Archive for November, 2013

Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

| November 17, 2013

Once they were sworn enemies. Now Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed in a deal that could be signed in Geneva this week.

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Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

| November 16, 2013

Despite the atmosphere of mutual deterrence, the Shi’ite group’s alliance with Tehran and Damascus, the Syrian war and the entry of new regional forces could spark a conflagration.

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Jumping Off the Global Tiger’s Back

Jumping Off the Global Tiger’s Back

| November 14, 2013

The Obama administration has little interest in world leadership.

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Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

| November 14, 2013

Russia certainly has influence in Europe on account of its oil, and has occasionally used its oil as a means of political pressure on Belarus and Ukraine. But it is really with natural gas that energy becomes a useful political tool for Russia.

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When the Obama Magic Died

When the Obama Magic Died

| November 14, 2013

There were no economic or cultural bonds among his coalition. He was all things to all people. Charisma ruled.

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The New Face of European Anti-Semitism

The New Face of European Anti-Semitism

| November 13, 2013

The ‘Elders of Zion’ are out, but demonizing Israel is mainstream.

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Israel Increasingly Courting China as an Ally

Israel Increasingly Courting China as an Ally

| November 12, 2013

Israel hopes to leverage its skills in high-technology and agricultural innovation to win the political support of the Chinese government, which has signaled it wants to play a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East.

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Europe Loses Trust in Obama

Europe Loses Trust in Obama

| November 11, 2013

The US president’s turnabouts on Syria and Iran—coupled with his policy fumbles at home—have diminished European allies’ traditional respect for the White House.

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Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

| November 11, 2013

France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy.

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Why the U.S. and Israel are Split over the Iran Deal

Why the U.S. and Israel are Split over the Iran Deal

| November 10, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fierce reaction to the effort to reach an interim agreement reflects the realities of a small power with much less room to maneuver on a critical security issue than a great one.

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