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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.

Splits in Israeli Right led to fall of Netanyahu

Since the process whereby splits in the Israeli right have now resulted in the fall of PM Netanyahu and the ending, for now at least, of Likud rule in Israel, I thought it might be an opportune time to repost … Continue reading

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The Growing Threat Facing Israel from Iraq

Jerusalem Post, 4/6 A previously unknown Iraqi Shia militia calling itself ‘Ktaib al-Sabiqoun’ issued a warning to Israel this week. In gramatically challenged  Hebrew, the statement read ‘if you bomb us, we will bomb you.’  It is likely that this … Continue reading

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Sheikh Jarrah and Shimon Hatsadik: a Tale of Two Jerusalem Gravesites:

Jerusalem Post, 14/5 The current tensions in Jerusalem are not traceable to a single source.  The always charged period of Ramadan, the cancellation of Palestinian elections, the attacks on Ultra-orthodox Jews and the response to these by Jewish far right … Continue reading

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A Modest Suggestion for Haaretz Columnist Gideon Levy

Gideon Levy in an article in today’s Haaretz described the current ‘Palestinian violence’ in Jerusalem (ie the ongoing, random, thuggish assaults on Israeli Jewish civilians in the city) as ‘the most justified and restrained act of resistance against injustice and … Continue reading

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Iran Seeks US ‘Withdrawal Under Fire’ from Iraq

Jerusalem Post, 23/4 Rising Tempo of attacks on US forces, facilities in Iraq by pro-Iran militias A notable uptick in attacks on US personnel and facilities in Iraq has taken place in recent weeks.  In the latest incident, five rockets … Continue reading

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The Ravaging of Afrin

Jerusalem Post, 9/4 State Department, UN and NGO Reports cite pattern of grave human rights violations, assaults and targeting of women by Turkish-controlled Islamist militias Located in the north west corner of Syria, the Turkish-controlled Afrin area is largely off … Continue reading

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The Bear in the East

Jerusalem Post, 26/3 What is the Significance of the Recent Flurry of Russian Mid-East related Diplomatic Activity? In an event covered in a variety of regional media outlets  but largely ignored further afield, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met on … Continue reading

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Who Bombed the Saudi oil facility at Ras Tanoura?

Jerusalem Post, 12/3 On Sunday, a series of drone and missile attacks were launched at military and oil industry related facilities in Saudi Arabia.  Among the sites targeted was the oil storage yard at Ras Tanoura, which is the site … Continue reading

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The Siege of Marib

Jerusalem Post, 26/2 Largely ignored by the global media, the fighting in Yemen between the Saudi-supported government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Iran-supported Ansar Allah (Houthi) movement, is currently at its most intense since 2018. The Houthis (named … Continue reading

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The Ankara-Islamabad Axis

Jerusalem Post, 12/2 A joint military exercise involving the Turkish and Pakistani special forces commenced this week in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.  The exercise, dubbed ‘Ataturk XI-2021, is to focus on counter terror operations.  It is the … Continue reading

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