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Afghanistan on the brink?

Afghanistan on the brink? Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan     Author: Michael Rubin

On June 13, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that the United States was "not winning" in Afghanistan. That is the understatement of the year. While President Trump has authorised Mattis to call up some additional troops, there remains no comprehensive strategy for victory, let alone sta

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The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky

The foreign policy of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman - has never been a model of cooperation and unity. Even the dramatic severing of relations with Qatar and closing the aerial, territorial, and naval s

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

After weeks of fighting, Philippine security forces still face stiff resistance from militant fighters spread across the sprawling city, which now lies in ruins. Government troops have suffered heavy casualties due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and snipers... Although the fighting has now

Behind the News - July 2017

Behind the News - July 2017 Categories: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestinians    

On June 16, Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, was fatally stabbed near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in a co-ordinated gun and knife attack. Seconds earlier, two other assailants attacked Israeli border police troops nearby with a homemade gun and knives, injuring four people. All three attack

Essay: After Victory

Essay: After Victory Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lozowick

When the guns fell silent on the evening of June 10, 1967, the Middle East and Israel were forever changed. The discussion Israel's cabinet ministers began on June 14 forged the conundrum we live in now. Reading through transcripts of some 20 hours of discussions held the week after the Six Day War

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Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants

Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Pollock

Surprising results from a highly credible new survey in the West Bank and Gaza conducted May 16-26, 2017, demonstrate that Palestinians are often more moderate than their leaders on short-term political issues - such as "pay for slay" bonuses for terrorists, a US embassy move to Jerusalem, or Hamas

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran Categories: Iran, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Segall

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated simultaneous terror attacks on Iran's parliament (Majlis) building and on the tomb of Iran's first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, on June 7. The group issued a statement in its media arm, as well as a short video from a camera carried

AIR New Zealand: Back on Track

AIR New Zealand: Back on Track Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's official: diplomatic ties between New Zealand and Israel are back on. In June, after six months of discussions, Israel announced that it was sending its Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg back to New Zealand and restoring full diplomatic relations.

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps"

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps" Categories: Gulf states, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

In the Middle East "game of camps", the Qataris have been playing a dangerous game for years. They have provocatively supported the Muslim Brotherhood and actively promoted the destabilisation of existing regimes, using huge sums of money as well as the pernicious influence of Al Jazeera TV. The dra

Scribblings: Hope yet for the UN?

Scribblings: Hope yet for the UN? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Are some people at the UN finally starting to get how unhelpful and unfair the approach of UN bodies to Israel and the Palestinians has been? US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has certainly been outspoken about this problem, for instance, saying in February, "The outrageously biased resolutions fr

The Last Word: The Banality of Antisemitism

The Last Word: The Banality of Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, United Kingdom     Author: Jeremy Jones

Prior to, and during, the recent UK election campaign, there was a renewed focus on antisemitism promoted by sections of, and tolerated by many more inside, the political Left. It seemed that the more one encountered the support base of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the more likely one was to find a

Power Play

Power Play Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Gaza, the narrow, overcrowded, and destitute coastal strip wedged between Egypt and Israel is thirsting for power and light: physically, politically, and psychologically. The physical crisis is about the strip's lone power station's fuel, which ran out in April due to intensifying tension between H

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Cold War over Qatar

Cold War over Qatar Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Matthew Brodsky

In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside looking in. Recent analysis has tended to over-focus on the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but a closer look reveals that the camel has suffered from chronic il

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