Monthly Archives: October 2015

Israel Avoids the Abyss – For Now

The Australian, 31/10 First indications that the violence in Israel and the West Bank is Being Contained For the past four weeks, Israel and the West Bank have been hit by a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinian Muslims on … Continue reading

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Russian intervention in Syria: significant, but not a ‘game changer’

The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 29/10 http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/russian-intervention-in-syria-significant-but-not-a-game-changer/ On September 30th, Russian aircraft began the bombardment of rebel and Islamic State targets in Syria, heralding a new phase in Syria’s long and bloody civil war.  The Russian attacks were accompanied … Continue reading

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IS video Declares War on Jews

My colleague, Rubin research fellow Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi points out that the clip of the IS man speaking in fluent, Palestinian-accented Hebrew is part of a larger video put out by the Damascus ‘Wilaya’ (Province) of Islamic State. The whole … Continue reading

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Assads Autumn Offensive

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Houthi retreat in Yemen indicates Iranian limitations

Jerusalem Post, 10/10 While regional news remains dominated by the dramatic events under way in Syria, further south and east important developments are taking place in one of the more neglected arenas of the regional struggle – Yemen. Events in … Continue reading

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Toward the abyss in Jerusalem?

PJmedia, 8/10. The first rains that follow the High Holy Days have come to Jerusalem.  As always, a blessed relief.  But no relief seems imminent from the renewed tensions that have descended on the city.  A series of brutal murders … Continue reading

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Moscow Rules in the Eastern Mediterranean

Targeting the jihadists. Source: TheAustralian The Australian, 2/10 On Wednesday, Russian aircraft carried out the first bombings of rebel positions in Syria. The operation was not a surprise. It was the latest, most dramatic episode in a significant increase in Russian support … Continue reading

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