There is no room for a low intensity conflict in Gaza

The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma is not a military one

Posted by , 28th January 2009

idf22.jpgWill the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continue to exist as a low intensity conflict with sporadic, very violent outbursts like the current Israeli military intervention in Gaza? The answer is no.

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Why peace is the only solution

The 90-year long war in the Middle East

Posted by , 22nd January 2009

gaza.jpg…Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. And at last, the failure of war. The sleeping children in Gaza who will not grow up and kill. The fate of a millennium-old nation fighting with God; a State, Israel, that is fighting for peace. And at last, peace. Not a single euro, dollar or murder more. Peace…

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Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Gaza War

How to remain loyal to both your people and country

Posted by , 22nd January 2009

gazahoy.jpgPalestinian citizens of Israel have a vested interest in a peace agreement between their people and their state. They want to be regarded as full citizens of Israel, but at the same time do not want to give up their ability to impact the country’s policy towards the Palestinian people. They need to help bring back the Arab peace plan, and in the meantime will lick the Gazans’ open wounds, says the author.

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Mercosur finds its opportunity in Israel

How to soften the effects of the international economic crisis in Latin America

Posted by , 11th December 2008

acuerdoisraelmercosur.jpgThe crisis sweeping the financial markets, epicentered in Wall Street, is bringing both fear and opportunities to the countries of South America. The author states that the trade agreement between Mercosur and the State of Israel is a step forward. The challenge lies in creating policies that soften the effects of this global crisis.

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Will Tzipi Livni be able to be prime minister of Israel?

Kadima, Avoda, Shas and the Likud will compete for control of the Knesset this upcoming February 10

Posted by , 6th November 2008

livnisecond.jpgLivni has refused to play by the traditional rules of Israeli politics, and she has said that she will not sell her ideals to the (religious) Shas party in order to cling to the coveted post of prime minister, as so many other politicians that have preceded her have done. Livni has said no.

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War plans and the demise of US power

The rejection of America’s grand strategy in the Middle East

Posted by , 5th August 2008

gatesrobertsenate.jpgIt is Iran’s ability and willingness to contribute to stabilise the Middle East, and the hardcore realpolitik pursued to this end, that compelled the Bush administration to pursue higher level security talks with the Islamic Republic, says the author. It remains to be seen if the next President in the White House will appreciate these changing realities within the region, or will continue to huff and puff like an exhausted diva forced to share the grand stage (of world politics) with others.

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Hezbolah and the new status quo in Lebanon

Hasan Nasrala is flushed with victory

Posted by , 29th July 2008

nasralaswaptwo.jpgHezbolah is attempting to get its point across in Lebanon through violence and has decided to abandon its low-intensity strategy of taking hostages and waiting, which it had employed up until now. The delivery of the corpses of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in exchange for Lebanese and Palestinian corpses and prisoners boosts Hezbolah’s image in the eyes of the Arab world, says the author. Read and find out why.

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The return of Bashar al-Assad

France and Syria get their relations going again

Posted by , 29th July 2008

assadinparistwo.jpgAfter several years in isolation, Bashar al-Assad has returned to the scene, with the help of Nicolas Sarkozy. Al-Assad has realized that in order to regain international respect, Syria must hold negotiations with Israel. But, how long will Bashar’s return to the international scene last? What will happen the day that Damascus withdraws its support for Hezbolah and Hamas? And what will become of Damascus’ relationship with Teheran?

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Why Iran is the Biggest Obstacle for Negotiations Between Israel and Syria

Old disputes over Golan Heights reappear in a complex and volatile regional context

Posted by , 26th June 2008

olmertassad.jpgThe big question is whether an agreement can actually be reached between Israel and Syria that does simply return Golan Heights to Damascus, but that brings peace in the true sense of the word. With Iran in the background, and with its alliance with Syria, peace is difficult to fathom, says the author.

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