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Behind the News - March 2018

Behind the News - March 2018 Categories: Egypt, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey    

American and British officials have revealed that Israel has been actively assisting Egypt in its prolonged war against jihadists and ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula. The collaboration over more than two years has seen a variety of unmarked Israeli aircraft such as drones, helicopters and jet

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Inside Israel's "Good Neighbour Project" in Syria

Inside Israel's "Good Neighbour Project" in Syria Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Elhanan Miller

The Good Neighbour Directorate serves 250,000 Syrians living within a strip of the Golan Heights along the Israeli border held by rebel groups, nine miles wide and 50 miles long. The southern segment of the Syrian Golan, currently held by ISIS, is not served.

AIR New Zealand: Oh Lorde!

AIR New Zealand: Oh Lorde! Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

After announcing that she would be performing a concert in Israel as part of her upcoming world tour, Lorde ran smack bang into a BDS-driven backlash. She immediately attracted harsh criticism and protest, largely driven by the New Zealand Palestine Solidarity Network.

Asia Watch: Being There

Asia Watch: Being There Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

A small contingent of Israeli officials attended a conference in Malaysia, which has long retained a stiff anti-Israel posture. Post-visit, the Israelis spoke positively of the experience, with hopes for a thaw in relations; the Malaysians, not so much.

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The Dangerous US-Russia game in Syria

The Dangerous US-Russia game in Syria Categories: Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Noah Rothman

The US-Russian relationship in Syria has been a frosty one with its share of risks. Russia's direct intervention in the Syrian civil war began with strikes on anti-Assad militias covertly supported by the West and on the CIA-provided weapons depots that supplied them. Those strikes exposed to the wo

The Last Word: Vienna variations

The Last Word: Vienna variations Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

The title of the conference, "An End to Antisemitism!", was in and of itself a topic of much discussion. French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy asserted that the only part of it he agreed with was the exclamation mark, while others even questioned this, proffering a question mark as an alterna

Deconstruction Zone: Why is Gaza so broke?

Deconstruction Zone: Why is Gaza so broke? Categories: Hamas, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Tobin

Gaza is broke. As a front-page New York Times feature on Feb. 11 explained at length, the conflict between the Gaza Strip's Hamas overlords and the Fatah party that runs the West Bank has resulted in a cash crunch that has left many of the area's two million people without money. Along with Gaza's i

All roads lead to Teheran

All roads lead to Teheran Categories: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Eyal Zisser

An escalation of violence on the Gaza border came on Feb. 17, precisely one week after the IDF intercepted an Iranian drone over Israel, subsequently carried out broad-scale airstrikes in Syria, and an air force F-16 was downed by the Syrian military. Purportedly, the events in Gaza and the north ha

Coming soon - a Nuclear Middle East

Coming soon - a Nuclear Middle East Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East     Author: Ran Porat

A new Israeli report (February 2018) reveals a dramatic trend of expanding nuclear capabilities among Arab countries over the next few years... Dozens of nuclear reactors are in various stages of planning in the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia and even Sudan (led by the wanted war

Russia and the Israel-Iran confrontation

Russia and the Israel-Iran confrontation Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Herb Keinon

The scorecard for those actively involved in the events over the skies of Israel and Syria on Saturday, Feb. 10, looks something like this: Israel lost an F-16 fighter jet and an aura of complete invincibility over Syrian skies. Iran lost a drone, the drone's command and control centre, and some of

Scribblings: Good News from Jerusalem

Scribblings: Good News from Jerusalem Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's some good news from Jerusalem - according to a poll taken by Hebrew University, 60% of Palestinian residents of the city think that Palestinians should vote in municipal elections. Only 13% said they shouldn't. Why is this a big deal?

Israel’s Iran problem heats up

Israel’s Iran problem heats up Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Saturday mornings in the Jordan Valley are usually as tranquil as the fishponds that dot the river floodplains, but dawn on February 10 was different. A pilotless drone emerged from the north and glided several kilometres along the river before sparking an unprecedented Israeli-Iranian confrontation

The Netanyahu Investigations: A backgrounder

The Netanyahu Investigations: A backgrounder Categories: Israel     Author: BICOM

Israeli police have formally submitted their recommendation to the Attorney-General (AG) that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases. Netanyahu denies all charges and is determined to remain in office. He appears under no immediate

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