Middle East

December 18, 2021

Israel “Bombs Auschwitz”

Blasts in Syria attributed to Israel on Dec. 30, 2020. Source: Twitter/ELINT News. by Rafael Medoff  It has often been said that if only the State of Israel had existed in the 1940s, its air force could have bombed Auschwitz, […]
August 20, 2021

With Taliban triumph, Israel and Arab states hedge bets over relying on U.S.

Demonstrators in front of the White House protesting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Credit: John Smith 2021/Shutterstock. by Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS) — The Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan has Middle Eastern countries deeply concerned about their dependence on the […]
August 17, 2021

After fall of Kabul, what are new roles for U.S., Israel?

by Eran Lerman (Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies) — In the wake of the sweeping Taliban victory in Afghanistan, the region now faces the symbolic impact of these dramatic scenes of U.S. failure unprecedented since Vietnam. To thwart the notion […]
August 14, 2021

Real Miracle: Previously anti-Israel Lebanese cleric blames Hezbollah for woes

In 2014, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi declared he would make common cause with Hezbollah to fight against Isis and spoke of Israel as an obstacle to peace and development in the Middle East. Seven years later, he has condemned […]
August 13, 2021

Not just Gaza: Hezbollah built Iran-financed tunnel network under Lebanon

Flag of Hezbollah and Lebanon flying together. Credit: Arthur Sarradin by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — A new report released on Aug. 12 by the Alma Center, which researches security challenges to Israel from Lebanon and Syria, exposed what it described […]
August 12, 2021

Antisemitism a major factor in Lebanon’s destruction

by Seth Durns (JNS) — “One of the lessons that we learn from studying Jewish history,” the historian Paul Johnson observed, “is that anti-Semitism corrupts the people and societies possessed by it.” Lebanon offers a tragic case in point. Aug. […]
June 19, 2021

Israeli research center exposes how Hezbollah controls Lebanon

Hezbollah flags flying over southern Lebanon. Credit: John Grummitt/Shutterstock. by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — The fact that Hezbollah is deeply embedded in some 200 southern Lebanese villages is well known, but what is less known is the role played by […]
May 20, 2021

New anti-Hamas voices emerge in Arab reactions to Gaza

by Hussein Aboubakr Mansour (JNS) — Another round of violence has erupted in Gaza, and global reactions have run the gamut from peaceful protest to violence, with anti-Semitism up 250 percent in the United Kingdom. Many figures in Western institutions and the […]
May 13, 2021

How Iron Dome is also saving Arab lives

An Iron Dome air-defense battery set near the southern Israeli city of Ashdod fires an intercepting missile on July 14, 2014. Photo by David Buimovitch/Flash90. by Jonathan Feldstein I have been hosting a variety of briefings and doing media interviews […]