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Can Israel Rely On The United States?

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Can Israel Rely On The United States?

Could Israel rely on the United States in a crunch? That was the burning question Israelis doubtless asked themselves after a series of recent events in the Middle East. President Donald Trump has hewed to a strong pro-Israel policy since his election three years ago. But the Israeli government was unnerved by Trump’s unwillingness to […]

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Canada Reaffirms Its Support For A Two-State Solution

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Canada Reaffirms Its Support For A Two-State Solution

Canada’s endorsement of a United Nations General Assembly resolution on November 19 calling for Palestinian statehood and the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank has been deplored as “ill-advised” by a major Canadian organization, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, that claims to represent Jews in Canada. Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to […]

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Israel’s Corrupt Prime Minister Must Resign

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Israel’s Corrupt Prime Minister Must Resign

Call him, if you will, Mr. Asterisk. Within a period of only four months, Benjamin Netanyahu has earned two asterisks next to his name, one of which he would dearly like to delete from the record. Last summer, he surpassed David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Netanyahu won his first election in 1996 and […]

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New U.S. Policy On Settlements Detrimental To Peace

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New U.S. Policy On Settlements Detrimental To Peace

Nothing good can come out of the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on November 18 that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in breach of international law. Washington’s shift, the latest in a series of announcements by President Donald Trump’s administration reconfiguring U.S. policy on […]

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“Foggy Weather” In Turkey’s Ties With the U.S.

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“Foggy Weather” In Turkey’s Ties With the U.S.

Prior to his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on November 13, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained that the purpose of his visit was to “start a new era over common security issues” with the United States. “We are in agreement with Trump to solve problems and develop our ties despite the […]

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A Fair And Judicious Ruling

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A Fair And Judicious Ruling

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg issued a fair and judicious ruling on November 12,  which, predictably enough, was immediately denounced by annexationists in Israel who equate sovereign Israeli territory with Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Golan Heights. In a decision upholding a 2015 ruling by the European Commission, the court’s […]

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Israel Bracing For An Attack From Iran

Filed in Middle East by on November 12, 2019 0 Comments
Israel Bracing For An Attack From Iran

In recent weeks, Israel has issued a slew of warnings concerning the possibility of an attack from Iran, its arch enemy. Iran, which once had diplomatic relations with Israel, turned against the Jewish state in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution. In the past couple of years, Iran’s hostility has spiked under the impact […]

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U.S. Aid To Israel Could Be In Jeopardy

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U.S. Aid To Israel Could Be In Jeopardy

Israel is facing a sobering reality in its bilateral relations with the United States, its most important ally. Several of the candidates running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination have expressed a willingness to withhold U.S. military aid to Israel should circumstances warrant such a drastic decision. For the past three years, Israel has received $3.8 […]

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The reemergence of Russia In The Middle East

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The reemergence of Russia In The Middle East

As hundreds of American troops hastily withdrew from bases in northeastern Syrian late last month on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian military police almost immediately took over these installations on behalf of Russia’s chief ally in the Middle East, Syria. Shortly afterwards, Russian and Turkish forces began patrolling a former Kurdish enclave in […]

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Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

Filed in Middle East by on October 30, 2019 0 Comments
Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

Five years after announcing the formation of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of the Al Nuri Grand mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Baghdadi, with a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, died of self-inflicted wounds on October 26 when […]

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