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Iranian Strategic Patience: Israel and the Soft Wars

... issue is linked primarily to confronting Iran's rising power. In principle, there is a strategy that has become clear and known, it is based on cultural backgrounds whose main goal is to fragment societies from within (soft wars). As many countries (Israel in particular) cannot accept at all the reality of Iran's presence as a major regional power. Where, despite all the sanctions policies pursued to isolate and marginalize Iran during the past 45 years, Iran was able to build its own strength and ...

06.03.2023 13:57:00

US Needs Political-Military Strategy to Moderate Iran’s Israel Policy

... negotiated between the US and Russia on July 8 will almost certainly break down in the coming months absent such progress. Understanding that it is merely a respite from conflict even as Iran uses it to strengthen its military presence in Syria, Israel has refused to accept the terms of the ceasefire. Accordingly, on September 7 Israeli aircraft reportedly bombed a Syrian military facility linked to the production of chemical weapons and precision missiles. Israel has conducted around 100 strikes ...

20.09.2017 14:26:15

Indispensable Reading on Israel

Every once in a while we read an article that we really want to share with other readers. Twice now it has happened with something published by the BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel. (For disclosure, our Institute of Post Communist Studies and Terrorism (jvlv.net) has also produced articles for BESA.) Most recently, BESA ran an article, “ Israel is Real,” that has created a stir by dealing with historical criticism from ...

11.09.2017 12:41:46

The Baneful Apocalyptic Triad of USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia

... Arab writer even hailed Saudi-US ties as one that “shaped the wider world” and although the wider world would undeniably agree with that reality, it would nevertheless consign such ties to the very negative end of the global affairs spectrum. The Israeli press celebrated Trump’s royal treatment in Riyadh and observed how the president and select members of his cabinet danced with swords in a ceremony that must have nauseated the families of 9/11 victims. Syrians, Yemenis and Christian minorities ...

24.05.2017 11:29:23

India-Iran ties: The key challenges

... policy ... an unchecked Iran has the potential to follow the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it. The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach," Alliance of GCC and Israel It is not just the US policy which India has to contend with it is the alliance between GCC countries and Israel. While Saudi Arabia has remained at loggerheads with Israel, recently both are part of the Anti-Iran alliance. Israel, Turkey and Saudi ...

02.05.2017 14:22:56

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

... Britain’s public may still vote to leave the EU in a matter of months. The United Kingdom itself only recently narrowly avoided disintegration by secession from it by Scotland, a possibility which, it was just announced, will be pursued again. AP Even in Israel, considered a bastion of Western democracy in the Middle East, the public and government are becoming increasingly okay with the erosion of democratic values and a deeply undemocratic military occupation of the West Bank as the Israeli-Palestinian ...

17.04.2016 14:28:00

Ilya Kravchenko: US-Israeli relations on the background of the Middle East tensions

... following: fight against "Islamic State", nuclear program in Iran and closure of the civil war in Syria, by way of removal of B. Asad from power. It may seem that on the background of a struggle with conflicts and crisis, the USA has distanced from Israel, the main ally in the Middle East. What is the current status of the relations between USA and Israel? What place does Israel take in the USA foreign policy strategy in the Middle East? The USA was one of the first countries, which has recognized ...

05.02.2016 14:39:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I

A Sensible Grading of Obama’s Middle East Strategy, As Opposed to Republican Nonsense: Part I: Introduction, Muslim World Reset, Iraq, Israel/Palestine If you can’t understand that Obama’s overall Middle East strategy is starting to work, you don’t know what you’re talking about By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) May 21st, 2015 ...

07.06.2015 22:25:00

There Is No Logical Argument Against the Iran Nuclear Deal

The only alternatives to this deal are the destructive status quo of continued stalemate and standoff that destabilizes the whole region or even more open military conflict that endangers everyone in the region (including Israel). Ignore the naysayers and give this deal a chance. by Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter @bfry1981), April 4, 2015 (updated April 5th) Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here and also published by Stupid Party Math v....

29.05.2015 19:32:00

Israel's Election, Netanyahu, Gaza, & the Struggle for Israel's Soul

Or, how answering "Who controls Gaza?" can tell you a lot about why Israel's election is so important. While this was written the day of Israel's election, the analysis still rings true and, sadly, Israel has chosen Netanyhu and chosen to be the Israel that denies its actions and responsibilities in ...

28.03.2015 19:37:00

The Downing of MH17 – A Perspecitve of Intrigue or the “HALO Effect”?

... watching the news broadcasts on the 18th morning at 1.30am. My 82 year old mother woke-up at this time after hearing the TV. She became extremely distraught after watching the news. We had a discussion and she said “Eugene – they, the USA and ISRAEL, did this to distract the World from the Bombing and Invasion of GAZA, Palestine by the Regime of Israel. She said, you were abroad and just returned last night, you did not see that our Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, announced again full support ...

24.07.2014 11:19:00

Islam, the hidden “I” in BRICS

... assassinated by Islamic Jihad in 1981, the same year that the Reagan administration in Washington concluded the world’s largest arms deal with Saudi Arabia (including five AWACS electronic intelligence aircraft sold over the objection of the vaunted Israel lobby). The irregular military operation known as “Charlie Wilson’s War” empowered the Mujaheddin and Al Qaeda to push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan creating an opportunity for Usama bin Laden to master irregular warfare. Washington’s ...

14.07.2014 04:38:00

Predicting critical events, an institutional challenge.

“Close your eyes and you’re not sure if it’s an Israeli or a Saudi speaking.” That’s what Daniel Levy, Middle East director at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), told The New York Times in an article dated March 31st. The ECFR, which has called for a greater role for Al ...

22.05.2014 01:04:00

Stephen Kinzer on Saudi Arabia: U.S. Foreign Policy vs. Wahhabi Clergy

... cooperation, despite their inherent differences. Mostly because of strong military ties and foreign policy calculations, Saudi Arabia's relationship with America became intimate in the following decades, despite tensions following the Arab-Israeli war in the early 1970s. The reason why Saudi Arabia choose the U.S. as its major partner is straightforward, according to Kinzer. The Saudis chose the U.S., since America, unlike Britain, France or Soviet Russia, was "very far away." ...

11.11.2013 14:18:00

A Two-State Dilemma: Israel, Palestine, and Peace Talks

Though kept under wraps, the ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have had a disturbing record so far. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the Palestinian envoys to the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations with Israel have resigned amidst continuing settlements in East Jerusalem ...

04.11.2013 09:23:00

Proliferation And The Psychopathology of Prohibition

... proxy governments who engage in WMD commerce to use it as a bargaining chip for other objectives. In spite of four Nobel Peace Prizes (Bunche, Arafat, Rabin, Peres), one of the big drivers of terrorism continues to be the destruction of the State of Israel. Libya and Palestine are cases where opportunistic leaders have helped drive that issue. While Washington spent around $3 trillion on its decade long war in Iraq the four decade presence of Moammar Gaddafi and Yassir Arafat on the world scene has ...

30.10.2013 07:12:00

Theorising on the Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Despite the degree of uniqueness stemming from its particular specifics, each case of nuclear weapons proliferation also exemplifies one or more of the five main determinants of a state’s decision to acquire nuclear weapons that have been identified in the relevant literature: security, domestic politics, norms, technology and economics. While recognising the complexity of multi-causality, I would argue that a careful analysis of existing cases leads to sufficient explanations about the general...

19.10.2013 23:17:00

The Oxymoronic Déjà Vu of Humanitarian Bombing in Syria

In light of the recent developments in Syria and the apparently imminent US military intervention, the blog will take a short break from its relatively academic style and its thematic focus in order to brainstorm and share some thoughts on the broader picture of what is happening in the geopolitical arena of the region. Dangerous Double Standards Bashar al-Assad has reportedly used chemical weapons to attack, essentially, his own people. The first, logically obvious question is why would Assad essentially...

07.09.2013 14:04:00

Pyotr Stegny: Israel at the Crossroads

Israel’s parliamentary elections in late January delivered a result that will see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remain in power. RIAC Member Pyotr V. Stegny, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, talks about ...

18.02.2013 15:30:00

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