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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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  • Abbas must seek recognition from UN, not U.S.

    Since entering negotiations with Palestinians last July, Israeli policies have only led to a deeper entrenchment of the occupation. Now, Abbas must listen to left-wing Palestinian parties and put an end to peace talks. By Uri Weltmann Dancing the tango with a cactus is a bad idea. Not only are you dancing by yourself, you're also going to be pricked by the thorns. But this is exactly what Mahmoud Abbas has been doing since last July, when he agreed that peace negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israeli government would be mediated by the U.S. government, knowing…

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  • The Iranian nuclear standoff: Where does Turkey stand?

    Despite its leaders’ efforts to broker an agreement, Turkey seems to be accepting the possibility of an attack on Iran as a last resort. Now its priority is to prepare for that eventuality, so that a military conflict does not take it by surprise. By Aylin Gurzel FAMAGUSTA – Turkey has tried to broker negotiations between Iran and the West over Iran’s nuclear program. But, with talks repeatedly failing to generate any substantive progress, Turkey’s leaders are beginning to consider how a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would affect their country’s interests. When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to…

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  • WATCH: Tensions mount on Turkey-Syria border

    AKCAKALE, TURKEY -- It has been nearly a week since a Syrian mortar shell landed on a Turkish home just across the border, killing five members of the same family. The incident brought a swift response from Turkey, and a promise by the government in Ankara that it would not hesitate to strike back, which it has done nearly every day since.  But a growing role for Turkey in the Syrian conflict may also mean some tricky navigation through political and diplomatic waters.   Turkey continued sending additional tanks and troops to its border with Syria, enforcing those already there,…

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  • To liberate Syria, the West must curb its savior fantasy

    While it is increasingly evident something must be done to stop the violence in Syria, the history of intervention in internal conflicts has shown there are no quick fixes. Western powers must realize that in order to liberate Syria all they can do is help the Syrians help themselves.  By Yoni Eshpar | From Hebrew: Dimi Reider The situation in Syria is getting worse, and the focus of the debate has shifted from "to condemn or not to condemn" to "military intervention: yes or no." Hardly a day passes without a new article, usually from the left side of the map, calling for military intervention in Syria. All are…

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  • Israel should stand by Syrian rebels

    Israel's Foreign Ministry recently recommended that the government denounce the killing of Syrian civilians, and call for Bashar Assad to be removed from power. According to a report by Barak Ravid in Haaretz, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has adopted this position. At the time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was against it, claiming that such statements would only play into the hands of Assad. Lieberman was right: Israel must denounce the slaughter in Syria regardless of geo-political consequences. The fact that most regional forces would rather distance themselves from Jerusalem – even if we're just talking about public statements – should…

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  • The “Obama Doctrine:” A blessing or a curse for the conflict?

    The end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya proved that U.S. President Barack Obama’s doctrine of “leading from behind” was a success. But the Obama Doctrine is not only a new approach to war - it extends to foreign policy on the whole, and therefore has already begun to affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict When U.S. President Barack Obama decided to let other nations take a leading role during the war in Libya, the criticism was quick to come from every corner. They claimed he was doing too little, that he didn’t consult, that he was scared of using the air…

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  • Deposed Libyan Leader Gaddafi killed

    Colonel Moammar Gaddafi ruled the North African country with a strong grip for more than four decades. He was repeatedly accused by leaders in the West of supporting terrorism, not least of which included the bombing of a U.S commercial passenger airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland. On Thursday, mobile phone footage showed the bloody body of a man purported to be Gaddafi laying on the ground. The Prime Minister of the interim-government, known as the National Transition Council (NTC), confirmed the man to be Gaddafi, noting that the 69 year-old had indeed been killed. If he died, it is unclear exactly…

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  • Netanyahu will have the last word in Washington

    Call it a delicate balance of diplomacy, or a dance between two apparently opposing sides.  The Obama Shuffle involves first a sway to the left then a sway to the right, one step forward, then one step back.  And hop, hop, hop hop hop.  And stop.  (Now you try!) The past 72 hours have shown that the US President is not afraid of engaging in some verbal warfare, depending on who is listening.  While condemning the Nakba Day’s pedestrian infiltration of Israel, he promoted (as Israel views it) a retreat to “indefensible” borders.  While calling for a return to negotiations…

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