Middle East

“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

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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

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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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Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

Filed in Middle East by on October 28, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

The 25th anniversary of the historic peace treaty between Israel and Jordan went unnoticed in both countries in a telling admission of their increasingly frosty relations. Implemented on October 26, 1994 in an upbeat ceremony in the Arava desert about a year after Israel and the Palestinians announced the Oslo accord, it was Israel’s second […]

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Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

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Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

Israel is wallowing in a state of political paralysis. For the past six months, in the wake of two inconclusive elections, the country has been adrift, bereft of a stable government. It’s a reflection of the deep divisions in Israeli society. The current situation began when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a […]

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Trump Has Undermined U.S. Credibility In The Mideast

Filed in Middle East by on October 24, 2019 0 Comments
Trump Has Undermined U.S. Credibility In The Mideast

Donald Trump hailed it as “an incredible outcome,” alluding to the U.S.-sponsored ceasefire that appears to have ended the fighting between the Turkish army and the Syrian Kurds in a broad swath of northern Syria. Trump’s self-serving analysis of the truce, brokered by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip […]

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Israel-China Ties Raise U.S. Concerns

Filed in Middle East by on October 22, 2019 0 Comments
Israel-China Ties Raise U.S. Concerns

Israel’s increasingly close economic ties with China, its third largest trading partner, pose a problem for its chief ally, the United States. The Trump administration, currently locked in a trade war with China, has warned Israel in recent months that its pivotal relationship with the United States could be adversely affected unless it scales back […]

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