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No excuse for western surprise re ISIS advances

  At the risk of sounding arrogant, I would like to say that western policymakers have no excuse for being surprised regarding the ISIS advance into western Iraq, and the fragmentation of that country.  I and a number of colleagues … Continue reading

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Written in Gratitude, on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of 1944.

A few years after I made aliyah, my parents sold the house that my sister and I had grown up in and moved to a sheltered housing facility for elderly people in north London. My mum and dad are warm … Continue reading

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Disaster in the Levant: the Syrian Civil War in its fourth year

Fathom Magazine, 2/6  The Syrian Civil War is now grinding on into its fourth year. Over 150,000 people have died, and tens more are being killed every day in the ongoing fighting. Millions have lost their homes. Many will almost … Continue reading

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A most discreet intervention

Jerusalem Post, 30/5 Israel offering limited assistance to rebels in southern Syria Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, Israeli officials have observed events to the north with caution and concern.  The concern has derived from … Continue reading

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ISIS committing Atrocities against civilian population in northern Syria

PJmedia, 27/5.  Co-authored with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi   Evidence is mounting that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is systematically committing atrocities in eastern and northern Syria, its areas of control. While individual incidents of brutality have been … Continue reading

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Turnaround: Is Saudi Arabia shifting course towards Iran?

   Jerusalem Post, 23/5 A number of recent Saudi moves and official statements have led to speculation regarding a possible shift on the kingdom’s stance toward Iran. The Saudis appear to be moving at least on a declarative level away … Continue reading

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At a front line position near Jarabulus, April, 2014

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YPG fighters in action during an ISIS attack on Haj Ismail village, April, 2014

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Wars Within Wars

Weekly Standard, 16/5 With Syrian presidential elections scheduled for June, the incumbent and shoo-in for reelection, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is campaigning on the promise that 2014 will be the year in which military operations in Syria end. However, the … Continue reading

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Palestinian Magical Thinking

Palestinian Magical Thinking PJMedia, April 30, 2014.  So April 29th has arrived, and the nine month period allotted by the current US Administration for its effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has come and gone.  Entirely predictably, it has failed, … Continue reading

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