Lebanon – Should it be Devil, Deep Blue Sea… or Russia?

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality – Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and …

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New War in the Middle East? – Washington Is Dancing to the Tune Being Played by Israel

How many Americans are aware that every two years the United States military engages in large scale exercises with the Israeli Defense Forces that simulate wars against Israel’s neighbors? Three thousand American soldiers are in Israel right now involved in maneuvers that are focused on countering a missile attack from Lebanon. When the exercise, known …

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a screen, Lebanon © Aziz Taher / Reuters

Lebanon Looks to Hezbollah to Resolve Internal Clashes, as Israel’s War Threats Reach Fever Pitch

Lebanon is a pressure cooker which could blow at any moment, but don’t worry about confused US policy. Israel’s threats to invade are not irking the Lebanese, but many wish Hezbollah would end a local Shiite-Christian spat. America’s confused position in Afrin, northern Syria, is not the only location in the Middle East where Washington’s …

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US Troops Arrive in “Israel”: Is Lebanon Next on the ‘Kill List’?

This week has seen multiple threats from Tel Aviv regime officials aimed at Lebanon. The sustained and increasingly manic threats against Beirut make it clear that Tel Aviv has launched a full-scale, highly coordinated rhetorical war designed to frighten and intimidate the Lebanese government. Capping things off, this coordinated assault of threats has culminated in …

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Israel’s Sunni-Shia Divide and Conquer Strategy

Sun Tzu had the Art of War. Von Clausewitz had On War. Britain used divide and conquer to maintain control of its colonies. Now Israel has transformed the strategy into a fine art in its manipulation of its Arab neighbors. Earlier this week, Israel’s intelligence minister, Israel Katz, who has already announced his intention run …

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Israel Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Mediate Palestine Peace Talks

Saudi newspapers have reported that Israel has invited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to their country to lead peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine as a sign of the rapidly warming relations between the Gulf Kingdom and the Jewish State. In a first-ever for Jerusalem-Riyadh relations, an Israeli minister gave an interview to a Saudi media outlet …

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The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ultimately failed. Now Lebanon seems to be in the cross-hairs with tensions between Israel and Hezbollah on the same level that led to the 2006 Lebanon war. There is also the possibility that a new offensive against Syria that might take place as Washington maintains its …

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Would Anyone Profit From a New War in the Middle East?

The world today, is on the brink of seeing a new conflict over Lebanon. While the chances for escalation are high, the essential pre-conditions for a new, large-scale war in the region, are still in the works. On November 22, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri temporarily suspended his resignation following an alleged request by the …

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Saudi Prince Muhammad’s Achilles Heel: Misreading Tea Leaves in Washington

Emboldened by perceived White House support, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman appears to have stepped up his risky, so far faltering effort to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East. The kingdom, despite Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri complicating Saudi efforts to curb the political and military power of Hezbollah, the country’s Shia militia, …

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