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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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Analysis of The Current Events


If people don’t know about the Holocaust it’s because they don’t really care

Last week, the rather striking results of a survey were published, which found that 41% of Americans and 66% of American millennials do not know what Aucshwitz is. On the day the story came out, this particular American was feeling especially au fait with the Holocaust because I was visiting  >>>

By Hadley Freeman - The Guardain - 4/21/2018   


With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and cracked tombstone, one of the last memorials to an ancient community that is now all but extinct. The Iraqi nurse was buried a decade ago alongside thousands of others in the sands  >>>

By Maher Chmaytelli,Jeffrey Heller,Stephen Farrell - Reuters - 4/18/2018   


When that siren rings…

That piercing sound. Those chills. The knowledge that the entire country is pausing their lives, just as you are, whether at a ceremony, in their house, or even while driving on the highway. And the devastating images run through your head. The little boy who won’t get to play backgammon with his father  >>>

By Daniel Zacks - The Times of Israel - 4/17/2018   


The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., British and French attack on Syria to punish its regime for its vile use of chemical weapons, and Russia’s vow to respond  >>>

By Thomas L. Friedman - The New York Times - 4/15/2018   


Facts and Opinions


Syria: No longer just a proxy war

YPG_Tall_Tamer_ PDThe Syrian civil war has been raging unabated since March of 2011. What initially started as Arab Spring inspired protests disintegrated into all out civil war, which gradually sucked in new participants from every corner of the Middle East and beyond. Today Syria is a battleground in the battle between religions and superpowers, terrorists and nationalists, tirants and freedom seekers. >>>


Jerusalem, Trump & Future of the Peace Process

Secretary_Tillerson_Meets_With_Israeli_Prime_Min PD USDOSIn the aftermath of President Trump's decision to move the American embassy to West Jerusalem and the recognition of it as the capital of Israel we have witnessed all the too familiar scenes of demonstrations and rioting in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza. The billowing smoke from burning tires, the enthusiastic stone throwers and of course the doomsday speeches from Palestinian leaders were the expected  >>>


Kurdish People Deserve a Better Fate

Peshmerga FightersOn September 25 of 2017, the autonomous Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq held a referendum on independence. Not surprisingly the turnout was huge and the voters overwhelmingly supported separation from the rest ofIraq and creation of the Kurdish nation state. Leading up to the referendum vote there was a tremendous pressure on the Kurdish president,  Masoud Barzani, not to go through with it. >>>


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 23rd, 2016 the UN Security Council has adopted a non binding resolution 2334 concerning the Israeli settlements. The language of the resolution states that: "establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law." Resolution was passed by 14-0 vote. U.S. who has abstained. >>>


 

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