Land Grabs and the Rules-Based Order

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by Paul R. Pillar The main takeaway from the recent G-7 summit obviously is the striking damage to U.S.-allied relations from Donald Trump’s posturing and accusations about trade. Also worth assessing, however, is a different and milder disagreement between the… Continue Reading  

Painting Attack on Syria as Israeli “Retaliation”

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by Gregory Shupak Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which… Continue Reading  

Hyping the Iran Threat in the Middle East

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by Charles D. Smith A drumbeat of warnings about an Iranian threat to Israel specifically, and American interests collaterally, has intensified in recent months. Alarmist articles by former and current New York Times reporters have hyped the threat of Tehran… Continue Reading  

The Syrian Ceasefire in the Golan Is Good for Israel

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by Shemuel Meir  The dramatic announcement by presidents Trump and Putin of a ceasefire in “south-west Syria” earlier this month was greeted in Israel with skepticism. Official Israel wasn’t impressed with the agreement reached by the two superpowers to establish and enforce a… Continue Reading  

The War that Changed the Middle East

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by Mitchell Plitnick Fifty years have passed since Israel’s stunning military victory over the countries surrounding it in 1967. War transforms countries, regions, the entire planet as no other event can. And perhaps no war ever transformed a country and… Continue Reading