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  • 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


  • 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...

  • Arab League cracks down on Syria

    December 1, 2011 | 10:21 am

    The Arab League stepped up sanctions against Syria over its violent suppression of a popular revolt.

    The Cairo-based umbrella group of Arab countries, which last month expelled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, announced a travel ban Thursday against 17 Syrian VIPs. Assad...

  • Analysis: Syria’s Assad seen ignoring Gadhafi’s fate

    November 21, 2011 | 11:42 am

    The chilling spectacle of Muammar Gadhafi’s brutal end last month and the capture of his son Saif Islam this week, far from deterring Bashar Assad, seem to have energized him into redoubling his efforts to crush Syria’s eight-month rebellion.

    As the Arab League intensified Assad’s...

  • Syria: Deal reached with Arab League on unrest

    November 1, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Syria said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

    State media reported the deal, without giving details, saying an official...

  • Opinion: Is Assad next?

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    October 25, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Bashar Assad must have felt a chill when he saw the pictures of Muamar GadHafi’s final moments and knowing that Syrian crowds were chanting, “Assad is next.”

    There are differences between the uprisings in Libya and Syria, but the outcome will be the same: one more tyrant...

  • Opinion: Syrians want Assad to go

    October 19, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    The cycle of protests followed by increasingly violent military crackdowns in Syria has resulted in approximately 3,000 dead and more than 10,000 arrests. While the United States and its allies reacted with relative swiftness in calling for regime change in Cairo, Tripoli and Tunis,...

  • Obama tells Assad to ‘step aside’

    August 18, 2011 | 10:17 am

    President Obama has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign in the wake of attacks by his government that have killed thousands.

    “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,” Obama said in a written statement Thursday morning.

  • White House: Syria would be a better place without Assad

    August 11, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    President Barack Obama emphasized his deep concern about the Syrian government’s use of violence against civilians in a phone call Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said.

    The two leaders agreed that the bloodshed must immediately end, the White...

  • Susan Rice: Syria ‘better off’ without Assad

    August 10, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, offered the strongest sign yet that the Obama administration is seeking the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    “Syria would be better off without Assad,” Rice said in a Twitter post Wednesday. “He’s lost his legitimacy.”


  • 30 reported dead in Syria even as Turkey joins global condemnation of Assad regime

    August 9, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Syrian forces killed at least 30 civilians in tank assaults on Tuesday and moved into a town near the Turkish border, activists and witnesses said, even as Turkey’s foreign minister pressed President Bashar Assad to halt assaults on protests against his rule.

    The Syrian National...

  • AJC, ADL press U.N. for firmer action against Syria

    August 4, 2011 | 11:38 am

    A U.N. Security Council statement condemning Syria’s crackdown on dissidents was inadequate, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League said.

    In its statement Wednesday, the United Nations condemned the “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force...

  • Clinton: U.S. has no stake in Assad staying

    July 11, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is “not indispensable” and the West has “nothing invested” in keeping him in power, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The remarks by Clinton, holding a press conference Monday with Catherine Ashton, the top European Union foreign...

  • Syria security forces shoot dead 16 as Sunni city of Aleppo sees first killing

    June 17, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Security forces shot dead 16 protesters at several demonstrations across Syria on Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad, a main activists’ group coordinating protests said.

    The deaths included the first protester to be killed in Syria’s second city, the commercial...

  • Syrian forces kill 34 in Hama as crackdown intensifies

    June 3, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Syrian security forces shot dead at least 34 demonstrators in Hama on Friday, an activist said, in one of the bloodiest incidents in their crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s rule.

    In a pattern seen every Friday since mid-March, protesters have...

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