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Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited

Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a follow-up to last week's blog post concerning the myth of Israeli backing for Assad, Israeli president Shimon Peres has become Israel's highest level official to openly back the Syrian rebels against the forces of Bashar Assad.

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Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Boycotting and isolating Israel culturally, economically, and politically has long been one of the goals of many of Israel’s neighbours in the Middle East, and more recently, of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is revealing, then, that growing numbers of people througho

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A myth seems to have developed in some circles that Israel is either backing the Assad regime in Syria, or at the least, is somehow impeding international action against it, supposedly out of fear of what may follow.

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Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Benedetta Berti

Recent weeks have seen violent clashes around Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city located in the north of the country, between Alawite supporters of the Syrian regime and Sunni backers of the anti-Assad opposition forces. To many observers, this violent escalation came as a surprise, in light of

US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals

US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

After frequent calls on this blog for some action against Sudanese President Omar Bashir, it is welcome news that the US Congress is committing to halt aid to any country that hosts the indicted war criminal. A US House of Representatives press release reports that the House Appropriations Committe

Syria after the Annan Plan

Syria after the Annan Plan Categories: Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at the options for dealing with the ongoing violence in Syria in the wake of the apparent failure of the ceasefire put forward by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as part of his plan to settle the conflict and halt the killing (with at least 23 people kil

What about Syria's WMD?

What about Syria's WMD? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my review of Israeli policy in regard to Syrian unrest which was published on Tuesday on ABC's The Drum. I noted that "the one issue which might prompt Israel to come off the sidelines" in Syria's Civil War is the possibility that Syria's massive "arsenal of of some of the world's most deadly ch

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

Essay: In Retrospect

Essay: In Retrospect Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia     Author: Amos Yadlin

Since the outbreak of the protests in Tahrir Square, which were led by liberal, secular youth and which led to the ouster of Egyptian President Husni Mubarak, a lot of water has flowed through the Nile. An ailing Mubarak is on trial, possibly for his life, and his declaration that only his regime co

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Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again

Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update deals with recent developments in Egypt, and especially the passage of a unanimous resolution by Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament demanding a severing of all ties with Israel on Monday. Israeli strategic analyst Jonathan D. Halevi looks at the implications o

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