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.
-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.
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.
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.
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