan support for Israel in the U.S. Congress slipping? This appears to be the case, judging by a series of recent events. A festive ceremony in Jerusalem on May 14 marking Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood and the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem attracted a small delegation of Republicans from the Senate […]

Continue Reading »

Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

Filed in Middle East by on May 19, 2018 0 Comments
Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

Once again, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shooting from the hip, creating a diplomatic crisis with one of Turkey’s most important neighbors. The volatile and authoritarian Turkish president did it again this week when he denounced Israel as a “terror state,” reiterated his allegiance to the Palestinian cause and downgraded Turkey’s loveless relationship with Israel, at […]

Continue Reading »

Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

Filed in Middle East by on May 17, 2018 0 Comments
Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

Tellingly enough, Russia refrained from condemning Israel after it carried out massive air strikes in Syria against Iranian and Syrian targets on May 10. Russia, which has cordial relations with both Israel and Iran and a special relationship with Syria, issued an innocuous statement rather than a condemnation after Israel’s ferocious attack. Its deputy foreign minister, Mikhail […]

Continue Reading »