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  • June 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 3:28 am

    Noteworthy

    Middle East Peace Fantasies and the Israeli Reality

    The international community and the Israeli left are mistaken if they believe Netanyahu will abandon Israel’s settlers, writes Arik Elman in Algemeiner.

    To think that in Israel, today, there’s a viable constituency...

  • June 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2012 | 2:37 am

    Noteworthy
    Iran prepares for Moscow
    Kaveh L Afrasiabi of Asia Times Online speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about his country’s nuclear program.

    Neither the Stuxnet nor Flame [the latest cyber attack] nor other acts of...

  • June 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 3:39 am

    Noteworthy

    The Netanyahu Paradox

    David Margolick of Vanity Fair profiles the Israeli prime minister, meeting ‎Netanyahu in Jerusalem – and hearing from his supporters and detractors too. ‎

    The Iranian threat has made Bibi even more politically formidable: a supreme ‎leader...

  • Syria: More leading from behind

    June 4, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The horrors currently unfolding in Syria offer further proof of what might reasonably be described as Kofi Annan’s law of international relations: Wherever Kofi Annan turns up, bloodshed is sure to follow.

    During and after his scandal-ridden decade as UN secretary-general, Annan...

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  • Assad says Houla killings monstrous, crisis will end

    June 3, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned on Sunday the “abominable” massacre of more than 100 people in Houla, saying even monsters could not carry out such acts, and promised a 15-month-old crisis would end soon if Syrians pulled together.

    Assad repeated earlier pledges to...

  • June 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 2:43 am

    Note to Syria interventionists: Be careful what you wish for

    International intervention in Syria could push President Bashar Assad into even more ‎extreme actions in what has now become a sectarian war, warns Chemi Shalev in ‎Haaretz.‎

    The Syrian conflict may have been...

  • May 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 4:38 am

    Syria is looking like Bosnia 20 years ago

    Despite the ongoing violence in Syria, in particular the massacre in Houla ‎over the weekend, it is seems less and less likely that an end is in sight, ‎writes Ian Black in the Guardian.

    Hanging over the whole bleak story is this...

  • May 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2012 | 5:17 am

    Israel Needs Consensus in Response ‎to Apocalyptic Event Threatening its ‎Survival

    Israel’s leaders must take into account the opinions of all its defense experts when making a ‎decision on whether to attack Iran, writes Ed Koch in Algemeiner. ‎

    Israel has to be the final...

  • April 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 18, 2012 | 4:34 am

    The stage is set for a deal ‎with Iran

    If phrased correctly, an agreement on a halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment could be on the ‎cards, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post. ‎

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played his expected role in this ‎choreography,...

  • Were you surprised to learn that…? The Syria edition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2012 | 7:51 am

    ‎This might be an occasional feature on Rosner’s Domain to which you can all contribute. So ‎here we go:‎
    ‎ ‎
    Were you surprised to learn that “Syrian Forces Widen Attacks as Cease-Fire Unravels”?‎
    ‎ ‎
    Were you surprised to learn that “Russia sends conflicting signals...

  • April 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2012 | 3:52 am

    A Tale of Two Uprisings

    Syrian refugees who found sanctuary in Libya talk to Abigail Hauslohner of Time about the ‎differences between the revolts against the rules of Muammar Gadhafi and Bashar Assad.  ‎

    ‎[T]he Syrians who have fled Homs for the relative safety of their Arab...

  • UN chief to Syria’s Assad: World is waiting for you to implement peace plan

    March 29, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Arab leaders dropped a demand that Bashar Assad give up the presidency of Syria but urged him to act quickly on a U.N.-backed peace plan he has accepted as fighting between Syrian troops and rebels killed at least 22 people on Thursday.

    “The solution for the crisis is still in the...

  • March 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 28, 2012 | 6:15 am

    Syria after Assad

    Writing in Project Syndicate, Ronald Lauder warns of the pitfalls that could lie ahead once Bashar Assad is removed from power. 

    To avoid the political chaos and regional escalation witnessed in other Arab countries recently, it is critical that any new Syrian...

  • March 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 19, 2012 | 5:42 am

    Israel’s Gift to Iran

    Iran may have a far more cynical approach to an Israeli assault than one would imagine, writes Marvin G. Weinbaum in the National Interest.

    Iran’s leaders well understand that certain governing elites, especially among the Gulf countries, would be pleased to...

  • March 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 15, 2012 | 6:45 am

    Reading Assad’s emails

    The hacked purportedly personal emails of the Syrian leader and his wife reveal how out of touch they were with the bloody violence in the country, writes David Kenner in Foreign Policy.

    The emails paint a picture of a Syrian leadership that is more bumbling...

  • March 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 3:37 am

    Shalom, Beijing

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Oren Kessler looks at two decades of ties between Israel and China, and how the latter’s link to Iran could impact on that relationship.

    As they mark 20 years of diplomatic relations, China and Israel are exchanging far more than florid...

  • March 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 6, 2012 | 5:02 am

    Obama’s ‘No Containment’ AIPAC Speech Made War With Iran Inevitable

    With his speech to AIPAC, Obama has set the US on the path to another Mideast war, writes Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast.

    We are going to war with Iran. Maybe not by November, maybe not even under this...

  • March 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2012 | 6:05 am

    Shimon Peres’ Influence Wanes as Israel Grows More Bellicose Toward Iran

    The long-standing alliance between Netanyahu and Peres may be over – thanks to differences on Iran and the Palestinians, says Dan Ephron writing in the Daily Beast.

    People familiar with the relationship...

  • March 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2012 | 2:55 am

    Let us compare Assad to Israel

    Writing in the Arab News, Tariq Alhomayed takes Arab regimes, in particular Assad’s, to task over their hypocrisy about Israeli military operations.

    Today, in the case of Assad, we have seen the Syrian forces brutally killing their own people on our...

  • February 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 27, 2012 | 4:09 am

    Assad’s evil endgame

    Writing in the New York Post, Amir Taheri looks at the Syrian President’s three-pronged plan for holding on to power as the country descends into further violence.

    Could Assad’s new strategy save his regime? Although no one knows the future, the logical...

  • Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt

    February 24, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.

    The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim...

  • Syrian hourglass

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 22, 2012 | 3:32 pm

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  • Start planning now for transition in Syria

    February 15, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Syria is in the midst of a civil war. The common wisdom both from inside and out is that the Assad dynasty is doomed to follow the plight of Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Gadhafi in Libya, not to mention Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The questions are how, when and how many...

  • ‘Assad will fall, but not so quickly’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Moshe Maoz, professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, talks to Rosner’s Domain about Israeli policy on Syria.

    What should Israel’s policy be regarding Syria at the present time?

    Israel couldn’t do very much. Basically, Israel should...

  • February 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2012 | 5:41 am

    Antinuclear Assassinations
    Whoever is behind the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists should be praised not censured, writes James Kirchick in The Weekly Standard.

    The logic behind this assassination campaign—and it should be reasonable to assume at this point that the deaths of...

  • Why doing something on Syria is a strategic concern for the US

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 6, 2012 | 7:12 am

    There’s nothing shockingly surprising about Russia and China’s decision to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on Saturday night. Can China really go along with a resolution that calls to “put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their...

  • Embattled Assad to make speech on ‘internal issue’

    January 9, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad, locked in a violent struggle against a wave of unrest, is to make a speech on Tuesday on “the internal issue and international and regional developments,” state media said.

    The SANA news agency gave no further details. Assad, whose forces are accused...

  • Interior Minister: Suicide bomb kills 26 in Syria

    January 6, 2012 | 11:16 am

    A suicide bomber killed 26 people and wounded 63 in Damascus on Friday, Syria’s interior minister said, vowing an “iron fist” response to the carnage in the heart of the Syrian capital after similar attacks two weeks ago.

    The blast came two days before an Arab League committee was...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • UN: Syria in state of civil war, death toll 4,000

    December 1, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Syria is in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top U.N. human rights official said Thursday.

    “We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable...

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