Iran’s Radical Axis Is Intensifying Its Efforts to Build a War Machine Against Israel


By Yaakov Lappin September 16, 2019 Qasem Soleimani, commander of Quds Force of Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC), photo via Wikimedia Commons   BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,290, September 16, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A shadow war raging between the Iranian-led radical Shiite axis and Israel has become public in recent […]

Netanyahu pledges sovereignty prior to rare settlement approval


Netanyahu said it was one of three strategic steps he was taking in the last week before the election. Tovah Lazaroff September 15, 2019 14:02 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea region of Megilot, and then to apply Israeli law over the rest of the […]

European Union and United Nations Rear their Ugliest Side


It was as predictable as the cycles of the moon. An Israeli politician comments of their intent to expand the regions under Israeli sovereignty and the European Union and United Nations spent the next few days denouncing Israel complaining that such a move would end any hope of establishing the two-state solution. When Mahmoud Abbas […]

Iranian media: Attacks on Saudi Arabia means world needs Iran’s oil


Since May, the one year anniversary of the US leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran Deal, Iran has been seeking ways to pressure the world to stop America’s sanctions. Seth J. Frantzman September 15, 2019 10:30 Iran’s Press TV headlined its coverage on Sunday with a not-so-subtle jab at the ramifications of […]

Iran says U.S. bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles


Published:  09.15.19 , 09:35 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers were within range of Iranian missiles, a day after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked two Saudi Aramco plants.   “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 […]

Abqaiq drone strike: Escalation and questions


September 14, 2019 By SETH J. FRANTZMAN ***This post was updated to include new information and will be updated at the bottom as new reports come in*** Drone attacks caused large fires at an oil facility of Aramco in Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning. Two factories belonging to the company were targeted in Abqaiq and […]

Cabinet to approve new settlement during Jordan Valley meeting on Sunday


OIC to hold special meeting on annexation issue in Saudi Arabia; 5 EU powers condemn move Herb Keinon September 14, 2019 22:43 Five days after pledging to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley if he wins Tuesday’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene a cabinet meeting on Sunday in the Jordan Valley, where […]