Syria’s Civil War Is Now 3 Civil Wars


The fight to depose Assad is over. The battle over his regime’s boundaries has no end in sight. By Jonathan Spyer| March 18, 2019, 9:04 AM The war that has ravaged Syria over the last half-decade is coming to an end. The caliphate declared by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State organization on June […]

U.N. experts urge Israel to rein in security forces


Stephanie Nebehay 4 Min Read GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. war crimes investigators called on Israel on Monday to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on the border with Gaza, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there last year in which 189 Palestinians were killed. Santiago Canton (R) Chair of the […]

IRGC Commander highlights regime’s meddling in region


Mikoo AminiMarch 18, 2019 The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said that the organization tasked with protecting the regime at all costs, had “organized around 100,000 popular forces” in Syria and Iraq, adding that this and Hezbollah’s “missile capabilities” were just some of the “unrivaled success of the Islamic Revolution”. In a lengthy […]

Iran demands US leave Syria, as Damascus threatens American ally


Iran’s ties with Damascus on vivid display: the two demanded the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Syria and threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies; meeting studied means to recover territories still outside Syrian hands, including areas of U.S. deployment Published:  03.18.19 , 19:58 Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its […]

Winepress, Mosaic Floor from Talmudic Period Discovered in Korazim National Park


David Israel11 Adar II 5779 – March 18, 2019 Photo Credit: Shlomit Shavit / Israel Nature and Parks Authority   Excavation of the winepress at the Korazim National Park     A winepress decorated with a magnificent mosaic floor from the Talmudic period (4th-6th centuries CE) was discovered in excavations at the Korazim National Park. […]

Rouhani urges Iranians to ‘put all your curses on Zionists, US’


Islamic Republic president blames country’s economic woes on Israel, US and Saudis By APToday, 12:57 pm     Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the inauguration ceremony of four projects at the South Pars gas field on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, in Asaluyeh, Iran, March 17, 2019. (AP/Vahid Salemi) TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president […]

PA: Israel has no authority on Temple Mount


PA official in charge of Jerusalem affairs dismisses Israeli court’s decision ordering the closure of the Golden Gate on the Temple Mount. Dalit Halevi, 18/03/19 Adnan al-Husayni, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of Jerusalem affairs, on Sunday described the Israeli court’s decision ordering the closure of the Golden Gate on the Temple Mount […]

Israel said ready to offer Gaza easing of export limits, larger cash transfers


Netanyahu and security chiefs are in favor of Egypt-mediated indirect talks to prevent further violence, while hardline ministers push for tougher action — report By STUART WINER and TOI STAFFToday, 12:05 pm     An Israeli Merkava battle tank near the border with the Gaza Strip near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz in southern Israel, March 15, 2019 (Jack […]

Clash of interests behind Netanyahu-Erdogan spat


Once more, the leaders of Turkey and Israel are busy with a barrage of insults fired at each other. The escalating row began when Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel was “the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.” These remarks led to a tense exchange between officials […]

Iran’s embrace of Iraq shows US sanctions are working


Iran’s state-controlled news outlets and politicians have put significant emphasis on the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week made a surprise trip to Iraq — his first visit to the neighboring country since he became president in 2013. Rouhani’s first visit to Iraq points to several important issues. First […]