Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

The other day, I asked a longtime Democratic Party insider who is working on the Russia-gate investigation which country interfered more in U.S. politics, Russia or Israel. Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “Israel, of course.” Which underscores my concern about the hysteria raging across Official Washington about “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential campaign: … Continue reading Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

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The world famous Scud. © Wikipedia

We Mean Business: Syria Will Fire Scuds at Israel in Response to Airstrikes

The Syrian government has announced that it will retaliate should Israel continue to conduct airstrikes on Syrian territory. Any further airstrikes on Syrian territory will be met with deadly force and retaliation strikes deep within Israeli soil, they said. According to the message, delivered via Russian mediators, attacks on Syrian military objects will be met with Scud missiles launched at Israeli military (IDF) … Continue reading We Mean Business: Syria Will Fire Scuds at Israel in Response to Airstrikes

Why is China Choosing to Partner with Israel and Saudi Arabia?

China's reaching out to Israel and Saudi Arabia is not a case of selling out to Zionism and Wahhabism. It is the product of a pragmatic conception of statesmanship intended to lay the foundations for a multipolar world. Far away from the public eye and amidst relatively little fanfare compared to other official visits of … Continue reading Why is China Choosing to Partner with Israel and Saudi Arabia?

An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet. © Amir Cohen / Reuters

Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Will Continue

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israeli forces will continue airstrikes in Syria if they deem it necessary. “If there is feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint – we attack and so it will continue,” Netanyahu said during a visit to China, adding that he … Continue reading Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Will Continue

Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL © Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud. The Obama administration duly maintained a … Continue reading The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

"The serious exchange of missile fire between Israel and Syria early Friday morning reflects the Assad regime’s attempts to change the unofficial rules of the game." So begins a column published in Israel's Haaretz. The newspaper is of course referring to the Israeli jets that "breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a … Continue reading Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

Putin Bored by Netanyahu’s Bible Stories, Invites Israeli PM to Join Real World

It seems that we missed a crucial exchange from yesterday's Sore Loser Summit in Moscow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Moscow on Thursday to complain to Putin about big, bad Iran and how tragic it is that Tehran destroyed legions of "moderate" rebels and ISIS fanatics in Syria. Here's Netanyahu, tissue in hand, … Continue reading Putin Bored by Netanyahu’s Bible Stories, Invites Israeli PM to Join Real World

sraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Singapore last month to promote Israel as a tolerant country. Roslan Rahman / AFP

Israel: Where Vision and Reality Violently Diverge

Dustin Pfundheller, 30, an American dentist living in Singapore, was set to become the youngest person to visit every country in the world while in a full-time job. His globetrotting has taken him to 192 of the 193 recognised states, bringing his medical skills to the world’s remotest places. But in January he was barred … Continue reading Israel: Where Vision and Reality Violently Diverge

New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East

Combining available information to get the whole picture, one can see the situation in the Middle East changing drastically, especially as the US strategy is reviewed and new alliances are formed. The Trump administration is in talks with Middle East allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter … Continue reading New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East