The Arab world fears the ‘Safavid’

In an interview on Al-Jazeera this past May, the commander of the Free Syrian Army, Brig. Gen. Salim Idris, explained that the diversion of Hezbollah forces from Lebanon to Syria to take part in the civil war was part of a “Safavid” plan for the Middle East region.  Read More »

Manipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israeli “Lawfare”

Israel’s detractors manipulate international law to invent rules that are applied only to Israel and not to other states.  Read More »

How Russia Undercuts Itself With The S-300

Supply of the S-300 by Moscow will create an air defense umbrella over Syria allowing Damascus to carry out weapons transfers to Hezbollah.  Read More »

The Al-Dura Affair and Its Implications for Morality and Ethics in France

The report of Israel’s governmental inquiry committee on the al-Dura affair should be taught in journalism schools throughout the world.   Read More »

Conflict Resolution through Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East

Peace cannot emanate only from documents signed by leaders alone, but from mutual good faith and credibility among the peoples for whom the agreements are signed.  Read More »

The Demise of Middle East Borders

A common theme running through much of the leading commentary on the Syrian crisis is the idea that the principal borders of the modern Middle East, created by the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, are about to be fundamentally altered if not erased completely.  Read More »

Is Egypt Heading toward a Military Regime?

An increasing number of Egyptians are calling on the army to return to the political scene to replace President Morsi.  Read More »

Iran Fears Growing Israel-Azerbaijan Cooperation

Tehran increasingly fears that Azerbaijan is turning into a base for a military attack on its nuclear facilities.  Read More »

Successes and Failures of the BDS Campaign

In spite of its constant use of belligerent, violent, and deceitful tactics, the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement against Israel has very little to show in the way of success.  Read More »

Syria and the debate over America’s decline

According to a revealing report in The New York Times this past week, President Barack Obama went much further than he originally planned last August, when he issued “a red line” to the Syrian regime about its possible use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.  Read More »

Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria

Iran sees the civil war in Syria as a war of survival against a radical Sunni uprising that views Iran and the Shiites as infidels to be annihilated.  Read More »

Building the Positive Peace: The Urgent Need to Bring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Back to Basics

It is generally accepted that the peace process, launched in 1993, went off the tracks and failed to meet the expectations of the interested parties: the state of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community  Read More »

The Zionist Message Hidden within Antique Pictures of the Holy Land

A 110-year-old trove of pictures taken by the Christian photographers of the American Colony in Jerusalem provides dramatic proof of thriving Jewish communities in
Palestine.  Read More »

Intelligence Failure or Paralysis?

There was no shortage of intelligence, nor was there a lack of intelligence alerts about the Yom Kippur War. The reasons for the famous mechdal (Israel’s lack of preparedness for the war) should be judged in the context of the 1973 conditions and not according to “what if…” questions.  Read More »

Could French Reporting on Israel Reflect a New Understanding?

The media in France show an inordinate interest in the Middle East and more specifically in the Palestinian issue and Israel.  Read More »