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Mount Moriah - is a long and narrow hilltop that begins in the South where Kidron and Hinnom Valleys converge and rises to it's highest peak (777 meters above sea level) around the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is physically much less imposing than nearby Mount Zion and Mount of Olives but from historical and religious prospective it's the most valuable real estate in the world. >>


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U.S. law requires that the Secretary of State has to provide Congress, by April 30th of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries & groups meeting criteria set  forth in the legislation. This annual report is titled Country Reports on Terrorism. >>

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The Kurdish effect: How a quest for independence impacts the region

At five in the afternoon on Friday, September 29, two commercial airliners pulled away from their gates at Erbil International Airport in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Zagrosjet’s Airbus A321 holds as many as 200 passengers, and the Pegasus Boeing 737 holds 189. They were the last to leave the Kurdish region of Iraq before Baghdad ordered the airport closed. >>>

By Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post - 10/21/2017   


Defeating ISIS isn’t enough: Trump urgently needs a new Syria policy

In Syria, hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, millions of people remain displaced and countless souls are physically and psychologically scarred. Throngs of children are without families or homes, entire villages and farming communities no longer exist, and cities are in ruins. >>>

By Anne Pierce Ph.D., - FoxNews - 10/21/2017   


The United States Serves Up Kurdistan to Iran on a Silver Platter

On Monday of this week, what had been feared transpired: Paramilitary units supported by elements of the Iraqi army attacked in the vicinity of Kirkuk. Baghdad’s putatively federal army put into action the threats of the country’s leaders and, at the risk of ruining any chance of future coexistence. >>>

By Bernard-Henri Lévy  - Tablet Magazine - 10/17/2017   


The deep reason Muslim world hates Zionism

The depth of Islamic hostility to Israel defies facile explanations. In the past, Zionism frustrated the ambitions of Arab nationalism, the Nakba turned hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into refugees, and Israeli independence led to Jewish sovereignty over land Muslims had ruled for centuries.  >>>

By Rafael Castro  - Ynet News - 10/8/2017   


Facts and Opinions


Trump & the New Middle East

A new Middle East order or rather a disorder has been developing for the last few years right in front our eyes. We are witnessing one conflict after another morph into several new ones where multiple parties all shooting at each other with no end in sight. Unfortunately the United States proved to be utterly unprepared for it at best and contributed to the empowerment of some of our adversaries at worst. >>>


Iran's Grand Ambitions

Not even a couple weeks into the newly elected U.S. administration's tenure did the the Iranian regime reminded everyone that despite the never ending political soap opera that America has become, the world is still a dangerous place and ignoring it's ills can have very dire consequences. Just to send a reality check to the White House on January the 29th the Iranians conducted a ballistic missile test. >>>


2334 - The Misguided Resolution

UN Security Coucil MeetingOn December 24, 2016 the UN Security Council has adopted a non binding resolution 2334 concerning Israeli settlements in "Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem". Resolution was passed unanimously by 14-0 vote while the U.S. who has a veto power has abstained. The final UN voting tally for 2016 was very similar to the one from 2015 and a year before. >>>


Putin's Middle East Gamble  

Bashar Al-Assad With Vladimir Putin Cartoon There is a new power broker in the Middle East and his name is Vladimir Putin. He has no problem with bullying the locals and outsiders equally and makes no apologies for bombing anybody he perceives to be a threat to the survival of Bashar al-Assad regime. Putin fits perfectly into the scene where cruelty and ruthlessness are looked upon with respect. He was able to earn a reputation of the tough guy in the tough region >>>


Hezbollah's Second Front  

Hezbollah DemonstrationAs the 10th year anniversary of the Second Lebanon War approached it was met by Israeli public with the mixed feelings. It began on July 12th of 2006 as a result of Hezbolla's cross-border incursion into Israeli territory that resulted in killing of three Israeli soldiers and kidnapping of another two. Even though, since the end of the war ten years ago the Israeli-Lebanese border has remained relatively quiet, military analysts suggest caution. >>>


Wishful Thinking Turkish Style 

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan caricatureOn March 19th, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a busy tourist area in central Istanbul, killing four people and wounding dozens in the process. Three out of four dead tourists as well as eleven of 36 people wounded were Israeli citizens. Right after the Istanbul bombing an official from President Erfogan's Justice and Development Party has tweeted the following: "I wish the wounded Israeli tourists were dead".   >>>


 

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