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Donald Trump’s Israel ambassador is hardline pro-settler lawyer

David Friedman opposes two-state solution, backs undivided Jerusalem as capital and has acted for Trump's failing hotels. Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a pro-settler lawyer who has described some US Jews as worse than concentration camp prisoner-guards. David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who represented the president-elect over...

Bibi’s Trump Dilemma: Why a Friendlier Washington Is a Mixed Blessing for Israel

On November 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Donald Trump through a video message, in which the Israeli leader could barely contain his giddiness at the prospect of a friendlier White House. The ruling Israeli right-wing coalition, which sees Trump as a potential champion of Greater Israel, believes...

Never Trump GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump's run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing sanctions on Iran. “There are several issues that...

Israel won’t let Iran have military presence in Syria, Netanyahu tells Russian PM

Israel will prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria, and will continue to intervene to stop Iran arming Hezbollah and other Shiite militias there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday in Jerusalem. Moscow is a staunch supporter of Basher Assad’s regime and...

U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime – Weeks After Giving It $38...

In 2010, Israel's then-defense minister, Ehud Barak, explicitly warned that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their own sovereign nation and vests them with full political rights. “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River...

United States Announces $38 Billion Israel Military Aid Package

Israeli, American officials to sign the 'largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history' on Wednesday. The United States announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with Israel on a $38 billion 10-year military aid package for 2019 through 2028. Senior officials from both sides will sign the...

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese “Napalm Girl” on the ground that it violated the company’s ban on “child nudity.” Facebook even deleted a post from the prime minister of Norway, who posted the photograph in protest of the censorship. As outrage...

Israeli warplanes said to hit Hezbollah arms convoy in Syria

Lebanese media reports 4 trucks struck, no injuries in attack near Maarba north of Damascus; IDF declines to comment. Israeli Air Force warplanes struck a weapons convoy of four trucks belonging to the Shiite terror group Hezbollah near Maarba, north of Damascus, Arab media reported Thursday. No one was killed in...

Behind The CIA Desperate Turkey Coup Attempt

On the evening of July 15, a group of Turkish army officers announced that they had staged a military coup d’etat and had assumed control of the country. They claimed that Erdogan was in a desperate flight for his life and that they were now in the process of...

Here’s Why Erdogan Is Cozying Up to Putin

Turkey is trying to mend fences with Russia to contain Iran, fight the Islamic State, and improve its standing in an evolving Middle East. Turkey's push to make nice with Russia, as it did this week with Israel, is part of Ankara’s drive to shore up as many friendships as...

Israel’s Reconciliation With Turkey Could Lead to New Energy Deals

Middle Eastern chaos helped heal a six-year rift between Turkey and Israel. But Israel's big reserves of natural gas could fuel much closer ties in years to come. Israel and Turkey agreed to normalize diplomatic relations Monday, six years after an Israeli raid on a Turkish aid ship sent to...

Israel and Turkey to Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

Move clears way for an easing of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic ties after more than six years of animosity, clearing the way for renewed cooperation between the U.S. allies and an easing of Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials...

The Real Reasons for the IDF’s Break with Netanyahu

The Political Utility of Military Restraint. In recent years, Israel's military leadership has appeared to be more dovish than the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2009 to 2012, for example, the Israel Defense Force’s top brass helped block the Netanyahu government’s plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,...

Could Bibi’s Big Right-Wing Gamble Be His Undoing?

In a surprise reshuffling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ditched the moderates in his government and taken up with hard-liners. Is it too much for Israel to bear? TEL AVIV — “It’s delusional,” said Benny Begin, a senior Likud parliamentarian, when asked what he thought of Avigdor Lieberman’s incipient appointment as...

Tensions Mount In The Golan Heights Over Oil And Territory

Following the resolution of a permit issue, Afek Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of American company Genie Energy, has resumed efforts to verify whether or not commercially viable options for oil extraction exist within the Golan Heights region. These drillings are anything but routine, as years of conflict and...

State: $33 Billion in GCC Weapon Sales in 11 Months

DUBAI and WASHINGTON — The US State Department has facilitated $33 billion worth of weapons sales to its Arab Gulf allies since May 2015, according to department figures. The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have received weapons including ballistic missile defense capabilities, attack helicopters, advanced frigates and anti-armor missiles,...

Russian Interests to Dictate Israel-Turkey Deals

Israel and Russia are about to agree upon a modus operandi in the East Mediterranean concerning weapons and natural gas deals, several Israeli media reports indicate. According to various assessments, the bottom line of such an agreement would be that Israel will not sell natural gas to Turkey and, in...

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss...

Netanyahu: Gulf States’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah a sign of improving ties with Israel

PM pans Israeli Arab MKs' condemnation of Hezbollah terror listing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised the Gulf states that declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization, hours after Balad and Hadash, two of the parties in the Joint List, condemned the decision because, for among other reasons, it is good...

Israel’s Defense Minister Exposes Israel’s Divide-And-Conquer Regional Strategy

In addition to blowing the cover on Israel’s secret dealings with the Gulf states to target Iran, the defense minister expressed Israel’s hope that Syria might be divided up into ethnic enclaves, each ruled by mini-warlords. SEATTLE (ANALYSIS) - Israel’s defense minister spoke with uncharacteristic bluntness recently as he outlined...

Leviathan signs first gas deal at $1.3 billion

Noble Israel says gas could start flowing by end of 2019. In a vote of confidence for Israel's natural gas market, the consortium developing Israel's largest gas field Leviathan announced its first sale Sunday, for a whopping $1.3 billion. Private Israeli power giant Edeltech and its Turkish partner Zorlu Enerji agreed...

China’s Middle East Tour – Beijing’s Post-Sanctions Ambitions

To ensure that Beijing's post-sanctions ambitions in the region do not include transferring dangerous nuclear and military technology to Iran, Washington and its allies need to set clear boundaries sooner rather than later. Even as the Iran nuclear deal and the potential for rapprochement between Tehran and the West have...

Israel Quietly Courts Sunni States

Shared animosity toward Tehran fosters a new push for closer ties. Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have raised hopes in Israel that officials can build closer ties with the Gulf monarchies based on their shared animosity toward Tehran. Led by Dore Gold, director-general of the foreign ministry, Israel has...

Israel and its lobby lose the Iran Deal all over again, in news of...

You’d think that there would be widespread outrage over the story everyone’s talking about today, the Wall Street Journal scoop that the Obama administration spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during the Iran Deal negotiations so as to counter his efforts to sink it. The wiretaps reveal that Israeli...

Spying on Congress and Israel: NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their...

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the NSA under President Obama targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top aides for surveillance. In the process, the agency ended up eavesdropping on “the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups” about how...

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress

NSA's targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers. President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to...

Israel’s air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria

Putin's deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel's defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat. Israel's air superiority over its enemies has been a linchpin of its defense strategy for decades. The capacity of Israeli planes to carry out attacks well within enemies’ borders has...

Western firms primed to cash in on Syria’s oil and gas frontier

US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime. A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked...

Unmasking ISIS

INTRODUCTION Where did ISIS come from? How was it able to gain land, arms and money so quickly? This book will answer those questions ... and unmask ISIS. Part 1 shows that the U.S. – through bad policies and stupid choices – is largely responsible for the rise of ISIS. Part 2 reveals...

Politics deflate Israel’s global gas hopes

HAIFA, Israel - Moty Kuperberg wishes the warm, azure Eastern Mediterranean could be more like the North Sea. The shipping executive doesn't favor cold water, although a map of Antarctica hangs in his office in Haifa. Instead, Kuperberg aims to mimic the way the North Sea's petroleum industry boosted the economies...

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