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The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Categories: Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On 27 September the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.  While the Resolution is a welcome development because it has high potential to significantly reduce Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, it is imp

Israel anticipates some bad chemistry

Israel anticipates some bad chemistry Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As the plot surrounding Syria's chemical weapons continued to thicken, Israelis of all walks crowded the narrow alleys leading to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, where thousands were humming the season's ancient penitentiary prayers known as Selichot ("apologies"). News of the Russian-sponsored deal that

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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

Syria: Israeli Views and Analysis

Syria: Israeli Views and Analysis Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates    

With intense debate still raging about Syria - especially in the wake of the decision by US President Obama to seek congressional approval on Sept. 9 before moving ahead with the possibility of US-led military strikes in response to the large-scale chemical weapons attack there - thi

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Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel

Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As everyone digests the harrowing reports of nerve gas being used by the Syrian regime against its own people, and the US boosts its military posturing, one story that has seemingly been pushed to the side is the increasing irrelevance of the United Nations. ... After more than two years of ditherin

Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians

Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It was recently revealed that Israel has been quietly providing medical assistance to around 100 victims of the Syrian civil war, who are in two hospitals in northern Israel as well as in a field hospital Israel established on the Golan Heights border. 

Austria goes off the Golan

Austria goes off the Golan Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an update to my recent blog on the deteriorating situation facing UN peacekeepers in Syria and Egypt, the latest development is the fallout of the short-lived seizure of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force's (UNDOF) Quneitra border crossing by Syrian rebels on June 6. Recent eve

The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia

The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia Categories: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Reference, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The recent passing of the Associated Press' acclaimed journalist Hal McClure at the age of 92 coincides closely with the event that brought him his greatest fame - his coverage of the 1967 Six Day War, which began 46 years ago yesterday. His passing is yet another reminder of a bygone era when a jo

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

SBS TV's "Dateline" program (May 21) travelled to Greece to look at the worrying rise in the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn movement which has used the economic crisis there to increase its Parliamentary representation through scapegoating Jews, foreigners, homosexuals and other rival political groupings. Wh

Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War

Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

This Update deals with the aftermath of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's very public announcement last week that Hezbollah was essentially completely dedicated to fighting "all out" on the side of the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war, following widespread reports that large numb

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Conflicted Loyalties

Conflicted Loyalties Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Andrew Friedman

More recently, however, the town has gained notoriety in Israel - some would say the town has become infamous - because of its proximity to the international border with Syria, and to the civil war that has ravaged that country for more than two years. The fighting is clearly audible from Majdal Sha

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