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History's real lessons on Iran

History's real lessons on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Several recent articles have called on President Donald Trump to change the Iran policy of the United States based on ‘past lessons' and Persian history. If we follow these writers to a logical conclusion, then they appear to accept that Iran must be appeased and accommodated, not confronted o

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This weekend's Israeli-Iranian clashes in Syria

This weekend's Israeli-Iranian clashes in Syria Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates    

As readers will be hopefully aware, there was a major escalation in the undeclared conflict between Israel and Iran over Syria on Saturday. An Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace and was then shot down, (video of the drone being shot down can be seen here); then Israel attacked the drone's contro

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Biblio File: War by Other Memes

Biblio File: War by Other Memes Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Kirchick

By any traditional standard, Israel won its 50-day war against Hamas in 2014. It incurred far fewer casualties than its Palestinian adversary. It rooted out much of the Gaza Strip's terrorist infrastructure... And it put an end to incessant rocket attacks on Israeli towns... Alas, according to Davi

Noted and Quoted - February 2018

Noted and Quoted - February 2018 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

On Dec. 18, the Australian chided Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' "ill-judged refusal" to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence during a planned but ultimately postponed December visit to the Middle East because of US President Trump's Jerusalem recognition statement.

Teheran's Weak Hand

Teheran's Weak Hand Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Jason Brodsky

With US President Trump's decision to lay down a red line on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and slap more onerous non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, its clerical establishment has vowed a "severe response." But while Teheran's rhetoric has been threatening, its riposte is likely to be re

UNICEF's war on the IDF

UNICEF's war on the IDF Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Liora Cohen

Anti-Israel activity at the United Nations is mainly associated with UNRWA and UNESCO. UNRWA, the aid agency for Palestinian refugees, has a reputation for inciting to violence and perpetuating the Palestinians' refugee status, while UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency, consistently denies any Jewish

Israel's air campaign in the Sinai

Israel's air campaign in the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the alleged revelation, reported in the New York Times over the weekend, that Israel has secretly been conducting extensive airstrikes against ISIS-linked Islamic militants in Sinai over the past two years, with the agreement and cooperation of the Egyptian government.

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Al-Dayeh's fall from grace was rapid once his boss, Arafat, died in 2004. This is typical for dictatorial regimes that are run as a one-man show. Arafat managed the Palestinian Authority (and PLO) as if it were his private fiefdom. When the emperor falls, so do many of those around him, particularly

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

With Malaysia's next national election due to be held by August this year, voters will have their say on a government that over the past five years has been wracked with financial scandals, a crackdown on dissent, the jailing of the popular opposition leader, and religious bigotry fed by Islamic har

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