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Analysis of The Current Events

The cynical Washington arithmetic that overshadowed Afrin Conflict

Its hard to know which is the most symbolic of the photos taken the day Turkish-backed Syrian rebels poured into Afrin city in northwest Turkey. As Kurds fled, the Arab and Turkish forces raised the Turkish flag over a local municipality building and pulled down a statue of a Kurdish hero  >>>

By Seth Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post - 3/19/2018   

Decade of relative calm are behind us

At the current rate, most attack tunnels running from Gaza Strip which Israel is aware of will be destroyed by the middle of the year—and that’s basically the only ray of light in the series of security-related incidents taking place in the Palestinian arena in recent weeks. The events in the West Bank  >>>

By Alex Fishman - Ynet News - 3/19/2018   

IDF vs. Hamas: A new type of war between wars

The attack on two Hamas tunnels Saturday night and Sunday morning is another manifestation of the fundamental change in the IDF’s strategy towards Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip. Up until a few months ago, the IDF would settle for responding to rocket fire and explosive devices  >>>

By Ron Ben-Yishai  - Ynet News - 3/18/2018   

A potentially combustible timeline

The events of the past few days in the Palestinian sphere do not portend good things: The coming months will be particularly tense, and Israel could find itself embroiled in a broad conflict in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria. The challenges in both arenas are different, albeit linked on a strategic level.  >>>

By Yoav Limor - Israel Hayom - 3/18/2018   

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 disintegrate 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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