Middle East Conflicts

Syria Ceasefire Will Not Defeat ISIS

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The United States and Russia brokered ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and few of the fighting groups is scheduled for February 27, 2016, 00:00 local time.  While Washington described the agreement as yet another major diplomatic achievement, it will not end the war in Syria, destroy ISIS or the al Nusra Front, or stop... ...

The Syrian Threat to Israel*

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Left: Map of Syrian Civil war/ Global conflict in Syria – liveuamap, February 22, 2016 There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle East by the British and... ...

Misnavigating America

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

As if seven years of Obama’s efforts to diminish the world’s superpower were not enough, recent events in the Middle East highlight the need for American leadership capable of righting the ship. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statement that the U.S. sailors “obviously had misnavigated” two boats into Iran’s territorial waters illustrates the... ...

Spotlight on Iran*

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Left: On January 31, 2016, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei awarded the ‘Fath’ medal on Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi as well as four others for capturing 2 US Navy patrol boats and 10 US Marines on January 12, 2016. Khamenei remarked: it “was in fact... ...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Tehran, January 23, 2016 –  After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi... ...

Settlements, Schmettlements and Israeli Security*

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: US Amb Shapiro follows White House lead in the delegitimization of Israel speech. (Watch the video.) – Pres. Barack Hussein Obama appears determined as part of his “legacy” to leave relations in ruins with the U.S.’ most important ally in the Mideast, Israel. Last week U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro... ...

Increasing Militarization of the Middle East *

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Definition of Middle Eastern countries: Central Intelligence Agency Recent developments in the Middle East show a disturbing trend to add to all the other disturbing trends that have emerged in the region since the “Arab Spring” began in 2011. Both regional and international actors have begun to take advantage of... ...

Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its... ...

Obama’s Millennial Problems

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address to Congress, along with calling Ukraine a Russian “client state”, which infuriated the Ukrainians, referred to conflicts in the Middle East “…that date back millennia”  It’s not clear what he was referring to, unless he thinks the Palestinians of today are... ...

Wrong man, Wrong Job*

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Pres. Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and that he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi is a permanent campaign – even when it is for more limited objectives than the highest office... ...

The Petrokingdom In Peril*

Friday, January 8th, 2016

“The decision makers of the Saudi government should not have any doubt that this blood will trouble them.  It will haunt them.”– Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  – The eastern province, bordering on the Gulf, not only has a concentration of oil, it has a concentration of Shiites, who have traditionally chafed under... ...

A Century after Sykes-Picot: Strategic and Geopolitical Aspects*

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

“The instability and the uncertainty that characterize the current state of affairs is best exploited, as mentioned before, by the most prominent enemies from the Radical Islamic camp – both Iran and its surrogates and the Sunni Radicals.” The rationale behind the plan produced by British diplomat and Middle East... ...

Stopping The Palestinians’ Simmering Terrorism*

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Left: Arabic Caption: “We’ve come to slaughter you.” Published after the massacre of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem in November 2014. The Palestinian terror wave is not letting up, and fighting it more effectively requires a close examination of its roots and its objectives.  While not baseless,... ...

Key factor in sharply-improved Putin-Netanyahu strategic ties? The Obama White House

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Left: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015 / EPA Israeli-Russian strategic cooperation already good was markedly improving in early October 2015. The primary impediment to this improvement had been the incessant pressure put by the U.S. Barack Obama White House... ...

Characteristics of Palestinian “Popular Activists” Confronting the IDF (Oct 3 – Nov 22, 2015)

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Left: Cartoon from the website of Fatah’s information unit accusing Israel and the United States of executing Palestinian children (website of Fatah’s information department, December 12, 2015). The latest ongoing Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians began with the killing of Alexander Levlowitz, by throwing stones at his car near Armon... ...

Iran to Increase its Involvement in Syria

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Growing Iranian involvement in the war in Syria is about to be officially requested by Basher Assad in Tehran later this month. To assure his safe arrival in and departure through Iraqi airspace, his plane will be guarded by “four strategic Russian fighter jets,” said the Lebanese daily al-Diyar.  It... ...

The Middle East Poker*

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Left:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and foreign ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe in Vienna, November 14, 2015  in a bid to step up diplomatic efforts to end the four-year-old conflict in Syria.Credit: Tusgaar.mn The chaotic, not to say anarchic situation in much... ...

From the Head, But From the Heart?*

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Credit: White House Pool / Reuters What was most striking about the President’s speech from the Oval Office – only his third in seven years – was that it “read” but did not “speak”. For despite his fame as an orator, the talk somehow lacked the appeal to a country... ...

The New Old Sick Man of Europe*

Friday, December 4th, 2015

For a century European politics was dogged with “the sick man of Europe”: the collapsing Ottoman Empire and its implications for the major powers. That’s not the case now, of course. Multi-ethnic empires are a thing of the past, their death rattle came with the Soviet Union’s implosion. But policies... ...

Connecting the Terror in Paris with the Terror against Israel

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Left: Kashmiri demonstrators hold up Palestinian flags and a flag of the Islamic State during a 2014 demonstration (AFP) Seemingly, the connection between the Islamic terror against the West and the Palestinian terror against Israel is confined to technical aspects and does not run deeper than that. It mainly involves... ...

What Should Israel Worry About?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency recently stated that the intelligence community in the U.S. has a perfect record of identifying future threats: “We have never been right”. The one thing we know nothing about is the future. Nevertheless we have no choice but to try to peer... ...

A Response to Bernard-Henri Lévy*

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

On November 16, 2015, French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy published a commentary in which he urges the West to acknowledge that it is at war and must call things by their right names. He subsequently argues that we must battle Islamic jihad while understanding the difference between those Muslims who... ...

Refugees, Terrorists and Morality

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, America’s leaders are presented with a vexing problem of statecraft, which poses realism versus idealism. Millions of refugees are pouring out of Syria; victims of the more than four years bloody Civil War. Many choose a perilous path on... ...

Islamist Terrorism and European Amnesia

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Left: Jo Goldenberg’s restaurant at the Marais district, Paris, attacked in 1982 by PLO mastermind Souhaur Mohammed Hassan Khalil al-Abbassi, aka “Amjad Atta” that killed six people and wounding 22 others. Politicians and the media in Europe and the United States are talking about the latest terrorist attacks as if... ...

Palestinian Propoganda Fueling Anti-Israeli Terrorism

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Left: A cartoon by Hamas-affiliated Omaya Joha (Facebook page of PALDF, November 8, 2015). Spreading Lies: Riyadh Mansour, the permanent Palestinian observer in the UN, sent a formal complaint to the president of the Security Council claiming that autopsies performed on the bodies of Palestinians after Israel returned them indicated... ...

Obama is No Reagan*

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to insult when Carter equated the Obama policies with those of Pres. Ronald Reagan. How quickly it is... ...

Do the Palestinians Want Two States?*

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is the Palestinian “popular uprising” in its current manifestations the preferred form of struggle for the Fatah leadership – as opposed to small-scale demonstrations at focal points of friction? When an interviewer on a prominent TV show on the official Palestinian channel directed this question to Tawfik Tirawi, a member... ...

Stabbing Israelis – Palestinian Jihadi “Resistance”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Left: This photo was posted on Free Palestine Facebook page on October 19, 2015.  Some Israel’s top terrorism experts are strangely echoing secretary of State John Kerry statements that the recent wave of Palestinian terrorism is secular and nationalistic in nature, the result of Palestinian frustration with the “occupation.” All the... ...

The incremental Road To Hell*

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

If there were one lesson from America’s tragic Vietnam encounter – and as some dead white man has said, all historical analogies are odious — it is that incremental approaches to war inevitably result in disaster. News reports suggest that Pres. Barak Obama is reversing his strategy of limited engagement... ...

Weekly Review, Oct 18-23, 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Taiwan’s Democracy Needs U.S. Arms – Sol W. Sanders – If there was any doubt that Taiwan is the first democratic state in the long history of the Chinese, it came this week in the buildup to January presidential election. The current ruling Kuomintang, descendant of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists... ...

ISIS Takes a Chapter from the Palestinian Incitement Book

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Left: Screenshot“Infographic by Islamic State militants on how to kill Jews” Bi-Partisan Congressional condemnations of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for inciting violence against Israelis, such as passed by House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 22, 2015 provides moral support, but do nothing to stop the attacks. Moreover, condemnations by Congress... ...

U.S. Conflicting Objectives in Syria

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Left: The A- 10 plane is famed for its tank-destroying capabilities. A day before Bashar Assad’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow, the United States signed a deal with Russia, to avoid entering “the same battle space” over the Syrian sky. However, according to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, this agreement, does “not... ...

Canadian judge: Israeli military Gaza acitivity a righteous act of self-defense

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Judge Gallagher asserted that it’s illogical to claim that Israeli government is targeting all Palestinians, when in truth Israel has been defending itself for years and “It is not a ‘political opinion’ to demand and work towards the destruction of another country and countries in international law have the right... ...

Weekly Review, September 21-25, 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The U.S. Moral Decline – Rachel Ehrenfeld – What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about the election of Saudi Arabia’s Geneva ambassador Faisal Trad, as Chair of the United Nation Human Rights Council’s monitoring panel? She would wonder how…continue… A Tale of Two Viennas – Norman A. Bailey – The great powers of... ...

Xi’s Bluffing Hand*

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Next week’s state visit of China’s No. 1 Xi Jinping looks to be all pomp and circumstance. There is little expectation that the long list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in any substantive way. And, in fact, the international Greek chorus which sings a baleful... ...

Weekly Review, September 7-11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel – Norman A. Bailey – There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political and economic refugees threatening to engulf Europe is... ...

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel*

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Left: Spain warns of jihadist infiltration threat with ‘avalanche’ of refugees – Israel needs to fence all its borders, quickly There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political... ...

Russians facing up to a Syrian climax?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Left: Syria has reportedly received six MiG-31″Foxhound” interceptor aircraft from Russia, although there has so far been no official confirmation of this. Source: Russian Air Force With Pres. Obama’s self admission that the U.S. has no Syria strategy and a destabilizing flood of millions of refugees piling into neighboring countries... ...

Turkey’s Growing Instability*

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Left: Credit: political cartoonist Latuff, for التقرير (Altagreer) Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the more remarkable since at the outset of the Obama Administration, the President saw then Turkish... ...

ISIS’ Chemical Weapons

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It is surprising that the Islamic State’s use of chemical warfare has taken this long. On August 11, ISIS shelled the northern Syrian town of Marea, with Mustard gas mortars. The specific effects of this deadly gas were almost immediately evident. Moreover, Mustard gas can be easily detected. There are... ...

The Iran Deal Encourages Tehran’s Regional Ambitions

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Left: Iranian students hold pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in front of an anti-US mural, painted on the wall of the former US Embassy in Tehran. (photo credit:REUTERS) In complete contrast to Obama’s claim that the concessions to Iran will convince the totalitarian regime to change its belligerent... ...

Weekly Review, August 17-22, 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Left: IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, left, and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akhbar Salehi sign a confidential ‘roadmap’ document in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA) Obama’s Reckless Iran Agreement Exposed – Rachel Ehrenfeld – One wonders how much longer President Obama and his minions can claim... ...

Weekly Review, August 10-15, 2015

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Advancement of Global Jihad – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – The weekly report on Global Jihad details and analyses, ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliated terror groups during between August 6-12, 2015. In Derna, Libya, “ISIS operatives are trying to regain control of the city... ...

The Deluge After the Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s post-Iran deal twitter graphic. Seeking the Jewish votes and its financial support, presidential candidate Barack Obama told AIPAC, on June 8, 2008:  “The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.” Once in office, President Obama no longer spoke... ...

Have the Media Lost Their Minds, Or Only Their Morals?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

An American dentist on safari in Zimbabwe shot and killed a lion, who, it turned out, was a local favorite and even had a name:  Cecil. Subsequent to this tragic event the Western media went certifiably insane reporting on all the horrible details over and over again.  The dentist, in... ...

The Role of the Palestinians in the BDS Campaign

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Main Findings This study examines theroleof Palestinian activists and networks in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip in the global BDS campaign being waged against Israel. The campaign, which originated with the first Durban Conference (2001), is being waged by anti-Israeli activists and networks around the globe, especially in the West.... ...

Weekly Review, August 3-8, 2015

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani underlined that the Takfiri terrorists have been created and supported by Washington. Who Mongers War? — Rachel Ehrenfeld — If Secretary Kerry has been telling the truth that parts of agreement are kept secret, what led him and the President to... ...

After Vienna: Three Scenarios for Likely Confrontation with Iran*

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stressed plans to powerfully continue manufacturing different modern weapons and equipment to increase the country’s deterrence power. Summary It is impossible to claim, in light of all the shortcomings of the agreement as described above, that the... ...

Spotlight on Iran (July 12-26, 2015)*

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Left: Iran‘s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted a warning to the U.S. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, with an image of President Obama with a gun to his head. The tweet said: “We welcome no war, not do we initiate any war, but If any war happens, the one who will... ...

Weekly Review, July 20-24, 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Left: The supreme leader (centre) told supporters that US policies in the Middle East are diametrically opposed to Iran’s policies, credit: BBC Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran; By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy – Andrew... ...

Meanwhile, at The Hague… Of the ways to go after Israel, there is no end*

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Across the Middle East, there is concern about the nuclear deal with Iran. By releasing frozen assets and removing economic sanctions, the deal seems to facilitate renewed aggression. Won’t that encourage more violence from Iranian terror proxies, like Hezbollah and Hamas? The international community is preparing its response. While the... ...

Iran: The Closer You Look, The Worse It Gets*

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Left: Khamenei – the deal was only about nuclear issues, Iran “won’t let foreigners interfere with our affairs.” (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) –  Close examination of the nuclear agreement with Iran reveals just how much it will damage the West and boost the ayatollahs… Here are other implications of... ...

The Mystery of Obama’s Iran*

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Even the most dogged defenders of Pres. Barack Obama’s “deal” with Iran will admit that the U.S. had to make concessions to achieve it. The extent of those concessions and their implications are certainly more than debatable. True enough, in any major international agreement compromises are almost always necessary. Even... ...

Weekly Review, July 12-17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Alfred Nobel Must Be Spinning in His Grave – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The 2009 stillborn Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, has violated all three of Alfred Nobel’s stipulations for the award. Instead of working for the “abolition or reduction of standing armies,” Obama has done his... ...

Another “Historic” Agreement*

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Left: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacts during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Ruters/Leonard Foger     — It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that is so, the pictures of an utterly jubilant Mohammed Zarif,... ...

Help Egypt!

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Left: Nearly 250 ISIS terrorists killed in Sinai, over 60 arrested in confrontations with the Egyptian military forces on July 7. An Egyptian official reported that among the killed terrorists in Sinai were dozens of foreigners:..”Initial findings show Turks, Palestinians and Syrians among the dead,”  The Obama Administration seems to have a hard... ...

Counterterror Pretense with Undesirable Consequences

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Divorced from reality, the Obama administration insists “nobody can claim justifiably that the United States hasn’t had success against terrorist networks.” State Department spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby announced in a press briefing on July 1, 2015.  He went on to boast about the progress against these networks and their ability to maneuver,... ...

Obama Is Not Nixon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Left: President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers at the Great Wall of China. Credit: History.com Photo Galleries President Obama’s decisions regarding the Middle East since the spring of 2011 have resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, the displacement of millions, and chaos... ...

When the Syrian pot boils over*

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Left: Bashar al-Assad, Reuters When President al-Sisi of Egypt says that Syria’s President Assad is finished, it behooves us to listen. We must assume that Egyptian intelligence is very well-informed on the internal Syrian situation. So, if Assad falls what will be the effects on Israel? In the first place, post-Assad... ...

Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Pic Credit: Saul Loeb, the Atlantic — Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American... ...

Fueling the ISIS Fire

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Left: U.S. Humvee captured by ISIS in Mosul, June 11, 2014.  According to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, the international coalition forces against ISIS succeeded in the past nine months, mainly through the United States air-campaign, to kill more than 10,000 ISIS fighters. This, according to Blinken, caused ISIS... ...

Another UN Step to Legitimize Jihadist Hamas

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Left: Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, speaks at the seventh annual conference, held in Milan in 2009 (PRC annual Palestinian conference in Europe website). The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) advocates the ideology and political agenda of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and beyond. As if the... ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

As always, there is no lack of events, people and developments to write about.  The problem is to choose. Among other good news is that U.S.-Israel defense cooperation continues unabated, with a good allocation of funds on the U.S. part for joint weapons system development.  Also the U.S. vetoed the proposal... ...

Weekly Review, May 18-23, 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Left: iSIS destroying historical sites in Iraq, AP  —  ISIS: Why Does Obama Sit on His Hands? – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Is President Obama kept on the dark by his intelligence briefers about ISIS’s rapid advance in Iraq and Syria? Why does he think there is time to now begin... ...

Obama’s “Serious Global Threat”

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Left: Obama and several Gulf States leaders at the U.S. GSS Summit, Camp David, Maryland, May 14, 2015. The Islamic State’s territorial gains in Iraq and Syria and growing propaganda and recruitment in the West, is being downplayed by the Obama administration. The White House describes ISIS capture of Ramadi... ...

Obama, ISIS, the Pope and the Palestinians

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

While  cache of computers, cell phones, and documents that was captured during the raid will provide important information about ISIS financial operations in Iraq and Syria and possibly on its support of its branches in North Africa, South-East Asia and beyond. But this will not stop ISIS.  What would? Certainly not supplying new... ...

ISIS’s Progress

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Left:  ISIS’s new 5 star hotel in Mosul. No women in swimming pools, playing tennis or any public space unless completely covered, The hotel is patrolled by ISIS’s women police brigade. (ISIS-affiliated social networks, May 1, 2015).  As ISIS/ISIL continues to murder civilians on five continents and lure thousands of... ...

Syria breaking up – Lebanon next?*

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Left – Members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Lebanon. The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hezbollah is in confrontation with the southern Sunni arc of Egypt, Jordan,... ...

An Era of Blah Blah Blah

Monday, April 20th, 2015

One of the many reasons we commemorate the catastrophic death of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago is to celebrate his incredible style, his ability in a few words to sum up the essence of our hopes and fears at a moment of crisis. What makes it all the more poignant... ...

Legal Rules and Anti-Terrorism Warfare

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Mustaffa Dirani, right, and Sheikh Abdel Karim Obeid, left, are seen as they wait at the District court in Tel Aviv Monday, May 29, 2000. (File Photo:AP) The Case of Mustafa Dirani, Revisited: On January 15, 2015, an expanded panel of judges of the Israeli Supreme Court, in a re-hearing... ...

Putin Throws a Spanner Into the Works*

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Following the unsigned non-agreement on the contents of which no-one agrees in · Lausanne, declared “historic” by President Obama (which it surely is, in the sense that the 1938 Munich agreement and the 1994 North Korean agreement were historic), President Putin of Russia has reversed the 2010 decision on the... ...

Toward a New Russian Initiative on the Israeli-Palestinian Issue?*

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Left: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shows the way to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Sergei Ilnitsky, Pool) The significance of this week’s visit to Moscow by PA President Mahmoud Abbas should be assessed in the... ...

Iran’s Nuclear Framework: Insights and Recommendations*

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as an “historic” agreement that could pave the way for a final deal that would leave... ...

The “Historic” Agreement That Ignores History*

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

No-one agrees on what was agreed with Iran, but in any case the precedents are hardly encouraging. By this time hordes of commentators have chewed over Mr. Obama’s “historic” agreement. Some aspects, however, have been overlooked or misinterpreted: 1. It is not an agreement. It is a “framework” for an... ...

Putting the squeeze on Israel

Monday, April 6th, 2015

One of the many anomalies of Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s collapsing foreign policy is Washington’s growing rift with Israel, despite the two countries’ historically intimate ties at every level. Obama’s fundamental antagonism toward Israel was always apparent: during the 2008 campaign he announced one of his “transformations” would be putting... ...

Can Saudi Arabia Form a United Sunni Front?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Left: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (r) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riyadh, March 2, 2015; picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency; AFP Photo/SPA/HO The attempt to establish a Sunni pact against the background of the challenges created by the turmoil in the Arab world and... ...

Libya 2011: The Decisive Year

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Left: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned about the death of Muammar Gaddafi via an SMS message. Clinton was staying in Kabul when she learned the news. The moment, when she was given a cell phone, was filmed by CBS NEWS as Clinton was getting ready for an interview.... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 22-27, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Credit: Office of the Supreme Leader Iran: Why? – Sol Sanders – Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40% living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second largest gas... ...

ISIS’ Balkan Networks

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Left: Albanians Fighting for ISIS earn $65/day, come from Middle Class Families The appearance of ISIS flags flying over a Bosnian village a few weeks ago made headlines across Europe.[1] Last week’s discovery of a plot involving four Bosnian nationals and an Arab trying to smuggle a bomb from Bosnia... ...

ISIS Updates Security Tips to Operatives Traveling to Syria*

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Left: An example of the recommendations in the manual: operatives are advised to pose as tourists and refrain from declaring that the purpose of their trip is to “Commit Jihad in Syria” Overview 1. In February 2015, ISIS published a fifty-page manual distributed online, entitled “Hijrah to the Islamic State, 2015”.[1]... ...

Iran as a Nuclear Threshold State: Implications for Israel and the Middle East

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While an arrangement that leaves Iran as a nuclear threshold state may be the lesser of all evils for the United States, it can be expected to be very bad for Israel. A signed agreement of this sort will widen the existing disputes between the Israeli government and the US... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 16-20, 2015

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi – Emerson Vermaat, Exclusive to ACD – “The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is... ...

Israel, Hamas and Hizbollah on a Collision Course: Undesirable yet Inevitable

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Left: Hamas leader Kaled Mashal  with Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s  3rd Secretary General. At the start of 2015, Israel’s two major fronts – home to the two hostile players with which Israel has had military encounters in recent months – were calm. The war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the... ...

Can America’s Energy Revolution Survive The Iran Deal?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

There is no lack of voices warning against the dangerous implications of the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration is advancing with Iran. The opposition has mostly focused on the destabilizing geopolitical impact of a nuclear Iran and what it means for the security of the U.S. and its allies. But... ...

Obama’s Deal With Iran

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Obama administration’s efforts to advancing deal with Iran resembles final rehearsals before the raising of the curtain on the ultimate theater of the absurd. If Obama gets his way, Americans will be forced to pay with their taxes to watch how the much talked about on-again, off-again secret negotiations... ...

The Embryonic Palestinian State – A monster in the Ultra-Sound*

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Left:  One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian “embryonic state” in Judea and Samaria. Photo: Flash 90 As of now, in Judea, Samaria and Gaza there is a sort of embryonic state, or “Arab state in progress”. And just as with pregnancy, it... ...

The Egyptian Bet

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Any hope for an exit from the current Middle East chaos lies with the efforts of Gen. Pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stabilize its politics and rebuild the Egyptian economy. With its 90 million people and traditional role as the intellectual leader of the Sunni Arab world, el-Sisi’s efforts to... ...

A French- Egyptian Bridge Over The Mediterranean: An Arms Deal*

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Left: Rafale – RIAT 2009. Image @ Wikimedia Commons A recent arms deal between Egypt and France may indicate a change in the regional balance of power; Egypt’s traditional reliance on U.S. arms and assistance may be gradually shifting towards other actors such as France, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi... ...

Free Speech Trumps Business. Not in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Left: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem © AFP In an unexpected and unprecedented step the Swedish government announced that “the principles of human rights were more important than a military deal,” and therefore it will cancel a lucrative arms deal with Saudi Arabia, its fourth biggest arms purchaser. The announcement... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 1-7, 2015

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Right: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi described the removal of all sanctions against Tehran as a precondition for a comprehensive deal with the world powers, underlining that Tehran is standing on its positions firmly. On the Road to a “Very Bad Deal” with... ...

The Conduct & Funding of ISIS – Feb. 26–March 4, 2015*

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Left:  ISIS “deliberate destruction of irreplaceable objects of religious and cultural values in the museum of Mosul and burning thousands of books and rare manuscripts from the library of Mosul.“ Destruction of historical relics In the past two decades, following the rise of Al-Qaeda and additional Salafist-jihadi organizations, graves have... ...

Netanyahu’s Speech in Congress

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The following are excerpts from the Israeli PM’s speech: “The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics. Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 22 – 27, 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System – Major Stephen Maddox & Captain David Stuckenberg —  in 2014 an American Airlines Group regional jet in Florida nearly collided with a drone at 2,300 feet. This type of UAS is supposed to remain within 400 feet of the surface. A collision... ...

A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot*

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Left: A Google Earth view of a Syrian scientific facility in Jamraya, near Damascus, before it was allegedly struck by Israeli warplanes in late January 2015 (photo credit: image capture from Google Earth) Syria has a long history of deception and lying to the international community on matters concerning its... ...

President Putin Visits Egypt*

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Left: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) attend a welcoming ceremony upon Putin’s arrival in Cairo, Feb. 10, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin) On February 9-10, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt for the first time since 2005, when Mubarak was still in... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 16-20, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

“If Only Germany Had Solved Its Unemployment Problem in 1933, Germans Wouldn’t Have Become Nazis…Er, Maybe not.” – David P. Goldman (Sprengler) Denmark’s Compromised “Values” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Danes should have known better, but they continue to ignore the writings on the wall. Instead, they have compromised their... ...

Weekly Briefing, February 8-13, 2015

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Deterring ISIL is Not Enough – Rachel Ehrenfeld – “Muslims need to change the religious discourse and remove from it things that have led to violence and extremism.”… President Obama’s requested Congressional authorization to indefinitely use U.S. military forces in “systematic campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria”... ...

Dumping Riyadh For Tehran

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Left: Zacarias Moussaoui The Oscar worth direction of Iran’s image-laundering campaign is drowning, as hoped by the Obama administration and Tehran, in media headlines about the “new” evidence of Saudi funding of al Qaeda. Documentation of the Desert Kingdom and its royals’ support of al Qaeda have been evident for years.... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 1-6, 2015

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Hell on Earth –  Dr. Mordecai [email protected] – Burning alive a human being is a method of eliminating enemies that is well known and documented in early Islamic sources, and based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law… Anyone who attacks Islamic State will be condemned to Hell on... ...

Egypt’s War in the Sinai Peninsula: : A Struggle that Goes beyond Egypt

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Egypt is in the midst of a war that can be categorized as a low-intensity conflict. This category represents a common pattern of military campaigns in the early twenty-first century: sub-conventional wars fought by armies and security services belonging to states against armies of terrorilla – fully armed and hierarchical... ...