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Will Turkey invade north east Syria?

Jerusalem Post, 11/1 Significant obstacles remain before a Turkish push south The announcement by US President Donald Trump on December 19 of his intention to rapidly withdraw US forces from eastern Syria led to expectations of a rapid move by … Continue reading

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Five thoughts on the passing of Amos Oz

28/12 if I think back to the days of my aliyah and the year or two that preceded it -the period 1989-91, Amos Oz was one of the writers who was most present and influential in my mind. His prose, … Continue reading

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Betrayal on the Euphrates

Jerusalem Post, 21/12 The apparent decision by US President Donald Trump to order the complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria was preceded by a looming crisis between the US and Turkey. It is worth looking at this crisis in … Continue reading

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A New Order Emerges in Southern Syria

Jerusalem Post, 30/11 Syrian Regime closes accounts with west- and Israel-linked rebels, as Iran builds and expands its presence in the area   Evidence emerging from south west Syria indicates that the Assad regime has begun to ‘close accounts’ with … Continue reading

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The Return of ISIS

Jerusalem Post, 2/11 The jihadi organization is currently stirring in outlying areas of Iraq and Syria Islamic State fighters operating in the Lower Euphrates river valley this week killed 68 fighters of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces.  Under cover of … Continue reading

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Iran’s ‘Phoney War’

Jerusalem Post, 9/10 Teheran prefers to strike directly only at weak and peripheral enemies, while acting against stronger ones through proxies. Is this distinction sustainable? The effort by the US and its allies to contain and ultimately roll back the … Continue reading

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Leveraging  Murder

Jerusalem Post, 27/10 Turkey and Qatar seek to turn the death of Jamal Khashoggi to political advantage   The killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi represents a golden opportunity for all those forces opposed to the current direction of … Continue reading

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