Israel & the Middle East

Articles related to current events in Israel other countries in the Middle East region.

[Israel 101] Explaining the Israel-Syrian-Iranian connection

Chava writes, "In order to understand the Israel-Syrian-Iranian connection, one has to explore the unusual and unlikely partnership between Syria and Iran and what each hopes to gain from it."

[Israeli Politics 101] Understanding Israel’s outpost and settlement phenomenon

Chava writes, "In order to understand what an “outpost” is, it’s helpful to have some geographical background concerning settlement communities which are located in Judea and Samaria..."

[Israeli Politics 101] Making sense of the four legal cases against PM Benjamin...

Chava writes, "How did one of Israel’s most successful and long-time prime ministers end up facing the imminent possibility of being criminally indicted for corruption including bribery and fraud charges?"

Is there an alternative for Israel?

Arthur writes, "Judging from the recent polls, the prime minister, minister of foreign affairs, minister of health, and minister of defense – Benjamin Netanyahu will very likely assume kingship once again."

Three red cherries and a one-armed bandit

Avner writes, "Today in the Middle East there are winners and losers. The slot machine’s bells are frantically ringing and three cherries have lined up. Syria is the slot machine in the present scenario, and the three Bing cherries are Russia, Iran, and Turkey."

Has Amazon-UK gone BDS?

Hannah writes, "London’s retail giant repeatedly refused my DVD order, citing vague “delivery restrictions.” A service blunder, or a secret boycott? After 10 days, Customer Service reps are still dodging the question."

Some thoughts on the BDS Movement

Aaron writes, "It can safely be said that the economic aspect of the BDS movement has been a colossal failure. The moral impact has also, from where I’m sitting, been a failure."

Beer Sheva: Gateway to Jerusalem

Howard writes, "Beer Sheva has a history of nearly 4000 years: the City of the Patriarchs of the Israeli people; the city named by Abraham, the father to the Jews, to the Christian believers, to the Arabs."

A new confederation plan?

Daniel writes, "Israeli Press is reporting on a new attempt of a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians–a “confederation plan” for the Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank)."

With friends like Egypt and Jordan at the UN, does Israel need enemies?

In his remarks before the UN General Assembly in New York Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said the conditions for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are already known. The parties just need to "reach agreement."