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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


The two-state delusion is the greatest obstacle to peace

The Arab-Israeli conflict is entering a phase more likely to lead to resolution than any that preceded it. The mindless mantra “there is no alternative to the two-state solution” is giving way to reality. The Palestinian Authority has never been a partner for peace.  >>>

By Jeff Ballabon & Bruce Abramson - The Times of Israel - 1/21/2017   


Hezbollah's reign of terror: from Beirut and beyond

The trial of two Hezbollah operatives accused of blowing up an Israeli tour bus in 2012, killing five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver, kicked off thei week in Sofia. The suspects are being tried in absentia after fleeing to Lebanon, which refuses to extradite them despite Interpol warrants for their arrest. >>>

By Charles Bebelezer/The Media Line - The Jerusalem Post - 1/21/2017   


Is Afrin worth a fight for the United States?

The Turkish military is prepping for an all-out assault to rid Afrin of YPG fighters whom Turkey claims are an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a designated a terrorist organization in Turkey and the United States. Not to be naïve we accept that there is a connection between the YPG and the PKK >>>

By Paul Davis - Rudaw - 1/19/2017   


Predictably, Abbas misses the mark

According to one Arab proverb, "The eye must see that which is written on one's forehead." That is to say, a person or nation's fatal mistakes can be seen in advance. The late Abba Eban, one of the country's most prominent diplomats and politicians, touched upon this with his iconic sentence: >>>

By Dr. Reuven Berko - Israel Hayom - 1/16/2017   


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 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. >>>


 

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