Israel’s Place in Biden’s Agenda


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…

Iran Picked Up the Glove Thrown by Israeli Secret Services


In recent years, relations between Israel and Iran have deteriorated to the point that each of these states considers the other its main adversary. Despite the willingness of Israeli and Iranian politicians to even start military action against each other, an open war between them is highly unlikely, and there is more than one country between…

The US and Israel Playing their Cards in the Middle East


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


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


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…

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


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?


“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…

Was a “Bomb for Iran” Set in the Middle East at Israel’s Request?


The possible initiation by Donald Trump, toward the end of his term, of open or covert operations against Iran, or other adversaries located in the Middle East (then again, just like those in other regions of the world), is unfortunately turning into more of a reality. To accomplish this, as American media outlets highlight, Mike Pompeo is closely monitoring…

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


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…

Middle East in the Vortex of the US “Election”


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the gumption natural to him, sent his “warm congratulations” to Joe Biden on his, as the Israeli World Israel News wrote, “alleged victory in the US elections,” despite the fact that President Donald Trump has not accepted the elections by democratic means. Similar loyal feelings towards the USA were expressed…

Israeli Trump Cards in Washington’s Game


It is unlikely that anyone today would object to the assertion that the pro-Israeli lobby plays an important, and sometimes decisive, role in American election campaigns, in many decisions made by the US Congress and executive authorities, and constitutes an essential part of the American political machinery. The pro-Israel lobby in the United States is a unique…

The UAE-Israeli Connection: Who Benefits from All This?


The normalization of relations between countries in the Arab world and Israel is an extraordinary event, and therefore signing the peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain – in Washington under Donald Trump’s hawk-eyed gaze – caused a flurry of comments, analytical articles, reports, and just plain speculation. But there is something that all these…

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