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  • Israel wary of continued conflict in Syria

    December 29, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been seven years since Israel and Syria were in talks mediated by Turkey.

    Those negotiations in Ankara were premised on de-coupling Damascus from its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah and dislodging Israel from the Golan.

    Neither side could envision paying the price...

  • Syrian rebel group claims responsibility for Hezbollah leader’s death

    December 21, 2015 | 10:05 am

    A Syrian rebel group has claimed responsibility for the airstrike in Damascus that killed a Lebanese Hezbollah leader who spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison.

    In a video released Monday on YouTube, the Free Syrian Army denied Hezbollah’s claim that Israeli warplanes...

  • Turkey Incursion Into Iraq Intensifies

    December 14, 2015 | 6:23 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey’s recent deployment of troops and tanks into northern Iraq has caused a major diplomatic row between Ankara and Baghdad, but experts say Turkish forces are there to stay.

    “Honestly speaking there is not much Baghdad can...

  • Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

    November 25, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

    Underscoring the message, Russian...

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  • Sticks and stones and centrifuges

    By Rob Eshman

    October 15, 2015 | 11:10 am

    A month ago, we Jews were frantic over Iranian centrifuges. This month, we’re vexed by Palestinian knives.

    In no time at all, we went from the 21st century to the second. Space-age threats have been swept aside in a rash of Bronze Age bloodshed. 

    On Fareed Zakaria’s Sunday...

  • Breaking point: Time for Israel and the US to start seeing other people

    August 14, 2014 | 11:58 am

    The US administration has halted a shipment of Hellfire aerial anti-armor missiles to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing government sources.

    Not since the early 1980s, when the Reagan administration withheld delivery of promised F-16 fighter planes, as...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrian protesters chant “Bye Gadhafi, Bashar next”

    August 25, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Syrian protesters chanted “Bye, bye Gadhafi, Bashar your turn is coming” overnight, but President Bashar al-Assad showed few signs of cracking after months of demonstrations and his forces raided an eastern tribal region again on Thursday.

    The new chant, inspired by the apparent...

  • Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...

  • Why Israel should support Arab democracy

    March 1, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Sitting with Israeli policy makers during the protests in Tunisia and then Egypt, I could feel the anxiety and alarm as senior officials from across the political spectrum attempted to decipher the implications for the Jewish state. Cries of panic have increased as the upheaval...

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