Daily Archive: May 17, 2018

Gaza Massacre: This Alliance of Israeli and American Extremism will Spark Cycle of Revenge

Words are almost impossible to describe the surrealism of Monday’s developments in Jerusalem and Gaza. On the one hand, US President Donald Trump, speaking by video from the White House, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner led the American dedication of the “new” American embassy in the holy city. They were accompanied by two Christian evangelical pastors, Robert Jeffress and...

Here’s Why Those 30 Countries Attended the US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

Al Jazeera informatively identified and even mapped out the 30 other countries that joined the US’ embassy-opening celebration in Jerusalem, but most people are at a loss for words in explaining why they decided to participate in this controversial event. The US’ embassy opening in Jerusalem earlier this week was undoubtedly a very controversial move that earned widespread opprobrium for...

Get Ready for the New Middle East Battlefield: The Golan

The exchange of missiles last week on the Syrian-Israeli border was anything but normal. This firefight established new rules of engagement in the Levant, and made the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights an “operational theater” in the Syrian conflict overnight. The mainstream media’s version of events began with Israel retaliating against Iranian missile strikes, and the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) destroying Iran’s...

Saudi Arabia Will Use Trump to Gain Leverage over the War in Syria

As President Trump muses periodically about a prompt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, he confronts warnings, including from his own foreign-policy advisers, that such a move would risk the onset of greater chaos in that country. He has responded with suggestions that an Arab stabilization force supplement and gradually replace U.S. troops to forestall that danger. However, the replacement force he has...