03Jun/19

An Iranian mud dilemma

Inaction, on the other hand, will place the public focus on the beleaguered economy and foreign military adventures, two issues that have already brought Iranians to the streets.

By NIR BOMS, SHAYAN ARYA

May 21, 2019 22:11

The US policy on Iran, marked by the withdrawal one year ago from the nuclear agreement known as JCPOA, is continuing a path of pressure: renewal of sanctions; designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization; and the recent increase in military preparedness for a possible confrontation with the Islamic republic. While Iran reciprocated, with its own designation of the US Army as a terrorist organization and by issuing a nuclear ultimatum to Europe, the Islamic regime finds these unprecedented moves enormously frustrating. In this fragile state of affairs, a miscalculation by Iran could possibly ignite the flames of a war that no one wants.
 

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03Jun/19

Thoughts about the Israeli “snap elections”

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves after a vote to dissolve the Israeli parliament, also known as the Knesset, in Jerusalem December 8, 2014

Israeli lawmakers voted last Wednesday to dissolve the parliament, paving the way for the snap elections, as the deadline has passed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government coalition. The new elections were scheduled for September 17.

Sputnik discussed the dissolution of Israel’s legislative body with Dr Nir Boms, a research fellow from the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University and the coordinator of the TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East.

Sputnik: The Knesset will be dissolved for the first time in Israel’s 71-year history as a state. How significant is that?

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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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15May/19

The dangers of militant Islam – Jerusalem Studio 422

One of the most distinct phenomena of the last several decades has been the rise of militant Islam. Both regimes and organized-movements have sprung-up throughout the Middle East and beyond, with ambitious agendas and lethal actions based on modern technology and the ease of recruitment in the era of mass-communications. That said, these radical entities have suffered some set-backs as of late, with a question arising regarding Islamic terror: whether its spread has been contained, or is it regrouping to strike again.

Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host.

-Amir Oren, analyst.

-Dr. Nir Boms – Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

-Dr. Fadi Essmaeel, Fellow at the Institute for Counter Terrorism in Herzliyah.