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Iraqi Shia militias threaten US, Israel

Jerusalem Post, 1/1/21 A high ranking Iraqi delegation arrived in Iran this week, carrying a message from Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to the Iranian regime.  The delegation, according to a report in Sharq al Aawsat newspaper, was headed by … Continue reading

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Article: Understanding Israel’s War in the Grey Zone

Newsweek, 22/12 The facts of the case remain in dispute. A variety of versions have emerged. But all the various accounts agree that the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, considered by … Continue reading

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Turn, and Turn again: A Tale of Two Israels

Australian, 29/12 A drama series recently broadcast on national TV in  Israel, entitled in English ‘Valley of Tears,’  set in the dramatic first days of the Yom Kippur War of 1973, has led to renewed public discussion on those difficult … Continue reading

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Who Betrayed Ruhollah Zam?

Jerusalem Post, 19/12 Mystery surrounds capture of Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, Iranian journalist and oppositionist, was hanged at Evin prison on December 12. He had been found guilty of ‘corruption on earth,’ a catch-all term used by Iran’s regime … Continue reading

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Two thoughts on the Israel TV series ‘Valley of Tears’

A couple of final thoughts on the Kan series  שעת נעילה  or ‘Valley of Tears,’ which concluded this week.  Firstly, I will admit to a certain parochial pride at seeing the bit of the army that is ‘my’ bit portrayed … Continue reading

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Iranian Responses to Fakhrizadeh Killing; Teheran’s Options for Retaliation

Jerusalem Post, 5/12 Iranian officials and regime supporters responded to the killing of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh,  widely regarded as the ‘father’ of Iran’s military nuclear program, with a public outpouring of fury.  Many of the responses sought to achieve the … Continue reading

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Iran’s Terror Campaign in Europe

Jerusalem Post, 20/11 A trial due to begin next week in the Belgian city of Antwerp  is set to cast further light on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s use of official diplomatic missions in its ongoing campaign of violence and … Continue reading

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The Incendiaries: How Turkey and Pakistan fan the flames of Islamic Anger

Jerusalem Post, 7/11 French President Emmanuel Macron’s expressions of condemnation of political Islam following the decapitation of teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 have led to furious demonstrations in parts of the Islamic world.  A number of violent incidents of … Continue reading

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Strategic Game in the East Med.

Jerusalem Post, 24/10 Russian attempts to move closer to Egypt made possible by US absence An upcoming joint naval exercise involving the Egyptian and Russian navies, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry on October 10, is testimony to the fluid … Continue reading

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Reflections on insurgent political Islam, twenty years after the outbreak of the Second Intifada

13/10/20 This week marks twenty years since the outbreak of the Second Intifada.  I remember those febrile days very well, here in  Jerusalem.  The peace talks at Camp David broke down in late July.  After that, it was clear that … Continue reading

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