Monday, 17 September 2018 | On September 13, 1993, Israeli prime minister Yitzchak Rabin shook hands with Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, marking the signing of the Oslo Accords that were supposed to pave the path towards an independent Palestinian state and peace for Israel. Looking back afterContinue Reading »
Global news headlines cover the Middle East—and Israel in particular—on what feels like a daily basis. With the abundance of information in near constant circulation, many people have reason to view themselves as experts on the Jewish state. However, there are facts about Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East that are unknown to most.Continue Reading »
Iran has been seeking to escalate tensions along Israel’s southern border with Gaza, with the goal of “deterring” Israel from taking decisive action either in its north or south, an expert on Lebanon argued in an essay published in Tablet. Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that variousContinue Reading »
Monday, 27 August 2018 | The United States’ [US] plan to use economic sanctions to pressure the Iranian regime to change their ways is already bearing fruit—including a change in the regime. Economic Minister Massoud Karbasian was forced out of his position by a vote of no confidence by the Iranian parliament on Sunday, andContinue Reading »
Friday, 17 August 2018 | An anticipated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will include a year-long cessation of hostilities and the creation of a maritime route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus under Israeli security supervision, according to a Thursday report in the Al Mayadeen news channel. The Hezbollah-affiliated pan-Arabist satellite channel in LebanonContinue Reading »
Thursday, 09 August 2018 | The scope of Iran’s aid to the Gaza Strip comes into light as the civil protest against the regime in the Islamic Republic grows stronger amid the grave economic crisis in the country, which is expected to be exacerbated when American sanctions come into effect. Iran transfers $100 million everyContinue Reading »
Monday, 06 August 2018 | In an apparent threat to global shipping, Iran has begun naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. United States defense officials told the Journal that the exercises, involving more than 100 vessels—though mostly smaller craft—have “fully started.”Continue Reading »
Thursday, 26 July 2018 | Hamas’s military wing likely wants war. To the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, only another round of fighting in Gaza—in the form of another big war—can shuffle the cards and allow them to reach the results they want. It’s not at all certain Hamas’s political leadership wants another military campaign inContinue Reading »
Monday, 23 July 2018 | Tons of humanitarian aid transferred to desperate refugees. Border gates creaking open to admit gravely wounded civilians caught in the cross-hairs of fighting. Those same wounded civilians receiving life-saving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals. Throughout the seven years of the Syrian Civil War, Israel has made every effort—often behind theContinue Reading »
Monday, 16 July 2018 | A non-stop rain of rockets, air raid sirens screaming incessantly, a family home, children’s playground and synagogue hit and nearly 24 hours spent in bomb shelters. This is what Saturday was like for Israelis living near the Gaza border. The traumatic Shabbat started in the pre-dawn hours. Hamas, the terrorContinue Reading »
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