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Syria Concerns

This Update deals with some recent analysis of Israeli policy toward Syria as the civil war there winds down, and some specific concerns vis-a-vis Syria for Israel, other regional actors, and the international community more broadly. 

Hamas and Iran Continue to Rekindle Their Relationship

If reports of deepening Iranian involvement and increasing financial support for Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank are accurate, it can’t mean anything good for the future of either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

New revelations from inside Hamas

What these two sons of senior Hamas officials have to tell us about the organisation and its external relationships are of great analytical value, and provide a deeper understanding of the terrorist group, its capabilities and its supporters.

Hamas’ Global footprint

While Hamas is often discussed solely in the context of its rule over the Gaza strip, it retains a wider regional and even global presence.

‘Aeroterror’ Reborn

As Venezuela looks to be descending into civil war, halting ‘Aeroterror’ needs to become a major priority for the US and its allies.

Turkey and the Iranian-led “Axis of Resistance”

Even if the US could repair its alliance with Ankara, an AKP-led Turkey can never be a useful tool for containing, much less rolling back, Iranian expansionism.

Deconstruction Zone: Time to designate Turkey a sponsor of terrorism?

For most countries, it would be unthinkable to support, let alone supply, al-Shabaab. Except for Turkey.

Deconstruction Zone: Visit Occupied territories with Airbnb

Travellers looking for a vacation on the wrong side of an internationally-recognised “green line” needn’t fret now that global rentals agency Airbnb is boycotting properties in Israeli communities in the West Bank – they can use Airbnb’s services in the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” instead

Khashoggi and the fate of Turkey’s journalists

Erdogan is engaged in a global crackdown against his critics, one that hasn’t abated since Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago

Scribblings: Don’t give Turkey a pass in Khashoggi affair

Turkey sees Saudi Arabia as a key rival and is attempting to milk the Khashoggi murder to inflict as much damage on Saudi Arabia as it can, as well as pump up the international status of the Islamist Erdogan government in Ankara

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