Middle East

Turkey’s Invasion Of Syria Brings Chaos

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Turkey’s Invasion Of Syria Brings Chaos

President Donald Trump’s momentous decision to pull more U.S. forces out of Syria has unleashed a chaotic and confusing roller-coaster of events in the Middle East that could well be detrimental to American interests in the region. Trump, after phoning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, withdrew some 50 U.S. troops from outposts in […]

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Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

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Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

A top-level Iranian official conveyed a stark New Year’s greeting to Israel as Rosh Hashanah got underway. General Hossein Salami, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, declared that Iran now possesses the capability to eradicate Israel. “We have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime,” he boasted. “This sinister regime […]

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Spouting Lies At The United Nations

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Spouting Lies At The United Nations

Two major Middle East leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week and spouted a litany of lies. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suggested that Israel has been deliberately grabbing land from the Palestinians and likened Israel’s policy on the Gaza Strip to the Nazi mistreatment of Jews during the Holocaust. President Hassan […]

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Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

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Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

Donald Trump’s bark seems worse than his bite. Having accused Iran of being behind a recent air attack that heavily damaged Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, the U.S. president threatened military retaliation. He warned that the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the devastating September 14 drone and cruise missile assault on the […]

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Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

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Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

Israel’s second election in five months has opened the door to the prospect of a legislated program of liberal reforms that could nudge the country toward greater secularization and grant the disaffected Arab minority a far more tangible stake in Israeli society. With the September 17 general election having ended almost as inconclusively as the […]

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A Regressive Step Away From Peace

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A Regressive Step Away From Peace

The timing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the Jordan Valley and the adjacent northern portion of the Dead Sea — areas of the West Bank that Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and that Palestinians view as an integral part of a future Palestinian state —  was hardly accidental. He issued […]

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Hezbollah Jeopardizes Lebanon’s Sovereignty

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Hezbollah Jeopardizes Lebanon’s Sovereignty

Shortly after Israel’s relatively brief exchange of cross-border fire with Hezbollah on September 1, the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, claimed that Hezbollah is not “a Lebanese problem” but “a regional problem.” In effect, Hariri admitted that Lebanon is powerless to control Hezbollah, an increasingly potent Lebanese Shi’a militia aligned with Syria and Iran, […]

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Managing The Conflict With Hamas

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Managing The Conflict With Hamas

It’s a truism that Hamas is a thorn in Israel’s side. Hamas, an implacable enemy that rejects Israel’s very existence, has fought three wars and countless skirmishes with the Jewish state in the past decade, causing untold hardship to Israelis living near the border and misery to the Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. Israel, […]

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Trump-Rouhani Meeting Seems Unlikely

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Trump-Rouhani Meeting Seems Unlikely

U.S. President Donald Trump announced this week that, if “the circumstances were correct,” he would “certainly agree” to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani within weeks. Disclosing he would seek a “very simple” deal focusing on Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its stockpile of ballistic missiles, Trump said his administration is “not looking for regime change in […]

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Israel Opens A New Front In Iraq

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Israel Opens A New Front In Iraq

Israel has reportedly opened a new front in its concerted campaign to thwart Iran’s military buildup in the Middle East. It would seem that the long arm of the Israeli armed forces has reached Iraq. This is the first time in nearly four decades that Iraq has been targeted by Israel. In 1981, Israeli aircraft […]

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