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A Match Made in History

American Interest, 17/7 The recent two-day visit of Narendra Modi to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, has been depicted as heralding a new strategic partnership between New Delhi and Jerusalem. Indeed, simply by taking place at all, … Continue reading

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Israel and Hizballah: The Battle before the Battle

Jerusalem Post, 14/7 During the 2006 war beween  Israel and Hizballah, Israeli military actions were limited by the broader diplomatic situation.  The expulsion of Syria from Lebanon had taken place a year earlier.  The government of then prime minister Fuad … Continue reading

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Stormclouds over Syria

(Originally Published as ‘Trump is Tripping over Iran and Russia’s Red Lines in Syria’ in Foreign Policy, June 26, 2017) http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/26/trump-is-tripping-over-iran-and-russias-red-lines-in-syria/ In the past five weeks, U.S. forces in Syria have struck directly at the Assad regime and its allies … Continue reading

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US Strategy and Israel’s Stake in Eastern Syria

Jerusalem Post, 24/6 The downing on June 18th  of a Syrian Air Force SU-22 by a UA Navy F-18 Super Hornet over the skies of northern Syria sharply raises the stakes in the emergent stand-off in the country.  This stand-off … Continue reading

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Lines in the Sand

Jerusalem Post, 9/6 An alliance of pro-US Sunni Arab states is emerging The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen  to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar is the latest step in the re-emergence of … Continue reading

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The Race for the Ruins

Jerusalem Post, 26/5 Events taking place in a remote stretch of south east Syrian desert in recent days reveal the current direction of US Middle East strategy.   An observable ratcheting up of US and allied air and special forces … Continue reading

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Al-Arabiya write about my recent visit to Syria

  http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/mob/arab-and-world/syria/2017/05/18/%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87-%D8%B9%D8%B6%D9%88-%D9%88%D9%81%D8%AF-%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A7.html English translation of the article: The British researcher Jonathan Spyer  managed to obtain an entry visa to the areas under the control of the Assad regime last April. This was within the framework of  a delegation of foreign … Continue reading

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