Category Archives: Middle East

20Aug/19

Turkey vs Syria, amid international scrutiny

https://www.tv7israelnews.com/vod/series/18738/?episode-id=AbmWiodW9Xk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to invade northeastern Syria and establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ by force, unless the United States follows on a pledge to scale-back the presence of the pre-dominantly Kurdish SDF alliance, a local composition of Syrian militias that are backed by Washington. This has become a major bone of contention among several causes for dispute between the Erdogan government and Trump Administration.
Panel:
-Jonathan Hesse, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, research fellow Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.
-Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

22May/19

Iran: Wie ein verwundeter Gaul, der im Schlamm versinkt – WELT

Der Atomstreit mit dem Iran entwickelt sich in eine gefährliche Richtung. Heiko Maas warnte seinen US-Kollegen Mike Pompeo in Brüssel vor einem Krieg mit dem Mullah-Regime.

Vor einem Jahr zogen sich die USA aus dem Atomabkommen mit dem Iran (JCPOA) zurück. Seitdem verstärkt die Administration den Druck auf den Iran: Erneuerung von Sanktionen, Einstufung der Revolutionsgarde (IRGC) als Terrororganisation, Vorbereitung auf eine mögliche militärische Konfrontation.

Quelle: WELT / Achim Unser Autoplay Der sich zuspitzende Konflikt mit den USA kommt für den Iran zur Unzeit: Das Regime befindet sich in einer Phase des inneren Niedergangs. Naturkatastrophen verschärfen die Lage. Doch die tiefe Krise macht die politische Führung noch unberechenbarer. 71 Anzeige

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14Feb/19

The Syrian Wars – A new chapter opens in the Golan Heights

The sounds of war have again echoed over the Golan Heights this past week. However, the drums of war have changed their course. Until last summer, we could clearly hear and witness the Syrian war with Syrian and Russian planes bombing rebel positions, occasionally “stray mortar” hitting the Israeli Golan.

However, this week those were Israeli tanks allegedly shooting to Quneitra, just across the Alpha Line and last month it was the roar of Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, flying above the heads of Israeli skiers who surprisingly saw the rendezvous of Israeli Iron dome interceptors.

The sounds of Israeli fighter jets – operating to dismantle Iranian positions, ammunition depots and shipments to Hezbollah have replaced the Syrian ones – have added additional drums of war to the northern horizons. The Syrian war episode may have entered its concluding chapter, but the Israeli-Iranian confrontation is opening a new one.

In the summer of 2018, the Assad regime reestablished its control over the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, restoring Syrian sovereignty and redeploying Syrian Army elements to their pre-war positions.

However, a deeper look at the developments across the Syrian-Israeli frontier reveals that the new reality is different from pre-civil war Syria. Today, Syrian military bases host a number of new actors, which include pro-Iranian militias, Russian military police, and reconfigured Syrian units. The local leadership and elements identified with the opposition – who informally governed these areas before the Assad regime reestablished control – have fled or been killed. In their place, stands a new security architecture that is based and supported, in part, by foreign actors.

Eight years of war have dramatically changed the face of the Syrian state. The Syria of the past no longer exists. Demographic and social changes have rearranged the country, which numbered 23 million people before the war.

Today, there are more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees living outside the country, the vast majority of whom are Sunni.

The numbers of those killed is reported to be at least 511,000. The Syrian army, which numbered some 200,000 soldiers before the war, quickly eroded and Assad remained in power, supported by mobilized militias that filled the ranks of his army. Continue reading

14Feb/19

Lebanon, the battle for stability- Jerusalem Studio

Almost nine months after Lebanon has elected its Parliament, outgoing Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri has managed to form a new cabinet over which he will continue to preside, despite the fact that he has lost almost a third of his supporters among Beirut’s Legislators.

Panel:
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Prof. Hillel Frisch, Senior Researcher Begin Sadat Center.
-Dr. Nir Boms – Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.