Marking 30th anniversary of the start of the first Lebanon War, Amir Taheri writes in the New York Post that the Israel’s defeat of Arafat and the PLO in Lebanon served to give rise to darker powers in the country, thanks to Syria and Iran.
America and its chief ally in that intervention, France, paid heavily for breathing fresh life into the moribund Palestinian cause: Some 241 US Marines and 57 French paratroopers were murdered in suicide attacks organized by Iranian and Syrian agents in Lebanon. In the following decade, 23 American and French citizens were a held hostage by Hezbollah on orders from Tehran and Damascus, and three were murdered.
‘Helping Israel Defend Itself Is Germany’s Duty’
Der Spiegel presents the responses of the German media to its exposé on Berlin’s role in building Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal.
Opposition parties in Germany are demanding answers about the sale of nuclear-capable submarines to Israel, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the vessels are “very important” for his country’s security. Media commentators argue that Germany has a historical duty to support the Jewish state.
New York Times: Iran and Azerbaijan, Already Wary Neighbors, Find Even Less to Agree On
Washington Post: Annan’s new road map for peace in Syria
Wall Street Journal: Asia Summit to Debate Nuclear Iran
Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu: P5+1 set bar for Iran way too low
Times of Israel: Yisrael Beytenu to vote against settlement bills
Haaretz: Obama to U.S. Orthodox Jews: My administration is more attentive to Israel than to Palestinians