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Behind the News - August 2016

Behind the News - August 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Meanwhile, on July 17 the Izz a-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced that it had opened its annual summer camps which incorporate military training, and that this year's theme is "soldiers of Jerusalem". More than 30,000 Gaza youths are expected to attend the camps, which, the Brigad

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Essay: The IDF's other soldiers

Essay: The IDF's other soldiers Categories: Israel     Author: Sara Toth Stub

Basic training at facilities like this is a rite of passage for most Israeli teenagers. Young men serve three years in the IDF and women two. Exemptions are given to those who study in ultra-Orthodox yeshivas (religious seminaries), the country's Arab citizens, and young women who opt for civilian n

Iran's Support for Terror under the JCPOA

Iran's Support for Terror under the JCPOA Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

When the JCPOA was implemented in January, terrorism-related sanctions remained in place against Iran, and US officials promised they would hold Teheran accountable for any such activity despite the lifting of nuclear sanctions. As Secretary of State John Kerry noted on January 21, "If we catch them

Asia Watch: King-pin down

Asia Watch: King-pin down Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Santoso and his men from the MIT have been behind numerous attacks on police since 2012, particularly the anti-terror unit Detachment 88. By the time he was shot, he was responsible for the deaths of more than a dozen police and had tried to kill many more. Having pledged allegiance to Islamic Stat

Compliance Costs

Compliance Costs Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau

Observers of the Iran deal will note that since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "Implementation Day" in mid-January 2016, two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports have been released that appear to offer a somewhat rosy view of Iran's behaviour, concluding that Iran has so

Israel’s diplomatic spring

Israel’s diplomatic spring Categories: Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel, in short, had always had at any given time at least two friends within the Turkish-Iranian-Egyptian triangle. In 2012, however, all three were at odds with the Jewish state. Four years on, the tables have turned.

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The British decision to uncouple from the EU, expected to take effect by 2019, was not unqualified good news for Israel: Britain, along with Germany, has been among Israel's most stalwart diplomatic allies in the EU and its voice within the decision-making forums of the EU will be missed, particular

Riyadh's diplomatic dance with Israel

Riyadh's diplomatic dance with Israel Categories: Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Simon Henderson

In late July, retired Saudi Major-General Anwar Eshki led a delegation to Israel, where he met with various officials and made public statements about the Palestinian issue and other matters. The visit was highly unusual, unexpected, but not completely surprising - the General had revealed his conta

Back into Africa

Back into Africa Categories: Africa, Israel     Author: Aaron Torop

In February Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced, "Israel is coming back to Africa." In July, he followed through on this commitment by visiting Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda... Interestingly, each country Netanyahu visited has a unique connection with Israel: Uganda and Ethiopi

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