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Behind the News - December 2015

Behind the News - December 2015 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia    

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency reported on Nov. 16 that October had been the worst month for terrorism in Israel in over nine years. In all, the month saw 602 terrorist attacks committed, with 11 Israelis killed and 80 suffering moderate to serious injuries.

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A Grave Moment in the Middle East

A Grave Moment in the Middle East Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Russia, Syria     Author: Ehud Yaari

The context of the recent violence in Israel is that there has been a frightening loss of control by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its security organs over the refugee camps of the West Bank. In the refugee camps, new gangs have emerged who do not feel any respect towards Mahmoud Abbas and his

The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Nadav Pollak

On Sept. 21, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, a meeting that focused on staying out of each other's way in Syria. According to statements by both leaders, it seems the meeting went well. Netanyahu emphasised Israel's main concerns in Syria, namely

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Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah?

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah? Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Russia's decision to transfer the advanced S-300 air-defence system to Iran could be a "game changer". The S-300 would significantly bolster Iran's military capability, as one of the most powerful air-defence systems in the world, which would make it much more difficult for Israel or the US to strik

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Russia     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

US Secretary of State John Kerry spent the past few months shuttling between his two major foreign-policy concerns - Russia's control over Crimea and Israel's control over the West Bank - entirely unaware that he was engaged in a world-historical irony. Both these situations turn on identical intern

As Good as it Gets?

As Good as it Gets? Categories: International Security, Russia, Syria     Author: Chuck Freilich

On paper, the Russian proposal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons looks like the optimal outcome. A military attack to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons was never the objective, but a means to an end, which was to firmly establish the principle that the use of chemical weapons will not

Russia, China and the Middle East

Russia, China and the Middle East Categories: China, Israel, Russia     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The era of bad feeling that once governed Israel's relations with the eastern superpowers has been over for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. Having exchanged ambassadors in the aftermath of the Cold War with both Moscow and Beijing, the Jewish State's trade with the two has since grown exponentially,

Russian President to visit Israel in June

Russian President to visit Israel in June Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite Israel and Russia holding strongly divergent views on key Middle East issues - the violence in Syria, Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Israel and Russia have against the odds managed to retain good relations since the end of the Cold War. Russian President Vladi

The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria

The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update focuses on the situation in Syria and especially on what is known about the varied opposition to the Assad regime. The first piece up comes from Nic Robertson of CNN, who just returned from a visit to Syria which is something increasingly rare for Western journalist

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