Middle East

Where Will Ankara’s Attempts at Geopolitical Balancing Lead?


Today, when Turkey is experiencing serious difficulties in its relations with many countries of the Western world, primarily the United States and the EU, as well as the Middle East, Turkish President Erdogan is trying to pursue a policy of a circus tightrope walker in order not only to get to “solid ground”, but also not to fall into an abyss of internal and external conflicts. It is true…

Iran-US and the Future of the Vienna Talks 


In recent days, conflicting reports have regularly emerged about the outcome of the ongoing Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to the question of the extent to which the United States will lift the Trump-era sanctions imposed on Tehran. Many experts believe that the reports coming from Iran reflect some leaks that the Islamic regime is already declaring victory…

Why did Netanyahu and US Start a Civil War in Israel?


The number of causalities in the conflict incited by Israel keeps on growing. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as a result of the Israeli military campaign, over six thousand people in Palestine have been injured, and nearly 200 have been killed, including at least 58 children. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near…

The Suffering of the Palestinians Continues and the World Simply Watches


One of the world’s great enduring myths, persisted in by multiple political leaders, is the two-state solution in Israel – Palestine. The State of Israel was created in 1948, not least as a form of compensation for what had happened to the Jewish people in World War II. At the time of its creation, the bulk of the land in what became Israel…

Iran: What Exactly is going on Inside the Country?


An audio recording of what some experts believe to be a secret speech by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was shown on a Persian news channel in London. The audio culminated with his criticism of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their late commander Qassem Soleimani.  The leaked tape is believed to have been aimed at undermining any hope…

Why is Saudia Talking to Iran?


In May 2017, when Saudia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) was asked about prospects of direct talks with Iran, he rejected any possibility of such a venture. Back then MBS was politically strong, he was a lot more acceptable in the West, especially the US, and he could, at least in his own calculation, have his cake and eat it too vis-à-vis Iran. As such, back then MBS was more than ready…

So, Turkey and Israel Try to Befriend or Unfriend Each Other?


Although Turkey was the first Muslim state to recognize Israel back in 1949, relations between the countries have developed in waves in recent decades. This is largely due to the fact that the rhetoric and actions of the leadership of both countries are based on the satisfaction of their electorates. Tensions between Turkey…

New Intifada Looms as Israeli Politicians Battle for Power


Israel’s political civil war continues with ongoing negotiations to somehow avoid a fifth round of elections for the politically exhausted Jewish people. Rocks, rubber bullets and teargas fly through the Jerusalem air, while hate email and death threats are left on voice mail. Welcome to democracy Israeli style. With Netanyahu failing again to form a government where…

Is it Possible to Avoid Armed Hostilites in the Middle East?


A number of days have passed since tensions have boiled over in the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, which came under the Israeli rule following the 1967 Six-Day War. And the conflict is threatening the stability of the Middle East. There have been violent clashes, particularly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque on top of Temple Mount, the third holiest site…

Why Turkey Reapproaches Egypt and Saudi Arabia?


A major reason for why Turkey has recently approached Saudi Arabia and Egypt is how Erdogan’s ‘neo-Ottoman’ ambitions have backfired. If Erdogan’s plan was to stretch Turkish zone of influence from the Gulf/the Middle East to Africa, its aggressive and antagonistic pursuits have largely left it isolated in the region. With its economy almost exhausted, and its foreign policy…

Saudi Arabia Restores Relations with Syria


Recently, there has been a clear trend among Middle Eastern countries to review the foreign policy directions that have been pursued in recent decades. The most striking example of this is the adjustment of Riyadh’s foreign policy vectors, especially with regard to countries with which Saudi Arabia has long been at enmity. After preparing a diplomatic breakthrough…

I Can’t Stand It, the Assad OPCW Fantasy is Giving me Gas


There is only so much stupid one can take and still survive. What I am talking about, of course, is the “controversy” over allegation that Syria has used poison gas against “its own people.” Let me begin with a “slam dunk” and then we can move on to simple screaming. OK, here’s the situation on the ground. Syrian troops, trained and supplied with the best weapons in the world…

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