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Analysis of The Current Events


Handling Turkey's Erdogan: What Washington can learn from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin knows to handle his fellow authoritarian leaders; he relentlessly applies leverage to extract concessions. This is a lesson that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should bear in mind when he meets his Turkish counterpart this week. >>>

By Aykan Erdemir & Merve Tahiroglu - The Hill - 2/14/2018   


Time for a new equation in Syria

The downing of the Israeli F-16 fighter jet makes it impossible to ignore the fact that Iran is clearly striving to change the balance of power on the Syrian-Israeli border. After seven years of deep involvement in the country's civil war, Iran can boast numerous achievements. >>>

By Dr. Ofir Haivri - Israel Hayom - 2/13/2018   


The Iranian game of chess: More moves are on the way

The Iranian UAVs infiltration of Israeli territory may have been the result of an operational malfunction: The person on duty at the Palmyra airport fell asleep with his finger on the navigation stick. It’s more likely to assume, however, that it was intentional. It’s no coincidence that Iranians invented the game >>>

By Nahum Barnea - Ynet News - 2/11/2018   


Jerusalem, Trump & Future of the Peace Process

In 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 >>>

By Charles Katel - Jerusalem On My Mind - 2/9/2018   


Facts and Opinions


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. >>>


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. >>>


 

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