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Israeli and Russian Interests Collide In Syria

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Israeli and Russian Interests Collide In Syria

Israeli and Russian interests in Syria — Russia’s closest ally in the Middle East and Israel’s longtime enemy — have been on a collision course for the past few months. Nonetheless, Israel and Russia have managed to maintain a constructive dialog to soften the edges of their differences over Syria. Since last September, when Russia […]

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Syria Must Take Responsibility For Its Aggression

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Syria Must Take Responsibility For Its Aggression

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, warned the Security Council on January 22 that Syria would attack Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel if Israeli air strikes against Damascus International Airport do not cease. In response, Israel deployed the Iron Dome missile defence system in the greater Tel Aviv area. Jaafari’s threat is very serious and […]

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Israel Seeks Recognition Of Its Annexation of The Golan

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Israel Seeks Recognition Of Its Annexation of The Golan

On his last visit to Israel earlier this month, John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, allotted a few hours of his time for a special tour. Weather permitting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would show him the Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since the Six Day War and which it annexed […]

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U.S. Adjusts Its Policy In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on January 11, 2019 0 Comments
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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