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Behind the News - January 2018

Behind the News - January 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

An alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian base near the Syrian city of al-Qiswa on Dec. 1 resulted in the deaths of 12 Iranian personnel, according to Arabic media. A second strike on Dec. 4 targeted a military research facility in the Jamraya area known to be producing weapons for the Assad regime.

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage"

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yarden Frankl

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief... went out looking for tension and hatred and despair. I have no doubt that he found it and that the people he selected to interview really believe that the city is on the brink. Yet his description is not what I find every day. I find a city where a remar

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Not worth getting killed over

Not worth getting killed over Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben-Yishai

US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas' political bureau Ismail Haniyeh. The Arab street's reaction, in fact - as seen in a m

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an "extraordinary debate" to discuss the US Trump Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This seems like an "extraordinary" thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the "maintenance of in

A break with US policy?

A break with US policy? Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Michael Totten

Enough with the pearl-clutching already. US President Donald Trump's statement on Dec. 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president.

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The view from Jerusalem

The view from Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Gerald Steinberg

When US President Donald Trump issued his pronouncement on Jerusalem, traffic here came to a stop, stores were empty and we were all listening carefully. It's not because we needed the President of the United States to tell us where our capital city is located, but instead reflects the anticipation

Editorial: Acknowledging the Facts

Editorial: Acknowledging the Facts Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Imagine if no other country would accept Canberra as the capital of Australia. We have our parliament, all government ministries, the High Court there, but to placate a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats, no country will acknowledge that Canberra is the

Biblio File: Revisionism revisited

Biblio File: Revisionism revisited Categories: Europe, Israel     Author: Paul Monk

Heller's book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic.

Deconstruction Zone: Why Israel Saved A Syrian Village

Deconstruction Zone: Why Israel Saved A Syrian Village Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Evelyn Gordon

For the third time in the last two years, Israel threatened military action to stop an attack by extremist Syrian rebels on the Syrian Druze village of Khader. It did so despite the fact that Syrian Druze have sided with the Assad regime in that war, meaning they're aligned with Israel's arch-enemie

Essay: Coexistence Lost

Essay: Coexistence Lost Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Karsh

The leaders of the nascent pan-Arab movement were perfectly amenable to endorsing the Balfour Declaration so long as this seemed to be conducive to their ambitions.

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