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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


Militarily preventing Kurdish referendum will not serve Turkey's interests

The Turkish military is engaging in a military exercise directly on its border with the Kurdistan Region which is purposely coinciding with the upcoming independence referendum. This show of strength is doubtlessly symbolic and is unlikely to develop into anything more than, at most, a limited cross-border operation solely targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). >>>
By Paul Iddon - Rudaw - 9/24/2017    


Pro-Iranian Iraqi force crosses into Syria

Israel’s strategic situation took several steps back in the first week of the New Year, chiefly: The US pulled back from E. Syria under Russian threat, allowing Iran to move in. In just one week, the dire perils, which many military and political experts warned against for years, are suddenly looming on Israel’s northern border. >>>

By Debka File - 9/21/2017    


'Anti-Semitism has been cleverly repackaged'

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says, "We have to put the emotional issues aside" if we are to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict • His main goal as ambassador is to "manage a very robust, complicated relationship, like two family members." >>>
By Naama Lanski - Israel Hayom - 9/20/2017   


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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