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Israel Not All Doom and Gloom

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Israel seems to be undergoing a protracted period of gloom and doom. The quarreling about its future leaders and possible downfall of Netanyahu make Israel look weak and incompetent.

Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

Israeli Embassy Trolls White House By Exclusively Gifting Settlement Goods

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year’s holiday gifts from the Israeli embassy come with a politically charged message: the occupied Palestinian territories are p...

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Israel Says It Killed 5 Militants In Syrian Golan Heights Strike

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

AMMAN/JERUSALEM, Aug 21 (Reuters) -- Israel said it killed at least five Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights on Friday,...

Israel Launches Strikes Into Syria After Rocket Attack

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Rockets hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday and Israel struck back in the Syrian Golan He...

Israel Family Travel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights

David Code | Posted 07.02.2016 | Travel
David Code

"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.

Relinquishing Our Uncomfortable Inheritance: Eran Riklis' A Borrowed Identity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.03.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

From Cup Final to The Human Resources Manager, from Lemon Tree to Zaytoun, Riklis has always talked about the untalkable in his films: Peace, humanity, and the ability to discuss what makes us different, while also celebrating our contrasts.

Israel-Hezbollah War Unlikely ... for Now

Antoun Issa | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Antoun Issa

With Hezbollah and its patrons preoccupied with more pressing concerns, the confrontation with Israel will be limited to a tit-for-tat short of a full-scale war.

Israeli Military Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

* Israel signals plane entered its Golan airspace by mistake * Syria civil war spillover has raised alarm in Israel * In...

Israel Returns Fire After Syria Shelling Hits Golan Heights

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli f...

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

Bad Breaks

Kipp Friedman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

While visiting the Golan Heights in Northern Israel several years ago, I felt the sudden need to relieve myself. Instead of heading back to the bus, t...

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Israel Bombs Syrian Military Sites

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2014 | World

* Israeli aircraft strike several Syrian targets * Israel says won't tolerate attacks on troops * Official Syria media s...

No Better Time to Reinstate the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is not enough for the Arab states to provide Kerry with lukewarm public support; they need to become active participants both publicly and privately and show solidarity with the US-led efforts to send a clear message to the Israeli and Palestinian publics where they really stand.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Jordanian Band Tour Runs Into Political Bumps

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daoud Kuttab

This week, a Jordanian band went on a tour that includes the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. But the popular music ...

The Morning After a Syrian Strike -- What's Next?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Damascus is eerily calm tonight while Damascenes nervously hunker down for what Washington is billing as a short duration Mediterranean-based cruise missile assault on Syrian military installations. The limited objective: "Punish" Syria for deploying chemical weapons "on a large scale" (Obama's words) against innocent men, women and children AND deter Assad from doing it again. Washington has done just about everything but take out ads in Syrian newspapers: The target is not Assad, nor is the attack directed at shifting any balance of power toward the "secular" Syrian opposition. Although the war drums are beating, the exact timing of the attack, should it come, remains a mystery.

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

Syrian Rebels Capture Crossing To Golan Heights

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

Syrian rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime have taken over the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in ...

War and Peace

Rick Steves | Posted 07.06.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

For Israel, simply surviving is serious business. More and more Israeli Jews, along with people around the world who care about peace in the Middle Ea...

Syrian Rebels Near Golan Heights

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

BEIRUT, March 21 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have overrun several towns near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the past 24 hours, rebels and a mon...

UNDOF: The Beginning of the End?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

On March 6, Syrian rebel fighters in the Golan Heights region released footage of a UN peacekeepers' convoy which they claimed to have detained. The i...

The Israel-Syria Connection: What Next?

Avi Ben-Hur | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Avi Ben-Hur

Israel has several concerns regarding Syria. Given the destabilization of the Assad regime, there are fears that terrorists will begin to launch attacks against Israel from the Syrian Golan.