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  • Syria — why diplomacy is not the answer

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 12, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    People say "don't compare," but comparison of recent events in Syria to Europe in the 1940's cannot be avoided. Millions of Jews were led to their deaths in the most hideous ways, the U.S, as well as the rest of the world, held photographed facts of the holocaust horrors, yet chose...

  • Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

    September 9, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

    The Obama administration faces a crucial...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • Syria in 5774: The unfolding of miscalculations

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    War is the unfolding of miscalculations, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote — and she didn’t even know Bashar al-Assad.

    If the Butcher of Damascus thought there was no difference between killing women and children with artillery and killing them with gas, he miscalculated. Even in a...

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  • Iran commander: U.S. strike on Syria would bring Israel’s destruction

    August 29, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief said a U.S. military attack on Syria would lead to the "imminent destruction" of Israel and would prove a "second Vietnam" for America, according to an Iranian news agency.

    Shi'ite Muslim Iran, an arch-enemy of Israel, is supporting Syrian...

  • Red Lines

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 28, 2013 | 11:20 am

  • Israel calls up reservists, deploys missile defenses against Syria

    August 28, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria.

    But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister...

  • Israeli military, civilians readying for possible Syria reprisals

    August 28, 2013 | 8:35 am

    Israel’s military and citizens are preparing for the repercussions of a possible military intervention on Syria by the United States and other allies.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said his country would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday accusing the...

  • Israel says it will respond with force to any attack from Syria

    August 27, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not involved in Syria's civil war, but would respond forcefully to any attempts to attack it.

    "The state of Israel is prepared for any scenario," Netanyahu said in a statement after holding security...

  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • June 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. military team in Jordan planning ways to deal with Syria’s chemical weapons

    To Read: Jefrrey Golberg writes about the disagreement between State and Defense on Syria-

     It is possible, even for those of us who have been inclined toward intervention, to...

  • Yaalon: Israeli intervention in Syria would be counterproductive

    June 14, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel will not intervene in Syria in part because any such intervention would harm the side Israel favors, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    “We don’t intervene, we do not interfere,” Yaalon said Friday in Washington prior to a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Defense...

  • June 14, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2013 | 3:32 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S., citing use of chemical weapons by Syria, to provide direct military support to rebels

    To Read: Stephen Hadley, Joseph Lieberman and Jim Steinberg believe that showing a bit more aggression is the key to achieving a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear...

  • U.S. concludes Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria

    June 13, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons on a small scale against rebel fighters in Syria's civil war, the White House said on Thursday.

    The assessment, which followed President Barack Obama's demand for...

  • June 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 3:39 am

    The US

    Headline: AP Sources: US Close to OK on Arming Syrian Rebels

    To Read: Could Susan Rice's vow to 'never let there be another Rwanda' be a problematic one? Paul Pillar believes it is-

    A contrast to such careful lesson-drawing is the never-again, I'll-go-down-in-flames...

  • Golan fighting spells more Syria trouble for Israel

    June 7, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the occupied Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria's civil war reached a U.N.-manned border crossing.

    Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more...

  • Syrian army fights off rebels at Israeli crossing

    June 6, 2013 | 7:59 am

    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought off an attempt by rebels to seize the sole crossing between Syria and Israel on Thursday, while army troops sought to ram home strategic gains further to the north.

    A day after losing control of Qusair, an important town...

  • June 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: 19 Americans convicted for pro-democracy work in Egypt

    To Read: David Kenner tells the story of a well intentioned American NGO which tried to promote democracy in Egypt (and of how it did just the opposite)-

    In an Egyptian courtroom on a sunny summer...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons program was built to counter Israel

    June 4, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its arch enemy had gained a nuclear arsenal, began in earnest to build a covert chemical weapons program three decades ago, aided by its neighbors, allies and European chemical wholesalers.

    Damascus lacked the technology and...

  • May 31, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2013 | 3:37 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. Lifts Iran Sanctions on Laptops, Mobile Phones

    To Read: Daniel Benjamin, who served as the State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator up until last year, believes that Obama knew what he was talking about in his counter-terrorism speech and that the...

  • What Americans Really Think About Syria- Part 3

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2013 | 8:25 am

    In parts 1 and 2 of “what Americans really think about Syria” we concluded, based on several polls, that “Obama is on safe ground as he decides to ignore the red line he drew, a line he didn’t quite intend to draw”. We can now present you with an updated table of recent polls – not...

  • Syria has advanced missiles from Russia, Assad says

    May 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

    Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were...

  • May 30, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline: US calls on Hezbollah to pull fighters out of Syria

    To Read: James P. Rubin believes that John Kerry is becoming far too chummy with the cunning Russian veteran Sergei Lavrov-

    Kerry is making a big mistake if he doesn’t understand that Russia wants, as a...

  • Syria fires on Israeli military vehicle, Israel returns fire

    May 21, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Syria fired on and damaged an Israeli army jeep, and Israel retaliated with a missile attack, the Israeli military said.

    No one was injured when Syria opened fire on an Israeli army patrol early Tuesday morning in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said. It was the...

  • May 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama says U.S. won't act alone on Syria

    To Read: According to Ronan Farrow, the real cover-up in Benghazi is all the blame and allegations thrown at the White House-

    Four of the Washington bureaucrats responsible for denying that support were removed from...

  • Ditto

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 15, 2013 | 3:58 pm

  • Russia’s Putin warns against aggravating Syria crisis

    May 14, 2013 | 8:06 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was important to avoid actions that might aggravate Syria's civil war, a veiled warning against foreign military intervention or arming anti-government forces.

    Russia and the United States are trying to bring the warring sides...

  • Syria warns Israel it could enter Golan

    May 13, 2013 | 8:24 am

    A Syrian government official warned that his country can enter the Israeli-held Golan Heights at any time.

    “The Golan is Syrian Arab territory and will remain so, even if the Israeli army is stationed there,” Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Sunday at a news...

  • May 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US says Assad can have no post-war role

    To Read: Robert Kaplan believes that the constant and unbearable media pressure and scrutiny Obama has been under may very well be hurting the quality of US policy discussion about Syria (and about foreign...

  • Assad: Syrian army can handle Israel

    May 8, 2013 | 8:22 am

    Syria's army is ready to deal with Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad told an Iranian official on Syrian state television.

    "The Syrian people and its army, who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups, are capable of confronting Israel's...

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