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Israel Exacts Vengeance For The October 7 Massacre

From the moment that Israel was brutally attacked by Hamas terrorists on October 7, Hamas leaders and field commanders in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere were on notice that their days were numbered. The assassination of Hamas’ deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri, on January 2 lends credence to this assessment. Arouri, 57, and several of his […]

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Hezbollah Complicates Israel’s Border Dispute With Lebanon

Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Lebanese militia, has been embroiled in a low-intensity war with Israel in support of Hamas since October 8, the day after some 3,000 Hamas terrorists broke through Israel’s fortified border fence and ransacked communities in southern Israel, killing 1,200 Israelis and foreigners and kidnapping 240 civilians and soldiers. Its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, […]

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Erdogan’s Desecration Of Reality

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a nasty habit of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany when he’s in a foul anti-Israel mood. Since the outbreak of the current war in the Gaza Strip, which was triggered by Hamas’ slaughter of 1,200 Israelis and foreigners in southern Israel on October 7, Erdogan has repeatedly denounced Israel […]

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A Long War Ahead In Gaza

No one should be blinded by the illusion that the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip can be wound up soon. If anything, it will be a long and bitter struggle. U.S. officials from Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, have urged Israel to complete the main […]

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Houthi Aggression Demands An Armed Response

On December 18, the United States belatedly announced the formation of a coalition of nations to curb Houthi attacks on cargo ships and oil tankers plying the waters of the Red Sea, through which 12 percent of global trade passes. It was a long overdue move. Houthi pirates in Yemen, backed by Iran, have been […]

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Israel Warns Lebanon It Could Be Dragged Into A War

In the past month, the Israeli government has issued a series of stark warnings to Hezbollah and the Lebanese authorities that Lebanon could be dragged into a fullscale war with Israel. Israeli officials have warned Lebanon that a major war could erupt if diplomacy falls short of inducing Hezbollah to withdraw from Israel’s border or […]

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A Tragic, Heartbreaking Incident

It was, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succinctly said, “an unbearable tragedy.” On the morning of December 15, three male Israeli hostages held by Hamas since the October 7 massacre — Yotam Haim and Alon Shamriz of kibbutz Kfar Aza and Samar Fouad Talalka of kibbutz Nir Am — were mistakenly killed in a […]

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Israel Is Under Mounting Pressure To Scale Down The Gaza War

The clock is ticking ever more loudly. Israel is under increasing international and U.S. pressure to scale down its land and air offensive in the Gaza Strip. But the Israeli government insists that it will press on relentlessly until Hamas is categorically defeated, no longer poses a threat to its security, and is removed as […]

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The Gaza War Has Damaged Israel’s Relations With Jordan

The war that Israel is currently waging against Hamas in the Gaza Strip has adversely affected its bilateral relations with Arab and Muslim countries and a host of other nations. Since Israel’s invasion of Gaza on October 27, in response to Hamas’ massacre of 1,200 Israelis and foreigners on October 7, two Arab states — […]

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A Ceasefire Now Would Hand Hamas A Victory

Thankfully, the United States has vetoed what could have been a binding and potentially dangerous United Nations resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire to end the two month-old Israel-Hamas war. Sponsored the United Arab Emirates, and supported by the permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council, yesterday’s motion would have placed enormous international pressure […]