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About jonathanspyer

Jonathan Spyer is a Middle East analyst, author and journalist specializing in the areas of Israel, Syria and broader issues of regional strategy. He is a the director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and analysis (MECRA), a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for strategy and Security (JISS) and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

PFLP: Back from the Dead?

Jerusalem Post, 15/5 Iranian support appears to lie behind uptick in the terror group’s activities The Israel Defense Forces this week carried out the partial demolition of the home of Qassem Shibli, also known as Qassem al-Barghouti, in the village … Continue reading

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Israel’s Incoherent Strategy in Syria

Jerusalem Post, 8/5 A significant uptick in Israeli action against Iranian targets in Syria has taken place in recent weeks, according to regional and international media. In the latest moves, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 Iranian … Continue reading

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Protests Re-ignite in Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 1/5 One of the immediate effects of Covid-19 on the Middle East has been to clear the streets of the mass demonstrations which had filled the public squares of a number of regional capitals in the preceding months.  … Continue reading

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ISIS and the Virus

Jerusalem Post, 17/4 ‘Ghost Caliphate’ Stirs in Syria and Iraq The Coronavirus is generally held to represent a common threat to all nations and communities.  It does not differentiate according to religion, ethnicity or national origin.  The pandemic has even … Continue reading

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Idlib: The Next Phase

Jerusalem Post, 6/3 Russia’s desire to woo Turkey from the west likely to prevent all out Turkey-Syria War   Clashes between Turkish and Syrian regime forces in north west Syria are ongoing.  For the first time in the Syrian civil … Continue reading

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Syria’s Wild South west

Jerusalem Post, 21/2 The global spotlight has currently returned to Syria because of the Assad regime’s current bloody offensive in Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia Provinces.  The regime is trying to reduce the last enclave held by the Sunni Arab rebels … Continue reading

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Anonymous Soldier

A LEHI operative in London Jerusalem Post magazine, 21/2. Ya’acov Heruti, one of Israel’s first covert warriors, is today the resident of a quiet and well ordered retirement home in Tel Aviv.  His room is neat and well-kept, his Filipina … Continue reading

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