Iron Dome, “Iron Dumb”?

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by Marsha B. Cohen Americans will soon get to see their taxpayer dollars at work when Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system, funded largely by the US, is deployed during President Obama’s Israel visit. Unless the inauguration of Pope Francis I… Continue Reading  

Gaza and Iran’s Security Policy

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You will not hear me say this often, but Hossein Shariatmadari — Iran’s irascible and intractable editor of the hardline Kayhan daily — makes one important point in this editorial. Although a few months ago Iran’s leader Ali Khamenei referred in… Continue Reading  

The Gaza Crisis: A Strategic Boon for Iran

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The recent war in Gaza has been portrayed as a political dividend for the main protagonists, namely Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt’s Mohammad Morsi, and the Hamas leadership in Gaza, despite the tremendous psychological, infrastructural and humanitarian costs borne by innocent… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Oded Na’aman, Is Gaza Outside Israel?

via Tom Dispatch On returning from his first trip to the Gaza Strip, Noam Chomsky told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, “It’s kind of amazing and inspiring to see people somehow managing to survive as caged animals subject to constant, random, sadistic punishment only… Continue Reading  

Adam Shatz on Israel’s Losing Battle

From the London Review of Books: But the price of war is higher for Israel than it was during Cast Lead, and its room for manoeuvre more limited, because the Jewish state’s only real ally, the American government, has to… Continue Reading