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The Peace Process is Dead. Let it lie down.

  PJMedia, 9/4.   The April 29th deadline has not yet been reached, but it may be said with confidence that the initiative by Secretary of State John Kerry to revive the ‘peace process’ between Israelis and Palestinians has already reached … Continue reading

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Assad’s boasts vs. Syrian reality

Jerusalem Post, 11/4.  Syrian President Bashar Assad this week said that he expects that in the course of 2014, major military operations in Syria will end.  Following this, all that will remain will be the need to deal with the … Continue reading

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War Across the Borders

PJmedia, 28/3 It has become a commonplace to claim that the unrest in the Arab world is challenging the state borders laid down in the Arab world following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. This claim, however, is … Continue reading

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New Sunni Insurgency in Iraq

Largely ignored by the global media, Iraq today stands on the brink of a renewed Sunni insurgency.  The emergent insurgency in Iraq is following the same sectarian pattern as the civil war in Syria and the growing violence in Lebanon. It … Continue reading

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Israel-Syria Border Escalation

Jerusalem Post, 21/3   This week’s events on the Israel-Syrian border are testimony to the extent to  which the effective disintegration of the Syrian state is producing a new  security reality in the North. Once, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s  regime … Continue reading

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Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances

  A number of events in recent weeks cast light on the current intersecting lines of conflict in the Middle East. They reflect a region in flux, in which new bonds are being formed, and old ones torn asunder.   … Continue reading

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Not Quiet on the Northern Front

New York Daily News, 11/3.  (Co-authored with Benjamin Weinthal)   The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with  it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on  Israel’’ shared northern border … Continue reading

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Kurdistan Emerges

Jerusalem Post, 7/3 In late February, The Jerusalem Post spoke to prominent Kurdish leader Zubeyir Aydar in the Brussels offices of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK). Aydar’s official title is vice-president of the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (KCK) (Group of Communities in Kurdistan.  He is … Continue reading

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The end of the ‘wrong side of history

PJmedia, 4/3   President Barack Obama, in criticizing Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s conquest of the Crimean Peninsula, described Putin as standing on the ‘wrong side of history.’  This curious and arresting phrase has become a common usage among western liberals.  … Continue reading

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Holding back al-Qaeda

Jerusalem Post, 21/2 Will Israel be dragged into the Syrian conflict?  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit this week to an IDF field hospital where wounded Syrians are receiving treatment served to showcase the Israeli humanitarian effort to respond to the … Continue reading

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