Israel

Israel’s Place in Biden’s Agenda

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A new old ritual seems to be taking shape in the new President Joe Biden’s White House, beginning with Jen Psaki’s failed briefings, the “what-if” war games, and discussions in the Oval Office about how to talk to a particular US ally or adversary.  Many times since he took office, President Joe Biden has dialed one world leader or another after reinstating the old rule, which has been a longstanding White…

The Greater Danger of Israeli Provocations in Syria

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Continued airstrikes carried out by Israeli warplanes in Syria presents – at face value – an obvious and persistent threat to Syria. In a wider context, the threat runs much deeper and extends to Syria’s allies in Tehran. Israel has been an eager participant in the US-led proxy war on Syria beginning in 2011. It has provided safe-haven and support for Western-backed militants…

America’s Engine of Progress Steamrolls Western Sahara

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In December of 2020, the White House announced the Israel–Morocco normalization agreement. In January USAID announced Morocco is being designated an economic hub under its Prosper Africa Initiative. According to this deal, Morocco is to get $100 million per year for five years to promote two-way trade between Morocco and the US, and to strengthen strategic…

Washington’s Game of Chess in the Middle East and How It Will Play Out

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Although the legacy of foreign policy has not been easy for Biden, there is no doubt that the problems of the Middle East, one way or another, will remain at the top of his agenda, and there’s many reasons for that. First of all, it is a very strategically advantageous region for manipulating the whole world through energy prices…

The US and Israel Playing their Cards in the Middle East

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, now 97 years old and having long lost his sense of the reality of international affairs, recently unleashed a new idea, menacingly declaring that a return to the “spirit” of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal would lead to weapons spread throughout the Middle East. These comments came during an interview with Dennis Ross…

Israel is Counterattacking Turkey

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The measures actively taken by Ankara in its chess gambit at the end of 2020 to rapidly develop and reinforce its relations with Tel Aviv have so far, unfortunately for Turkey, not scored it any victories. The Turkish president himself noted that by the end of December, “the main problem now is the individual people that are present in the relationship with Israel. If there…

Israel: Yet another Election with No Obvious Choice

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The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, was dissolved after the government failed to pass its national budget amid bitter coalition disputes between its two main actors: the Likud and Kachol-Lavan (Blue and White) parties. Israel is now preparing for what are its fourth national elections since March 2019 while facing a rampant coronavirus outbreak, economic crisis…

The Cyber War Unleashed against Iran by Israel Only Escalates

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According to Israeli media reports, the Jewish state has recently been subjected to another cyber attack: at least 80 Israeli companies were affected by the Pay2Key hacker group, one which is presumably from Iran. According to the news site Ynet, this group of hackers has released documents concerning some of Israel’s most prominent…

Who and Why Exposes Civilian Planes to Air Defense Attacks?

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On December 25, Israeli aviation once again launched a provocative airstrike from Lebanese airspace, using six of its F-16 aircrafts on targets near Damascus. The Israeli air force used 16 GBU-39 guided bombs, 14 of which were destroyed by Syrian air defenses. However, the activation of the Syrian air defense system due to the provocative actions of Israel has triggered…

Why are Tel Aviv and Washington Inflaming the Situation in the Persian Gulf?

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During the run-up to the anniversary of the insidious assassination of Iranian General Soleimani – and after one month had passed since the equally controversial massacre of leading nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh – Israel and the United States, which are ones responsible for this atrocity, are demonstratively increasing their military…

Will Ties between Morocco and Israel Foster Peace?

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“Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to a full-fledged diplomatic relationship,” US President Donald Trump wrote with evident satisfaction on Twitter on December 10th, emphasizing in particular that the North African kingdom was the fourth Arab country over the past four months to announce that relations with Israel would be normalized…

Israel is in a Political Crisis Amplified by Trump’s Defeat

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The year 2020 is winding down for the current Israeli political elite with events that are patently unpleasant. First, there is growing discontent in the country with Benjamin Netanyahu’s premiership. For the 22nd week, in different parts of the country protests have not subsided: on Saturday, November 14, at least 1,000 demonstrators came out to protest in Haifa, with…


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