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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


Iran puts finishing touches on its 'bridge' to the Golan

In the east of Syria, the so-called race to Abu Kamal between the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the forces of Iran, the Assad regime and Russia appears to be close to conclusion – in the latter’s favor. Regime forces moved into the town earlier this month. >>>

By Jonathan Spyer  -  The Jerusalem Post - 11/18/2017   


The pragmatic Sunni front against Iran exists no more

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have agreed that there is no military solution for the Syrian crisis. America is adopting the disengagement policy of former president Barack Obama and abandoning the Middle East to Russia and to Iran. This unlikely strategic coordination between the two great powers >>>

By Zvi Mazel  -  The Jerusalem Post - 11/17/2017   


France: Muslims In, Jews Out

Anti-Semitism has returned as one of Europe's worst diseases. France hosts Europe's largest Jewish community, and Jews have been fleeing the suburbs to either emigrate or move to gentrified districts of the cities, where they feel more protected. What happens to the Jews will have a seismic impact on the entire continent. >>>

By Giulio Meotti  -  Gatestone Institute - 11/15/2017   


Is the US supporting Iranian-backed militias in Iraq?

A new report from The Washington Free Beacon claims that there is “growing concern on Capital Hill the US government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.” The allegation comes as the war against ISIS in Iraq winds down. >>>

By Seth J. Frantzman - Ynet News - 11/15/2017   


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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