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  • After Syria strike, showdown looms over the future of the Iran nuclear deal

    The success of a coordinated military strike on Assad's chemical weapon stockpiles actually bodes well for the Iran nuclear deal.  By Shemuel Meir Western powers made good on their warning to the Assad regime on April 14, 2018, and attacked the production and storage sites of the chemical weapons in his possession. The coordinated, wide-ranging operation by the United States, Britain and France (in contrast to Trump's unilateral and hasty attack following the use of chemical weapons in Syria in April 2017) was aimed solely at chemical weapons sites. The Western powers emphasized that this was not the opening salvo of massive military intervention…

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  • The American strategic mistake in Syria no one's talking about

    For all the talk of intervention or lack of intervention, there's one strategic error the U.S. made in Syria that nobody's discussing — President Bill Clinton's failure to give full American backing to an Israel-Syria peace deal when it was still possible. By Gilad Halpern The headline "A president is born" is probably being written at this very moment, if it hasn’t been yet. Donald Trump's order to strike Syria's al-Shayrat airbase in response to Damascus' use of chemical weapons against civilians received bipartisan praise, even among his most devout detractors on both sides of the aisle. For the first…

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  • What I'm doing to help the Syrian people

    Read up, share information, attend protests, donate to NGOs. This is what we can do to help Syrians. By Elizabeth Tsurkov A number of people have asked me what they can do about the situation in Aleppo or Syria. My answer to them is to donate money and spread information about what is happening there. [tmwinpost] Although the situation in Aleppo and other besieged areas in Syria is horrifying, donating to these areas means higher prices in a place where there is limited number of goods. Moreover, due to the high prices of goods in areas under siege, the money spent on one meal…

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  • Syrian blood is worth no less than Palestinian blood

    It is time to boycott all Palestinian leaders in Israel who support Assad's war crimes or do not publicly take a stand against them. By Marzuq Al-Halabi There is not much left to say about Aleppo. But there is still much left to say about the campaign of destruction of the city. The disaster befalling the city has many faces, some of them reach me, in my office, especially as the descendent of a family who lived in Kufr Rum, one of the small villages surrounding the city. Every aspect of the destruction deserves its own comment: 1. According to reports coming…

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  • Syria, my love

    The Syria that was once an icon of enlightenment and education has been erased, crushed under barrel bombs and proxy power struggles, as the world watches and waits to see how it will all end. What, after all, have we learned from history?   Run, run away all you strong and invulnerable Israelis, and all you Palestinian freedom fighters pursuing liberation from the occupation, Jewish and Arab human rights activists, seekers of peace and fellowship between peoples. Let’s all run away from Aleppo, Idlib, Palmyra, Raqqa, Homs and all the Syrian cities that have been destroyed. [tmwinpost] Who needs to see more…

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  • Iranian analyst: For a fair offer, Iran will compromise on its nuclear program

    By Eyal Clyne (From Hebrew: Ofer Neiman) "The Iranian government is so heavily invested in the nuclear project, that if it were to give up this flag, it would mean nothing less than political suicide […] Iranian leaders have publicly chained themselves to this issue, to the extent that now it's a matter of political survival. One cannot just raise one's hands in surrender after years of investment and sacrifice… but for a fair package deal, which will acknowledge their rights, they will compromise… If they will be offered a decent way out, which can be brought to the [Iranian]…

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  • '100 Days in Syria': An eyewitness account of a country imploding

    By Yacov Ben Efrat In seeking the “truth” about Syria, I came across a book by Lebanese reporter Ghadi Francis, "My pen and pain: One hundred days in Syria" (Beirut: Saqi Books 2012), in Arabic. I did not find the “truth” but I did find many things which explain the outbreak of revolution in Syria, and especially its cruelty compared with the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Francis identifies with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. She is in favor of a “Greater Syria” and her point of departure is not at all hostile to the Baath regime. On the other hand, as a young journalist she surveyed Syria from top to…

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  • Israeli Amb. to UN: Assad 'has no moral authority to govern'

    In an address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, Israel's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, called on the international community to intervene in Syria to stop the systematic murder of civilians, breaking what has been mostly silence from Israel on the situation there. According to Prosor, "No decent human being can ignore pictures like this. It doesn’t matter where you come from, or to what faith you belong, or what politics you preach." He said that Bashar al-Assad and his regime "have no moral authority to govern," but made no explicit call for the removal of Assad.…

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  • Arab republican dictators: A dying breed

    Six months ago, there were five Arab republican dictators. Now, all but Syria's president are out or on their way, and even Assad is facing his biggest challenge since succeeding his father a decade ago The "Arab Spring" of the last six months has already swept away the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt. Libya's ruler seems unlikely to survive, and the Yemeni president has agreed to step down in exchange for immunity. This means that the republican dictatorship, once an important type of regime in the Arab world, is on its last legs. Or, more accurately, its last leg. Syria's…

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